August 21, 1996
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' REGULAR MEETING
Harris Hall Main Floor - 1:30 p.m.

Chair Bobby Green, Sr. presided with Steve Cornacchia (arrived at 1:59 p.m.) Ellie Dumdi, Jerry Rust, and Cindy Weeldreyer present. Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary.

11. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

None.

12. PUBLIC HEARINGS

a. PUBLIC HEARING AND FINAL ORDER 96-8-21-10/In the Matter of the Vacation of a Pathway Easement in Bain Subdivision as Platted and Recorded in Book 16, Page 29, Lane County, Oregon Plat Records (17-04-13).

Tom Dreschler, Surveyor’s Office, distributed a handout provided by the petitioners and used overhead projection to display a map of the area. He briefly reviewed the agenda memorandum (see material on file).

Green opened the Public Hearing.

Archie Brown, 184 East Hatton Avenue, commented on his positive treatment by the Public Works department. He offered his support of the vacation.

Wayne Southworth, 120 East Hatton Avenue, stated that he was opposed to the site being closed as he would like to see another trail in its place. He indicated that the existing trail has obviously been maintained by someone.

Responding to Green, Dreschler reported his assessment of Mr. Southworth’s initial contact as being he was supportive of the vacation, but hoped the other path would be explored. Dreschler stated that there is another path that could use some improvement.

Green closed the public hearing.

Rust indicated that he has an interest in seeing something happen, suggesting that this be held over for several months while offering an invitation to the City of Eugene and local residents to agree on another path option. Weeldreyer stated that since both staffs are in agreement over the vacation and there is a potential hardship to the petitioner, she would like to move forward today. Rust noted that vacation is an irrevocable act and he hesitates to take that action until the issue is totally resolved. He observed that the hardship is not acute and by not vacating at this time, it provides leverage/incentive in the attempt to get the City to work on an alternative access. Dumdi asked Mr. Brown if the delay of a few months would be a hardship. Mr. Brown indicated that he would like to get his new fence installed to take the place of one that has come down. He indicated that people are using the present alternative route now. Southworth stated that the present alternative route has many ruts in it and is not suitable for bike access. He volunteered his help in improving the alternative route.

Yolanda Paul, 195 East Hatton, spoke about the hazards of the existing path and the dumping that takes place there.

Rust noted that the burden is on those who wish to have public access withdrawn. Dumdi noted that there are alternative routes. She suggested approving the vacation, while also encouraging the City of Eugene to work out the alternative route. Green suggested that 30 days would be a reasonable period.

MOTION: To postpone this item to September 18, with staff to consult with the City of Eugene and seek written confirmation of their plans for alternative access. Rust MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

13. OTHER BUSINESS

There was confirmation that further deliberation on Ordinance PA 951 (Overholser/Mathews) was postponed until September 18.

There being no further business, this meeting adjourned at 2:07 p.m.

 

Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary

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