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<br /> M I NUT E S <br />- Eugene City Council <br /> City Council Chamber <br /> October 14, 1985 <br /> 7:30 p.m. <br /> COUNCILORS PRESENT: Cynthia Wooten, Richard Hansen, Emily Schue, Freeman <br /> Holmer, Debra Ehrman, Roger Rutan, Jeff Miller. <br /> COUNCILORS ABSENT: Ruth Bascom. <br /> The regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Eugene, Oregon, was <br /> called to order by President Cynthia Wooten in the absence of His Honor Mayor <br /> Brian B. Obie. <br /> I. SUBMIT BALLOTS FOR INTERVIEWEES FOR PLANNING AND DOWNTOWN COMMISSION <br /> OPENINGS (background information distributed) <br /> Councilor Wooten postponed consideration of interviewees for the Planning and <br /> Downtown Commissions. <br /> II. PUBLIC FORUM <br />- Ms. Wooten said the Public Forum is an opportunity for people to speak to the <br /> council about issues which the council is not scheduled to consider. No one <br /> wished to address the councilors. <br /> III. PUBLIC HEARINGS <br /> A. Cable Television Franchise Revisions (memo, ordinance distributed) <br /> City Manager Micheal Gleason introduced the agenda item. Randy Kolb of the <br /> Information Services Division gave the staff report. He said the Metropolitan <br /> Cable Television Commission had been conducting a triannual review of the <br /> cable television franchise agreement with Group W Cable for about a year. The <br /> review was complicated because the Telecommunications Act of 1984 took away <br /> rate regulation authority from local governments and because this was the <br /> first triannua1 review since Group W Cable purchased Teleprompter, the <br /> previous cable provider in the community. <br /> Mr. Kolb said the new franchise indicates that basic service includes 21 chan- <br /> nels, increases the franchise fee from three percent to five percent of gross <br /> revenues, deregulates rates and programming, and indicates the facilities for <br /> cablecasting non-commercial programming will be operated and financed locally. <br /> He said the sort of services expected on the 21 channels are listed in the <br /> franchise. The two percent fee increase will be used to finance non- <br />e commercial programming and a telecommunications studb. Additional minor <br /> changes were made to simplify matters for Group W Ca le and to hold down costs <br /> MINUTES--Eugene City Council October 14, 1985 Page 1 <br />