Here’s a roundup of what local elected officials will be talking about at town hall meetings this week.
Springfield City Council
To look at: The city system requires registration to watch and participate in meetings. Use the meeting links to register and get information on how to attend.
To listen: Dial 1-971-247-1195 or 877-853-5257 and use the meeting ID.
To participate: Meetings are held in the Council Chambers of City Hall, located at 225 Fifth St.
Comment: There will be instructions during the meeting to speak in public comments or public hearings.
When: 6 p.m. Monday
What: Advisors will interview candidates for the museum’s advisory board.
They will also receive an update on the budget, and staff will ask their input on exploring changes to service levels to save money and strategies to generate more revenue.
Meeting ID: 872 4617 9195
When: 7 p.m. Monday
What: After the meeting opens, councilors will consider a consent schedule that includes an amendment to the ordinance allowing bicycle storage in part of City Hall and two liquor license applications.
The board will then hold a public hearing on extending a franchise agreement with Comcast for use of the right-of-way and will hear and respond to comments from the general public, including the introduction of Spark Lab.
Councilors will also consider an order to correct the details of a previously approved annexation.
They will then meet with the city’s new director of economic development before voting on whether to approve new lease terms for the Booth-Kelly complex in an effort to attract and retain businesses in the complex.
The council will also vote on a short-term lease with St. Vincent de Paul for an emergency heated shelter at 765 A Street.
Meeting ID: 872 4617 9195
Lane County Board of Commissioners
To look at: County meetings are streamed at bit.ly/LaneCounty-meetings.
To participate: Meetings of the Board of Commissioners begin at 9 a.m. at Harris Hall, located at 125 E 8th Ave., unless otherwise specified. Doors to Harris Hall open at 8:45 a.m.
Comment: When there is a chance to comment, people should register for the meeting to do so virtually. After registration, people will receive information on how to attend.
Those coming to the meeting in person should register on the attendance sheet located near the front door.
There will be instructions during the meeting to speak at public hearings and make public comments.
People can also email email@example.com with public comments by noon Monday. The subject line should include “PUBLIC COMMENT FOR MEETING DATE 8/11/2022.”
When: 9:00 a.m. Tuesday
What: Commissioners will listen to and respond to comments from the public.
They will then consider a consent schedule that includes a board appointment and two contracts.
The board will then vote on a contract for life and disability insurance, including establishing a plan equivalent to Paid Leave Oregon.
Commissioners will also discuss whether to install a new type of waste treatment facility at the landfill to more effectively capture methane released from food scraps and other types of organic waste. This discussion is scheduled for 10 a.m. certain time, which means that other elements could move to adapt to the moment.
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The board will then present and hold a public hearing for an order that would extend the franchise for using the right of way with Comcast.
Commissioners will also discuss several milestones related to the design and construction of a proposed multi-purpose facility and new home for the Eugene Emeralds at the Lane Events Center.
They will take into account:
- A design-build contract with Lease Crutcher Lewis
- A regional planning application contract with the Satre group
- A consultant support services contract with Klosh Group
In-depth update:No roadblocks yet for the proposed multi-purpose facility, which houses the Emeralds at the Lane Events Center
When: 1:30 p.m.
What: Commissioners will hold a public hearing on an ordinance that would define “premises” in a portion of the county code related to unlawful entry or stay on someone else’s property. Without the change, judges could dismiss some future citations.
The board will also receive an update from staff on the progress of the county’s affordable housing action plan and equity work across county departments.
Eugene City Council
To look at: Meetings are streamed online at bit.ly/Eugene-meetings and youtube.com/c/CityofEugene. They also broadcast on Comcast’s Channel 21.
To listen: Dial 1-971-247-1195 or 877-853-5257 and use the meeting ID and password.
To participate: Council meetings are held at the Mary Spilde Center at 101 W 10th Ave. There is no opportunity for in-person participation this week.
Comment: Where there is a public forum or public hearing, there will be an option to join the meeting for those not attending in person. Callers can also comment. There are instructions given for speaking during the meeting.
When: Wednesday noon
What: Councilors will discuss the possibility of extending the life of the waterfront urban renewal district. They could vote to expand the district to allow funding for more projects around Downtown Riverfront Park.
They will also receive an update on the city’s ambulance transport system, which has run into budget issues.
ID, password: 850 783 5240; tip9
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