Council came back into session on September 11th after a six week summer break with an acknowledgement and moment of silence in memory of this date 16 years ago. I then followed with a statement of support for Dreamers and our commitment to their right to live, work and study in our community.
Council held only one vote this week, to authorize the City Manager to purchase a property on West 11th which would allow the City to build a complex to house a larger Emergency Operations Center and Police Department Special Operations facility. The acquisition of this property at well below market rate gives the City the option of developing these two facilities in an area close to the airport, Public Works, and the existing safety center at Chambers and 2nd Avenue – all critical locations in the event of a Cascadia earthquake or other event.
This weekend, I will join others in honoring the Hult Center’s 35th anniversary and celebrating the opening of the West Eugene EmX line.
Next week, Council will deliberate on a name change for Broadway Plaza to Kesey Square. Our inboxes are filling with opinions on both sides.