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<br />. <br /> <br />into the local economy. He stated that the audience capacities in the Silva <br />Concert Hall were averaging over 65 percent, 27 percent of which were from <br />outside the market area. Mr. Gleason stated that the City is now involved in <br />national conferences, primarily a result of the center. He felt the City has <br />succeeded as a community and as an operational staff. He felt that the success <br />has been due to the work of the City Council, the Performing Arts Commission <br />and the Hult Center staff. He stressed that nothing in the report reflects <br />the commitment or the quality of the work performed by the staff and that it <br />is unfortunate that the center must go through this transitional period. He <br />said the consultants from Alexander Grant & Company have confirmed that this <br />transition is typical for performing arts centers. <br /> <br />Mr. Gleason then reviewed the proposed agenda for the meeting. He stated that <br />an agreement must be reached on a process by which the operational and managerial <br />issues are examined. He stressed that the changes necessary for the Hult Center <br />must be achieved within the next month. Once that agreement has been reached, <br />the rest of the meeting will be spent reviewing the report and in discussion. <br /> <br />III. RECOMMENDED PROCESS FOR EXAMINING POLICY ISSUES AND PROGRAM CHANGES <br /> <br />City Manager Micheal Gleason stated that the process contains components on <br />policy and operational/management. He stated that the following policy issues <br />which are key to the solution for the Hult Center cannot be dealt with by <br />staff: <br /> <br /> A. Financing the Operating Deficit <br />e B. Role of the Performing Arts Commission <br /> C. Role of the Eugene Arts Foundation <br /> D. Local Arts Groups <br /> <br />Mr. Gleason stated that the key issue is how the key players, in conjunction <br />with the City, learn to work together institutionally. He recommended that the <br />City Council and the Performing Arts Commission consider forming a task force to <br />focus on the policy issues and to make a recommendation to the City Council. He <br />suggested that the task force be composed of three City Councilors, the President <br />and Vice-President of the PAC, the Chair of the Eugene Arts Foundation, and a <br />representative from the local arts groups. He then reviewed the following <br />proposed schedule for the work of the task force: <br /> <br />1. Task force appointed by February 29, 1984. <br /> <br />2. Task force holds its first meeting on March 5, 1984, at 7:30 p.m. <br /> <br />3. City Council receives the recommendation of the task force on the <br />financing issues no later than April 2, 1984. <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />MINUTES--Eugene City Council/Performing Arts Commission Feb. 27, 1984 Page 2 <br />