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Roxy Ann deal revisited

A five-year agreement between the city of Medford and an excavation company that shares the road with Prescott Park users is coming up for renewal on June 30.

The city has proposed asking for more help from Burl Brim Excavation Inc. to maintain Roxy Ann Road, which is heavily used by the city park users as well as large trucks.

During a study session Tuesday, the Parks and Recreation Commission will look at the proposed new agreement, which would raise the annual road use fee charged to Brim from the current $10,000 to $15,000 a year. The fee would be offset by Brim’s supplying 2,000 tons of base rock a year rather than the current 1,538.

Brim will be required to repair all damage it causes to the road, and to reimburse the city for 25 percent of the annual cost of lignin oil, which is a plant-based product that is spread on the gravel road.

Rich Rosenthal, director of Parks and Recreation, said the oil is typically applied once a season, but could be applied more often, depending on whether it rains.

The road-use license, if recommended by the Parks and Recreation Commission at its May 22 meeting, would come before the City Council on June 7.

In a separate agreement, the city and Brim are discussing an agreement to chip-seal all or portions of the 3-mile stretch of unpaved roadway, starting with the lower section near houses.

In the past, trucks using the road to the quarry have generated criticism from some neighbors and those using the park on the peak east of the city, which is a popular walking spot.

“We’re certainly sympathetic to the proximity of the aggregate trucks that are close to the park patrons,” Rosenthal said.

But the road is the only viable route to the quarry, he said.

He said speed limit signs should help make it easier for law enforcement to catch speeders and Brim has been alerting drivers, who don’t work for his company, to be cautious while driving the road.

“He’s helping us communicate the rules of the road,” Rosenthal said.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on www.twitter.com/reporterdm.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneA truck gets filled up with rock Monday afternnon at the rock quarry on Roxy Ann Peak near Prescott Park in Medford.
Workers lay down new rock on the road heading up Roxy Ann Peak near Prescott Park in Medford Monday afternoon.