Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Creswell Police Department CPD

If that has a good sound, we can thank our Councilman Jacob Daniels for looking into this for our city.  Jacob spent several hours with Junction City's Police Chief Mark Chase discussing this possibility.
Mark, as he likes to be called, pointed out the many benefits of having our own police department here in Creswell.  He explained about the police academy for training and sharing a dispatch center.  Jacob came away with several pages of information and suggestions by the chief, (Mark) one sergeant and Brandy the dispatcher.

One of the main benefits is patrolling our city on a regular basis.  At present, it seems the sheriff will come when they are called, most times.  With our own police, you will see them more often than we are seeing our sheriff cars.  It will be much easier to recruit people for a "Neighborhood Watch" organization.  The reason being, if they see something suspicious we can have one of our police cars there in minutes.  Creswell is about one and a half square miles in area.  Junction City is six and a half square miles in area, making Creswell easier to cover.
Jacob is also talking about our outlying areas that are in the Creswell School District.  This may take a bond measure, but well worth it.  This could then cover Camas Swale and other close areas that are not in the city proper.  Mark offered his ongoing help.


Saturday, August 17, 2013

City Administrator Steve Carmichael

While that may have a great sound to it, don't get used to seeing Steve at city hall after a week or so.  While it would be a good thing for our city, Steve is being kind enough to sit in for a week until the "new" interim city administrator, Larry Patterson can get situated in Creswell.  At that time, Steve, who is retired, can get back to the important things in life, playing golf and enjoying his lovely wife Jenny.

Thank you Steve and welcome Larry.   

Friday, August 16, 2013

City and Eugene Skydivers Settle Complaint

The Creswell City Council voted Thursday in a special meeting to develop a policy to allow skydivers to cross the runway at our municipal airport, and to settle a lawsuit with Eugene Skydivers for $50,000 and other conditions.
Mayor Dave Stram called the meeting to solicit community input on the question of whether parachutists, after landing on city-owned property to the east of the Hobby Field airport, would be allowed to walk across the runway to return to the hangars.
Apparently, the skydivers had used that same method for some twelve years before it was somehow decided it was no longer safe.  From all indications, it appeared the FAA would have found in favor of Eugene Skydivers in an FAR part 16 complaint.  It seemed both, the city and Mr. Moore, owner of Eugene Skydivers wanted to settle this and move on.  Most likely a savings to the city.
There was testimony for and against the skydiving operation.  In the end, the councilors voted six to one in favor of settling.  This settlement will remove a civil lawsuit filed by Mr. Moore and the FAA part sixteen complaint.     

“We felt it was of such magnitude that we needed to hear from the community and airport users,” Stram said.  The vote to allow skydivers to cross the runway was 5-2 with Stram and Pelatt  voting no.  The vote to settle the lawsuit, was 6-1 with Adam Pelatt voting against.  

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Negotiations Failed With the Selected City Administrator Applicant, Andy Parks

Mayor Stram explained at the August 12th council meeting that negotiations with the selected candidate for city administrator, Andy Parks failed.  It appears the process will start over.  There were forty people who had originally applied for this position.

City Council Votes for More Police Presence

The Creswell City Council took two major steps Monday night towards improving public safety in its area.
The council voted unanimously to fund and request a third Lane County Sheriff’s deputy to work in Creswell.
A number of people spoke at the meeting expressing their concerns surrounding public safety. “Response time here in town. I mean I waited 15 minutes for somebody to answer the phone is ridiculous.,” added one Creswell resident.
Another pleaded with council saying, “Without 24 hour effective police we are just waiting for tragedy.”
And another resident said council needed to improve safety to, “Make this a safe place for our children and to we make it a safe place for our families for our businesses and to attract business.”
Councilors also voted unanimously to direct the city administrator to look at long term solution to the safety issue like partnering with forces from nearby cities for instance Veneta or Cottage Grove.
The extra deputy will cost the city about $168,000 and that takes into account some dispatch and administrative costs.
A Lane County Sheriff’s Deputy who was at the meeting wanted to make it clear that it would take a total of five deputies to get 24 hour coverage and the timeline is unclear as to when that third deputy would be hired for Creswell.
The Sheriff’s Office delivered some good news to residents when it comes to a recent rash of burglaries in the city that prompted the safety conversation to begin.
“We have made four more arrests on unrelated crimes on folks that we were directly looking at for the burglaries,” said Sgt. Doug Osborne.
Sgt. Osbourne says to his knowledge both of those men are still behind bars.
Both of the council’s unanimous votes were met with a lot of applause  from residents who were packed in to City Hall.