News from Jacksonville, Oregon’s City Hall
We have every reason to be proud of Jacksonville’s police force. We can continue to support the men and women who serve us so well by carefully considering how we fund our police.
Historically, we have funded police services with our general fund, which, in turn comes mainly from property tax revenues. Today, those tax revenues […]
During the City Council meeting on 1/16, staff announced that former Mayor Clara Wendt passed away at home at the age of 90 on January 3, 2018.
In tribute to her years of service, City Administrator Jeff Alvis placed her mayoral photo in her regular seat in Old City Hall.
Mrs. Wendt served on numerous committees and […]
This fall and winter, before lighting your fireplace or wood stove, have it inspected and/or cleaned. Inspections should also include the chimney and flues, due to a possible buildup of dangerous creosote. Please also remember that wood logs and wood of any kind should never be burned in a gas-log fireplace.
Brick chimneys also require inspections […]
When, where, and how much are the common questions asked by administrators, city or county council, and citizens when it comes to determining the resources for Fire Departments. Determining the proper level of resources to deploy for a fire department involves asking the same questions as well as balancing the safety concerns of citizens and […]
This summer’s fires that required evacuations so close to home are a stark reminder of our vulnerability here in Southern Oregon. With fires still smoldering into fall and anticipation of winter weather, this is time to check our plans for evacuation and sheltering in place. Even those of us who are tuned into Disaster Planning […]
By Tony Boom
for the Mail Tribune
October 5, 2017
Turning the busy and sometimes confusing east entrance into downtown Jacksonville into a four-way stop might be given a trial run, an Oregon Department of Transportation official suggests in a memo to other agency staff.
The trial period would help determine the impacts and benefits of stop signs at […]
Provided by City of Jacksonville Planning Department
One of the most common inquiries we receive in the Planning Department is whether short-term vacation rentals are permitted within the City of Jacksonville. Because this is one of our more frequent questions, we thought it would be a good opportunity to clarify and define the rules.
Definitions—A Vacation […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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, […]
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.
Ausland Group is just a few days away from completing the seismic upgrades on the historic Jacksonville Courthouse.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 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 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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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?
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 […]
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 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, […]
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!
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 […]
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.
The requirement to run for office is now that you must be a City resident for one year before the date of the election.
On June 23, Mayor Paul Becker issued a “proclamation,” effectively permitting downtown business owners...
THERE WILL BE NO SUBMITTAL OR ISSUANCE OF BUILDING PERMITS OR PLANNING APPLICATIONS DURING THESE TWO DAYS.