Bank gives $9,000 for nonprofit's site repairs

Easter Seals in Medford received a $9,000 check Friday from PremierWest Bank to help with repairs after flooding in early December closed its building on the corner of McAndrews Road and Columbus Avenue.

The money will be used to repair the center, which serves children and adults with disabilities.

Shortly after the flood, PremierWest created a fund to support Easter Seals, matching community donations dollar-for-dollar. Donations originally were sought to assist with clean-up and to replace damaged toys and other equipment.

Randy Jones with the Home Builder's Association of Jackson County is working with the Medford Parks and Recreation Department to determine what would be the best measures to take to prevent flooding damage at the Easter Seals site.

The present proposition calls for the installation of vent wells and a permanent sump pump to prevent potential flood damage, though final decisions on the installations have not yet been made. The building is owned by the city, but Easter Seals is responsible for repairs and maintenance.

"The city has been wonderful," said Katie Shepard, Rogue Valley area director for Easter Seals. "The Parks Department has really stepped up. It has been a wonderful partnership."

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