Council endorses hiring facilitator.Byline: Edward Russo The Register-Guard
Eugene needs a business-friendly bureaucrat, the Eugene City Council signaled Wednesday.
Councilors gave an early endorsement to a proposed facilitator who would help businesses get permits and otherwise navigate the city's regulatory maze. Now the council just needs to find the money for the hire.
The 5-2 endorsement came in a work session after a debate on whether the position is needed and how to fund it.
Council President Bonny Bonny (bŏn`ē), town, SE Nigeria, in the Niger River delta, on the Bight of Biafra. In the 18th and 19th cent., Bonny was the center of a powerful trading state, and in the 19th cent. it became the leading site for slave exportation in W Africa. Bettman was skeptical. The city contributes to the Lane Metro Partnership for economic development, she said, and has people within its planning department, including director Tom Coyle, whose job is to help businesses.
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2. Obvious or apparent: demonstrable lies. evidence that throwing more money at the problem will fix it," Bettman said.
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coun Betty Taylor said the city has plenty of other needs, including hiring inspectors to enforce nuisance codes.
If the city wants to hire a business facilitator, it should employ someone who will promote sustainable, or environmentally friendly Environmentally friendly, also referred to as nature friendly, is a term used to refer to goods and services considered to inflict minimal harm on the environment. , businesses, she said.
Councilor Nancy Nathanson, who pitched the idea of a business aide in her unsuccessful bid for mayor, said the position would not simply be another layer of unhelpful bureaucracy.
"I think it is a way to find a path through the bureaucracy," she said.
Much of the council's discussion focused on how the city would find the estimated $80,000 to $100,000 annually to pay for the facilitator.
Some councilors got grumpy grump·y
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Surly and peevish; cranky.
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"There is value in the idea, but I am very dismayed by all the `I don't know' answers," Councilor David Kelly This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling.
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At Kelly's suggestion, the council directed Taylor to return next year with possible ways to pay for the facilitator. They want to revisit re·vis·it
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To visit again.
A second or repeated visit.
re the subject before Taylor puts together the proposed 2006 fiscal year budget.
"I want to understand the consequences of that decision on the budget," Kelly said.
Nathanson, Kelly and councilors Scott Meisner, Gary Pape, and Jennifer Solomon voted to endorse the business facilitator position.
Bettman and Taylor were opposed.
The idea for the facilitator came from Mayor Jim Torrey's economic development committee.
The council, also in generally split votes, previously endorsed the committee's calls to simplify Eugene's complex land use rules, to determine if the metro area This article is about the music production team. For the article about population centers, see metropolitan area.
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