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spaces in the Eugene/Springfield area to accommodate “even one medium-sized park closure.” He said one <br />proposal called for the developer to pay moving costs in excess of a payment from the State and a <br />counterproposal called for an even split of this cost between the State, the City of Eugene, the developer, <br />and the tenant. He opposed having the homeowner pay “a subsidy” to a developer who caused their <br />eviction. He added that many homes were too old to be moved. He also asked the council to consider what <br />happened to the tenants who did not have thousands of dollars “up front” to pay for moving. He said the <br />inventory of market-rate apartments was limited and the rents were nearly double the cost of park space <br />rent. He noted that St. Vincent DePaul reported a waiting list for affordable housing of more than 400 <br />families and other agencies reported a wait of one to two years. He presented the petition, signed by 976 <br />people. <br /> <br />Tom Mitchell <br />, 3355 North Delta Highway, Space #45, asked the council to consider a moratorium on the <br />closure of manufactured home parks in Eugene until adequate protections were put in place for those <br />people who may face eviction from their homes. He stated that he and his wife lived in Eugene for 46 <br />years, the last 8 of which were spent in Lakeridge Manufactured Home Park. He had gathered 136 <br />signatures in 12 days. He attributed the eagerness of people to sign to concerns he and his manufactured <br />park community had about plans for a hospital to be constructed near the River Ridge Golf Course. He <br />noted that the park entrance was directly across from the 11th hole. He said traffic past the park entrance <br />was projected to increase by 60 percent if the hospital was built. He believed that if the City Council <br />approved the hospital’s request to change the zoning the Lakeridge property would become more desirable <br />to developers. He said the manufactured home park residents enjoyed a good relationship with the current <br />owners of the park, but no one could predict the owners’ reaction to a purchase price that could far exceed <br />their investment. He pointed out that one-third of the residents of the park were widows. He added that the <br />double- and triple-wide homes in Lakeridge were not mobile and would be expensive to move, but even if <br />they could be moved there were no parks in the Eugene/Springfield area that could accept significant <br />numbers of these houses. He predicted that with the coming retirement of baby boomers would increase the <br />need for affordable housing. He believed the “wave” of park closures that “started in the Portland area” <br />was moving down the valley toward Eugene. He asked the council to “please be ready with a plan to <br />forestall that wave.” <br /> <br />Tonya White <br />, 4785 Skyline Road South, Space #207, Salem, said that she was a former tenant of Emerald <br />Valley Estates. She indicated that two years ago, the 20 residents of the park were given eviction notices <br />just after Thanksgiving. Of the 20 homes, only one homeowner was able to afford to move. She stated that <br />all of the other homeowners were forced to give their homes back to the bank. She explained that it cost <br />between $12,000 and $17,000 to move a home and put it back to the same standard it was when started. <br />She said the one homeowner who was able to move her house had purchased the home with a life insurance <br />policy left from her deceased husband and then spent all of her savings to move her house one mile away. <br />She shared that for her the experience had been devastating as it had for many of her neighbors. She <br />averred that it devastated people’s credit and there was nothing to be done about it, no laws to protect her <br />or her neighbors. She felt they had been dealt with in “a shady manner.” She explained that the home had <br />been her grandfather’s and, as a result of its loss, he was now unable to borrow money to put a roof on the <br />house in which he currently lives. She stressed that this was an affordable housing issue that threatened to <br />put people out on the streets. <br /> <br />th <br />Bob Cassidy <br />, 1401 East 27 Avenue, noted that the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) wanted to <br />move earlier on the proposed Roosevelt project than it originally planned and that it would save approxi- <br />mately $3.5 million. He personally did not object to EWEB making these kinds of business decisions as <br />they made good business sense. He thought it also made sense for EWEB to “cooperate with the <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council November 13, 2006 Page 3 <br /> Regular Meeting <br /> <br />