Transportation System Plan (TSP)
We held another conference call to get the TSP going. There is a lot of responsibility up front for the TSP on the city’s shoulders. Once get everything started then the consultants take over.
Tater Tot Festival
Revitalize Ontario’s Tater Tot Festival Committee met with us this week. They are doing an amazing job planning for this event. I am very excited with what they have done. They appear to be very organized and they are learning from everybody they can about how to pull it off successfully. Public Safety was at the meeting and was very valuable in helping us with the safety of the event.
We had some great PDAC’s this week for some new development. Very exciting!
Affordable Housing Project
We met with some of our community partners working on the affordable housing project.
Feb 6th-Chief Romero attended the monthly Malheur County LE Executive session. Chief Romero, DA Goldthorpe, and other agency executives discussed recent case dispositions and upcoming, joint enforcement efforts, for a variety of countywide concerns.
Chief Romero spent much of the week authoring a grant proposal for funding through the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office. Chief Romero is pursuing funding for the development of a multi-sector, multi-discipline, crime prevention program that focuses on reducing juvenile delinquency while increasing community-based policing strategies regionally. OPD will serve as the lead agency and is conducting the first steering committee development session next Wednesday at TVCC. Stakeholders from both Oregon and Idaho have been invited to attend.
OPD arrested homeless subject who had assaulted his pregnant spouse.
SRO Elizondo seized commercial product of marijuana from a student at the middle school.
OPD CEO’s will start taking a firm approach towards dog owners who fail to properly control / care for their pets. This will result in less warnings and more administrative citations.
Weekly-CEO continues to be proactive in the downtown area focusing on discarded debris and trash in the alley ways. The goal is to help maintain a clean downtown that will be more appealing to all persons enjoying our downtown area for work or shopping. Blight suppression also works as a crime reducing tool.
Fire & Rescue
Chief and some of the Rural board met with legal counsel for SRCI contract. The Rural board also had their monthly meeting.
Saturday the staff had 3 members take their firefighter I practical test and 1 member take the firefighter II practical test. Tuesday drill night was a good class taught by Ridge Medford on the use and policies of naloxone/Narcan for narcotics overdoses. Thursday night was an introduction to personal protective equipment for some new members.
The crew responded to a small fire in a house that was some clothes that fell on a lamp and caught on fire. The fire was extinguished, and the crew ventilated the smoke from the house. That day the crew also responded to a car fire. They contained the fire in the engine compartment with only smoke damage to the engine compartment.
A brief snow fall resulted in snow removal plan put into effect on Wednesday.
Brush and debris were removed from East Idaho, ground cover will be removed up prior to laying irrigation systems.
We experienced a 6” water main break at the new TVCC construction site, a newly cut in connection failed. Staff addressed the break and made repairs to the line . As a result of the outage a boil water advisory was issued for portions of TVCC. The advisory will remain in effect until the results of bacteriological samples can verify disinfection and water potability.
New security cameras were installed and are functioning well.
Additional sampling was completed as per permit requirements.
Weekly inspections of the equipment and buildings including maintenance and trouble shooting.
NPDES permit sampling continues as per DEQ requirements.
Parks and Cemetery
We are working with the new surveillance camera system installer to help in the installation process.
A power pole was installed at Laxson Park to provide the required camera angles and communication.
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