DESKTOP : PHONE
November 9th 2016
WCC General Meeting Minutes
Attendees: 20 general, including 3 EPD, 2 City of Eugene Parks Employees, 8 Board members
Thea reported the Play area at the end of Grand is open now after some renovations.
Rest Stops. The WCC has been having discussions with the City about Whiteaker being over
full capacity for homeless camps and that they need to be better disbursed around the City.
Heavy agenda in October has pushed out the mid-term election. We need to replace three open
seats on the Board. The Dec meeting will be the next election for these seats.
Nominated and seconded at the November meeting for the three open seats are:
Kelly Putnam has been working abatement issues for seven years. There are several kinds of
abatements. State statutes and city ordinances are used. These fall normally under drugs,
prostitution or gambling issues with repeated offences. The City notifies the property owner with
a register letter warning that an abatement has been filed with the court within 30 days.
Abatements can shut down a residence for one year and during that time no one can be there.
A trespass letter from the owner gives the EPD the right to act as owner and arrest trespassers.
Abatement at 1352 Tyler took three years. It was a drug flophouse. The people walked away
and didn’t fight the abatement. Abatement at 242 Alba Park in Elmira took five years.
Activities should be called in to the EPD or send an email to Kelly and they can observe the
activities. Calling EPD creates a record
Within the Whit there are abatement activities at 171 Washington and 974 4th Avenue.
If wiring is ripped out or other unsafe conditions appear the code enforcement team can step in.
The Code enforcement team can shut down a residence until the shutdown is lifted and the
code is approved it can’t be occupied. Code enforcement can also disallow campers on the
An example is the house on 5th street that has been discussed at general meetings before. The
house is locked and the owner is only able to be there after talking to code enforcement to work
on remediation efforts. This is during daytime hours only.
If someone is behind on property tax payments, they have to be three years in arrears and then
the owner has to be given time to catch up
Emily Proudfoot facilitated a working session on what direction the community and the City
should take for Scobert Park improvements. This will be an ongoing project but input was
provided during the working session.
PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY AND JOIN US NEXT TIME!
7pm every 2nd Wednesday of the month
Whiteaker Community Center
North Jackson and Clark St.
Join the Discussion on Facebook: Whiteaker Neighbors Open Group
and follow Whiteaker Community Council on Facebook