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<br />Council Chamber <br />Eugel}e ,~Ol;"eg<:ln' <br />May 31, 1972 <br /> <br />Adjourned meeting of the Common Council of the city of Eugene, Oregon - adjourned from the <br />meeting held May 22, 1972 - was called to order by His Honor Mayor Lester E. Anderson at <br />11:00 a.m. on May 31, 1972 in the Council Chamber with the following councilmen present: <br />Mr. Mohr, Mrs. Beal, Messrs. McDonald, Williams, Hershner, Mrs. Campbell, and Mr. Bradshaw. <br />Mr. Teague was absent. <br /> <br />.' <br /> <br />1- Committee' Report (Part 1)'':'" May 24, 1972 <br />Present: Mayor Anderson; Councilmen Mohr, Campbell, and Bradshaw; Ci ty Manager' and <br />staff; and others. <br /> <br />A. Downtown Development District and Board - Copies of a memo g~ v~ng ba'ckground in- <br />formation on a proposed free-parking district were previously distributed to <br />Council members. Also distributed were copLes of proposed ordinances which would <br />create the district and a governing board. Manager said a' complete program is <br />not ready for presentation at this time, but in order to put a district into, <br />operation during the coming fiscal year it is necessary to pass an ordinance to <br />meet a May 21, 1972 deadline for preparation of tax rolls. Otherwise, in ac- <br />cordance with State law, the new district cannot be put into operation until the <br />following year. Manager sai d work on the proposal has been in progress since <br />last fall, but legal and participation problems have developed. He said there <br />is no hazard in proceeding in creation of the district since it does not obligate <br />anyone, it simply sets up a vehicle which can be used when and ,if the program i$ <br />developed and it is decided to proceed. <br /> <br />Maurie Jacobs, representing the ad hoc committee of the Eugene Downtown Association, <br />described the proposed district patterned after districts in California 'cities <br />of comparable size visited by representatives of the Association, City, and Re- <br />newal Agency. He said it is an attempt to answer a total aowntown problem of <br />need for parking space, retention of small retail and service-oriented busines~es, <br />special events, and access farru1iarity and to be headed by a person totally re- <br />sponsible for co-ordination of these downtown activities. It is felt'necessary <br />to provide free parking on the order of that provided by shopping centers, and <br />to provide a constant flow of pedestrian traffic in the downtown mall. Mr. Jacobs <br />said there is no formula for financing at this time,- but with the Council's <br />authorization to create the district and a governing board, it is hoped an ' <br />equitable plan can be worked out to encompass the assessment district funding <br />the lOth- and oak Overpark: He said they are prepared to make recommendat'ions <br />for members of a board representing owners and business people of the district <br />who are most likely to benefit. <br /> <br />. <br /> <br />Manager pointed out boundaries on a wall map and said ,they were carefully de- <br />veloped by a subcoInmit6:~e of the EDA ad hoc committee.. Traffic Erigineer said <br />the boundaries' were drawn to include the 10th and Oak Overpark district and that <br />area providing easy access to the downtown mall, generally within orie to one and <br />a half blocks of the mall. <br /> <br />.. <br /> <br />Manager called attention to concern stressed in the background memo that the <br />program must have substantial support among those people who wil1hcive to pay <br />for it. Before the Council is asked to implemtBnt any financing program which <br />would result in cost to people doing business or owning property in that district <br />a procedure will be developed designed to give the Council information necessary <br />to show that the program is acceptable and has substantial support in the area. <br />He said the ordinance creating the governing body, because there is no legal <br />deadline, does, not have the urgency of that creating the distri ct. But this <br />ordinance is recommended for acceptance to achieve an official group to gi ve <br />" direction and to CBsist in final formulation of the program. He said the <br />Council stands adjourned to May 31, prior to the committee meeting on that day, <br />so that action can be taken at that time at least on creation,':6t,_the, district . <br />Action on creation of the governing body would be helpful to give official <br />status and to more quickly develop a free parking program. <br /> <br />Mr. Jacobs in answer to Mrs. Campbell said there are thirty people invol ved in <br />developing the program and that it is hoped with creation of the governing body <br />contact can be made wi th all of those who would be included in the district. <br />Traffic Engineer said it is difficult to anticipate what opposition there would <br />be until a definite proposal is presented, and that an official board would be <br />able to resolve questions and develop., that proposal. <br /> <br />. <br /> <br />In answer to Mrs. Campbell, Manager said the staff recommends acceptance of the <br />proposal. He said if a completely free parking system is set up, in order to <br />gain support by all included in the district, attempts must be made to develop <br />enough revenue to assume the Overpark borrowing obligations and meet them as they <br /> <br />IS3' <br /> <br />5f 31/72 - 1 <br />