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<br /> , M I NUT E S <br /> . Eugene City ,Council <br /> City Council Chamber <br /> December 10, 1980 <br /> 11:30 a.m. <br /> COUNCILORS PRESENT: Betty Smith, Scott Lieuallen, Brian Obie, Eric Haws, <br /> Jack Delay, D. W. Hamel, Gretchen Miller, and Emily Schue. <br /> Adjourned meeting of the City Council of the City of Eugene, Oregon, wa? called <br /> to order by His Honor Mayor Gus Keller. <br /> 1. ITEMS FOR MAYOR & COUNCIL, APPOINTMENTS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AGENDA ADJUSTMENTS <br /> A. L-COG Conference <br /> Ms. Schue stated that on January 17, L-COG will hold a conference on ethics <br /> considerations for elected officials. Councilors planning to attend should <br /> notify either L-COG or City staff. <br /> B. Appreciation of Public Works Staff <br /> . Ms. Miller noted appreciation to staff who worked hard dealing with excess rain- <br /> fall last week. She stated that staff was cheerful in the face of adverse <br /> circumstances. <br /> C. Hearings Panel Decisions <br /> Mr. Delay commented that many times, working on the hearings panel is a no-win <br /> situation. Individuals being assessed feel the assessment is unfair. He has <br /> spent a good deal of time trying to explain the City system to the residents. <br /> On December 8, one person sat through all the rest of the council meeting <br /> waiting for Public Works' bids and did not fully understand City policy <br /> regarding assessments by the conclusion of the meeting. She presented an <br /> emotionally charged statement and was probably angry when she left. He is <br /> comfortable with the City decision but felt bad about the way the woman felt and <br /> the lack of understanding. He suggested that consideration be given to a better <br /> method to handle situations like this, perhaps including the use of follow-up <br /> letters. Mr. Hamel indicated agreement. He noted that he is the representative <br /> from her ward but had never received any information from her. Ms. Sc h ue a 1 so <br /> indicated agreement with Mr. Delay's comment. She also feels a process is <br /> needed for response to situations like this. Mayor Keller stated that he and <br /> Don Gilman, Public Works, had also discussed this problem. Mr. Henry stated <br /> that it is the intention of the City to pursue this problem and noted that this <br /> woman's bill would be $2,000 rather than $6,000. Also, it may be that <br /> Bancrofting rates will be lower when her property is assessed. Mr. Gilman <br /> . <br /> MINUTES--Eugene City Council December 10, 1980 Page 1 <br />