CANYON CITY - The Grant County Court next week will consider the proposed vacation of a roadway to make way for an athletic complex in the Prairie City area and also an ordinance to allow social gambling.

The issues are on the agenda for the Court's meeting Wednesday, June 6 at the Courthouse in Canyon City. The Court won't meet Wednesday, March 30, due to the Memorial Day holiday.

A public hearing at 10 a.m. on June 6 will offer residents the opportunity to testify on the proposal to vacate an undeveloped stretch of 13th Street, just outside the Prairie City limits.

The Prairie City Athletic Complex Committee wants to vacate the public access to allow expansion and reconstruction of its track. The project has been in the works for several years, and supporters have garnered grants to start the work.

However, to expand the track, the current school athletic complex would need an additional strip of land now designated as part of the public access.

The plan has drawn opposition from neighboring resident Bard Wishard, who has a hay operation adjacent to the public access. The road is undeveloped now, but Wishard says he wants to retain the option of having a road there in the future, should he choose to develop his land.

The proposal for a gaming ordinance will be heard at 1:30 p.m.

The issue arose after the Oregon State Lottery notified the John Day Golf Club that it could no longer allow poker games with money changing hands.

The card games and other gaming prohibited under state law, but local jurisdictions can pass ordinances allowing games where the house has no stake. The city of John Day has such an ordinance, but the golf club is in the county. Since the county has no social gaming ordinance, the state law applies.

Residents can testify on the issues at the hearings in person or in writing.

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