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<br />Ms. Bettman also wanted to maximize any opportunities at the EWEB site given its riverfront location, and <br />not merely preserve a little strip. <br /> <br />th <br />Ms. Solomon spoke to the staff recommendation that the City install an at-grade stop light at 8 Avenue and <br />Mill Street, and said that it continued to make no sense to her. She thought it represented a huge danger to <br />drivers and pedestrians alike. She hoped the City could do better than that. <br /> <br />Responding to a question from Ms. Solomon regarding the context of the council’s upcoming tour of the <br />EWEB property, City Manager Taylor said that he and Mayor Piercy had been meeting frequently with <br />EWEB leadership and thought more frequent meetings would be useful. The tour would inform the council <br />about the utility’s intentions. Deb Brewer of EWEB confirmed City Manager Taylor’s remarks. Mr. Papé <br />called for a meeting between the council and the EWEB commissioners <br /> <br />Ms. Solomon, seconded by Ms. Ortiz, moved to direct staff to develop a downtown open <br />space concept design, including refining the project scope and developing a citizen involve- <br />ment process, and 2) to continue work on green space and open space opportunities in coor- <br />dination with related downtown projects, including City Hall Master Planning, Park Blocks <br />Master Plan, improvements to the Farmers Market, work with public and private redevel- <br />opment opportunities, and other implementation efforts for the Downtown Plan. <br /> <br />Mr. Kelly called for the inclusion of specific projects in the concept design plan to help focus the council’s <br />future discussions. Speaking to the issue of Great Streets, he said they were not green spaces but they could <br />th <br />be connectors. He thought Ms. Taylor’s suggestion that staff examine Denver’s 16 Avenue was excellent. <br />He also liked the slide showing a European street and said that while it did not contain much green space, he <br />liked the scale and wanted to see associated design concepts fleshed out. <br /> <br />Mr. Kelly said that a center planting strip was not a green space. <br /> <br />Ms. Bettman said the motion did not mention either EWEB or streetscapes and asked if that meant if they <br />were “in” or “out.” Ms. Laurence said that those elements were a fundamental part of staff’s thinking as <br />well as a part of the Downtown Plan. She did not think that staff would focus on them more if included in <br />the motion. Ms. Bettman asked that Ms. Solomon accept the inclusion of those elements as a friendly <br />amendment. Ms. Solomon agreed. <br /> <br />th <br />Ms. Taylor thought an overpass at 8 Avenue and Mill Street much safer than an underpass. <br /> <br />Ms. Taylor recalled the placemaking exercise mentioned by Mr. Kelly and regretted that the City never <br />followed up on the resulting recommendations. <br /> <br />Ms. Taylor said the Making Cities Livable Conference would be in Portland next year and it would <br />emphasize families. She hoped councilors attended the conference. <br /> <br />The motion passed unanimously, 8:0. <br /> <br /> <br />B. WORK SESSION: PROPOSED MODIFICATION TO THE PARKS SYSTEM <br />DEVELOPMENT CHARGE METHODOLOGY AND RATES <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council October 25, 2006 Page 4 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br />