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<br />M I N U T E S <br /> <br /> <br />Eugene City Council <br />City Council Meeting <br />Council Chamber—Eugene City Hall <br /> <br /> September 25, 2006 <br /> 7:30 p.m. <br /> <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: Jennifer Solomon, Bonny Bettman, David Kelly, Andrea Ortiz, Gary <br />Papé, George Poling, Chris Pryor, Betty Taylor. <br /> <br /> <br />Her Honor Mayor Kitty Piercy called the meeting of the Eugene City Council to order and welcomed <br />everyone to the meeting. <br /> <br /> <br />1. PUBLIC FORUM <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy reviewed the rules of the Public Forum. <br /> <br />Peg Renkert <br />, 589 Covey Lane, related that on May 21 her house was demolished by a 90-foot-tall, <br />30,000-pound electrical transmission tower, causing over $200,000 in damage. She had been away at a <br />fundraiser, but usually on that night of the week she had a family night at her house. Had her family been <br />there, she felt they could have come to serious harm. She alleged that she encountered difficulties in her <br />attempts to get “more than lip service and attitude” from the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) in <br />this matter. She said the Quail Run Homeowners Association (QRHA) and the Harlow Neighbors <br />Association (HNA) supported her efforts. She alleged that EWEB staff had destroyed evidence, kept <br />information from her, and refused her requests to have access to the destroyed concrete tower. She related <br />that she had been told by an EWEB representative that the concrete from the tower had gone to Eugene <br />Sand & Gravel to be crushed. She inquired about the concrete at several such businesses, including <br />Eugene Sand & Gravel, and no one seemed to know anything about it. She asserted that EWEB was hiding <br />something. She stated that the QRHA was trying to get the towers rerouted, but EWEB had decided to <br />keep the towers where they were. <br /> <br />Kerry Lancy <br />, 3626 Oxbow Way, Ms. Renkert’s daughter, felt that had May 21 been “a normal Sunday” <br />for her family, she and her children would have been in the living room that was been crushed by the tower. <br />She was very upset by this. She asserted that EWEB had withheld information and possibly provided false <br />information about where the remains of the poles are. She alleged that EWEB did not include the citizens <br />of Eugene in its decisions and actions. She cited as evidence EWEB’s unwillingness to discuss relocating <br />the transmission lines. She recalled that EWEB was chartered by the City of Eugene to serve the interests <br />of its citizens. She asked the council to require it to provide the information and to ask it to work with the <br />QRHA and HNA in a participatory process to explore options for rerouting the poles. She noted that these <br />types of poles were located all over the city and predicted that another one would fall. <br /> <br />Clement Bosch <br />, 469 Covey Lane, president of the QRHA, stated that when two poles broke, one falling on <br />Ms. Renkert’s house, Quail Run area residents had ceased to feel safe. He averred that residents living by <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council September 25, 2006 Page 1 <br /> Regular Meeting <br /> <br />