At its August 28 meeting, Senior Center president Jerry Zieman thanked the Police Department for its Police Night Out. He also thanked the city for allowing them to move their sign, noting that several folks only then discovered the center and its resale shop. Helen Wolgamott announced the flags will be out for Labor Day, and that the Grange has an open mike on the second Saturday of the month. People need to call ahead to make arrangements.
Continuing its discussion from the last meeting, the council expressed thanks for the now completed Regional Problem Solving Plan (relating to land use) and unanimously voted to accept it. A resolution was also proposed and accepted that Eagle Point retain the right to review and amend the plan as it relates to our density issues.
Public Works Director Rob Miller summarized the Pavement Condition Survey, which assessed the condition of our city streets. After researching the options he stated that preventative maintenance versus playing catch up would save Eagle Point money. The majority of our streets are in good to very good condition; some need serious attention, others complete reconstruction. Some repairs will be made before the weather turns cold.
The YMCA will continue and expand its services to our local youth. There will be ongoing discussion regarding various programs.
The council approved a resolution proclaiming the month of September 2012 as Water Resource Awareness Month. They also approved a resolution authorizing the City Administrator to amend the contact with Civil West Engineering Services, allowing them to complete a Water Master Plan that addresses existing and future water needs and drinking water standards. Law mandates such a plan, and ours is no longer effective.
The high school will make a presentation at the next meeting requesting city funds to complete its artificial turf project.
Bill Fierke read a letter from the principal of the Junior High School in Showa, Japan, our sister city, thanking us for our hospitality when a group visited our area.
Councilors gave committee reports, some with no updates. Councilor Ruth Jenks reported that discussions continue with the Rogue Valley Transit District for bus service to Eagle Point. Councilor Kathy Sell, on behalf of Parks and Recreation, thanked everyone for the successful street dance. Councilor Bilden and Mayor Russell toured the Big Springs Water facility and came away appreciating a glass of water all the more.
The next city council meeting will be September 11, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.