Gun club lease back on the table

The City Council will continue deliberations about whether to renew the Ashland Gun Club's lease of city-owned property east of town.

The council meets 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Ashland Civic Center, 1175 E. Main St.

During a July meeting, councilors heard from gun club supporters as well as others concerned about the club's use of the land and possible lead contamination from ammunition.

The new lease would put the responsibility on the gun club to clean up any contamination.

It also requires the club to relocate or reorient its facilities to allow for the construction and safe use of the Bear Creek Greenway if that pedestrian and bike path is ever extended to the area.

In other business Tuesday night, the council will consider whether to allow Ashland Fire Rescue to charge a $250 fee when emergency medical workers treat a patient but do not transport the person to a hospital.

During the spring budget process, Ashland Fire Rescue proposed adding the fee to help cover ambulance service costs. The city service recovers money when a person is taken to the hospital, but not when the person is treated and not transported.

Mercy Flights ambulance service, a regional provider, charges a $250 fee when a patient is treated but not taken to a hospital, according to Ashland Fire Chief Keith Woodley.

Ashland Fire Rescue also has proposed to increase the annual FireMed Membership Program fee from $40 per household to $52.

Households can sign up for the program, which is a form of insurance to cover the cost of ambulance service if it is needed during the year.

The fee has not been increased since the program began 12 years ago, Woodley said in a memo to the city finance department.

Additionally, the fire department wants to charge $75 when it has to re-inspect a building because the owner made changes or was out of compliance with the fire code.

This spring, the Citizens Budget Committee cut the department's fire inspector to a property tax increase, shifting his duties to other city employees.

Other agenda items include:


162; deciding whether to adopt a city law that restaurants must post a letter grade to show their Jackson County health inspection score. If the City Council does not adopt a city law, a citizen's initiative would go on the Nov. 4 ballot and voters would decide whether restaurants must post grades.


162; Identifying the city's top four legislative priorities for the League of Oregon Cities for the Oregon Legislature's 2009 session.


162; Considering whether to endorse the U.S. Forest Service's Ashland Forest Resiliency Project preferred alternative to reduce wildfire risk in the Ashland Watershed.


162; Considering whether to approve a $15,000 contract with an engineering firm to identify a location for a water pump station for the Talent Ashland Phoenix water line from Ashland to Medford.


162; Considering whether to change the Ashland Municipal Code so that police must hold seized property from illegal campers, including homeless people, for 60 days instead of 14 days. Illegal camping would no longer be a crime, but would be a violation with a maximum punishment of 48 hours of community service.

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