Jamboree expands presence to Sankey Park

The Sweet Home City Council approved a variety of requests for the Oregon Jamboree, which will be held from July 30 to Aug.1, during its regular meeting on June 13.

The Jamboree’s proposed setup will be different than in previous years, said Police Chief Bob Burford. Sankey Park will be used to host a new beer garden, a children’s play area and various vendor booths.

As such, the Jamboree requested that the park be closed to the public several days in advance.

The council approved the closure of Sankey Park to the general public from 6 a.m. on July 28 to Aug. 2 to facilitate the erection of fencing, sanitation facilities, vendor booths and other facilities. The council also approved the use of the property for beer gardens.

Fourteenth and 18th avenues will be partially closed, with 18th Avenue completely closed around the baseball fields and south high school fields at approximately 11 a.m. on July 29.

Approval also included a waiver of the peddler’s license requirement, manpower costs outside of the Jamboree, and a $50 per day event permit fee.

A public address permit for amplification was granted for July 29 to Aug. 1., with a 10 p.m. deadline on July 29 and Aug. 1 and a midnight deadline on July 30 and 31.

The council also granted permission to use various pieces of city property for camping, the assistance of city staff and the use of the Public Works Maintenance facility on 24th Avenue for semi-truck and equipment storage.

The council approved the requests 6-0.

Councilors attending the meeting included Mayor Craig Fentiman, Jim Gourley, Scott McKee Jr., Laure Fowler, Eric Markell and Ron Rodgers. Greg Mahler was absent.

In other business, the council:

– Approved a public address permit for The Last Frontier for 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. for the first two days of the Oregon Jamboree, July 30 and July 31 to allow a live DJ, mechanical bull and other outdoor activities.

The Nandina Street Neighborhood Watch initially asked the council for a midnight deadline, and Burford recommended a midnight deadline based on that input. The midnight deadline has been the city’s past practice as well.

Frontier staff told the council that with the Jamboree letting out at about 11 p.m. that it didn’t allow much time before the bar would have to shut down amplification for the night.

The Nandina Street Neighborhood Watch agreed to a 1 a.m. deadline for shutting down amplification.

Fentiman told the council that allowing the permit to go to 1 a.m. would set a precedent for the council going forward.

– Agreed to initiate the vacation of portions of Evergreen Lane between Nandina Street and Highway 228. An issue was discovered when a resident on Evergreen applied for a fence permit only to discover that portions of the residents’ yards are included in the city right-of-way.

Many of the affected properties in the request have developed yards that would be more appropriate to be private rather than public right-of-way, said City Manager Craig Martin.

– Approved the closure of 13th Avenue between Main and Long streets for the second annual Sale-A-Bration, from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 to facilitate the event, which includes a dance in the evening.

– Approved the return of a $1.5 million Community Development Block Grant intended to be used as part of Phase IV of the ongoing sewer rehabilitation program to eliminate inflow and infiltration.

The funds could not be used to replace and repair private lateral pipes, which accounts for around half of I&I in most areas.

The city will use no-interest loans from the state Department of Environmental Quality to begin the project and apply for CDBG grant funds for other portions of the project.

Inflow and infiltration is water that leaks into the sewer system through deteriorated pipes and cross connections during rain storms. At times, the volume of storm water in the sewer system can force the city to bypass untreated wastewater around the wastewater treatment plant.

The city has been working under an agreement with the DEQ to repair the city’s wastewater infrastructure with a January 2010 deadline. The city has requested an extension, but the DEQ has not yet decided.

– Awarded a contract to the North Santiam Paving Company of Stayton for $759,000 to construct sidewalks, bike lanes and a rock buttress along Long Street.

The city has budgeted $395,000 in matching funds with a $364,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation.