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MINUTES <br />Eugene City Council <br />McNutt Room —City Hall <br />777 Pearl Street — Eugene, Oregon <br />December 14, 2011 <br />Noon <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: Betty Taylor, George Brown, Andrea Ortiz, George Poling, Mike Clark, <br />Chris Pryor, Alan Zelenka, Pat Farr. . <br />Her Honor Mayor Kitty Piercy called the December 14, 2011, work session of the Eugene City Council to <br />order and noted the agenda had been amended with the addition of a work session on Occupy Eugene. <br />A. WORK SESSION: <br />Occupy Eugene <br />City Manager Jon Ruiz reminded the council that it directed him to meet with representatives of Occupy <br />Eugene to discuss their response to the motion speaking to the future of the encampment that was <br />proposed by Mr. Zelenka on December 12. He called the council's attention to the responses the council <br />received earlier that day from Michael Carrigan and Lauren Regan on behalf of Occupy Eugene, which <br />reaffirmed the consensus of the General Assembly of Occupy Eugene to remain at Washington- Jefferson <br />Park until a permanent camp was established. City Manager Ruiz reported that Occupy Eugene had no <br />interest in working on a transition plan that did not result in a permanent camp and Occupy Eugene <br />representatives feared any interruption of the camp would mean occupants would lose the spirit of the <br />current camp. Occupy Eugene advocated for a third -party entity to provide outside reports and advice. <br />Police Chief Pete Kerns reported that Occupy Eugene was paying for gray water disposal and agreed to <br />pay the costs of the garage removal previously paid for by the City. <br />Chief Kerns reviewed a list of items proposed by the City to Occupy Eugene intended to improve the <br />safety of camp occupants and Eugene Police Department (EPD) officers. The list included a prohibition <br />on structures other than tents and called for tents to meet fire safety requirements. Organizers were asked <br />to resituate the tents on the sites so that they were no longer in clusters covered with tarps. The City also <br />asked that bows, crossbows, firearms, hatches, axes, and knives be added to the list of weapons prohibited <br />on the site. Chief Kerns acknowledged that Occupy Eugene expressed concern about a prohibition on <br />knives and hatches and agreed to further discussion. Occupy Eugene expressed no opposition on <br />prohibitions on alcoholic beverages and controlled substances, agreed that all propane, kerosene, and <br />gasoline heaters or generators must be code - compliant, and did not debate about compliance with other <br />State and local laws. <br />Chief Kerns reported that Occupy Eugene had asked the City to allow warming fires on the site; <br />allowance of such fires would require a change the City Code. <br />Chief Kerns said he recommended to Occupy Eugene representatives that they establish a clearly marked <br />area for children's tents and prohibit any adults from being with the children unless they were related or <br />MINUTES— Eugene City Council December 14, 2011 Page 1 <br />Work Session <br />