News from Jacksonville, Oregon’s City Hall

Farewell Sergeant Dan Moore

The evening of March 4, 2017 was bittersweet for city residents and the Jacksonville Police Department during an open house retirement celebration to honor Sergeant Dan Moore. Dan served the city for 22 years, coming to the job after serving more than 20 years in the Air Force. Dan was hired by Chief David Towe, […]

By | March 29th, 2017|City Hall Happenings|0 Comments

Planning Commission Halts Code Revision Process

Due to concerns voiced by many members of the community, the multi-year process of updating Jacksonville’s municipal code section has been temporarily called-off. In a statement to the Jacksonville Review dated February 13, 2017, Jacksonville City Attorney Sydnee Dryer wrote:

On February 1, 2017 the Jacksonville Planning Commission voted to continue the public hearings indefinitely on […]

By | February 28th, 2017|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on Planning Commission Halts Code Revision Process

Linda Kestner…The Volunteer of Volunteers

At the February 7, 2017, City Council meeting, Mayor Paul Becker honored city resident Linda Kestner as the 2016 Person of the Year. Linda donates her time to numerous city and regional organizations including, Jackson County Master Recyclers, Jacksonville’s Citizen Emergency Response Team, Jacksonville Boosters Club, Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery, Historic Jacksonville Inc., Jacksonville […]

By | February 24th, 2017|City Hall Happenings, Now|1 Comment

Retirement Party for Sgt. Dan Moore on March 4!

After 22 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Jacksonville, Sgt Dan Moore has retired.
Please help us celebrate his dedication and service by attending his open house style retirement party. Snacks will be provided. Beer, Wine, Coffee and Soda will be available.

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 6PM – 9PM. At 7PM, there will be […]

By | February 8th, 2017|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on Retirement Party for Sgt. Dan Moore on March 4!

Election 2016: Becker Wins, Pot Shops Banned, Charter Fails

More than 1700 Jacksonville voters, representing a whopping 77% turnout, cast their ballots for candidates and measures. As of 11/9/16 at 2:00 pm, the unofficial election results are:

  • Mayor Paul Becker wins re-election. Becker received 1028 votes (53%), challenger Jocie Wall received 874 votes (45%) with 12 write-in votes.
  • In the uncontested City Council race, […]
By | November 9th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on Election 2016: Becker Wins, Pot Shops Banned, Charter Fails

Jacksonville City Recorder Kimberlyn Collins Installed as 2016-2018 OAMR Treasurer

October 28, 2016–The Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders (OAMR) recently installed Jacksonville City Recorder Kimberlyn Collins, as 2016-2018 OAMR Treasurer. Ms. Collins received the oath of office at the association’s annual conference banquet held at the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites in Ashland, Oregon, on September 23, 2016.

Ms. Collins became a member of OAMR in […]

By | November 3rd, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on Jacksonville City Recorder Kimberlyn Collins Installed as 2016-2018 OAMR Treasurer

In Support of the New Charter – by Steve Casaleggio

I was privileged to act as secretary in drafting the proposed, new Jacksonville charter. As the time for voters to cast ballots approaches, I must respond to some misconceptions about the new charter.

Don’t Need a New Charter! Some critics dismiss the new charter as unnecessary.

Yes, We Do. The current charter dates from 1953, contains numerous […]

By | October 13th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|1 Comment

Changes in the Fire Protection Surcharge Discount Program – by City Councilor Ken Gregg

After the recent approval of a $4 increase in the monthly fire protection surcharge, the Public Safety Committee investigated how this increase would affect the residents who were participating in the fire protection surcharge discount program. This program was created to ease the financial burden on citizens living at or below the poverty level. For […]

By | October 5th, 2016|City Hall Happenings|Comments Off on Changes in the Fire Protection Surcharge Discount Program – by City Councilor Ken Gregg

In Support of Mayor Paul Becker!

From Whitman Parker, Publisher Jacksonville Review and Southern Oregon Wine Scene

The case for re-electing Paul Becker is simple: For six years, Paul Becker has been an excellent mayor, demonstrating a keen ability to listen to residents, work with staff and collaborate with committees, commissions as well as civic and business groups. He strives to reach […]

By | October 5th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|1 Comment

Election 2016: Meet the Candidates for Jacksonville City Council

The Candidates were asked: If elected to the Jacksonville City Council, what do you hope to accomplish over the next four years?

Steve Casaleggio – Candidate for City Council

To introduce: I’m Steve Casaleggio, candidate for City Councilor. My wife Susan and I made our commitment to Jacksonville by building our home here in 2005. We […]

By | October 5th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on Election 2016: Meet the Candidates for Jacksonville City Council

Election 2016: Meet the Candidates for Jacksonville Mayor

The Candidates were asked: Why are you running? What do you hope to accomplish over the next 4 years?

Mayor Paul Becker – Incumbent

To begin, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the citizens of Jacksonville, for allowing me to serve as your Mayor this past term. It has been an honor and […]

By | October 5th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|2 Comments

2016 City Council Race is On!

In the November General Election, Jacksonville voters will elect three City Councilors and a Mayor. Three candidates have filed to run for City Council. Just minutes before press time, the Review confirmed that Councilor Jocie Wall will be challenging Mayor Paul Becker for the mayor’s seat. Since the filing deadline is on August 30, (well […]

By | August 25th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on 2016 City Council Race is On!

Miller House Has New Owner

After serving as Jacksonville City Offices for 26 years, the Miller House is now privately owned. The house closed escrow on July 28 for $410,000, according to Jackson County Public Records. The Review caught up with the new owner and learned that after sprucing it up, painting and making other improvements, it will be leased […]

By | August 3rd, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on Miller House Has New Owner

Jacksonville’s 2016 City-Wide Yard Sale is September 9-11

Set-Up: Thursday, September 8th, 6:00-10:00pm (No Sales Allowed)
Yard Sale Days: 7:00am-8:00pm

As the 2016 City-Wide Yard Sale weekend nears it is important to remember that this event is not sponsored by the City of Jacksonville and there are public safety issues associated with this event. When our town becomes full of bargain hunters and treasure seekers […]

By | July 26th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Community|Comments Off on Jacksonville’s 2016 City-Wide Yard Sale is September 9-11

The Jacksonville Dam – No Longer a Dam! – by Tony Hess

The Jacksonville dam and reservoir was built in 1911, one mile west of town along Jackson Creek. It was built to provide a source of drinking water to the town via a wooden transmission line emanating from the city reservoir. In 1926, the wooden pipeline was replaced by a six-inch steel […]

By | July 22nd, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on The Jacksonville Dam – No Longer a Dam! – by Tony Hess

Don’t Be Alarmed!

On Friday, June 10, 2016, from noon-3:00pm, Jacksonville officials will participate in the statewide Cascadia Emergency drill – you may notice 3 teams from the Jacksonville Community Emergency Response Team out and about in your neighborhood conducting simulated assessment drills.

The City Council and staff will also be doing “Table-Top” drills in various city offices, including […]

By | June 8th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on Don’t Be Alarmed!

Jacksonville’s Firewise Program Expanding Like Wildfire!

Plans to increase the number of Jacksonville neighborhoods whose residents have chosen to work with each other to create safer environments for all, during fire season, by establishing defensible space around their homes are coming to fruition.

Recently, the neighborhoods of “Gold Terrace” and “Vineyard View” were recently recognized as nationally-certified Firewise communities. Chief Devin Hull […]

By | March 12th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Community, Now|Comments Off on Jacksonville’s Firewise Program Expanding Like Wildfire!

City of Jacksonville Town Hall on Livelihood of City Services

A town hall meeting will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 to discuss the livelihood of our Fire and Police Departments. This is the chance for the public to speak regarding their views and needs for City Services.

  • Date: Saturday, March 19
  • Time: 10:00am-noon
  • Location: Old City Hall,  205 W Main Street,  Jacksonville OR 97530

By | February 22nd, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Community, Event News, Now|Comments Off on City of Jacksonville Town Hall on Livelihood of City Services

Marijuana Shops Banned in City for Now

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 – The City Council passed one of the first Ordinances of the New Year tonight, declaring a ban on Medical and Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries, Processing Sites and other related restrictions within the city limits. The Council also voted to refer the matter to the voters by placing the issue on the November 8, […]

By | January 5th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|1 Comment

2015 Jacksonville City-Wide Yard Sale is September 11-13!

Here are some basic guidelines to follow during the busy weekend. These guidelines are supported by the Jacksonville Municipal Code and the Oregon Revised Statutes.

By | June 30th, 2015|City Hall Happenings, Community, Now|Comments Off on 2015 Jacksonville City-Wide Yard Sale is September 11-13!

Ausland Group Giving Historic Courthouse a Stronger Foundation – by Julia Wright

Ausland Group is just a few days away from completing the seismic upgrades on the historic Jacksonville Courthouse.

By | June 29th, 2015|City Hall Happenings, Featured Stories, Now|Comments Off on Ausland Group Giving Historic Courthouse a Stronger Foundation – by Julia Wright

City Council to Honor Wendt and Smith

At its April 7, 2015 City Council meeting, Jacksonville Mayor Paul Becker will honor Clara Wendt and Larry Smith for their many years of public service. The meeting starts at 6 pm at Old City Hall and the public is invited (as always) to attend and show their support. The brief presentation will be the […]

By | March 26th, 2015|City Hall Happenings, News Flow, Now|Comments Off on City Council to Honor Wendt and Smith

Historic Action Moves Courthouse Renovation Forward

At its March 3, 2015 meeting, the City Council took historic action when it voted to approve three key contracts for Phase I in the renovation of the historic courthouse into city offices.  The Review is pleased to announce that firms chosen are local firms!  Kistler, Small & White Architects was awarded the contract for […]

By | March 4th, 2015|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on Historic Action Moves Courthouse Renovation Forward

Earthshaking News on Courthouse Renovation

At 2 pm on Thursday, February 26, Mayor Paul Becker and others gathered at City Hall to open and review 4 contractor bids for the seismic upgrade portion of the historic courthouse renovation. Bids were made by Batzer Construction ($298,600), Taylor Site Development ($357,900), The Ausland Group ($221,150), and Vitus Construction ($308,992).
After announcing the bids, […]

By | February 26th, 2015|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on Earthshaking News on Courthouse Renovation

“Update on Project Fund Financials” Memo

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By | January 22nd, 2015|City Hall Happenings|Comments Off on “Update on Project Fund Financials” Memo

Letter to the Editor: U.S. Hotel Condition

The old U. S. Hotel may, indeed, have condition problems, as identified in the front page article by Tony Boom on the old brick lady and her structural issues as alleged by concerned citizen Larry Smith in the Wednesday, January 14 issue of the Medford Tribune. They are not likely unique to the hotel, however.

By | January 21st, 2015|City Hall Happenings, Now|1 Comment

Safety of Jacksonville’s historic U.S. Hotel subject of debate

By Tony Boom
for the Mail Tribune
Posted Jan. 13, 2015 @ 5:51 pm
Updated Jan 13, 2015 at 9:56 PM
A local history buff says the iconic Jacksonville building is in trouble, but others disagree

JACKSONVILLE — Mortar slowly washing away from bricks at the U.S. Hotel has history buff Larry Smith worried about the future of one of […]

By | January 14th, 2015|City Hall Happenings, History News & Events, Now|Comments Off on Safety of Jacksonville’s historic U.S. Hotel subject of debate

New Britt Parking Lot Complies with Code, Council Says

By Tony Boom
for the Mail Tribune
Posted Jan. 7, 2015 @ 5:36 pm

After nearly two hours of testimony, deliberation and debate on definitions for structures, driveways, shoulders, foundations and roadways, the City Council ruled Tuesday that Britt Festivals’ new parking lot on First Street is in compliance with city development codes.

Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals […]

By | January 8th, 2015|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on New Britt Parking Lot Complies with Code, Council Says

One Giant Step for Courthouse

See plans for Phase 1 of the General Construction Plan for seismic upgrades and more of the $1.1 million Jacksonville Courthouse project to convert the historic building into city offices.

Click here to see Plans!

By | November 13th, 2014|City Hall Happenings, Featured Stories|1 Comment

Jacksonville OKs plans for 1883 Courthouse Remodel

From Mail Tribune by Tony Boom

JACKSONVILLE — The City Council unanimously approved plans Tuesday for the first phase of restoration of the 1883 courthouse building for use as City Hall. But approval from agencies must be obtained before any of an estimated $440,000 is spent for construction plans and work.

A go-ahead vote followed presentation of […]

By | October 27th, 2014|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on Jacksonville OKs plans for 1883 Courthouse Remodel

Controlling the Dam Costs! – by Tony Hess

If the city has not already submitted the application for the Joint Fill and Removal Permit, it will be submitted soon using the engineer’s 30% design. When the city received the engineers’ 30% design and a cost estimate of $767,100 plus a $191,778 contingency, it immediately spurred a series of discussions between city staff, RVCOG, […]

By | September 29th, 2014|City Hall Happenings|Comments Off on Controlling the Dam Costs! – by Tony Hess

2014 Jacksonville City Council Candidates Q & A – Question #5

5. POPULATION GROWTH: Jacksonville must plan for population growth based on allocation numbers determined by Jackson County. Based on current estimates, the City’s population could reach 3397 people by 2026. This 550 person increase over today’s 2840 residents (Portland State University 2013 estimate) would require the City to provide land capacity to accommodate approximately 250-300 […]

By | September 26th, 2014|City Hall Happenings|Comments Off on 2014 Jacksonville City Council Candidates Q & A – Question #5

2014 Jacksonville City Council Candidates Q & A – Question #4

4. COURTHOUSE COMPLEX: In July, 2014, the City Council voted to utilize up to $1,000,000 in funds from its Urban Renewal program to rehabilitate the city-owned historic courthouse complex. Preliminary plans call for turning a portion of the first floor into city offices. Do you feel this is the highest and best use of this […]

By | September 26th, 2014|City Hall Happenings|Comments Off on 2014 Jacksonville City Council Candidates Q & A – Question #4

2014 Jacksonville City Council Candidates Q & A – Question #3

3. ECONOMIC VITALITY: Recent reports suggest that economic growth in Southern Oregon is lagging behind other parts of the state and much of the nation. As a City Councilor, what are you willing to advocate for that will help local business owners prosper, specifically in Jacksonville’s business district?

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By | September 26th, 2014|City Hall Happenings|Comments Off on 2014 Jacksonville City Council Candidates Q & A – Question #3

2014 Jacksonville City Council Candidates Q & A – Question #2

2. AREAS OF INTEREST: City Council standing committees include the Historic Architectural Review Commission (HARC), Planning Commission, Parks, Recreation and Visitor Services Committee, Parking Commission, Transient Lodging Tax Committee, Public Safety Committee, and the Historic Jacksonville Cemetery Commission. Which standing commission/committee are you most-interested in serving-on as a member and as the City Council liaison […]

By | September 26th, 2014|City Hall Happenings|Comments Off on 2014 Jacksonville City Council Candidates Q & A – Question #2

2014 Jacksonville City Council Candidates Q & A – Question #1

1. BACKGROUND: Tell us about yourself! Age? Occupation? Why are you running for City Council and what do you hope to accomplish, if elected? Is there one (or more) compelling issue you feel needs to be a City Council priority? What life and/or work experience has prepared you for this office?

By | September 26th, 2014|City Hall Happenings|Comments Off on 2014 Jacksonville City Council Candidates Q & A – Question #1

Jacksonville Fire Department Investment Pays Dividends

By Tony Boom for the Mail Tribune
Posted Sep. 3, 2014 @ 5:50 pm

JACKSONVILLE — A fire protection rating of 02 — one short of the best — moves the city into a small group of Oregon firefighting agencies and may lead to a decrease in homeowner’s insurance costs.

Fire Chief Devin Hull announced the new classification, […]

By | September 4th, 2014|City Hall Happenings, News, News Flow|2 Comments

Join Jacksonville CERT!

WILDFIRES, HEAVY STORMS, FLOODS–How can you help within your own community during events such as these? The answer is CERT - COMMUNITY • EMERGENCY • RESPONSE • TEAM!

By | August 11th, 2014|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on Join Jacksonville CERT!

Jacksonville Mayor Backs Business

The Review just received this note from Mayor Paul Becker to City Administrator Jeff Alvis regarding the ongoing issue of the use of sandwich board signs in the city limits, specifically the business core district. Earlier this summer, the mayor took unilateral action after complaints were filed alleging certain businesses were violating the city’s sign […]

By | August 5th, 2014|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on Jacksonville Mayor Backs Business

Urban Renewal De-Mystified

Editor’s Note: In recent weeks, the Jacksonville City Council voted to borrow and utilize up to 1 million dollars from its Urban Renewal program to rehabilitate the historic Courthouse for city offices and for other approved uses. The following primer is excerpted from a staff report provided by Elaine Howard, the city’s Urban Renewal consultant.

What […]

By | July 29th, 2014|City Hall Happenings|Comments Off on Urban Renewal De-Mystified

Now More Residents Can Run For City Council

The requirement to run for office is now that you must be a City resident for one year before the date of the election.

By | July 23rd, 2014|City Hall Happenings, News Flow, Now|2 Comments

Mayor Becker Issues Proclamation

On June 23, Mayor Paul Becker issued a “proclamation,” effectively permitting downtown business owners...

By | June 23rd, 2014|City Hall Happenings, News, Now|Comments Off on Mayor Becker Issues Proclamation

Planning Department Closed May 29-30th

THERE WILL BE NO SUBMITTAL OR ISSUANCE OF BUILDING PERMITS OR PLANNING APPLICATIONS DURING THESE TWO DAYS.

By | May 27th, 2014|City Hall Happenings, News, Now|Comments Off on Planning Department Closed May 29-30th

Planning Department Public Forum

The public is invited to one of two public forums with members of the City of Jacksonville Planning Department...

By | May 13th, 2014|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on Planning Department Public Forum

City of Jacksonville Proposed Water Rate Increase

The City of Jacksonville recently had a new 20-year Water Master Plan written, addressing planning...

By | May 2nd, 2014|City Hall Happenings, News, Now|Comments Off on City of Jacksonville Proposed Water Rate Increase

Planning Department – New Operating Hours Breakdown

In an effort to provide improved customer service, the Planning Department will be breaking down the hours that the office is open...

By | May 1st, 2014|City Hall Happenings, News, Now|Comments Off on Planning Department – New Operating Hours Breakdown

Planning Department – New Operating Hours Breakdown

In an effort to provide improved customer service, the Planning Department will be breaking down the hours that the office is open...

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HARC Approves Improvements to Britt Parking Lot

Improvements to the Britt Music Festival's First Street parking lot can move ahead despite...

By | March 31st, 2014|City Hall Happenings, News, Now|Comments Off on HARC Approves Improvements to Britt Parking Lot

City Going to Court-house

In an unexpected move, the Jacksonville City Council voted 5-1 to move its city offices to the Historic Courthouse...

By | March 18th, 2014|About Jacksonville, City Hall Happenings, News, Now|Comments Off on City Going to Court-house

City Councilor Dan Winterburn Resigns Council Seat

At the January 21 City Council meeting, Council President David Jesser informed council that...

By | January 22nd, 2014|About Jacksonville, City Hall Happenings, News, Now|Comments Off on City Councilor Dan Winterburn Resigns Council Seat