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<br />e <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />the groundwater aquifer in River Road and Santa Clara and this contamination <br />is causing a health hazard. <br /> <br />To remedy this problem, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded <br />Eugene a grant of nearly $6 million in September 1984, to build interceptors <br />and pump stations as needed to replace the individual septic systems now in <br />use throughout River Road and Santa Clara. Eugene combined the grant with <br />just over $4 million of its own money and built the trunk lines and pump <br />stations which are now ready to serve local lines that will be constructed to <br />serve individual properties. <br /> <br />Mr. Chenkin explained that a fundamental principle of the Metropolitan Area <br />General Plan states that Eugene and Springfield are the logical providers of <br />services accommodating urban levels of development within the urban growth <br />boundary. Another plan policy states that Eugene will plan, design, <br />construct, and maintain ownership of the entire sanitary sewer system serving <br />River Road and Santa Clara. Mr. Chenkin explained that the proposed Metro <br />Plan amendment separates the issue of annexation from that of sewers by <br />allowing the sewer project to move ahead and developed properties in River <br />Road/Santa Clara to connect to the sewer system without annexation. <br /> <br />Tom Lucas spoke on behalf of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). <br />The department intends for the sewers to be constructed according to the <br />recently agreed upon schedule which specifies that 15 percent of the <br />collector sewers will be constructed by the end of 1990. The DEQ considers <br />groundwater pollution in the River Road/Santa Clara area a serious problem <br />that is worsening. State law explicitly requires the protection of <br />groundwater for both present and future generations. Mr. Lucas stated that <br />additional action will be taken if necessary to assure that sewers are built <br />and connections occur in the River Road/Santa Clara area according to the <br />specified schedule. <br /> <br />Commissioner Rogers opened the hearing for public testimony. <br /> <br />Robert Ackerman, 186 Harvey, identified himself as a representative of <br />property owners in the River Road area and of Citizens Against Sewers. He <br />maintained that the 1980 groundwater study was inaccurate and that the City's <br />delay of annexation had resulted in higher costs for the sewer project. Mr. <br />Ackerman suggested that another groundwater study be undertaken to correct <br />flaws in the earlier one. He also requested a payment period longer <br />than ten years in order to reduce monthly payments. <br /> <br />Debbie Guadette, 601 Bushnell Lane, expressed concern that her assessment <br />would be so high that she would be unable to continue living in her home. <br />Saying there were too many questions unanswered to proceed with the project, <br />Ms. Guadette proposed that current residents of the City of Eugene be <br />required to pay part of the costs of the project in order to ease the burden <br />on River Road/Santa Clara residents. <br /> <br />Jerry Finigan, 1250 Irvington Drive, said he represented the Santa Clara <br />Community Organization. Mr. Finigan considered the separation of the issues <br /> <br />MINUTES--Eugene City Council April 11, 1990 <br />Lane County Board of Commissioners <br />Springfield City Council <br /> <br />Page 2 <br />