By Colleen Roberts
For the Independent
Commissioners Rachor and Breidenthal conducted the regular public meeting of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. Before unanimously approving a variety of agenda items, the Commissioners honored an employee of the month, Michelle Wickham, finance, and listened to a handful of citizens’ comments.
On the agenda, the Commissioners accepted a state grant providing funding for a gang graffiti removal program, curriculum, a site license, staff and an enclosed utility trailer. Also approved was a state contract providing funding for two members of the sheriff’s traffic team to perform truck inspections.
A contract with the Oregon Health and Science University was approved for their senior nursing students to work with the County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). There will not be any financial impact, but will provide nursing students with hands on experience and the MRC with extra volunteer support.
The most significant agenda item was a $2.6 million dollar road project. The Commissioners approved the “Table Rock Road Project,” which will widen, pave, and realign Table Rock Road (from Wilson Road to Elmhurst Road). Other features of this multimillion dollar project will include a continuous left turn lane, a 5-ft. wide pedestrian path from Wilson Road to Gregory Road, and a signal installation at Wilson Road. Nearly 75% of the funds will come via the Federal/State, $625,000 from System Development Charges (SDC), and $59,000 from the general road fund. We will surely see “your tax dollars at work” signs all over the Table Rock Road vicinity!