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th <br />Eugene Drix <br />, 307-½ East 14 Avenue, member of the West University Neighbors, said there had been a <br />tree behind the Lemon house for 100 years and the tree now had to be taken down. He explained that the <br />house had belonged to Charlotte Lemon, who had been active in the neighborhood until her death at 92. He <br />invited the councilors to attend a potluck and ceremony on behalf of the tree on December 2. <br /> <br />Mr. Drix was also concerned about the two holes in the downtown area. He felt they were a great starting <br />point for the community to work together to put something good on those properties. <br /> <br />Peter Ferris <br />, Bayview Mobile Home Park, 955 Mill Street, Waldport, reviewed the talking points on his <br />Petition for a Moratorium on Park Closures in Eugene <br />signed submittal, entitled the . He asked that the <br />council consider the proposed moratorium on mobile home park closures while it considered passing an <br />ordinance that would protect mobile home residents. He said the mobile home community wanted this to <br />occur before anyone could take away the mobile home park lands from them. He asserted that there were <br />1,500 people in Bend and in the Portland area that would have liked to have had a proactive city council in <br />this regard. He believed that something similar to the moratorium the City enacted on condominium <br />conversions in 1979 could be put in place. He related that St. Vincent DePaul had data that it cost <br />$150,000 to reconstruct a lost affordable housing situation. He hoped the City would pass an ordinance <br />similar to the one passed in Wilsonville. He stressed that an action taken by Eugene would have tremen- <br />dous influence statewide given that Eugene was the second largest city in Oregon. <br /> <br />Libby Sherman <br />, 1475 Green Acres Road, Space #31, related that she was a “baby boomer.” She retired <br />from 36 years of flying as a flight attendant, but had lost her pension because the major airline she worked <br />for filed for bankruptcy. She found some financial balance in her life by living in a mobile/manufactured <br />home park in Eugene. She averred that mobile home parks were not just for the elderly, disabled, or people <br />without families. Rather, she said more people were finding that the parks offer communities of caring <br />people who help each other. She loved her mobile home park and wanted to work to save the parks. She <br />noted that she cared for her 80-year-old mother in her home and she found that people in her park were <br />supportive and informative. Additionally, she and her mother felt safe in the park. She asked that the <br />council not allow what had happened in Portland to happen here. She asked the council to help preserve <br />and protect the mobile home parks so that people could live without the fear of losing what they had left. <br /> <br />David T. Boehm <br />, 1699 North Terry Street, Space #182, stated that he had retired at the age of 76-½. He <br />worked to that age so that he could pay for his house, pay for his carport, pay for his new roof, and pay for <br />the refrigeration and heating unit. He was now retired with only an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) <br />that he had put away and Social Security. He said if he was forced to move he would have to drain his <br />IRA and eventually would not have enough money for food. He stressed that he was just one of many <br />people on fixed incomes who could not afford to move. <br /> <br />Jerry A. Harden <br />, Briarwood Mobile Home Park, 1400 Candlelight Drive Space, #224, averred that this <br />was not a political issue; rather, it was an issue of fairness. He and his fellow signers of the petition <br />believed the council would deliberate and come up with the right answer, which would be to declare a <br />moratorium on park closures. He related the story of a friend in a Beaverton mobile home park who felt <br />secure in the mobile home park she lived in one year ago, but was now renting a dilapidated house having <br />been forced to move. He alleged that a “prominent park owner” asserted that every mobile home park was <br />for sale at the right price. He said he was a member of the Lane County committee studying park closures <br />and the committee was far from ready to make recommendations. He cited the two most serious unresolved <br />issues: 1) a lack of vacant spaces to move homes to and how to address this; and 2) no one knew who <br />would pay for an improved compensation package. He underscored that there were not enough vacant <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council November 13, 2006 Page 2 <br /> Regular Meeting <br /> <br />