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<br />M I N U T E S <br /> <br /> <br />Eugene City Council <br />Regular Meeting <br />Council Chamber—Eugene City Hall <br /> <br /> February 13, 2006 <br /> 7:30 p.m. <br /> <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: Jennifer Solomon, Andrea Ortiz, David Kelly, Betty Taylor, Gary Papé, <br />Bonny Bettman, George Poling, Chris Pyror. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Her Honor Mayor Kitty Piercy called the regular meeting of the Eugene City Council to order. <br /> <br /> <br />1. CEREMONIAL MATTERS <br /> <br />On behalf of the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) Commissioners, Commission President Sandra <br />Bishop presented several plastic water pitchers to the council. She was pleased that the council had chosen <br />to use EWEB water rather than bottled water, and said that EWEB was offering the pitchers to other public <br />bodies for use during meetings. Ms. Bishop said the council would be drinking the best water in the world. <br />Organic Style magazine deemed Eugene’s water the best in the United States. She noted that EWEB was <br />working closely with Mayor Piercy on her Sustainable Business Initiative and that use of the water pitchers <br />was one small step toward a more sustainable community; it would take many such small steps for all to <br />move to sustainability. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy expressed appreciation to EWEB for the pitchers. <br /> <br /> <br />2. PUBLIC FORUM <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy reviewed the rules of the Public Forum. She noted that 30 people signed up for the public <br />forum, and called for a motion from the council regarding the allocation of time. <br /> <br />Councilor Kelly, seconded by Councilor Ortiz, moved to limit the public forum to 60 min- <br />utes and encourage speakers to be as brief as possible. Roll call vote; the motion passed, <br />6;2; Councilor Solomon and Councilor Ortiz voting no. <br /> <br />rd <br />Steve Barnes <br />, 491 East 53 Avenue, presented the council with a letter with 1,000 signatures opposing the <br />Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) plan to require Sheldon and South Eugene high school <br />students to travel to Medford, Grants Pass, and Roseburg, to participate in games. For reasons of safety, <br />academics, and fiscal accountability, he believed the proposal made no sense. He noted that school buses <br />had no seat belts. Students would be pulled out of school for unnecessary, day-long road trips. With regard <br />to fiscal accountability, he said the cost for busing South Eugene students would be $30,000. Mr. Barnes <br />asked the council to make a statement in opposition to the OSAA proposal. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council February 13, 2006 Page 1 <br /> Regular Meeting <br /> <br />