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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 /> November 27, 2006 <br /> 7:30 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 /> <br />Her Honor Mayor Kitty Piercy called the regular meeting of the Eugene City Council to order. <br /> <br /> <br />1. PUBLIC FORUM <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy reviewed the rules of the public forum. <br /> <br />Ed Singer, <br />4160 Eddystone Place, indicated that he was a resident of the Santa Clara area. He said with <br />the 1998 parks and open space bond measure, the City promised to purchase land for a community park in <br />Santa Clara and eight years later the land had still not been acquired. He said the City’s promotion for the <br />2006 parks bond measure again promised to purchase land for a community park in Santa Clara. He urged <br />the council to do whatever was necessary to purchase property as soon as possible before all sufficiently <br />sized parcels were gone. <br /> <br />Reverend William Winget, <br />4501 Franklin Boulevard, Space 2, Springfield, asked whether Eugene Police <br />Department and SWAT team personnel were drug-tested. He said that people in the community were held <br />accountable for their actions and police officers with weapons who were profiling people and looking for <br />hazardous situations should be drug-tested. He stated he had not been able to get the City to regard him as a <br />patient with a medical marijuana card instead of a criminal, regardless of what he had done in the past. He <br />felt the counterculture in the community had been overlooked because its members were not black, gay, or <br />Latinos. He said the City accepted their money but not their ideas and standards for accountability. He <br />looked forward to seeing action on police accountability. <br /> <br />Gary Heldt, <br />3477 Onyx Street, said he was not in town for the public hearing on the road fee and realized <br />the record was closed, but wanted to comment even though it would not go into the record. He said the <br />major issue was the amount of revenue to be generated, which was larger than the Library levy. He thought <br />it should be subjected to a public vote. His position was that two-thirds of the funding should come from a <br />gas tax and the other third should ideally be a general obligation (GO) bond situation for project-specific <br />reconstructions. He said the second choice would be a road fee. He opined that the proposed fee was a <br />regressive tax that hit residents who seldom drove at the same rate as residents with multiple SUVs. <br /> <br />Mr. Heldt urged the council to consider doubling the gas tax, perhaps to nine cents a gallon, which would <br />have minimal impact on consumers, would capture contributions from tourists and others passing through <br />the community, and would provide a sufficiently stable funding source. He encouraged the City to pressure <br />the State to consider a statewide gas tax increase in the name of combating global warming and providing <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council November 27, 2006 Page 1 <br /> Regular Meeting <br /> <br />