Group presents pond petition to commission

After years of talk, meetings and studies, a concrete step was taken Wednesday night toward rehabilitating Bend’s Mirror Pond.

Ray Babb, who lives on NW Drake Road, presented the city commission with a petition signed by residents of the area near the pond asking the city to forma a local improvement district to finance part of the cost of dredging the scenic pond.

The estimated cost of the project is $300,000.

Homeowners and other private property owners would pay an estimated $102,500, while the city would pay $23,5000 and the Bend Metro Park and Recreation District would pay about $175,000. Of the park district’s share, $50,000 would be raised through a fund drive.

The park-fringed, mile long pond has been filling with silt and vegetation over the years, threatening recreational activities and producing occasional foul odors.

Neighbors whose homes surround the pond met last summer to decide who should be included in the improvement district and how much of the financial burden they should shoulder.

The commission is expected to take official action forming the district Dec. 15.

In other action Wednesday, the commission:

-Set aside $15,295 in state grant money to help establish a 911 emergency telephone dispatch network in Deschutes County.

-Heard the first reading of a new industrial waste ordinance setting standards for businesses to follow in discharging wastes into the city’s sewer system.

Source: The Bulletin ©1982