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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 /> July 24, 2006 <br /> 5:30 p.m. <br /> <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: Jennifer Solomon, Bonny Bettman, David Kelly, Andrea Ortiz, Gary <br />Papé, George Poling, Betty Taylor. <br /> <br />COUNCILORS ABSENT: Chris Pryor. <br /> <br /> <br />Her Honor Mayor Kitty Piercy called the meeting of the Eugene City Council to order. She announced that <br />Mr. Pryor would not be able to attend the work session. <br /> <br />A. COMMITTEE REPORTS AND ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM MAYOR, CITY <br />COUNCIL AND CITY MANAGER <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy noted that the Princess of Thailand visited the City and donated 1,700 books to local libraries. <br />She attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Fairmount rowhouses, which was a good example of a green <br />building project. She said the council was interviewing police auditor applicants, a delegation from Dublin <br />would visit during the week, and she would attend the Oregon Mayors’ Conference on July 27, 2006. <br /> <br />Ms. Solomon reported that she and Mayor Piercy attended the 10th anniversary celebration for St. Vincent <br />de Paul’s Service Station. She commented that it was a wonderful program for the community and <br />represented effective partnerships; the City of Eugene was recognized for its contributions. <br /> <br />Ms. Taylor questioned how the city manager could participate in finding traffic solutions for the new <br />hospital since the council was prohibited from expressing an opinion on the project and the manager was an <br />agent of the council. City Attorney Jerome Lidz explained that the council could not prejudge an application <br />that would come before it, not that it could say nothing about the subject. <br /> <br />Ms. Taylor asked if helping find traffic solutions would imply that the council made a judgment. Mr. Lidz <br />said he would not characterize it that way. City Manager Dennis Taylor added that his involvement was <br />consistent with the memorandum of understanding on working with McKenzie-Willamette Hospital that the <br />council adopted. He said he was not directly involved but rather associated with seeking traffic solutions <br />through the involvement of the City’s public works and engineering staff who worked with applicants to <br />address traffic issues. <br /> <br />Mr. Kelly read a statement in reference to an email on immigration from Springfield City Councilor Dave <br />Ralston. He acknowledged the right of Councilor Ralston and others in the community to speak. He <br />thanked the Latino and broader immigrant community for being valuable residents of the area and expressed <br />regret that they often had to contend with being marginalized, insulted, or worse. He was proud that the <br />Eugene City Council recently reaffirmed the rights and fair and human treatment of all residents, regardless <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council July 24, 2006 Page 1 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br /> <br />