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<br /> ------ <br /> M I NUT E S <br /> e. Eugene City Council <br /> City Council Chamber <br /> September 16, 1981 <br /> 11: 30 a.m. <br /> COUNCILORS PRESENT: Councilors Gretchen Miller, Brian Obie, Betty Smith, Mark <br /> Lindberg, D. W. Hamel, Cynthia Wooten, and Emily Schue. <br /> COUNCILOR ABSENT: Eric Haws. <br /> The adjourned meeting of the City Council of the City of Eugene, Oregon, was <br /> called to order by His Honor, Mayor Gus Keller. <br /> I. ITEMS FROM MAYOR & COUNCIL, APPOINTMENTS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AGENDA ADJUSTMENTS <br /> A. Telecommunications Competition and Deregulation Act of 1981 <br /> Ms. Wooten stated that she has been more and more concerned about Senate Bill <br /> 898--Telecommunications Competition and Deregulation Act of 1981--which would <br /> e strip franchise regulations from local governments. There is a broad concern <br /> across the country and she has worked with the Metropolitan Area Cable Television/ <br /> Translator Commission. She has drafted a mailgram which she hopes the council <br /> will agree to send. Pat Lynch, Council Administrator, distributed the draft <br /> mailgram. The August 1981 League of Oregon Cities newsletter contained addi- <br /> tional information about this proposed bill. This will be heard by the Senate <br /> on Monday and she has asked that provisions regarding cable television be <br /> separated so that proper public hearings can be held. She asked for council <br /> consideration of this draft mailgram. <br /> Mr. Obie stated that although he is not involved in the cable television industry, <br /> he has written a letter on his own supporting the legislation. He wou 1 d prefer <br /> that, if the council is to take a position, they have the opportunity to hear <br /> both sides of this issue. Mr. Lindberg stated that the mailgram is only request- <br /> ing the Senate to separate the issues into two components but does not suggest <br /> taking a position on the legislation. A position could be taken at a later <br /> time. Ms. Smith noted support for Mr. Lindberg's suggestion. There may <br /> be some misunderstandings with this issue. She would be willing to ask that the <br /> components be separated but she would not be willing to take a position at this <br /> time. Mr. Obie indicated that he is not familiar enough with the legislation to <br /> know what impact there would be in separating the issues. <br /> Mr. Hamel stated that as the council representative to the Cable Commission, he <br /> would support Ms. Wooten's suggestion of sending the mailgram. He talked with <br /> , Senator Packwood I s aide 1 ast week. Therefore, the council may already have <br /> e <br /> MINUTES--Eugene City Council September 16, 1981 Page 1 <br />