PRINEVILLE, OR -- While ODOT crews finish work on Prineville’s first roundabout, at Highway 126 and Tom McCall Road, city and county officials are narrowing down options for what should anchor the center. City Engineer Eric Klann tells KBND News, "As you come to Prineville from Redmond or Bend, you have the beautiful view of the community as you drop down the grade; but before that, it's just a very industrial area, really not the best view. So, I think we have just a wonderful opportunity here to communicate to people that they are welcome and provide them with some history of our community."
About a thousand people responded to a recent online survey looking for community input, "There's a good portion of our demographic here that wants to celebrate our uniqueness, and what makes Prineville stand out. You drive into town and you see that beautiful view of the City, the Golf Course, the Ochoco Mountains, and what can we add to that that will just make people think of Prineville," Klann says. "Our citizens want us to celebrate history and the character of our community, they want it to really do a good job of paying homage to our past." That means something reflecting ranching, logging, rodeo, nature or history.
Klann says he wasn't surprised responses were so honest, "One of the common themes that also came up that was kind of funny was the term 'modern crap.' So, a lot of people said they did not want 'modern crap' up there, so you know that's a Prineville survey when you get a response like that."
The survey results were revealed at the Tuesday night City Council work session, and Klann says the top three ideas are being presented to the community for a vote. Construction of the roundabout should be done by October. Installation of the winning art feature is expected in the spring of 2019.