Council Discusses Homeless Camping Sites

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene City Council will discuss the issue of homeless camping at its meeting Monday night. The focus will be about a proposed pilot project. Mayor Kitty Piercy says the project proposed by councilors will include looking at one or more sites to allow overnight camping. Guidelines will include no more than 15 … Continue reading »

Eugene Discusses Owning Civic Stadium

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene’s Civic Stadium may soon have a new owner or operator, the city. At Monday night’s meeting, city councilors approved a plan to give the city manager the opportunity to explore how the city could lease or buy Civic Stadium. In a 5-to-2 vote, city councilors approved a motion to look further … Continue reading »

Council Holds Hearing on Homeless Issues

EUGENE, Ore. —  The Eugene City Council found little support for its plan to expand its camping program for area homeless, but now has better direction on how to proceed. During what was at times a passionate meeting nightly night, councilors heard about why their current proposal wouldn’t work. Dozens spoke at the public hearing … Continue reading »

Councilors Revisit Homeless Issues

EUGENE, Ore. — The issue of homeless will be top of mind as Eugene City Councilors return from summer break. Councilors are in for a long night that will include a regular meeting and two work sessions, Monday. While not all topics are expected to be about homelessness, it will be a hot topic. The … Continue reading »

Council To Look At Illegal Fireworks

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene City Council wants to start a conversation surrounding illegal fireworks. At least four councilors agreed it seems the problem with illegal fireworks being set off in the city is getting worse. Mayor Kitty Piercy told the council she thinks this is becoming a safety issue for homes and property. Councilor … Continue reading »

Eugene Keeps Five-Cent Bag Fee

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene residents will continue to pay five cents for every paper bag in Eugene, after the council voted down an ordinance to suspend the fee. The Eugene City Council was looking at suspending the fee until December while it looked at the plastic bag ban, but that suspension was denied. A couple … Continue reading »

Budget Committee Issues Recommendation

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Budget Committee finalized its recommendation for the city budget in an 11-to-four vote on Wednesday night. The committee is recommending a budget that doesn’t cut any city services, but would instead provide one-time funding to continue supporting local parks, pools, law enforcement and libraries.  It’s also proposing to take $4.2 … Continue reading »

Eugene Budget Talks Bring More Questions

EUGENE, Ore. — Another lengthy discussion during the Eugene city budget meeting Thursday night brought about some ideas, but concerns still linger. Councilors are still going back and forth about how to avert pending cuts to city services. There was a popular recommendation made, but it only provides a temporary fix but could save services … Continue reading »

Eugene City Council Makes Homeless Plan

EUGENE, Ore. — The conversation has been going on for years–what can be done for Eugene’s homeless, particularly those who camp in local parks? The city council took big steps toward a solution Wednesday. Councilor Alan Zelenka proposed a motion that would create a 120-day pilot program. It would allow dusk to dawn camping at … Continue reading »

Eugene Prepares for Summer in the City

EUGENE, Ore. — Spring just got here, but Eugene city councilors are already making big plans for this summer. The council learned Wednesday about plans for Summer in the City, as well as the things to come. Councilors focused on downtown revitalization over the past few years, and the nearly $200 million worth of investments … Continue reading »

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