CC Minutes - 11/20/06 Work Session
City of Eugene
CC Minutes - 11/20/06 Work Session
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Mr. Poling said he originally supported keeping the patrol function at City Hall. However, based upon <br />Chief Lehner’s vision, the City Manager’s recommendation, and the most recent verbatim citizen participa- <br />tion comments, there appeared to be a preference to have the patrol function outside of City Hall. He opined <br />that issuing patrol cars to officers would save costs by reducing the need to accommodate parking. He <br />added he would support the motion. <br /> <br />Ms. Ortiz supported the motion and looked forward to hearing from the community on the issue. <br /> <br />In response to Ms. Taylor, Mr. Penwell said the money for construction of the forensics building came from <br />the facility replacement fund. <br /> <br />Ms. Taylor suggested there was enough money in the facility replacement fund to build a modest police <br />building. She said she would support the motion. She liked the idea of officers taking their cars home. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy said she had been surprised by the level of interest in having police being located off-site, and <br />how important it was for the City Hall to maintain a connection to the community. <br /> <br />Ms. Bettman said it was important to have a police presence at City Hall. She said the bond measure for <br />City Hall would not necessarily succeed, adding she would oppose the motion and a related bond measure. <br /> <br />Ms. Taylor said the people who expressed their opinions during the public participation process were self <br />selected and not a broad cross section. The issue had not been reviewed by neighborhood groups and the <br />City Club. <br /> <br />The motion passed 7:1, with Ms. Bettman voting in opposition. <br /> <br />Ms. Solomon, seconded by Ms. Ortiz, moved to direct the City Manager to bring back to <br />council for the December 11, 2006, work session additional cost information related to site <br />selection for a new City Hall, particularly costs related to site acquisition of the Lane <br />County “butterfly” parking lot. <br /> <br />Mr. Kelly hoped there would be sufficient information available on December 11 to make a decision. <br />However, he would not make lack of information a reason to decide one way or the other. He said although <br />he would not be on the council beginning in January 2007, the council should carry the decision into the new <br />year if necessary. He noted land acquisition and relocation expenses increased costs. He said he had <br />received unsolicited input from members of the public that they were excited about the possibility of <br />construction at the butterfly parking lot and the Rock ‘n Rodeo site. <br /> <br />Ms. Taylor said it was important for the Lane Board of County Commissioners to have a discussion on the <br />proposal. Mayor Piercy said timing on conversations with the board was critical. <br /> <br />City Manager Taylor said he talked with the Lane County facilities director and individual Lane County <br />commissioners. He added that their discussions had included improvements to the Park Blocks and <br />acquiring the butterfly lot during the City Center visioning project. <br /> <br />MINUTES—City Council November 20, 2006 Page 4 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br />
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