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<br />M I N U T E S <br /> <br /> <br />Eugene City Council <br />Work Session <br />McNutt Room—Eugene City Hall <br /> <br /> May 22, 2006 <br /> Noon <br /> <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: Jennifer Solomon, Andrea Ortiz, Bonny Bettman, David Kelly, Gary <br />Papé, George Poling, Chris Pryor, Betty Taylor. <br /> <br /> <br />A. Committee Reports and Items of Interest from May, City Council and City Manager <br /> <br />Her Honor Mayor Kitty Piercy called the meeting of the Eugene City Council to order. She reported that <br />she attended the annual police awards ceremony and congratulated the officers and civilians who were <br />recognized at the event. She noted that it was Asian Pacific Heritage Month and she attended a martial arts <br />presentation over the weekend. She announced that the council’s advice and direction on the West Eugene <br />Parkway collaborative process would be sought at the May 25, 2006, meeting. <br /> <br />Ms. Ortiz reported that she attended the Willamette Valley Folk Festival held at Cuthbert Amphitheater and <br />was pleased to see the number of families in attendance at that venue. She invited councilors to participate <br />with the Human Rights Commission at the We Are Bethel Celebration on June 3, 2006. <br /> <br />Mr. Papé thanked staff for helping to find space for a youth center in downtown. He attended the police <br />awards ceremony and found it to be a moving experience, particularly the awards to citizens who assisted <br />officers with the apprehension of suspects. <br /> <br />Mr. Poling said the Harlow Neighbors newsletters announced a second workshop for the Willakenzie Park <br />discussion and the date was in error; the meeting was actually scheduled for Tuesday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. <br />at Monroe Middle School. He asked if there was an established schedule for routine park maintenance. <br />City Manager Taylor said that in addition to a routine maintenance schedule established for all parks, the <br />City responded to citizen concerns as they were raised. <br /> <br />Mr. Kelly thanked City Manager Taylor and staff for approving the Hult Center as the site for the Japanese- <br />American memorial. He mentioned that approximately $15,000 was still needed for the project. He asked <br />the City Manager to provide the council with results of the Fairmount neighborhood and Agate Street traffic <br />studies as soon as they were available. <br /> <br />Ms. Taylor commented that she recently returned from a meeting of the Human Development Steering <br />Committee for the National League of Cities where policy recommendations on immigration reform, long- <br />term health care and concentrated poverty were discussed. She said the discussion of concentrated poverty <br />emphasized the importance of keeping a middle class in the city and in Eugene’s case that meant keeping <br />people close to downtown. She said the use of mixed-income housing, or inclusionary zoning, was another <br />strategy she hoped the council would consider for both houses and apartments. She was concerned about <br />permitting political statements from candidates in neighborhood newsletters and noted that statements from <br />some candidates and not others were included in the Cal Young newsletter. She stated that charging interest <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council May 22, 2006 Page 1 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br />