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2. PUBLIC FORUM <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy reviewed the rules of the Public Forum. She noted that 24 people signed up to speak and <br />requested a motion to extend the 30-minute timeframe usually allotted for testimony. <br /> <br />Councilor Kelly, seconded by Councilor Papé, moved to allow two minutes per speaker. <br />Roll call vote; the motion passed unanimously, 7:0. <br /> <br />Jim Torrey <br />, 3593 River Pointe, asked that the bond measure for the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space <br />Project and Priority List be expanded to include synthetic surface fields for five different facilities around <br />the city of Eugene: Cal Young Middle School, Madison Middle School, the Willamette High School <br />football/soccer facility (the only high school that does not currently have a synthetic surface), Jefferson <br />Middle School, and Roosevelt or Spencer Butte Middle School. He suggested that the reason the 1998 bond <br />measure for $25 million passed without one negative letter to the editor of the local paper was because a <br />broad cross-section of the community worked together in support of it. He averred that open space and <br />places for kids to play made good sense. He felt a partnership between open space and playing facilities <br />would help to pass the measure in November. He touted the synthetic fields, calling them “one of the best <br />things the City had done.” He stressed that such facilities could be used year-round and more frequently on <br />a daily basis than the grass fields. <br /> <br />Rachelle HaxbyJennifer Lam <br />, 200 North Silver Lane, spoke in tandem with , 2455 Willakenzie Road, and <br />Tricia Buzzard <br />, 2455 Willakenzie Road. They explained that they were members of the Teen Advocacy <br />Council for School-Based Health Centers (TAC), a group of 12 students from School District 4J and Bethel <br />School District high schools who sought to raise awareness of the school-based health centers and what they <br />had to offer: “quality, affordable health care to children and teens.” They stated that the health centers were <br />located at North Eugene, South Eugene, Sheldon, Churchill, and Springfield high schools and provided a <br />wide variety of health services to children from birth to the age of 19. On behalf of TAC, they thanked the <br />City Council for its continued support. They noted that the school levy recently overturned by the courts <br />was vital to the continuation of the health center services. They invited all interested members and <br />supporters to an Open House on April 4 between 2 - 5 p.m. at any school-based health center. They <br />submitted their testimony in writing along with buttons and fliers that publicize the program. <br /> <br />Mark Rabinowitz <br />, no address given, alleged that the Osprey Group, the consultants hired to facilitate <br />discussions about the West Eugene Parkway (WEP), were biased as they had been part of a highway project <br />built in Kansas and had served to undermine pro-environment efforts there. He asserted that the Osprey <br />Group’s co-founder was from a company that had a former employee of the engineering firm, CH2M Hill, <br />on its board. He felt this contributed to the bias, as CH2M Hill staff had done some engineering work for <br />the WEP. He called it an inappropriate use of City money to hire the Osprey Group. He suggested that the <br />City kept spending money on “bogus” studies when it could be spent on real transportation projects, such as <br />th <br />fixing the problems on West 11 Avenue. He predicted people would vote against bond measures because <br />they did not perceive that the money was being spent well. <br /> <br />Charles Warren <br />, 86260 Lorane Highway, echoed the thoughts expressed by Mr. Torrey. He said he had <br />chaired the committee for the Parks and Open Space bond measure in 1998 and reminded those present that <br />some of the money from the bond measure was earmarked to build synthetic surface athletic fields in <br />collaboration with School District 4j. He averred that the commitment to build those fields proved to be one <br />of the best investments the City made in athletic fields. However, he added that the City was faced with two <br />looming problems: 1) the existing fields needed to be resurfaced between 2008 and 2010 at a cost of <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council -- March 13, 2006 Page 2 <br /> City Council Meeting <br /> <br />