City Council votes to help cover turf cost

During the dedication cerremony of the new EPHS turf football field Eagle Point Mayor Bob Russell presents a check to EPHS Athletic Director Bryan Wood. The community is looking forward to the additional use the new field will be able to handle allowing many more youth and adults to take advantage of such a great stadium.

At the September 11 Eagle Point City Council meeting, EPHS Booster Club member Ted Dole sought city funds to help defray the $60,000 owing on the stadium turf project. The turf will benefit thousands of kids for years to come, allowing more sports to be played in a more compacted time period. The club started with a grant and accomplished stellar fund raising. After discussion, the council voted to donate $10,000.

Jared Hill of the LDS Church will bring a sizeable crew for the October 13 clean-up day. Along with other projects, they will finish painting fire hydrants and work on the waterway along old Highway 62 and Harnish Wayside cleanup. Other churches and individuals are encouraged to join in.

THRIVE is sponsoring Eat Local Week, according to Angela Boudro of Rockfield Farms. September 7-16 events throughout the Rogue Valley included food related events, classes, and a farm tour. But no matter the week, Angela urged folks to eat local.

Ken Thompson and Milicent Wewerka presented their qualifications for the Planning Commission vacancy. The council found it a difficult choice between two able candidates who have shown ongoing interest and participation in the community, but chose Wewerka as a new voice. Thompson, who once served on the commission, will seek other ways to serve.

The partnership between Eagle Point and the YMCA is now official, allowing the Y to take over youth activities the city is unequipped to staff, including coed volleyball, and girls and boys basketball.

Principal Planner Mike Upston reported ongoing efforts to place the covered bridge on the National Register of Historic Places.

Councilor Alan Curriston handed out a mock-up tourist brochure and fielded suggestions. The brochure will be available at Harnish Wayside and other locations.

According to Sergeant Steve Frantz, Brian Coney joined the Eagle Point police force.

City Manager Henry Lawrence is working with a communications company for a promotional video as part of Eagle Point’s website, encouraging people to visit and perhaps live here. He talked about possible topics to include. The council will consider and readdress the matter at a later time.

The next meeting will be September 25, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.


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