CC Minutes - 12/11/06 Work Session
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CC Minutes - 12/11/06 Work Session
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Mr. Papé concurred with Mr. Kelly about the dedication of the federal courthouse and praised its appear- <br />ance. He said Judge Michael Hogan reminded him of the need for parking in that area of town. <br /> <br />Mr. Papé also reported on the NLC conference, concurring with the remarks of Ms. Ortiz and Ms. Taylor <br />with regard to Mr. Cisneros’s remarks and the Homeless Services Campus. He felt that Eugene could learn <br />from what Reno had done in regard to the issue of homelessness. He indicated he would also share <br />information he had received regarding sustainability with City staff. <br /> <br />Mr. Papé presented a rock that someone had used to break his car window while he was jogging to meet <br />with Councilor-elect Mike Clark. <br /> <br />City Manager Taylor thanked councilors-elect Mike Clark and Alan Zelenka for the work they had done on <br />a variety of City issues prior to taking office in January 2007. He also thanked Mr. Kelly and Mr. Papé for <br />their work during the transition. <br /> <br />City Manager Taylor announced the hiring of Acting Fire Chief Randy Groves as the new fire chief of the <br />Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. <br /> <br />City Manager Taylor reported on a recent executive management team meeting, where the team brought <br />Downtown Languages to demonstrate to the leadership team how to learn languages as one interacted with <br />other citizens speaking different languages, in this case Spanish. He said it was a wonderful session and <br />was a means to give staff the ability to be inclusive in the way it did basic communication when it interacted <br />with all citizens. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy noted City Manager Taylor’s receipt of the City’s Human Rights Award on International <br />Human Rights Day on December 10. <br /> <br /> <br />B. WORK SESSION: City Council Priority Issue—City Hall Complex <br /> <br />The council was joined by Jonah Cohen of Thomas Hacker and Associates, who noted the recent decisions <br />made by the council in regard to City Hall and the options before the council. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy asked if the consideration of cost included temporary housing for staff. Mr. Penwell <br />confirmed that those costs were included. <br /> <br />Acknowledging that the council had not discussed the concept, Mayor Piercy asked if the cost estimates <br />included the cost of creating park linkages “across the street.” Mr. Penwell said no. <br /> <br />Mr. Kelly said that the cost of locating City Hall at the butterfly site would only be 10 percent more than <br />retaining the building on the current site, and he thought the butterfly site had great advantages. The 10 <br />percent in additional costs was a one-time cost. He said that placing the building on the site and eliminating <br />the butterfly lot would do a great deal to enhance downtown and inspire civic pride. The half-block <br />footprint spoke to his values about compact urban development and it would enhance the northwest Park <br />th <br />Block. Mr. Kelly said the streetscape on 7 Avenue would be much improved if the butterfly lot was gone. <br /> <br />Mr. Kelly thought the location would generate excitement beyond what the current site would do, which <br />would enhance support for a bond measure. He was not supportive of the staff recommendation to build on <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council December 11, 2006 Page 3 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br />
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