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Council Discusses Social Host Ordinance

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene police say disruptive parties are more than just an annoyance. They’re an issue the city has been working on for about two years now.

The city council revisited the idea Wednesday of a social host ordinance. The city council spent the majority of work session figuring out why this ordinance is needed, including factors such as cost, neighborhood livability and even health.

The city of Eugene says it spent about $85,000 last year on party patrols. Eugene police reported 86 cases of alcohol poisoning. Officers worry about the public’s safety due to illegal actions stemming from alcohol-fueled parties.

Long-time residents who support the ordinance say parties forced them to consider moving.

While this would be a city-wide ordinance, the areas near campus are cited most often.

“They are totally out of control. The people in the university area shouldn’t have to deal with this on a regular basis, and no other part of this city has the extent of the problem,” said Wayne Allen, Municipal Court Presiding Judge.

City leaders say the university has been involved in the process and is working on how else it can help the situation. There are talks of using the student code of conduct to address the issue as well.

One of the changes to the ordinance since the last discussion include defining the fee schedule. Violators could be fined up to a thousand dollars. The actual fine will be determined by the courts.

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