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M I N U T E S <br /> <br /> <br />Eugene City Council <br />Work Session <br />McNutt Room—Eugene City Hall <br /> <br /> January 9, 2005 <br /> 5:30 p.m. <br /> <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: George Poling, Jennifer Solomon, Betty Taylor, David Kelly, Gary Papé, <br />Bonny Bettman, Andrea Ortiz, Chris Pryor. <br /> <br /> <br />Her Honor Mayor Kitty Piercy called the January 9, 2006, work session of the Eugene City Council to <br />order. <br /> <br />A. COMMITTEE REPORTS AND ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM MAYOR, CITY <br />COUNCIL AND CITY MANAGER <br /> <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy noted that computer instructions in Spanish were being offered at the library. She thanked <br />staff and councilors for their support at her State of the City address. <br /> <br />Mr. Poling asked if the construction at the entrance of the Oakway Mall on Coburg Road was related to a <br />new traffic signal. Public Works Director Kurt Corey replied that it probably was. <br /> <br />Mr. Poling said he attended the restaffing ceremonies at Fire Station 9 and returning that engine to service <br />was due to the work of the Budget Committee, councilors, citizens, and federal grant funds. He noted that <br />Springfield was currently conducting a residential land study and the Home Builders Association had <br />contracted with Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) to conduct a residential land study in Eugene. He <br />asked if it was possible to combine those efforts, similar to the joint study of commercial and industrial land, <br />to save costs and achieve efficiencies. He asked staff to explore that possibility. <br /> <br />Ms. Ortiz reported that the Bethel Drive walking path had gone out to bid and she hoped the construction <br />phase would begin soon. She said the path would be built along Bethel Drive and greatly improve safety in <br />that area, particularly for children. <br /> <br />Ms. Ortiz said the Lane County Human Services Commission recently formed a subcommittee, of which she <br />was a member, to consider ways to reduce Community Health Center costs to better utilize those funds to <br />provide services. <br /> <br />Mr. Pryor said the Lane Metro Partnership met on December 15, 2005, and discussed the Royal Caribbean <br />call center, which officially opened and had already hired 350 employees. He said the company would <br />continue to expand its local employment. <br /> <br />Mr. Pryor reported that he attended the Springfield State of the City address and was pleased to hear Mayor <br />Sid Leiken mention several joint initiatives and their benefits to the metropolitan area. He said Molecular <br />Probes and Symantec were expanding, Williams Bakery would be building a new facility, and there had <br />been an increase in inquiries by companies, but buildable sites were still an issue in the metro area. He <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council January 9, 2006 Page 1 <br /> Work Session <br />