by Cindy Koehler, Human Rights & Neighborhood Involvement
Eugene Public Works is planning for another busy year of road construction projects. In all, construction crews will rebuild or resurface more than 20 roads throughout the city. While most of the projects are on local, residential streets, crews will improve four main corridors as well as enhance safety features for people who walk and bike. Combined, the improvements are expected to total more than $10 million and repave a total of more than 18 lane miles of streets.
The larger projects include portions of West 11th Avenue (Bertelson Road to Danebo), Garfield Street (Roosevelt to 6th Avenue), 7th Place (Bailey Hill Road to Highway 99), and West Amazon Drive. The rest of the work, 17 roads, will be primarily residential streets.
Most of the funding for these capital projects come from the 2012 voter-approved bond measure. As part of the Public Works’ Enhanced Street Repair Program, the City will also resurface Spring Boulevard (south of 27th Avenue) and Jeppesen Acres (east of Gilham), along with several smaller streets. Continue reading
The City of Eugene has entered the Hire phase of our Police Chief Recruitment process and will host finalists for the positions in Eugene between March 12 and March 15.
Get to Know the Candidates at Community Forum
Join us for a Community Forum open to everyone and viewable through webcast:
- Tuesday, March 13 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Harris Hall, 125 East Eighth Avenue
Submit Questions for the Finalists
Community members present and viewing from home can submit questions to be asked in advance or during the forum. Continue reading
by Beatriz Hernandez, Community Engagement & Translation Specialist, City of Eugene, Police Auditor’s Office
The Office of the Independent Police Auditor was established by Charter amendment in 2005 to provide an external, independent mechanism for the receipt, classification, and monitoring of complaints against employees of the Eugene Police Department (EPD).
By design, the Auditor’s Office is separate from the rest of city government. The police auditor is hired and supervised by the Eugene City Council. The Eugene City Charter also provides for a Civilian Review Board, whose members are appointed by City Council and are tasked primarily with reviewing closed complaints. Eugene City Code designates our office as the intake point for all complaints against employees of EPD.
We impartially and thoroughly monitor the complaint process to ensure that it is fair and unbiased. We also make recommendations to the Police Chief and Police Commission regarding policies, training, and trends.
If you would like to know how to make your home, street and neighborhood more green, resilient and prepared, you will want to know about the G and R Neighborhood Initiative.
The Green and Resilient Neighborhood Initiative is a series of presentations, site tours, skill share and work parties. Its all free and takes place in the River Road Neighborhood this summer.
Presentations will touch on earthquakes with overviews of CERT Training, Map Your Neighborhood, Neighborhood Watch and creating Green and Resilient Neighborhoods. The presentations will explain how these programs can help neighbors meet and work together.
The site tours will feature edible landscaping, rain water catchment, solar design, front yard gardens, examples of neighborhood collaboration and much more. The skill shares will include food storage, permaculture, edible landscaping and more.
The first presentation is June 13, 7 PM at the River Road Rec Center, 1400 Lake Drive. Josh Bruce, Director of the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience will explain the implications of the overdue Cascadia Earthquake.
For more Green and Resilient Initiative information, please link to www.suburbanpermaculture.org or like us at https://www.facebook.com/Green-and-Resilient-Neighborhood-Initiative-118633518687247/
The Chief of Police for the Eugene Police Department will be the featured presenter for the NLC March meeting. Chief Kerns has served the City of Eugene Police Department in a variety of disciplines for more than 30 years. Throughout his career, Chief Kerns has worked with community groups, neighborhoods and business associations to promote safety through problem oriented, neighborhood based community policing.
Pete Kerns will be our featured guest on Tuesday, March 28, 7pm – 9pm to discuss safety concerns related to the recent hate and bias incidents and answer questions about patrols, response time, neighborhood involvement and more.
We invite all neighbors to submit questions for Chief Kerns. Please use the form below to submit your questions. Enter your email address into the field provided and select your association from the drop-down menu if you wish to be added to your neighborhood association contact list.
At tonight’s Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC) meeting, Scott Milovich from Parks and Open Space will discuss pesticide spraying in city parks and the pesticide-free parks program. Most parks in Eugene have areas that are pesticide free. The City’s IPM Policy creates pesticide free buffers around sensitive areas in parks. These include a 25 foot buffer around playgrounds and exercise stations, stormwater catch basins and inlets, picnic areas, community gardens, outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, water spray features, and dog parks. Read more…
The NLC is a civic organization composed of each of Eugene’s twenty-three (23) recognized neighborhood associations. The group meets monthly to discuss current topics, learn about programs and services, work collectively on issues, share ideas and information, and to promote the interests of Eugene Neighborhood Associations.
The Eugene Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC) meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sloat Room, on the ground floor of the Atrium Building, at 10th and Olive in downtown Eugene. All meetings are open to the public and each meeting opens with an opportunity for public comment.
The Red Cross is organizing First Aid Service Teams (FAST) to provide basic first aid support for attendees at this summer’s Olympic Trials hosted here in Eugene from July 1-10. This is a great opportunity for high school and college students and community members to be Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED trained and who want to do something interesting in their local community this summer. Contact Whitney at the Red Cross office, 541-344-5244, if you have any questions.