Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 08, 1980, Section A, Image 1

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Vol. 81, No. 139
Eugene, Oregon 97403
Thursday, May 8, 1980
Planning committee
tables Silva project
Of the Emerald
The University Campus Planning
Committee voted Wednesday night to
table a proposal to build an access road
with parking for up to 50 vehicles along
the Silva orchard area.
The proposed Loop Road would have
extended from Agate Street across
Franklin Boulevard and along the west
side of the Silva orchard, located north of
the millrace, between the University
Animal Research Center and the Coca
Cola bottling plant.
In deciding to table the motion, the
committee agreed with Survival Center
director Peter Gray and biology depart
ment faculty members who argued that
construction of the facility could not be
justified until a comprehensive plan for
future use and development of the area is
The University Urban Farm, the
biology department, the architecture and
applied arts school and the Survival
Center are among groups projecting
future use of the Silva orchard for
academic purposes.
In addition, the Eugene Parks and
Recreation Department is planning to
build a park and additional bike and
running paths in the upper millrace area
adjacent to the orchard, and ball fields
for use by the University intramurals
department also are being planned.
The motion to build the road and
parking area was prepared by the
University transportation sub-commit
tee, which based its proposal on a fea
sibility study done by the Eugene plan
ning firm of Diethelm-Bressler.
The transportation committee’s
recommendation to build the facility was
based on the assumption that an access
road to the orchard area had been
deemed necessary by the University,
said sub-committee chairer Frank An
Anderson agreed that because the
extent and variety of possible uses for
the upper millrace area is unclear, the
justification for building the road and
parking lot is impossible.
According to research done by the
Survival Center, Oregon Hall employees
and architecture and applied arts per
sonnel were the only groups expressing
a need for the additional parking, Gray
But the architecture and arts school
"would be the last (group) to lobby for
additional parking," department dean
Bob Harris said.
The planning committee, however,
unanimously voted to adopt a general
recommendation to "acknowledge the
importance of historic and recreational
values in the upper millrace area and
cooperate in furthering their develop
The Silva orchard and upper millrace
area are included in the Willamette
Greenway Plan that provides a state
wide planning goal of community
development and preservation of areas
of historical and recreational value
"We have a terrific opportunity to ex
ercise leadership in the general com
munity in the way we take care of our
area," Harris said.
City passes parade rules
The Eugene City Council approved a
list of administrative rules Wednesday
that complement the city parade ordin
ance passed last October.
The new rules require parade organ
izers to have liability insurance and to
pay the salaries of additional police of
ficers needed to supervise the parade. A
clause in the original ordinance required
the administrative rules.
Organizers must have proof of an
insurance premium of $100,000 for
bodily injury and $50,000 for property
damage. In a memo to the council,
Eugene Police Chief Patrick Larion said
higher rates will be charged for parades
that have been a high risk in the past.
Groups that cannot afford the insur
ance premium may be exempted from
the rule, but an agreement must be
reached to exempt the city from liability.
Larion said the average cost for an in
surance premium is about $300 to $400.
He also estimated a cost of $15 an hour
for each additional police officer.
Under the rules, parades on heavily
traveled roads or streets will not be
granted permits for use during rush hour.
The police chief also may refuse permits
to any group not following the adminis
trative rules or applying within the
48-hour time limit.
Groups that are refused permits can
appeal the decision to the city council.
Councilor Gretchen Miller asked if
Eugene would be liable for damages to
private property such as that sustained
by downtown buildings in demonstra
tions during the 1960s. Under its insur
ance policy, the city is responsible for
damage to private property.
City Attorney Stan Long said he
believed parade-related damage
charges have never been filed against
the city. The city’s insurance also would
cover any costs incurred by the city in
court, Long added.
“If the city is found liable, the organ
izer will be questioned for indigentcy,
and if the organization is truly indigent
the city will be liable."
To Life Israel!
To Life Israel! was the slogan on the balloon five-year-old Nina carried to celebrate
the 32nd anniversary of Israeli independence. Independence day festivities,
sponsored by the University Jewish Student Union, included Jewish folk dances and
songs, and the showing of a movie about Israeli independence. This year, however,
was the first time University policy prevented the flying of the Israeli flag as well.
The surprising variety and
number of theater offerings around
town are explored in the entertain
ment supplement. See Section B.
P res. Jimmy Carter’s son Chip
visited Eugene and told democrats
why his father should be re-elected
in November. See Page 4.
r he health hazards posed by
the nuclear-fuel cycle, especially
uranium mining were explored in an
OSPIRG energy forum. See Page 5.