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<br /> M I NUT E S <br /> Eugene City Council <br /> Dinner/Work Session <br /> Black Angus Restaurant--2123 Franklin Boulevard <br /> October 16, 1989 <br /> 5:30 p.m. <br /> COUNCILORS PRESENT: Ruth Bascom, Robert Bennett, Shawn Boles, Bobby Green, <br /> Freeman Holmer, Roger Rutan, Emily Schue. <br /> The special meeting of the Eugene City Council was called to order by His <br /> Honor Mayor Jeff Miller. <br /> 1. WORK SESSION: TRENDS AND CONDITIONS IN THE CITY OF EUGENE <br /> Jim Carlson, Lane Council of Governments (L-COG) staff, provided an overview <br /> of the "City of Eugene Environmental Scan" prepared by L-COG which reviews <br /> the trends, conditions, and issues that define the environment within which <br /> the City of Eugene will operate during the next five years. He reported that <br /> population demographics will change, with increases in the youth and 40-54 <br /> age groups and minority populations. The economy will see growth in the <br /> non-manufacturing sector. A declining middle class and increasing number of <br /> blue collar service workers will affect the community's ability to pay for <br /> public services. <br /> Councilors were interested in having projections extended farther into the <br /> future. There was also interest in changes that would result from a Eugene <br /> built out to the urban growth boundary, the impact of increasing energy <br /> prices, the relationship between housing supply and dwelling unit size, and <br /> the differences between national trends and those that are Eugene-specific. <br /> Mr. Gleason described Eugene's unique strength as being its formal planning <br /> process and ability to direct outcomes. He outlined some of the areas that <br /> he expected to figure prominently in the work of the City in the next decade. <br /> The largest budget item is public safety (50 percent of the General Fund and <br /> half the employment base). Although the work load has increased <br /> significantly, the number of employees has decreased. Intervention as a <br /> strategy will be more effective than simply adding more officers, but will <br /> require more sophisticated integration of social services and other <br /> governmental agencies. <br /> Regarding planning and development, Mr. Gleason attributed a no-growth <br /> attitude in a community to anger with the degradation of the quality of life <br /> that results when the appropriate capital is not invested in that community. <br /> He urged the council to avoid unplanned experiences that tend to be very <br /> MINUTES--Eugene City Council October 16, 1989 Page 1 <br /> Dinner/Work Session <br />