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<br /> e required for restoring wetlands on agricultural lands; and 3) pursue Federal <br /> action to amend the new methodology. <br /> Mr. Holmer expressed concern with Recommendation 3. He acknowledged that <br /> wetland preservation seems to have strong support, and suggested that before <br /> council authorizes staff to take any action at the federal level, it should <br /> first determine how best to proceed toward a solution. Ms. Ehrman also <br /> expressed concern with Recommendation 3, and suggested that the City attempt <br /> to garner state support in the wetlands issue. <br /> In light of these concerns, Ms. Decker said it would be possible to amend <br /> Recommendation 3 to read: liTo di rect staff to work with cities in the state <br /> of Oregon, the State Division of State Lands, and the Legislative Committee <br /> toward finding a solution." Through this action, the council would achieve a <br /> more collective, statewide approach. <br /> In deciding what further action to take, Mr. Boles recommended that the <br /> council decide whether it is willing to spend the sizable amount of staff <br /> resources that will be necessary to come up with a solution, knowing that it <br /> might not make any headway on this problem. He suggested that, with the <br /> advice of the technical staff and consultants, the council should make a <br /> decision itself on what constitutes a rational and fair mitigation strategy <br /> and immediately begin implementing this strategy, assuming that the Federal <br /> government will soon offer its approval. If Federal approval is not <br /> forthcoming, the City might consider a joint legal challenge, possibly with <br /> the State, contesting unequal policy enforcement. <br /> e Responding to a question from Mr. Boles, Mr. Gleason said that the City <br /> cannot simply ignore the problem posed by this new definition of wetlands, <br /> but must try to recommend a national policy that will balance the national <br /> need to preserve wetlands with the regional need for valuable agricultural <br /> and industrial lands. He emphasized that ignoring this problem will have <br /> enormous consequences for many businesses such as Spectra Physics that are <br /> caught within this wetland debate. Mr. Gleason said that the City is working <br /> with State and Federal governments in an effort to develop a practical <br /> mitigation strategy. He added that the City has received grants through and <br /> assistance from the Lane Council of Governments to help create a rational <br /> mitigation plan. <br /> Ms. Schue commented that although ignoring the problem might seem like the <br /> best solution, it is likely to have enormous financial consequences in the <br /> future. <br /> Mr. Gleason said that although many attempts have been made to find a <br /> solution to this problem, a fair solution has not been identified. For this <br /> reason, the City has agreed to use Federal grant money to attempt to find a <br /> solution. He acknowledged Mr. Boles' concern for the unequal enforcement of <br /> wetland policy, but emphasized that the City is not in a position to <br /> litigate. <br /> e MINUTES--Eugene City Council December 4, 1989 Page 3 <br /> Dinner/Work Session <br /> ~- <br />