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MINUTES <br />Eugene City Council <br />Virtual Work Session <br />Eugene, Oregon 97401 <br />May 11, 2020 <br />5:30 p.m. <br />Councilors Present: Betty Taylor, Emily Semple, Alan Zelenka, Jennifer Yeh, Mike Clark, Claire <br />Syrett, Chris Pryor, Greg Evans <br />Mayor Vinis opened the May 11, 2020, work session of the Eugene City Council. <br />WORK SESSION: COVID-19 Update - Recovery <br />City Manager Pro Tern Sarah Medary, Planning and Development Director Denny Brand, and <br />Planning and Development staff Allison Camp and Amy Bradbury provided an update on the <br />COVID-19 recovery situation, including longer -term community recovery roles, responsibilities, and <br />planning process. <br />Council Discussion: <br />• Mayor Vinis - thanked staff; spoke about the positive impacts of keeping the permitting office <br />running for the benefit of construction. <br />• Councilor Clark- expressed appreciation to staff; asked about concerns about a second wave of <br />infections; spoke about flattening the curve, the health care system, long-term consequences of <br />the shutdown on the economy and other long-lasting impacts. <br />• Councilor Syrett - talked about the goals of the City prior to the pandemic and moving forward <br />with those goals; spoke of creative permitting to accommodate business reopening; asked about <br />mask wearing requirements and the authority of the City to require them. <br />• Councilor Clark - expressed appreciation to staff for their recovery efforts; talked about <br />creating a framework to reopen businesses quickly in order to mitigate the long-term <br />consequences; spoke about reopening based on facts and data rather than on fear of the <br />unknown in order to lessen the impacts to the economy; talked about the lower risk of <br />infection locally in comparison to other locations. <br />• Mayor Vinis - spoke about the anxiety and concerns of constituents. <br />• Councilor Zelenka- expressed concerns about a possible second round of COVID-19 and about <br />people not abiding by social distancing rules after reopening; discussed the reopening phases; <br />asked about face masks how enforcement could occur. <br />• Councilor Pryor - spoke about the issues associated with the enforcement of face mask <br />regulations. <br />• Councilor Syrett - encouraged mask wearing in indoor locations but not mandating them; <br />talked about untested, unreported, and asymptomatic cases of COVID19 in the area. <br />• Councilor Clark- spoke about the number of people tested and not tested; opposed extension of <br />the emergency declaration and encouraged more testing capability. <br />MOTION AND VOTE: Councilor Semple, seconded by Councilor Yeh, moved to support <br />the City Manager Pro Tern in extending the City's Emergency Declaration by an <br />additional two weeks. PASSED: 7:1, Councilor Clark opposed. <br />MINUTES - Eugene City Council May 11, 2020 Page 1 <br />Work Session <br />