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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 /> December 11, 2006 <br /> 5:30 p.m. <br /> <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: Jennifer Solomon, Andrea Ortiz, David Kelly, Betty Taylor, Gary Papé, <br />Bonny Bettman, George Poling, Chris Pryor. <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 announced that Congress approved the transfer of the properties owned by the Bureau of <br />Land Management to the City of Eugene for the new Wetlands Education Center. <br /> <br />Mr. Papé arrived. <br /> <br />th <br />Mayor Piercy noted the ground breaking for the new WestTown on 8 development on December 15 at <br />10:30 a.m. <br /> <br />Ms. Ortiz noted her recent attendance at the National League of Cities (NLC) in Reno, Nevada, and <br />reported that she attended several breakout sessions. The most interesting was that of keynote speaker <br />Henry Cisneros, who had a comprehensive plan for homelessness. She hoped to get a DVD of the session <br />and share it with the council and community. Another session involved the topic of inclusive community. <br />One of the presenters was from Minneapolis, who shared how the Minneapolis council funded a youth center <br />to ensure that immigrant youth felt included in the community. The tone conveyed by all three presenters <br />was that their communities supported inclusiveness for their immigrant residents. <br /> <br />Mr. Poling said he attended the most recent Lane Transit District EmX Steering Committee meeting on <br />December 5, and learned that the Franklin EmX corridor was nearly 99 percent complete, with just a few <br />minor changes to be made. The fourth vehicle recently arrived, the fifth one was on the road, and a sixth <br />was being painted; all six vehicles would be in Lane Transit District’s possession within the next two weeks. <br />Operator training was underway. Mr. Poling said the grand opening and the commencement of service was <br />scheduled for January 4, 2007. He said the committee took a tour of the route, which was very exciting. <br />th <br />The committee also briefly discussed the third EmX corridor, which he thought mislabeled the West 11 <br />corridor and which should be called the west Eugene corridor as it was intended to address traffic problems <br />th <br />in that area, not just on West 11 Avenue. He suggested the labeling could work against it and asked City <br />Manager Dennis Taylor to see if he could raise that issue in the proper setting. City Manager Taylor agreed <br />to do so. <br /> <br />Continuing, Mr. Poling said that Lane Transit District would be doing some preliminary modeling for other <br />possible EmX routes. Work on the Pioneer Parkway/Gateway EmX corridor was also progressing. <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council December 11, 2006 Page 1 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br />