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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 /> July 24, 2006 <br /> 7:30 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 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 />Jim Hale, <br />1715 Linnea Avenue, Eugene, stated that he supported fixing streets and funding of that by a <br />user fee. He said that $6.26 million could be generated by simply raising the gas tax by nine cents and <br />phasing it in at one cent per month over the next nine months. He suggested that a legal challenge to an <br />ordinance could be blocked by adopting nine separate ordinances with one for each cent of increase. He <br />was opposed to the transportation system maintenance fee (TSMF) because it would raise more funds than <br />was needed and the additional funds would be used for a bureaucratic collection system when raising the <br />gas tax would cost nothing to administer. He was opposed to a TSMF because those who did not use the <br />system still had to pay the fee; it was regressive and based on the illogical premise that buildings triggered <br />vehicle trips when people generated trips. He said the gas tax was a user fee and forced people to confront <br />the need to limit the use of highways and pay for them as they were used. <br /> <br />Dean Rea, <br />1220 Clinton Drive, Eugene, said that four-block long Clinton Drive was recently paved as part <br />of a pavement preservation project. He presented the council with a document signed by more than 30 <br />people that thanked the Public Works Department and the City of Eugene for repaving their street. <br /> <br />Zachary Vishanoff <br />, Patterson Street, Eugene, invited councilors to view a video he was developing about a <br />number of planning issues. He asked the council to weigh in on whether it would support the use of <br />eminent domain in the Fairmount neighborhood. He was concerned about its potential use by the <br />University of Oregon and hoped for a level of support for long-term business owners in the area. <br /> <br />Jerry Oltion <br />, 750 Brookside Drive, Eugene, asked the council to consider revisions to the City’s noise <br />ordinance that would take into account new technologies that imposed new noise levels, such as leaf <br />blowers, weed whackers, pressure washers, and mulch-blowing trucks. He said the noise generated by <br />mulch-blowing trucks was phenomenal and more appropriate to industrial zones than a residential <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council July 24, 2006 Page 1 <br /> Regular Meeting <br /> <br />