Anti-annexation message delivered.Byline: SUSAN PALMER The Register-Guard
Back off, Eugene.
That's the message a dozen River Road and Santa Clara Santa Clara, city, Cuba
Santa Clara (sän`tä klä`rä), city (1994 est. pop. 217,000), capital of Villa Clara prov., central Cuba. residents delivered at a public hearing on urban services held in the North Eugene High School North Eugene High School is a public high school of about 1,200 students in Eugene, Oregon, United States. It is located at 200 Silver Lane near the Santa Clara area of Eugene. North Eugene's mascot is the Highlander. cafeteria cafeteria: see restaurant. on Thursday night.
Over and over again, they stood at the microphone and said: "We don't want to be annexed."
Curiously, annexation annexation, in international law, formal act by which a state asserts its sovereignty over a territory previously outside its jurisdiction. Many kinds of territory have been subject to annexation, chief among them those inhabited by settlers of the annexing power, wasn't on the official agenda at Thursday night's meeting. The gathering was sponsored by the River Road and Santa Clara urban services committees, a group of 16 area residents convened by Lane County and Eugene to help sort out the tangled way residents get the normal services their taxes pay for: emergency fire and medical response, police protection, water, parks and recreation, transportation and street maintenance.
The two committees have been meeting jointly for the past 18 months to see if there could be a better arrangement than the status quo [Latin, The existing state of things at any given date.] Status quo ante bellum means the state of things before the war. The status quo to be preserved by a preliminary injunction is the last actual, peaceable, uncontested status which preceded the pending controversy. . About 20 percent of River Road area residents and 30 percent of Santa Clara dwellers live on property that has been annexed piecemeal piecemeal
patchy, e.g. necrosis of the liver in which groups of hepatocytes are separated by small groups of inflammatory cells and fine, fibrous septa following extension of the inflammatory process beyond the limiting plate. into the city.
That means that one household might be served by Eugene police and fire departments, while the next door neighbor must rely on the Lane County sheriff and the Santa Clara Rural Fire Protection District volunteer force.
Lane County maintains some streets, and Eugene handles others. County residents follow one set of land use codes, while a different set applies to those in the city.
Other services, such as a library, the residents do without or pay extra to use Eugene's.
The committees have looked at a variety of solutions ranging from creating improved service districts to forming an independent city, and they sought input from their neighbors on the complex issues.
What they heard instead was a barrage of anger against the city of Eugene. Some residents have never forgiven the city for forcing them to pay to hook into city sewer lines Noun 1. sewer line - a main in a sewage system
main - a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage , and for forcing annexation on property owners seeking permits for new construction.
The way they see it, anything Eugene gets its hands on turns out badly.
"We don't need the city. We are fine. Leave us alone," said Cindy Benton, a 44-year-old Santa Clara resident who has lived in the county since she was 6 years old.
"This is just another ploy ploy
An action calculated to frustrate an opponent or gain an advantage indirectly or deviously; a maneuver: "A typical ploy is to feign illness, procure medicine, then sell it on the black market" to annex an·nex
tr.v. an·nexed, an·nex·ing, an·nex·es
1. To append or attach, especially to a larger or more significant thing.
2. us," said Russell Cottrell, a River Road resident. "The people of Eugene do not love us out here. They want our tax money."
County residents at the meeting estimated they pay $1,000 a year less in taxes than city residents.
Most of the speakers did not even bother to talk directly to the committee, but turned the microphone instead to face an audience of between 45 and 50 people.
One of the few speakers to actually turn and face the committee was Jerry Ritter rit·ter
n. pl. ritter
[German, from Middle High German riter, from Middle Dutch ridder, from r , secretary of Oregon Communities for a Voice in Annexations, who said that if annexation of Santa Clara and River Road ever went to a vote, they should ensure that it be passed by both Eugene residents and Santa Clara-River Road residents.
Ann Vaughn, co-chairwoman of the committees, thanked Ritter for addressing them and for offering a constructive suggestion.
The committees will have another public hearing Saturday and will spend the summer finalizing recommendations that they'll pass on to Lane County commissioners and the Eugene City Council in the fall.
Eugene's interim city manager, Jim Carlson, who attended the meeting, said there was no secret agenda to push for annexation. He said the committees were formed when Lane County commissioners contacted the city about better ways to address delivery and service issues in the neighborhoods.
Because both communities fall within Eugene's urban growth boundaries "UGB" redirects here. UGB may also refer to Unión de Guerreros Blancos (White Warriors' Union), a death squad founded to repress leftist elements in El Salvador.
An urban growth boundary, or UGB , annexation is inevitable, but city officials have said there is no specific timetable for it.
"They weren't asked to come up with a justification for annexation," Carlson said of the committees. "We wanted to get input."
Santa Clara, River Road neighbors: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, North Eugene High School cafeteria, 200 Silver Lane.
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