BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'

REGULAR MEETING

August 31, 2005

9:00 a.m.

Commissioners’ Conference Room

APPROVED 9/27/05

 

Lane County Board of County Commissioners Chairperson Anna Morrison presided, with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Bobby Green, Sr., Peter Sorenson and Faye Stewart present.  Lane County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary C. Daniel Lindstrom were also present.

 

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

 

Chair Morrison announced that a Resolution regarding the proclamation of Good Neighbor Week would be added to the Agenda and considered during the time set aside for Commissioners’ Business.

 

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Chair Morrison expressed concern for the safety of persons affected by Hurricane Katrina.  In response to a request of Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco for a National Day of Prayer for victims, she invited those who were present to join in moments of silence.

 

Carol Berg Caldwell, 84474 Parkway, Pleasant Hill, expressed concerns and hopes regarding the Region 2050 Project.  She requested that Commissioners attend one of the series of currently scheduled focus group meetings; and that Commissioners “pull the plug” on the Project until it was completely restructured.  She explained her reasons for the request:  (1) output of the Project only presents pro-growth options; (2) key citizen watchdog groups have been excluded from its development; and (3) a new survey of citizen preferences offering widely-supported quality of life options is needed.

 

Chair Morrison stated that the Board of Commissioners would deal with issues related to the Region 2050 Project in the near future.

 

Commissioner Sorenson said he believed it was appropriate for the Board to request another update on the Region 2050 Project.  He said he was disturbed that only a limited number of growth options were being offered for public consideration, but that he was not ready to move to seek and end to the Project.   

 

Commissioner Dwyer rhetorically asked if the Region 2050 Project had not become an example of efforts created to “keep planners busy.”  He suggested that governments could only protect open space by purchasing development rights to critical properties.

 

Chair Morrison said she would raise the issue of requesting a report on the Region 2050 Project to the Board of County Commissioners at a meeting of the Agenda Committee.  She suggested that the report should not be requested before evaluation of the current public meeting was completed.

 

Commissioner Green suggested that it might be appropriate to request a response to the testimony of Ms. Berg Caldwell from Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) staff responsible for the Region 2050 Project.

 

Commissioner Stewart said he was aware that the Public Outreach phase of the Region 2050 Project was scheduled to be completed by the end of September and that a report regarding it would be prepared sometime after that.

 

Richard L. Null, 2666 Washington Street, Eugene, stated that he was appearing on behalf of his son, Dr. Brian Null, a resident of Palo Alto, California.  He explained that while on a recent visit to Eugene, Brian Null had received a citation for animal neglect of a dog for which he was providing care.  He said Brian Null had expressed concern that the Lane County Animal Regulation Authority (LCARA) officer issuing the citation had refused to present identification, displayed a hostile and abusive demeanor, refused to investigate the conditions of the dog and its confinement, and erroneously cited Eugene and Lane County animal licensing requirements.  He distributed copies of a packet of material regarding the complaints and a request of Brian Null for a postponed court appearance date.

 

Chair Morrison accepted the material and said she would ask the appropriate Lane County staff to investigate the contentions and concerns.

 

3. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

 

None.

 

4. COMMISSIONERS' REMONSTRANCE  

 

None.

 

5. RESOLUTIONS

 

a. ORDER 05-8-31-1 Urging a Comprehensive, Coordinated Response to and Accompanying Funding for the Crisis of Methamphetamine Manufacture and use.

 

Morrison noted that the Resolution was based on a similar resolution adopted by the Benton County Board of County Commissioners.

 

MOTION:  to adopt ORDER 05-8-31-1.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.

 

Commissioner Green stated that he supported the motion and that the resolution was consistent with the position taken by the Lane County Public Safety Task Force.

 

Chair Morrison stated that she supported the motion and that the Lane County Mental Health Advisory Committee was scheduled to receive a presentation regarding conditions of methamphetamine use and manufacturing in Lane County at its next meeting.

 

VOTE:  5:0.

 

6. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS

 

a. ORDER 05-8-31-6 Proclaiming the Week of September 5-9, 2005, as Good Neighbor Week.

 

Chair Morrison read Order 05-8-31-1 by title.  She noted that Good Neighbor Week was an annual occasion and had been previously proclaimed by the Board of County Commissioners.

 

MOTION:  to adopt ORDER 05-8-31-6.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Stewart SECONDED.

 

Commissioner Dwyer said he supported the motion and encouraged Commissioners to participate.

 

VOTE:  5:0.

 

7. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

 

a. Announcements

 

Lane County Administrator Bill Van Vactor reported that he would attend a training program for the National Incident Management System (NIMS) sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security.   

 

8. PUBLIC WORKS

 

a. FIRST READING AND SETTING SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING Ordinance No. PA 1224 Amending the Rural Comprehensive Plan to Redesignated Land from “Forest Land” to “Non-resource,” Rezone that Land from “F-2/Impacted Forest Lands” to “RR-5/Rural Residential;” and Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses.  

 

MOTION: to approve the First Reading of Ordinance no. PA 1224 and set the Second Reading and Public Hearing for September 14, 2005, ad 1:30 p.m.  

Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5:0.  

 

9. CONSENT CALENDAR

 

A. Approval of Minutes:

 

None.

 

B. Public Works

 

1) ORDER 05-8-31-2 Awarding a Contract to Peterson Machinery Col, in the Amount of $127,233.00, for the Purchase of One (1) New Diesel Powered Hydraulic Excavator, Contract FY05/06 FS-03.

 

2) ORDER 05-8-31-3 Awarding a Contract to Farwest Truck Center in the Amount of $129,014.00, for the purchase of One (1). New Truck Chassis Mounted Knuckleboom/Packer, Contract FY05/06 FS-01.

 

3) ORDER 05-8-31-4 Rejecting a Contract to 2G, dba 2G Construction, in the Amount of $166,339.41, for Bridge Repair, Dorena Covered Bridge (Bridge No. 21-2W-24), Contract No. 05/06-01.

 

MOTION:  to approve the Consent Calendar.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.

 

VOTE:  5:0.

 

10. MANAGEMENT SERVICES

 

a. FIRST READING AND SETTING SECOND READING Ordinance 4-05 Authorizing the Transfer of County Owned Real Property, for Consideration of $50,000.00, Located at 115 E. Hillcrest, Eugene, to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County for the Purpose of Providing Affordable Housing.

 

MOTION:  to approve the First Reading of Ordinance # 4-05 and set the Second Reading and Public Hearing for September 14, 2005, ad 1:30 p.m.

Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.

 

VOTE:  5:0.  

 

b. ORDER 05-8-31-5 Adjusting the Salary Range for the Chief Deputy County Clerk Classification.

 

Lane County Human Resources Analyst Hector Rios referred to agenda support material related to adjusting the salary range for the Chief Deputy County Clerk Classification.  He noted that the issue had been previously discussed.

 

MOTION:  to approve ORDER 05-8-31-5.

 

Green MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

 

VOTE:  5:0.

 

11. CORRESPONDENCE TO THE BOARD

 

None.

 

12. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Commissioner Green stated that he appreciated the many expressions of concern about his family living in the area affected by Hurricane Katrina.  He said he had been in contact with 12 members of his family, but not yet his mother or brother.  He said his wife, who was visiting in the area, would be returning to Eugene shortly.

 

Commissioner Stewart announced that a Toga Party would be held in Cottage Grove on September 4.  He said he was scheduling a series of Town Hall Forums throughout his District in the month of September.

 

Chair Morrison announced that the Board was again assigned to work at the Grassroots Community Garden on Coburg Road in Eugene during the United Way Day of Caring on September 20.  She said Junction City would dedicate a new Town Clock on September 4.

 

Chair Morrison reported that she had been informed that the Sixth Reading and Deliberation on Ordinance No. PA 1221/In the Matter of Amending the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area General Plan to Clarify and Provide Greater Flexibility for Public Safety Service Delivery in the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area had been scheduled to be considered on the Agenda of the meeting, but had inadvertently been omitted.

 

MOTION:  to re-schedule the Sixth Reading and Deliberation on Ordinance No. PA 1221 to September 27, 2005.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.

 

Commissioner Dwyer requested that the motion be changed to correctly identify the date for the Reading and Deliberation as September 27, 2005.  Chair Morrison determined there was no objection to the request and the motion was amended.

 

VOTE:  5:0 (as amended).

 

Commissioner Dwyer announced that the Lane County Labor Council would hold its Annual Potluck Picnic on Labor Day and invited all to attend.

 

Commissioner Morrison announced that she would leave for Kansas City, Missouri on September 1 to join other members of her family in a Celebration of the Life for her mother, on the second anniversary of her death.

 

13. REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS

 

Minutes Recorder Lindstrom noted that assignments had been made during the meeting, as follows:  

 

- The Agenda Committee had been asked to schedule a report on the Region 2050 Project.

 

- Contentions and concerns raised by Richard Null regarding an Animal Neglect Citation and behavior of an LCARA officer would be submitted to appropriate Staff.  Mr. Van Vactor suggested that the matter be submitted to Lane County Management Services Director David Suchart, who was responsible for the Animal Regulation Program.

 

12. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

 

None

 

13. OTHER BUSINESS

 

None.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:45 a.m.

 

 

C. Daniel Lindstrom

Recording Secretary