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<br /> e M I NUT E S <br /> Eugene City Council <br /> McNutt Room--City Hall <br /> October 10, 1990 <br /> 11 :30 a.m. <br /> COUNCILORS PRESENT: Robert Bennett, Freeman Holmer, Roger Rutan, Debra <br /> Ehrman, Shawn Boles. <br /> COUNCILORS ABSENT: Emily Schue, Ruth Bascom, Bobby Green. <br /> The adjourned meeting of October 8, 1990, of the Eugene City Council was <br /> called to order by His Honor Mayor Jeff Miller. <br /> 1. ITEMS FROM THE MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL, AND CITY MANAGER <br /> A. Taking a Position on Ballot Measure 4 <br /> Mr. Holmer noted that the council received a memo from Mr. Gleason which <br /> indicated that "it may be desirable for the council to seek the advice of the <br /> e City legal counsel on the possible adverse effect of the Eugene Water & Elec- <br /> tric Board's (EWEB) contract ural obligation on taking a position on Ballot <br /> Measure 4, the possible Trojan Nuclear Plant closure." Mr. Holmer said that <br /> the council has a responsibility to take a position on this issue, and should <br /> take a position as soon as possible prior to the election. He noted that <br /> some figures estimate that plant closure would cost the City approximately $2 <br /> mill ion. Mr. Holmer asked Mr. Gleason what type of advice is expected from <br /> legal counsel. <br /> Mr. Gleason responded that the municipality, through EWEB, has many complex <br /> obligations surrounding the Trojan Nuclear Plant. He explained that if Bal- <br /> lot Measure 4 was successful, there is bound to be much litigation. The <br /> public position, which the City is currently taking with respect to this <br /> facility, will be important to determine the future status of any City lia- <br /> bility. Mr. Gleason remarked that it is difficult to predict what position <br /> the City should take. He said that the consequence of the Trojan Nuclear <br /> Plant closure to the City would be greater than $2 million. <br /> Mr. Holmer moved, seconded by Ms. Ehrman, to request legal <br /> counsel to provide a report to the council on what legal rami- <br /> fications exist for the City with respect to taking a position <br /> on Ballot Measure 4. The motion carried, 4:1; with councilors <br /> Bennett, Ehrman, Holmer, and Rutan voting in favor, and Coun- <br /> cilor Boles voting opposed. <br /> e MINUTES--Eugene City Council October 10, 1990 Page 1 <br />
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