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<br />M I N U T E S <br /> <br /> <br />Eugene City Council <br />City Council Meeting <br />Council Chamber—Eugene City Hall <br /> <br /> May 8, 2006 <br /> 7:30 p.m. <br /> <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: Jennifer Solomon, Andrea Ortiz, David Kelly, Gary Papé, George <br />Poling, Chris Pryor, Bonny Bettman, Betty Taylor. <br /> <br />Her Honor Mayor Kitty Piercy called the meeting of the Eugene City Council to order and welcomed <br />everyone to the meeting. <br /> <br /> <br />1. PUBLIC FORUM <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy reviewed the rules of the Public Forum. She noted that 24 people had signed up to speak and <br />requested a motion. The council concurred that it would stay to hear all those who had signed up to speak, <br />and no motion was offered. <br /> <br />Jim Hale <br />, 1715 Linnea Avenue, requested that the council pull Consent Calendar Item G and vote against <br />it. He wanted to force the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) to provide answers to the following <br />questions, before taking its ballot measure to the voters: <br /> <br />? <br /> Why was EWEB in such a hurry to move when there was no pressure from McKenzie-Willamette <br />Hospital demanding action? <br />? <br /> Why did EWEB want the City to approve the item at the present meeting “to save $50,000 on an <br />election” when it had “no qualms about spending several times that amount in bonding expense?” <br />? <br /> Why was EWEB “anxious” to borrow $1.2 million for unknown contingency costs, $100,000 to <br />plan the future use of the operations yard, $700,000 to do a wetland fix on the Roosevelt Boule- <br />vard location, and $300,000 in ordinary EWEB staff costs associated with the move, when it could <br />“seemingly” pay most of these expenses from ordinary funds instead of borrowed money? <br />? <br /> Why was EWEB “in a big hurry” to spend $4 million on design and site improvements for the <br />Roosevelt site, which he felt was far from the power and water sources in the Willamette Valley? <br />? <br /> Why did EWEB intend to remodel the existing building? <br /> <br />Mr. Hale questioned the need for what he asserted were two city governments and two city managers. He <br />noted that City Manager Dennis Taylor supervised 1,482 employees and was paid $133,000 annually while <br />EWEB General Manager Randy Berggren supervised 472 employees and was paid $192,500 annually. He <br />asserted that EWEB paid its five division managers substantially more than the City paid its manager. He <br />believed that the administrative infrastructures of the City and of EWEB represented a duplication of <br />services and consolidation would bring about greater efficiency. <br /> <br />Tom Snyder <br />, 1143 Monroe Street, proposed that the council host a public dialogue regarding what vision <br />the community would support in the development of the EWEB riverfront property. He read a futuristic <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council May 8, 2006 Page 1 <br /> Regular Meeting <br /> <br />