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<br />M I N U T E S <br /> <br /> <br />Eugene City Council <br />Work Session <br />McNutt Room—Eugene City Hall <br /> <br /> November 27, 2006 <br /> 5:30 p.m. <br /> <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: Jennifer Solomon, Andrea Ortiz, David Kelly, Betty Taylor, Gary Papé, <br />Bonny Bettman, Chris Pryor, George Poling. <br /> <br />Her Honor Mayor Kitty Piercy called the meeting of the Eugene City Council to order. <br /> <br /> <br />A. COMMITTEE REPORTS AND ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM MAYOR, CITY <br />COUNCIL AND CITY MANAGER <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy encouraged everyone to complete the cultural policy review survey. She said the City was <br />working to improve its Web communications and asked the public for feedback. She announced that the <br />Network of Watershed Councils presented an award to the City of Eugene and commended the City’s <br />commitment to sustainability. She said that a letter signed by community leaders and anti-hate leaflets had <br />been distributed in response to recent hate graffiti in a South Eugene neighborhood. She reminded the <br />community to be vigilant and respond when hate crimes occurred. She noted that the new federal courthouse <br />would have its grand opening at the end of the week. <br /> <br />Mr. Papé shared a Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce publication featuring Library, Cultural & <br />Recreation Services Executive Director Angel Jones on the cover. He appreciated the recent visit by a <br />delegation from Eugene’s sister city, Kakegawa, Japan. He was pleased with the City’s response to hate <br />crimes and hoped the perpetrators were caught and punished. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy noted that the delegation’s visit received good coverage in the newspaper. <br /> <br />Mr. Pryor echoed Mr. Papé’s comments regarding the City’s refusal to tolerate hate crimes. <br /> <br />Ms. Taylor expressed appreciation for the dinner with the Japanese visitors and press coverage of the <br />delegation’s visit, which she hoped would prompt greater community support for the Sister City Foundation. <br />She commended Mayor Piercy for hosting the delegation. She urged people to attend a performance of “The <br />Seagull” at Lord Leebrick Theater. She said it was an excellent production. She recently attended meetings <br />where the purchase of land for Buford Park was discussed. She said there was much enthusiasm and <br />support for that acquisition and hoped the City would do whatever it could to help. <br /> <br />Ms. Taylor said she received a complaint about leaves in the street and the hazard they posed for bicyclists. <br />She agreed with the complainant’s questioning why the City even had a leaf pickup program when the roads <br />needed repairing. She suggested considering whether the money would be better spent elsewhere. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council November 27, 2006 Page 1 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br />