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Briefs: Week of June 20

Lane County auctioning off six properties

Included in the auction are lots located in Springfield, Pleasant Hill, Fall Creek, Florence, and Triangle Lake.

Lane County is conducting a sealed-bid auction of real property now until 11 a.m. Monday, July 22. Bids open at 11 a.m. on July 23. Winners will be notified by telephone and email. The opening of bids will be livestreamed on Lane County’s YouTube channel. 

The Springfield property includes a single-family home, one Florence property includes a manufactured home, and the remainder are vacant lots. The properties up for auction range from a $3,500 minimum bid to a $150,000 minimum bid.

The properties have minimum bid amounts and will not be sold for less than the minimum bid. The properties will be sold on an as-is basis using a quitclaim deed, which passes any title, claim or interest in the property to the buyer without making any representations regarding other claims or liens. 

Payment must be made with cash, cashier’s checks, or certified bank checks payable to Lane County. No personal or business checks, debit and credit cards or financing will be accepted. A 20% deposit of the minimum bid amount is due within 24 hours of the bid opening. The remaining balance, plus a $100 recording fee, is due no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31. 

 For more information, including a complete list of auction terms, property descriptions, and registration information, visit under the “Available Properties” section. 

LTD budget approved, new buses on the road

Lane Transit District’s (LTD) Board of Directors on June 12 unanimously approved the District’s annual budget for 2024-2025 for $219,475,130. The new fiscal year begins July 1. The LTD FY25 Annual Budget is comprised of six funds: 

General Fund: $90,906,011

Specialized Services Fund: $14,893,989

Medicaid Fund: $17,979,000

Point2point Fund: $699,875

Capital Projects Fund: $36,640,620

Sustainable Services Reserve Fund: $500,000. 

The approved FY25 Annual Budget represents a 20% increase from the previous year’s amended budget due to increased operating costs and reserves for future capital projects, according to the board.

The General Fund Operating budget of $90,906,011 represents an 8.6% increase, reflecting  LTD’s budget is funded through a combination of fares, taxes paid by local employers and employees, and state and federal sources, including government grants, according to LTD.

With LTD’s River Road Station closed, regulations stipulate the property must be declared “surplus” before LTD can market or sell it (the proceeds would be used for a future Federal Transit Authority-funded project). 

Appraised in 2024, the value of the 1.92 acre property is $2.7 million. Last week, the Board declared the property a surplus and delegated authority to Jameson Auten, chief executive officer,  to negotiate its sale at or above its appraised value.

In other news, two new LTD buses have hit the road, and five more will soon follow. The 60-foot buses, for LTD’s EmX bus rapid transit system, were built by New Flyer in Anniston, Ala. The seven new buses, fueled by 99% sustainable diesel, cost about $928,000 each. The buses were paid for with a combination of grant funding and money from the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund. The first of the new buses rolled onto LTD’s Glenwood lot in February, with the last one arriving in mid-May.

Medical clinic opening

Praxis Health will open a new primary care location in Eugene on Aug. 1 at 1835 Pearl St., Eugene. This is its sixth location in the Eugene /Springfield area. 

Founders of the clinic are Drs. Kirk and Kraig Jacobson, who, in 1997, combined practices and expanded facilities to create what is now known as Oak Street Medical Clinic and Oregon Allergy Associates, according to Dr. Viet Tran, regional administrator.

FOOD for Lane County event underway 

FOOD For Lane County’s annual summer food program – where FOOD employees serve meals at parks and community centers throughout Lane County – will kick off June 24 and run through Aug. 23.

Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., FOOD is inviting youth 18 and under to eat a free lunch at one of its 27 locations in Veneta, Junction City, Eugene, Springfield, Thurston, and Creswell, which are listed here: The weekly menu is available here:

– Amanda Lurey



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