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Councilor Kelly said he had submitted minutes corrections electronically. Mayor Piercy deemed the <br />corrections, without objection, approved. <br /> <br />Councilor Bettman indicated she had submitted a minutes correction electronically. Mayor Piercy deemed <br />the correction, without objection, approved. <br /> <br />Councilor Solomon noted that the Tentative Working Agenda still indicated a meeting scheduled for the day <br />before Thanksgiving. City Manager Taylor responded that the meeting had been rescheduled to Monday, <br />November 20 at 5:30 p.m. but the working agenda had not been corrected. <br /> <br />Roll call vote; the motion to approve the Consent Calendar passed unanimously, 8:0. <br /> <br /> <br />3. ACTION: <br /> <br />Exchange of Real Property Interests on Franklin Boulevard <br /> <br />City Manager Taylor asked Mark Schoening, City Engineer for the Public Works Department, to discuss <br />the exchange and the additional information that had been requested. <br /> <br />Mr. Schoening clarified that the width of the Tedron property was 20 to 40 feet and the length was <br />approximately 725 feet. The acreage was a little over half an acre. He said that the median on Franklin <br />Boulevard prevented access to that parcel from east-bound traffic and the Interstate 5 off-ramp prevented <br />safe or legal access for a motorist traveling on west-bound Franklin Boulevard. He related that the Oregon <br />Department of Transportation (ODOT) viewed the off-ramp as extending to the traffic signal and would <br />not entertain jurisdictional transfer of anything east of the west side of the Walnut Street/Garden Way <br />intersection. He added that to formally apply to ODOT for access to that parcel would cost between <br />$2,000 and $5,000 for an access permit. After discussion with ODOT staff and a review of the Oregon <br />Highway Plan and the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) regarding access, City staff concluded that <br />ODOT would not grant access to the property. <br /> <br />Mr. Schoening acknowledged that Councilor Papé had been correct in stating that the width standard for <br />bicycle paths was 12 feet. He noted that the TransPlan indicated the bicycle path would be located on the <br />north side of the Millrace between the Millrace and the railroad. This would be on railroad property. He <br />said more recently the possibility of locating the future bicycle path on the river side of the railroad tracks <br />had been explored, but in either location the City would have to negotiate with the railroad. He related that <br />staff was optimistic given the University’s success with in negotiating with the railroad in regard to its <br />Riverfront Research Park land. He pointed out that there was not enough room on the south side of the <br />Millrace to build a bicycle path; additionally, the slope was steep. He added that many properties had <br />developed to the Millrace and even across the Millrace. He thought there was a possibility that there would <br />be connecting trails to the bicycle path and the easement would grant the City the opportunity to construct <br />them. <br /> <br />Mr. Schoening stated that the public purpose of the easement was similar to what the City gained when it <br />undertook riparian corridor acquisition; it would protect the resource and enable the City to enhance the <br />resource in the future. He said there was potential, depending on how the Walnut Mixed-Use Node Plan <br />developed, that the Millrace could be an amenity to the plan and it would be beneficial for the City to have <br />control over that area. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council October 23, 2006 Page 3 <br /> Regular Meeting <br /> <br />