01/18/1984 Meeting (2)
City of Eugene
01/18/1984 Meeting (2)
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<br />- <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />Mr. Gleason remarked that because of the need to do a substantial amount of work <br />before the changeover, the timing of rate adjustments may occur more simultan- <br />eously between the two cities. <br /> <br />In response to Mr. Hansen's question, Mr. Gleason conceded that the flow-based <br />system was, with small variances, a more equitable system, if the rate system is <br />implemented correctly. A cost study taking 6-8 months would be necessary to set the <br />rates. The next date for consideration of rate changes is May 1985. <br /> <br />There was consensus that the majority of Eugene councilors are committed to the <br />flow-based rate philosophy, with flexibility on the implementation schedule, and <br />that the date of May 1985, (a year after plant operations begin) be a tentative <br />target date. Mr. Gleason agreed to prepare a letter to the Springfield City <br />Council for Mayor Keller's signature incorporating the Eugene Council's position <br />and expressing the Council's desire to co-operate in the matter. <br /> <br />B. Cable Commission <br /> <br />Mr. Hansen said that one committee issue was deciding the role of the Public <br />Access Corporation in the management of Cable 11 programming. The committee is <br />working to resolve this problem. <br /> <br />Another issue is deciding whether or not to raise the franchise fee from three <br />percent to five percent, and,if done, how to use the additional income. Mr. <br />Obie voiced a concern on the public participating in a rate change decision. He <br />felt that since an increase in franchise fee will be passed on to the consu- <br />mers, there needs to be a specific reason for change. Staff was asked to advise <br />the Council of the estimated franchise fee revenues involved in such a decision. <br /> <br />There was discussion of using cable access TV to record events at the Hult <br />Center. Some members agreed with the idea, while others felt it would detract <br />from the purpose of the center which was to provide live entertainment. Mr. <br />Obie said that participants in the Community Goals Conference had suggested <br />that the Hult Center be more accessible to all citizens; therefore, more study <br />ought to be made of this issue. <br /> <br />C. Community Goals Conference <br /> <br />Mr. Holmer said that the Community Goals Committee would be planning the format <br />of the April Community Goals Conference. Mr. Holmer asked for input on ways to <br />narrow down the goal-setting process. <br /> <br />Mr. Hansen suggested that the City Council and Planning Commission not r.artici- <br />pate in the final recommendation. Ms. Smith suggested that Mr. Holmer 'flagll <br />goals that are not possible fiscally. Mr. Obie suggested that a newspaper <br />survey be done to secure community input on the approximately 200 goal comments <br />that were generated during the initial meetings of the conference committee in <br />early January. <br /> <br />MINUTES--Eugene City Council <br /> <br />January 18, 1984 <br /> <br />Page 2 <br />
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