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<br />M I N U T E S <br /> <br /> <br />Eugene City Council <br />City Council Meeting <br />Council Chamber—Eugene City Hall <br /> <br /> July 10, 2006 <br /> 7:30 p.m. <br /> <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: Jennifer Solomon, Andrea Ortiz, David Kelly, George Poling, Chris <br />Pryor, Bonny Bettman, Betty Taylor. <br /> <br />COUNCILORS ABSENT: Gary Papé. <br /> <br /> <br />Her Honor Mayor Kitty Piercy called the meeting of the Eugene City Council to order and welcomed <br />everyone to the meeting. <br /> <br /> <br />1. PUBLIC FORUM <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy reviewed the rules of the Public Forum. <br /> <br />Stephen L. Riley <br />, 2212 Onyx Street, spoke in regard to the West Eugene Parkway issue. He read the job <br />description of the Mayor and City Council members into the record. He underscored that councilors had <br />taken an oath to uphold the office, something he considered to be solemn and sacred. He cited Title 18, <br />United States Code 16.21, in which violation of an oath of office by members of government was a form of <br />perjury. He felt the councilors who had tried to stop the parkway project had violated their oath. He <br />quoted Grover Cleveland, who said “Public officers are the servants and agents of the people, to execute <br />the laws which people have made.” He contended that once the vote of the people had been taken, even if it <br />was not to pass a particular ordinance, it would carry the same weight in law as if it were. He also quoted <br />Henry Clay, who said “The government is a trust and the officers of the government are the trustees, and <br />both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.” He said in our form of govern- <br />ment, the councilors’ authority came from the people. He stressed that the people had not authorized the <br />council to override the vote of the people. He stated that the purpose of the vote was for the people to <br />express their desires and the elected officials were expected to carry out the will of the people. He declared <br />that authorization of the project had been voted upon and approved twice and there had been a vote of the <br />people to not authorize a look at any alternatives. He felt that members of the council had chosen to ignore <br />this and called it an affront to the people of Eugene. <br /> <br />Jim Hale <br />, 1715 Linnea Avenue, averred that the State could punish the City of Eugene for its decisions <br />regarding the West Eugene Parkway (WEP). He said “they can, they have, and they will.” He recalled <br />working on the committee that wrote the Metropolitan General Plan and the Transportation Plan in the <br />1980s. He felt that, at that time, the State did punish Eugene for being what it considered a “poor planning <br />partner.” He predicted that abandonment of the WEP would cause the City to have to fend for itself in <br />west Eugene. He thought the City would have to “wait forever” for a solution to the transportation <br />problems experienced on the Delta and Beltline highways. He likened watching the City Council over the <br />last 25 years to watching the World Cup Soccer games: two sides evenly matched most of the time, too <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council July 10, 2006 Page 1 <br /> Regular Meeting <br /> <br />