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Ms. Ortiz thanked Mayor Piercy for her leadership in response to hate crimes. She announced that she and <br />Mayor Piercy would be available to meet with constituents in the River Road/Santa Clara area on the <br />th <br />evening of November 28, 2007. She recently attended a 40 birthday celebration for the Community <br />Alliance of Lane County (CALC) and was amazed at the large attendance. She congratulated City Manager <br />Dennis Taylor for being the recipient of the Human Rights Commission human rights award. She stated <br />that she had received a number of complaints about flooding on the newly resurfaced section of Hilyard <br />Street. City Manager Taylor said he would check into the problem. <br /> <br />Mr. Papé remarked that he received a number of calls complaining that rental enforcement program fees <br />doubled every 30 days if not paid on time. He asked that the administrative order establishing late payment <br />penalties be reviewed to ensure it was fair and appropriate. He could envision a situation where a property <br />owner was out of town and missed the 30-day deadline. <br /> <br />Ms. Taylor concurred that multiplying fines were not in the public’s best interest. <br /> <br />Mr. Kelly commented that given the small size of the fees, doubling for nonpayment did not seem excessive. <br />He said without those payments there would be no rental housing program. He knew for a fact that staff <br />had waived late fees if a property owner demonstrated he or she was out of town for an extended period. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy adjourned the meeting of the Eugene City Council. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy convened the meeting of the Eugene Urban Renewal Agency (URA). <br /> <br /> <br />B. WORK SESSION: West Broadway Purchase Options <br /> <br />City Manager Taylor introduced Planning and Development Director Susan Muir to discuss West Broadway <br />redevelopment and the purchase options secured by the URA. <br /> <br />Ms. Muir recalled the excitement over the Connor and Woolley/Opus proposal last January and the <br />council’s direction to staff to do what it could to make redevelopment of that area happen. She said that <br />staff would be joined by Thomas Hacker and Will Dan of Thomas Hacker Architects, who would participate <br />via telephone because of the bad weather. She said that Mr. Hacker and Mr. Dan were assisting staff <br />because of their involvement with the City Hall master planning project, experience with downtown <br />redevelopment and design expertise. She introduced Denny Braud to present information on the status of <br />property negotiations along West Broadway. <br /> <br />Ms. Solomon arrived at 5:45 p.m. <br /> <br />Mr. Braud stated that following the comprehensive mixed-use proposal from Connor and Woolley/Opus <br />earlier in the year, the council asked staff to take steps to facilitate redevelopment while awaiting more <br />details on that proposal. He said that proposal did not materialize because the developer was unable to <br />acquire enough property for the project. He said that City staff had been working with Broadway property <br />owners to determine if properties could be assembled into a redevelopment footprint; discussions had been <br />positive and negotiations occurred only with willing sellers. He said redevelopment of the two-block section <br />of West Broadway would support implementation of the Downtown Plan by increasing activity along a <br />Great Street and allow many vacant and underdeveloped properties to make a greater contribution to density <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council November 27, 2006 Page 2 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br />