The county met Thursday with the intention of choosing an outside contractor to get all of the cleaning done in time for the Saturday Market.
While the bids were in, they decided the best course of action at this time would be to just clean up the Butterfly lot Friday and hold off on the plaza as to give them more time to come up with a less expensive solution to the plaza situation. The county says with the extensive activity over the last few weeks, an equally extensive cleanup is needed.
Despite this delay, the county has made it clear there’s a definite sense of urgency here.
“It’s where we provide an area for the community to come and gather to have free speech. So it’s critical. It’s also the entrance into Lane County. It’s the entrance to Eugene city government. It’s our court entrance. It’s the entrance to the sheriff’s department. This is a really heavily used building,” said Anne Marie Levis, Lane County spokeswoman.
The county says it hopes to have the area back open in time for the Saturday Market.
Once the plaza is back open, it will have some use restrictions. The plaza and adjoining areas will be closed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. for at least four weeks as the county works on modifying its manual regarding the plaza’s use. The topic will be revisited at the board’s Sept. 17 meeting.