Council to consider setting up reward for Grubbs

The Ashland City Council will consider whether to set up a donation-supported public reward fund for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of whoever murdered David Grubbs on the Central Ashland Bike Path on Nov. 19.

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

Crime Stoppers has already set up a reward fund in the case, but some residents are concerned that people may be reluctant to donate to that fund. If the case is solved by police without the help of a tip, the money will be recycled back into the Crime Stoppers' account.

The City Council could set up a fund administered by city of Ashland staff. If the crime is solved without a tip, or the City Council terminates the fund because it's not proving useful, people who donated $50 or more would receive a refund.

Smaller donations that were not refunded would be given to the Ashland Police Department.

Employees of the city of Ashland would not be eligible to receive the reward. Police officers also would not be eligible, whether they are from Ashland, other local jurisdictions, the state government or the federal government.

Any interest accrued by the reward fund would be used by the city of Ashland to help offset costs of administering the fund.

Meanwhile, Grubbs' family is setting up a separate, privately administered fund to supplement the public reward fund, city staff said in a memo to the council.

In other business on Tuesday night, the City Council will consider setting up a policy for road-side signs memorializing people who died on city streets, whether they are drivers, pedestrians, skateboarders, bicyclists or others.

In 2010, 26-year-old Jesse Brandsen suffered a fatal injury in a skateboarding crash. He was not wearing a helmet. His mother supports the erection of a sign memorializing her son and reminding people to wear helmets. (The spelling of Jesse Brandsen's name has been corrected in this story.)

The memorial signs would carry safety messages, such as "Wear a helmet when riding" or "Drive sober."

Other agenda items include hearing an update on a council goal to improve the clarity, responsiveness and certainty of the development process.

For a complete list of agenda items, and for details on each item, visit

Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or

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