Council to look at water issues

The Ashland City Council's meeting tonight will be dominated by water issues.

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

The Ashland Public Works Department is seeking permission from the council to visit 1,036 customers of both city potable water and Talent Irrigation District irrigation water.

City staff members would check to see if customers have cross connections that could contaminate the city water with untreated irrigation water.

The cost to a customer could be from $500 to $1,000 if the customer has to install a reduced pressure principal backflow prevention assembly, according to a staff memo to the council.

It would take city staff three and a half years to visit all the customers with city and TID water.

On another water issue, the council will continue wading through a complex proposed ordinance that would create buffer zones around streams and wetlands and limit some activities near those bodies of water.

The council is not likely to consider actually adopting a new ordinance until an Oct. 6 meeting.

In other business tonight, the council is scheduled to:

  • hear Mayor John Stromberg's proclamation of September 11-20 as Eat Local Week, a time when residents are encouraged to support local farms, ranches and restaurants by eating locally produced foods;
  • hear a presentation from the Oregon Department of Transportation about proposed aesthetic improvements at Interstate 5 Exits 14 and 19;
  • hear a request from the Rogue Valley Community Development Corporation for the city to waive $38,295 in planning and engineering fees for Verde Village affordable housing;
  • consider a proposed law that would allow the city to exclude someone from city parks for up to 120 days on a first offense for violating any applicable laws;
  • and consider making definitions in city voluntary campaign spending limits consistent with state law.

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

Prior to the 7 p.m. meeting, the council will hold an executive session at 6 p.m. Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Staff writer Vickie Aldous can be reached at 479-8199 or

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