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<br />The public hearing was opened. <br /> <br />~ ~hen Adey, 1375 Bailey Avenue, President of the Whiteaker Community Council, <br />~ stated that the development of the project had been a difficult process with <br />much disagreement by the residents. He stated that agreement was reached <br />after several months at a meeting attended by 35 members, approximately 25 of <br />which were voting members. Mr. Adey said he believed that the proposal <br />presented by Mr. Hanks reflected the majority of the Whiteaker area residents. <br /> <br />Michael Leeds, 366 Clark, stated that he lived approximately one block from <br />the present diverter, having resided in the neighborhood for eight years. He <br />stated that traffic on Lawrence Street prior to the construction of the <br />diverter sometimes moved faster than the traffic on the Washington/Jefferson <br />Street overpass during certain periods of the day. While he said he learned <br />of the diverter only after the fact, Mr. Leeds said he began to support the <br />diverter when he saw the reduced traffic flow through the neighborhood. He <br />felt that the raised crosswalks will allow people to drive through the park <br />and should reduce traffic speed. However, Mr. Leeds suggested that the <br />council consider four-way stop signs on Lawrence to further discourage com- <br />muter traffic if the raised crosswalks prove ineffective. <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />Elizabeth Fox, 350 North Adams, stated that she has lived in her present <br />location for 10 years. She stated that she would have become active sooner if <br />she had realized that the diverter would actually be constructed. She said <br />the diverter has been a great inconvenience, causing residents to take more <br />dangerous routes to travel to and from their homes. In a partial poll of the <br />neighborhood, Ms. Fox said she had found 150 residents who supported removal <br />of the diverter and that a great number of those residents in the immediate <br />area of the diverter had contacted her to voice their support of the proposal. <br />She hoped the proposed project will work and satisfy everyone concerned. She <br />hoped that it will slow the traffic, thereby possibly eliminating some of the <br />traffic through the neighborhood. <br /> <br />There being no further testimony, the public hearing was closed. <br /> <br />Councilor Wooten recognized that it had been a painful process for her and the <br />Whiteaker residents. She thanked Mr. Hanks for his work in developing the <br />proposal. Regarding the diverter program initiated in 1980, she said four <br />diverters were installed on a trial basis. Ms. Wooten said that only one <br />proved ineffective, one now being replaced by the raised crosswalk and the <br />other two having become permanent features. <br /> <br />Councilor Schue, stating that she had originally voted for the diverter, said <br />she was happy that a solution had been developed by the involved individuals. <br />She congratulated those individuals for their work and involvement. She said <br />she will vote for removal of the diverter and to install the alternate system. <br /> <br />Ms. Wooten moved, seconded by Ms. Smith, to approve the Admini- <br />strative Order of the City Manager, dated May 1, 1984, regarding <br />the removal of the Cheshire Street diverter. <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />MINUTES--Eugene City Council <br /> <br />May 14, 1984 <br /> <br />Page 2 <br />