Updated March 12, 2020
This update from city/EWEB/EPD Team:
In terms of short-term actions:
- EWEB has removed vegetation/plantings around the substation to decrease hiding places and increase safety for EWEB landscape, substation and security crews as well as the public. EWEB will continue to respond to clean-up requests as needed/appropriate.
- EWEB has also increased our security patrols at the site to three times a day with flashing lights and walking the site to get more eyes on the property. This will continue through the end of the month. EPD will continue to request extra patrols for the area.
- With help from the City of Eugene, lighting in the area will be improved with two new streetlights in the alley to increase visibility. EWEB crews will install the lighting tomorrow (Thursday).
Some longer term solutions are in the planning phases. We are looking into No Trespassing signage which will allow police to more easily move people off site with risk of enforcement. This requires the City to ‘close’ the public right of way so this is not a quick solution.
EWEB is also starting to define requirements for gates and/or fencing to prevent access to the alleyway and the north side of the substation. This requires meeting strict safety standards for the substation as well as working around the Goal 5 area (water resources land use issues). So this is in process but will take some time and coordination with the various property partners to figure out viable solutions.
I hope the short-term solutions, and especially the added lighting, provide some improvement to the issues we are trying to address.
Updated March 3, 2020
Updated February 16, 2020
The area around the EWEB Substation, behind the Lane Events Center, at W. 15th Ave by the Fern Ridge Trail and the Jefferson Park Dog Off-Leash Area has been experiencing a steady increase in illegal and dangerous activity. The JWN, EPD, EWEB, the City of Eugene, and LEC has been working with neighbors to try to get meaningful mitigation in place, but the confluence of jurisdictions and rules around Amazon Creek have made it a challenge. The threat here is not just to adjacent neighbors. This is an area that sees significant public use as the confluence of bike and pedestrian paths, O’Hara Catholic School, the heavily used Jefferson Park DOLA, and event vendors and visitors to LEC. If you have experienced illegal activity or have been threatened or felt threatened in this area, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.