Building Safety Issues Addressed

In Mayor Russell’s absence, Council President Bill Fierke presided over the Eagle Point City Council meeting on August 13.

During two public hearings, Building Official Dale Bohannan addressed safety issues at 193 N. DeAnjou Avenue and 130 S. Royal Avenue. A structure can be considered dangerous due to damage from forces of nature (fire or flood, etc), or from deterioration, dilapidation or vandalization so as to allow a harbor for vagrants, criminals or immoral persons. Such structures can also be attractive nuisances to children, putting them in danger. Chief Thompson talked about criminal activity and drugs in such structures. Bohannan outlined the process: first, a call to the owner; second, a notice sent to the owner by registered mail; then a do-not-enter posting. The next step is for the council to declare the site as a dangerous building, which they did for both addresses. The city is then authorized to mitigate the dangerous building designation, including placing a lien on the property to cover its reasonable cleanup costs. Attorney Joe Kellerman agreed to research the recovery of such monies so the city can go forward on an informed basis.

The council also passed a resolution approving the prospective Petition and Order to initiate formation of the Jackson County 4-H, Master Gardeners and Agricultural Service District and consenting to the inclusion of the city’s territory in the proposed district. If approved by the various surrounding communities, and if enough signatures are gathered, a measure will go on the May 2014 ballot for voter approval.

Most other discussion related to matters in process, but not having reached resolution. Chief Thompson said that National Night Out had been iffy with the smoke, but in the end the event went well, and the kids had a good time.

The next meeting will be August 27 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.

By Lynn Leissler

For the Independent



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