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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 /> August 14, 2006 <br /> 7:30 p.m. <br /> <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: Jennifer Solomon, Bonny Bettman, David Kelly, Andrea Ortiz, Gary <br />Papé (participating by speakerphone), George Poling, Chris Pryor, Betty <br />Taylor. <br /> <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. <br /> <br />Greg Veralrud, <br /> 975 Oak Street, #625, Eugene, spoke to the independence of the auditor’s office and <br />congratulated the council for finding a wise and reasonable approach. <br /> <br />Marilyn Mohr, <br />1085 North Park Street, Eugene, requested that the council direct staff to halt the practice <br />of extended street annexations in River Road. She said it was the City’s stated policy to pursue only <br />voluntary annexations of private property; the new practice was outside of that policy and moved <br />annexation from voluntary to involuntary. She said staff’s explanation of the new policy was neither <br />convincing nor compelling. She asked councilors to carefully review the details outlined in the attachment <br />to the River Road Community Organization’s advisory letter dated August 1, 2006, and, in addition, review <br />the Santa Clara Community Organization’s advisory letter of May 2006. She said the new policy was <br />creating hostility between residents in River Road and City government that many residents would like to <br />move past. She believed that many councilors were committed to repairing that relationship and urged <br />them to direct staff to halt the new practice of annexing street segments that went far beyond the boundaries <br />of properties applying for voluntary annexation. <br /> <br />th <br />Gypsy James, <br />1851 West 10 Avenue, Eugene, said she lived very close to Martin Luther King Jr. Park <br />th <br />on the corner of West 10 Avenue and Grant Street. She said that neighbors were asking that measures be <br />taken to make the park dry. She read into the record a petition from neighbors asking the City’s help in <br />taking back their neighborhood park and submitted the petition and photographs of the park. <br /> <br />th <br />Rene Kane, <br /> 254 West 14 Avenue, Eugene, co-chair of Jefferson Westside Neighbors, thanked the council <br />for its continued support as neighbors addressed several serious threats to the neighborhood’s stability and <br />character. She thanked Planning and Development Department staff for their assistance in developing a <br />simple yet sufficient approach to reduce the redesignated area’s vulnerability to damaging infill that could <br />occur because of R-2 upzoning. She hoped the council would approve the actions recommended by staff in <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council August 14, 2006 Page 1 <br /> Regular Meeting <br /> <br />