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Ashland City Council to take on a full agenda

Ski area expansion, road diet survey slated for discussion
 Posted: 2:00 AM August 31, 2013

The Ashland City Council will hear details on plans to expand the Mt. Ashland Ski Area parking lot and re-contour the Sonnet and Blossom ski runs to make the slopes more gentle for beginners.

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

Work on the projects could begin in early September.

City staff will monitor the work to make sure that erosion and sediment control features are properly installed to minimize or eliminate erosion in the Ashland Watershed, according to a staff memo to councilors.

The watershed is home to the ski area and the city's drinking water supply.

The city also has a $10,000 contract with David Evans & Associates for that firm to review plans to ensure that the projects are designed to protect the watershed. The firm will also be available for onsite inspections, the memo said.

The Mt. Ashland Association, a nonprofit organization that runs the ski area, plans to carry out the projects.

In other business on Tuesday night, the council will decide whether to spend $13,864.63 for the Southern Oregon University Research Center to survey residents about their views on the North Main Street road diet.

In October 2012, the street was re-striped to turn four car lanes into two car lanes with a center turn lane. That created room on the sides of the street for new bike lanes.

The one-year road diet pilot project will be complete this October. Councilors will analyze data and decide whether to keep the road diet striping in place, or return the street to its past configuration.

In other business, councilors will decide whether to provide a police officer to the Ashland School District.

The district has not had a school resource officer since the 2004-2005 school year, according to the Ashland Police Department.

Other agenda items include deciding whether to allow dogs in a city homeless shelter that will be open one night per week this winter, if people using the city's Open City Hall online forum can be anonymous, and if the Housing Commission should be dissolved so it can be merged with the Homelessness Steering Committee to form a new Housing and Human Services Commission.

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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