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<br /> '. <br />.- M I NUT E S <br /> Eugene City Council <br /> City Council Chamber <br /> July 18, 1984 <br /> 12:06 p.m. <br /> COUNCILORS PRESENT: Brian Obie, Cynthia Wooten, John Ball, Debra Ehrman, <br /> Richard Hansen, Freeman Holmer, Emily Schue, Betty <br /> Smi th <br /> ABSENT: Mayor Gus Keller <br /> The adjourned meeting of the Eugene City Council of the City of Eugene, Oregon, <br /> was called to order by Councilor Obie in the absence of His Honor Mayor Gus <br /> Keller. <br /> I. ITEMS FROM MAYOR AND COUNCIL, APPOINTMENTS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AGENDA ADJUSTMENTS <br /> A. REVIEW OF CABLE TV RATE INCREASE <br /> Councilor Hansen said the Cable Commission was currently performing a review <br /> of the 31-percent rate increase requested by Group W Cable Company and had <br />e contracted Touche Ross & Company to review the increase proposal. He stated <br /> that he will ask the City Council for guidance on the various issues involved <br /> at some future date. He explained that under the proposed contract Group W <br /> Cable would reduce its present yearly contribution to public access television. <br /> He stated that Touche Ross & Company had determined that Group W Cable was <br /> receiving a return of 4.6 percent from its capital investment over a three-year <br /> period, less than the 8 percent rate seen as acceptable by Touche Ross. Mr. <br /> Hansen stated that a public hearing was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Spring- <br /> field City Council Chamber on July 19. He said the City Council should <br /> address the issues of continuing the three-percent franchise fee and the <br /> contribution to public access television, waiting for legislation that would <br /> increase the fee to five percent, or increasing in the contribution to public <br /> access television. Councilor Obie said he understood the frustration exper- <br /> ienced in the process. He said he would like to see an enhancement of the <br /> public access television funding and a consideration for the teleport concept. <br /> Mr. Obie said he had recently read several newspaper articles on the increasing <br /> importance of teleports, and he felt that it will be a significant issue for <br /> the communi ty. In response to a question, Mr. Hansen explained that the Cable <br /> Commission could either adopt, reject, or disregard the rate increase request, <br /> explaining that the rate increase would become effective after 90 days from <br /> the date of application if the commission did not take specific action. He <br /> said the commission was attempting to incorporate an increase of public access <br /> funding into the contract with Group W Cable. Councilor Wooten said that she <br /> supported public access and that the City must at least maintain its present <br /> level of support and enhance the funding level if possible. <br />-- <br /> MINUTES--Eugene City Council July 18, 1984 Page 1 <br />