BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
February 23, 2005
Commissioners Conference Room
Commissioner Anna Morrison presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Bobby Green, Sr., Peter Sorenson and Faye Stewart present.† County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present. Stan Biles was the facilitator.
Morrison recalled that the meeting is at the request of Commissioner Stewart to have a goal setting discussion about future direction for Lane County.
Stewart believed if all five commissioners could focus on some goals and work hard to make them happen, then it would be more successful.
Sorenson wanted to set goals to see what they could accomplish and put the focus on working as a group.
Dwyer thought their main goal was to make sound public policy based on the common good.
Stan Biles lead the exercise in setting goals.† He asked the Board what they thought was working well with the County.
Morrison thought the internal audits had improved the past six years.
Stewart thought the County had talented, hard working employees.
Green commented that the technology had been enhanced and improved over the past ten years.
Morrison noted that public relations were continuing to improve.
Sorenson thought their ability to put out press releases had been working well.† He didnít think public outreach was working well.
Morrison thought the Mental Health department was doing well.
Stewart thought the Board had a good working relationship with the legislators.
Green thought Health and Human Services had good people and they were always aware of emerging issues and trying to address them in a humane way.
Dwyer commented the FQHC is now up and running.
Biles asked what the Board wasnít pleased with in Lane County, and where they wanted to see positive change.
Sorenson indicated that service providers were paid less than staff people.
Morrison wanted to see timelines in Land Management improving on issuing permits.
Dwyer thought they needed to review intergovernmental agreements to have more say and allow them to share revenue.† He said health care costs affect the budget.† He wanted to maximize the return they get on their investment and control future cost of the services without damaging the public health system.
Morrison indicated they needed improvement in the law enforcement presence in their rural areas.
Green commented that given the current resources, the criminal justice system is not as efficient as it should be.† He said that Lane County has a reputation that it is okay to commit crimes.† He stated the law enforcement system was broken.
Stewart wanted to enhance review and bring stability to the County.
Sorenson commented that the Public Health Building needs to be rebuilt.† He thought the County should buy the state office building.† He also thought the kennels needed to be expanded at LCARA to reduce the number of dogs that are killed and increase the number of adoptions. He wanted state government to rent bed space at Lane County jail. He wanted sustainable job development.† He said that meth is a big problem.
Stewart thought they needed more public information going out to the citizens.† He wanted to utilize assets better.† He wanted to also strengthen and build the team working relationship with other local governments.
Dwyer wanted to see the development of Glenwood and the Franklin Boulevard interchange.† He wanted a caveat that explains that the goals are continually being updated and some progress will appear concurrently, not listed in the order of importance and others might materialize.
Sorenson reiterated the County should acquire the state office building.† He thought something should be done about the Lane County Public Health facility.† He said Lane County had shown problems of hunger in the community.
Sorenson was in favor of a goal for revenue increases, as well as overhauling the Public Health Facility.
Morrison was in favor of utilization of County assets.
Stewart wanted to cut costs, improve revenue and utilize assets.† He thought they could take their assets and improve the facilities they have.
Morrison wanted to maximize the return on investments controlling costs.† She said they have to show they are fiscally accountable before they increase revenues.
Green wanted to improve their relationship with partners.
Dwyer wanted LCARA to become its own department.
Stewart wanted to improve their fiscal condition in a short-term type of goal and then work on other goals in the future.
Biles thought Facilities should be put on their goal list.
Dwyer recommended a systematic approach to public safety.† He also recommended controlling costs through innovation.
Green suggested increasing jail capacity by increasing access to Mental Health services and treatment.
Biles suggested a goal should be enhanced public confidence in Lane County.
Sorenson suggested reduction of drug addiction as a strategy for crime reduction.
Green recommended restoring public confidence in the criminal justice system.† He said they should decrease the dependency on drugs.
The Boardís goals are as follows:† Improving the Countyís Financial Condition, Improving Facilities and Improving the Law Enforcement System.
Biles indicated he would work with Van Vactor about preparing draft goal statements.
There being no further business, Commissioner Morrison adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.