BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'

REGULAR MEETING

June 29, 2005

Following MWSD

Commissioners’ Conference Room

APPROVED 11/9/05

 

Commissioner Anna Morrison presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Bobby Green, Sr., Peter Sorenson and Faye Stewart present.  County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, Assistant County Counsel Stephen Vorhes and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.

 

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

 

The correct board order number for the West Eugene Enterprise Zone is 05-6-29-15. There will be an item for Correspondence to the Board.

 

2. PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

a. PUBLIC HEARING AND ORDER 05-6-29-1/In the Matter of Applying for Funding from Oregon Housing and Community Services to Initiate a Regional Housing Information Center.

 

Peter Thurston, Economic Development, explained the question is whether or not Lane County would be an applicant for funding from the Housing and Community Services program to operate a housing center.  He noted that a housing center had never been done in Lane County to provide housing information for lower income people.  He said most of the funds come from the community development block grant.  He noted that it came from NEDCO in Eugene.  He said they are advocating for this.  He said NEDCO understands that if this is awarded they are not automatically the administering agent.

 

Green said they are approving the application for a one stop regional housing center for people who are looking for housing.  He said the County needed to be the applicant but NEDCO would provide the necessary services.  He indicated it would have to be in a rural area.  He noted that this was something the state was initiating.  He thought it was a great opportunity for Lane County.  He thought this should be approved.  He reported that he spoke with Judy Volta, Mayor of Coburg, and they were comfortable about NEDCO going forward with this.

 

Commissioner Morrison opened the Public Hearing.

 

Sandy Halonan, NEDCO, distributed 35 letters of support.  She indicated the purpose of the housing center is to have a one-stop center where people could either call or go to a location that would provide information and referrals on housing issues and information throughout the state.  She said the emphasis is on first time homebuyers so they know what products are available to them.  She said the purpose is a collaboration of different organizations to provide information.  She noted that NEDCO had been doing this work for several years and put in $100,000 of their own funds.  She indicated this was the first time state funding had been available.  She noted the state funding is $70,000 for the first year, with ten-year funding that has a subsequent application every year.  She said the budget for the housing center this coming year is about $145,000.  She said $70,000 and the remaining money is in private funding.  She thought this was important, as the rural areas don’t get attention.  She said this enables NEDCO to get out into the rural areas.  She noted there is no commitment of funds from the rural cities or the County, except for time the staff has to do a letter of intent.  She indicated that the role Lane County plays is that this will get it up and running.  She added that the City of Creswell was interested in being the applicant.

 

Zachary Vishinoff, Eugene, was concerned about consolidating interests into one housing center.  He thought the diversity of information was important.  He asked if NEDCO had ties to the University of Oregon and an open bidding process. He thought NEDCO should go out to the community to see what the community wants. 

 

Ron Petiti, City of Creswell, supported the application for NEDCO for a regional housing center. He indicated in his area there is a need for first-time homebuyer education and help to disseminate information to help them become homebuyers.  He said that Creswell had worked with NEDCO and they agreed to be the applicant for NEDCO next year.  He added the time frame involved would not allow them to be the applicant this year.  He thought it would be advantageous for the citizens of Lane County to have a regional housing center where they could get unbiased information regarding the various programs and take advantage of the educational programs that are offered on the processes of being a homeowner.  He supported NEDCO in their efforts.

 

John Van Landingham, Chair, Housing Policy Board, stated the Housing Policy Board strongly supported this proposal.  He recalled that three years ago they tried to have it and it didn’t work.  He indicated Lane County was the largest county that does not have a regional housing center.  He hoped the Board would support the proposal.

 

There being no one else signed up to speak, Commissioner Morrison closed the Public Hearing.

 

MOTION:  to approve 05-6-29-1.

 

Sorenson MOVED, Green SECONDED.

 

Dwyer commented that Springfield offers homeowner programs.  He was concerned that people would think that this was the only place where people would go for housing when other communities had it.  He was also concerned about the $70,000 as it was a diminishing amount of money.

 

Stewart supported the program.  He stated the program was needed and this was an excellent program to help buyers out.

 

Green thought it was an option for a one-stop place to go.  He said this is for the rural area and it was a great opportunity.  He supported the motion.

 

Thurston noted the order requests that the Housing Policy Board play a role of reporting back in a year. He said they could take into account the issues and concerns that had been raised and come back when the application is prepared the next time and advise the community on the issue and how it could move forward.

 

Morrison was concerned that in four years they would be looking to supplementing the loss down to $40,000.  She was supportive of a centralized system where people don’t have to make multiple stops.  She was concerned that they were starting another program and its effectiveness.

 

Dwyer questioned the value of this.  He said he would rather give it to applicants instead of another bureaucracy.  He wanted a report back on how many people who couldn’t afford to buy a house as a result of this center.

 

Sorenson was in favor of applying for a grant for funds.  He said the idea of partnering with the rural cities and non-profit agencies to try to help promote rental housing and home ownership was an opportunity they should take advantage of.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

Morrison wanted a summary of the dollars that are going into HACSA and St. Vincent de Paul, their programs and what their budgets look like.

 

Dwyer wanted to know why Creswell couldn’t apply at the same time that NEDCO applied.

 

Sorenson wanted to know how much money the County and the cities of Lane County are putting into housing in various ways.  He was concerned that Lane County was not putting money into the housing agency.

 

3. PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Zachary Vishinoff, Eugene, requested that if the sand dunes in Florence changes hands, that they give a citizen non-profit the first chance for it.  He thought a citizen non-profit could be a better steward of the property instead of the Parks Department.  He was against the parking fee at Mt. Pisgah.

 

Scott Shine, Pleasant Hill, thanked Stewart for all of the work he does on public and environment health issues.

 

David Rodgers, Eugene, sang a song about the citation he received at Mt. Pisgah.

 

4. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

 

None.

 

5. COMMISSIONERS' REMONSTRANCE

 

None.

 

6. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS

 

a. RECOGNITION/Mike Russell Contribution to SAVE Committee.

 

Sorenson and Faye recognized Mike Russell, Public Works, for his work on the SAVE Committee.

 

b. ORDER 05-6-29-15/In the Matter of Establishing Interim Local Criteria Applicable in the Proposed West Eugene Enterprise Zone and Adopting a Public Benefit Scoring System.

 

Denny Braud, City of Eugene, recalled that Lane County partnered with the City of Eugene, jointly sponsoring an enterprise zone application to the state in April, to create a new enterprise zone in Eugene.  He noted as of yesterday afternoon, they found out that Eugene was selected and their application was successful.  He indicated that as of July 1, 2005 Eugene’s enterprise zone would become active.

 

Braud said in April, the County supported a board order that had a policy that would condition 25% of the tax exemption on job quality standards.  He recalled there was uncertainty on whether the City of Eugene would get the zone and how competitive they would be.  He said they hadn’t spent time with the public or the County to discuss the specifics of the job quality standards.  He said they proposed an interim strategy where they would put interim job quality standards in place.  He discussed the 1997 version of the public benefit criteria that the city and the County jointly put in place.

 

Braud indicated the next step would be the city, the County and the public participating in adoption of permanent job quality standards.  He said they were discussing putting in an interim placeholder strategy for putting a policy in place.  He added the city council also supported establishment of a cap on the amount of tax exemption per new job created. He said at this week’s city council meeting, they proposed a cap of $30,000 per new job created in the program.  The city council supported that.  He said as joint sponsors, it was critical that the city and the County in unison adopt the interim standards and the permanent job quality standards.  He stated their goal was to put the interim standards in place so they could adopt more permanent job quality standards.

 

Morrison indicated what was before them was the changes to the 1997 criteria. She added they really weren’t adopting the 1997 criteria.

 

Braud responded that they made a 25% change and the cap did not have a dollar amount.  He said what was new today was the $30,000 cap.

 

Dwyer asked what would happen if they didn’t adopt anything.

 

Braud explained they had not adopted the interim standard but the intent from the board order of April. He said the intent was to use the interim approach if they were to get an enterprise zone.  He indicated that the city council had made it clear that they would like to have some standards in place on July 1 and it was critical to move forward with the enterprise zone.  He added that whatever conditions are in place that day is what they are subject to.

 

Green indicated that $30,000 is a state average, but locally it is about $26,000.  He hoped they could work together to develop the criteria.  He said they had identified standards and policies for the city in the interim to see what it means.  He said they agreed on financial stability as it related to Lane County as an objective.  He wanted to have some city councilors work with the commissioners to discuss the impact and not in conflict.  He wanted to use the 1997 criteria but they need to discuss the two the city had added.

 

Sorenson stated they need to have interim standards.  He concurred with Green that the method they used eight years ago was not a good method.  He thought the best option was to approve the interim criteria.

 

MOTION:  to approve ORDER 05-6-29-1.

 

Sorenson MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

 

Stewart indicated that if they are successful this year, they would immediately put into place the old public benefit criteria and go into a process to adopt new standards.  He explained when he voted to apply as a partner on the application, it was his understanding that they would implement the benefit criteria that had been used in the past to work together as partners to develop additional criteria.  He added that Dwyer and Sorenson had concerns and have things they would like to do.  He wanted to adopt the benefit criteria that were passed and work together as partners.  He didn’t support the motion.

 

Dwyer asked what the ramifications were for not adopting an interim version.  He noted there is nothing in it for Lane County.

 

Dennis Taylor, City of Eugene, recalled when they were working toward submitting the application and came to the Board in April, they thought it was a long shot.  He said they didn’t do any work on interim guidelines until they had an application.  He indicated that they didn’t know until yesterday that they needed to do the work. He thought the interim guidelines that were adopted by the council represented what they had discussed initially in April.  He wanted to make sure they have a process that both bodies could agree on.  He said they have a specific approved enterprise zone.

 

Dwyer asked if they could adopt the original standards without the two criteria they put into the board order. He asked if the city council could ratify what they had done and then have the interim strategy include collaboration.

 

Taylor commented that would put into jeopardy the consensus that had been developed with the city council.

 

Dwyer was not opposed to this but thought they all needed to agree on collaboration.  He said they were willing to go with the 1997 criteria as the interim standard and are willing to expedite developing into collaboration a standard that everyone could be happy with.

 

Kitty Piercy, Mayor, indicated they worked to get broad support for targeting the enterprise zone with the understanding at the time that community standards would be part of what they would do in the future.  She commented they had tenuous acceptance of this.   She said in terms of their relationships, there were problems and she said they are working on a better relationship with Lane County.  She worked on a good faith effort to set up ways to work together with a multitude of issues in a better fashion.  She promised that if the Board supported this, they would talk about all of these things.  She couldn’t promise if they don’t support it what will happen when they get back to the city council.  She was willing to work hard.  She wanted the Board to have faith that that would happen and support the interim standards they agreed on at the city council.

 

Morrison’s concern was that even if they approve this,  (and they move forward to look at developing new criteria) that if the dialogue takes place, it probably will not be an open discussion unless they accept everything that was given to them.  She questioned whether that was a true collaborative approach.

 

Poling said the reason he voted in the past in favor of an enterprise zone was because of the interim standards and the cap per employee. He didn’t understand what the cap meant for a large investment versus a large company that is making a small investment.

 

Morrison commented that they didn’t have to have criteria in place on July 1 in order to keep it, that they could move forward.  She thought they could develop a body that develops criteria, or they could use the criteria they had in 1997 as a starting point.  She commented that the old criteria worked.

 

Braud indicated that criteria were adopted before their zone expired.  He added that it only applied to those companies that were grandfathered in.  He noted that the cap would only impact a few companies between now and the time they develop it.  He noted the older tax zone was 30,000 per year.

 

Taylor indicated that if they adopt the standards today, they know the city and the County have a place to start together and will have an enterprise zone.  He added if they were to adopt the standards without the cap like it was in 1997, he couldn’t represent that there wouldn’t be something to prevent them from having an enterprise zone. He wanted advice from all of the stakeholders and go forward with something that comes from that discussion.

 

Dwyer stated he would go on faith that it is fragile and they need to make progress.  His concern is that if they don’t adopt the 1997 standards they would be adopting no standards.  He asked if that was in the community and County’s interest.  He said the objective is to allow businesses to access a true mechanism that will allow them to take advantage of certain amenities that are not available, while at the same time protecting the community.

 

Green asked if the Eugene City Council would be just as fragile if they made an amendment stating that as an interim, they would fall back to 1997 as a starting point, to go on faith they could meet to discuss the interim.  He wanted to have the 1997 interim in place, as people were familiar with that, but let it be known that it could be subject to change based on the recommendations.  He wanted to spend more time on this so they are all on the same page.

 

Sorenson commented that they were asking the City of Eugene to do this at the last minute.  He said there would be a movement on the city council where they would prefer not to have an enterprise zone.  He said if the Board says no with the interim idea, it would be thrown open to a discussion on whether or not they should have an enterprise zone.  He wanted to approve an enterprise zone that a majority of the city councilors had approved.  He said he would pursue this as a compromise.

 

Piercy commented that the only way they could get a partially positive response is if they passed it with the understanding that the two additional criteria would be under discussion in the future.

 

Taylor said there is concern on whether there should be an enterprise zone or not. He added that there is concern from the majority of the board that the agreement would benefit larger applications than smaller ones and possibly be unacceptable and not a viable tool.  He indicated that was the reason for the cap as the starting place until they engage everyone in a conversation and then come back with recommendations from the two governing bodies.  He thought that was why adopting the old standards without the cap would call into question whether there was a majority to go forward to adopt the recommendation.

 

Green took exception to his colleague’s characterization that the County is doing something to the city in a negative way.  He said the council has its priorities and they voted on it.  He said they have their priorities as well.  He wanted to have a discussion on the cap and the $30,000 to keep them at the table.  He didn’t think they were doing anything negative to the City of Eugene.  He wanted time to absorb this issue and get to yes in a short period of time.

 

Mayor Piercy asked the Board if they could approve this with the understanding that they would revisit this at later meetings that it would be easier way to move forward.  She said taking it out makes it a harder discussion with council.

 

VOTE: 2-3 (Green, Stewart, Morrison dissenting).

 

MOTION:  to move to approve the Enterprise Zone with the 1997 standards in place.

 

Dwyer MOVED, GREEN, SECONDED.

 

Dwyer wanted to have an enterprise committee formed to work collaboratively on standards.

 

Dwyer included the 25% in his motion and leaving the cap for the discussion for the other issues that they want.

 

Green SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 4-1 (Sorenson dissenting).

 

7. COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

a. REPORT/Legislative Committee.

 

With regard to HB 3031, Morrison reported that it had passed both houses and was on the way to the governor to be signed.

 

With regard to the lottery, Green noted that it was AOC’s position that 2.5% of the lottery proceeds was in place as an agreement.

 

8. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

 

a. Announcements

 

None.

 

b. ORDER 05-6-29-2/In the Matter of Establishing an Intergovernmental Agreement to Oversee the Analysis, Development, and Planning for Operation of Tourism Facilities and Infrastructure in Lane County.

 

Van Vactor reported they met as a group and reviewed options, and there was consensus that they didn’t want to create another bureaucratic organization.  He thought this would be good for the Metro Partnership in trying to develop some sort of facility at a specific location and putting the different pieces together.  He said it had nothing to do with the subsequent operation.  He added that the Board was concerned about the impact on staff and resources.  He noted that Jack Roberts, Metro Partnership, was willing to not have specific fees to do the work, and if there is an impact on Metro Partnership they would report back and request additional funding.  He added that the reason the Metro Partnership came to the top was that they represented all segments of the community.

 

Peter Thurston, Economic Development, indicated that this started 18 months ago at the fairgrounds asking the Board to set up a process to deal with the infrastructure deficiencies they are facing in losing market share in other areas and how to improve that so tourism could be a strong part of the economy.  He said the Board went through the process of appointing a task force and they looked at the organizational structures that might be used.  He indicated the end result was to use the entities they have in place instead of creating something new.  He noted a recommendation that came from the process assigns his time to work with others to put together a work plan that is specific and bringing it back to the Board to be approved.  He added they could leave the creation of this team to Lane Metro Partnership.

 

Green requested that when they develop the plan to include a timeline. He was supportive of this.

 

MOTION:  to approve ORDER 05-6-29-2.

 

Green MOVED, Stewart SECONDED.

 

Morrison stated she is the Board’s representative on the Metro Partnership.  She said there was discussion regarding whether or not they should do this.  She said they indicated that this was the best idea.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

9. PUBLIC WORKS

 

a. ORAL REPORT BACK/Incremental Approach to Transfer of Tax-Foreclosed Lands to Parks (NBA & PM 5/11/05).

 

Todd Winter, Parks, recalled that last September the staff presented to the Board a feasibility report pertaining to County tax foreclosed land being designated into parks inventory.  He said the Board directed staff to proceed forward at a measured pace, by first designating only one or two properties as park lands, with the properties outside a city’s limits.  He indicated this approach would provide the Board and staff experience with implementing the policy and a way to review procedures.

 

Winter said Parks and Property Management selected a single property for designation for the first round. He said the public hearing process would occur in a timeline that would allow Parks to include the sale in the annual Sheriff’s auction held by the property manager.  He noted it was a work in progress and they missed the deadlines.  He said they wanted to be included in the next year’s Sheriff’s auction.  He indicated they would approach the Board early enough with property designation requests that would allow time to conduct a public hearing and prepare the property for conveyance pursuant to state statute and inclusion in the Property Management’s annual share of the oral auction.

 

Winter explained that designations could be separated from the sales inventory that Property Management would prepare for the annual Sheriff’s auction and be presented to the Board for consideration separately.  He said they have identified a few properties that met the criteria as outlined in Lane Manual.  He noted these properties are mid-level with estimated values of $50,000 to $100,000.  He said for the purposes of comparison, a small property would be under $50,000 and a large property would exceed $100,000.  He added that considering property designations to Parks inventory must lie outside of the city’s limits.  He said designations could also be made for a completed list of tax foreclosed properties that would include the selection that Property Management would need annually to cover the cost of that program as well as the collaborative selection of properties for parks.  He noted that properties from that list that would be designated as parks must lie outside city limits.

 

 

Morrison asked what would happen if properties weren’t sold at public action.

 

Winter replied that if they didn’t sell at the Sheriff’s auction, they could sell them at a private sale.  He said the money would stay in Parks inventory and would be designated back to Property Management.

 

Jeff Turk, Management Services, explained that the foreclosure program could incur those expenses.  He said they could use the funds from the sale proceeds to manage tax foreclosed properties.  He added if the Board chooses at a later date to designate that property as a parks property, the statute provides for that.

 

Sorenson asked how many properties they would be dealing with.

 

Turk said the County gets properties once a year through the foreclosure process in the third week in September.

 

Morrison recalled when they had the discussion to prompt Turk to come back with an oral report was because Sorenson wanted to look at other kinds of properties. She indicated that they had now given him direction to look at possibly smaller parcels.  She added with regard to the dunes, they weren’t asking Winter to sell it; they were asking him to get an appraisal.

 

Dwyer didn’t think the people in Florence had a concern with the dunes.

 

Morrison commented that she had reservations about the policy.  She said they have unanswered questions and it will be a learning experience with every parcel.

 

Stewart wanted to move forward to see if it works.

 

Winter said once they knew the property would be 80 acres, they went to the Housing Policy Board and asked if they had interest.  He indicated he talked with the Parks Advisory Committee and got their approval to move forward.  He said he showed them the letters to the taxing districts and letters about the designated properties.  He agreed they need to work with Melinda Kletzok, Public Information Officer, because the press made assumptions which allowed the public to arrive at unfounded conclusions.  He commented that selling property is not what Parks does but the property (because it is designated as park land) is thought of by the public to have swings and children and they question why it is being sold for money.  With regard to the recreational value to the property, he contended that the recreational development potential of the 80 acres is low.  He noted that state parks had looked at the property and had come to the same conclusion. He indicated the three criteria is the financial need of the affected department in the Lane Manual, overall benefit to the County and the people at the Dunes Alliance are a partner in the process.  He noted the intent of the environmental issues was if there was a public hazard from the gas station that would need to be removed, that it would be a lot of money up front to sell the property.  He added the property is landlocked and there is no legal access.  He noted there are current easements across the property with adjacent property owners.

 

Winter indicated that direction given to him initially was to move slowly to give them experience to implement the policy and review the procedures.  His understanding is once the appraisal is completed, he will come back to the Board with the appraisal and the list of options and how to proceed.  He added if the designation is made at that point, not to precede the sale, then they won’t have to have a public hearing.

 

Dwyer asked what the status was with state parks purchasing the property.

 

With regard to state parks, Winter said with the current funding, it isn’t available until after July 1 and they had an interest in purchasing the property.  With regard to other properties, he said the Board wanted him to look at other smaller properties in process so they can see how things work as they move forward.  He added they would have Property Management do the up-front work up to and including the appraisal, so when they are made the designation to park land, they would go to a public hearing and then a sale.

 

Dwyer asked how many acres they had in the inventory.

 

Todd responded that they had 4,600 acres and 1,700 are currently undeveloped open space, Class D.

 

Stewart asked how many foreclosures they get a year.

 

Turk responded that for the past ten years they got between 15 and 20 foreclosures per year, with about six with some value.

 

b. ORDER 05-6-29-3/In the Matter of Appointing Two Members (Nancy Nichols and John Sullivan) to the Lane County Planning Commission.

 

Morrison indicated that she and Stewart were designated by the Board to go through the interview process.  She said they had seven interviews and the recommendations are Nancy Nichols for the coastal replacement of Jackie Betz and John Sullivan to replace Mark Herbert on the Planning Commission.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Stewart SECONDED.

 

Green was in support of the recommendation, but questioned the appointment of Nancy Nichols because of her affiliation around groups that sue Lane County as a habit.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

10. CONSENT CALENDAR

 

A. Approval of Minutes:

October 12, 2004, Joint Elected Officials, Florence, 5:30 p.m.

March 30, 2005, Regular Meeting, 9:00 a.m.

 

B. County Counsel

 

1) ORDER 05-6-29-4/In the Matter of Amending Lane Manual Chapter 60 to Correct an Error Pertaining to Land Management Division Building Fees (LM 60.855, Exhibit A), Effective July 1, 2005.

 

C. Public Works

 

1) ORDER 05-6-29-5/In the Matter of the Alteration of Irvington Drive (County Road No. 540) Located in Sections 2 and 3, Township 17 South, Range 4 West of the Willamette Meridian.

 

2) ORDER 05-6-29-6/In the Matter of the Alteration of a Portion of Pearl Street (County Road No. 254), Located in Section 33, Township 16 South, Range 3 West of the Willamette Meridian.

 

3) ORDER 05-6-29-7/In the Matter of the Alteration of the Portion of Marcola Road (Portions of County Road No. 20 and No. 1318) from Parsons Creek Road, Northeasterly, to Wendling Road, Being Located Within Sections 18 and 19, Township 16 South, Range 1 West and Section 24, Township 16 South, Range 2 West of the Willamette Meridian.

 

MOTION:  to approve the Consent Calendar.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

11. MANAGEMENT SERVICES

 

a. ORDER 05-6-29-8/In the Matter of Authorizing the County Administrator to Execute a Lease/Purchase Agreement with Sequential Retail Station 1, LLC and an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to Effect the Lease, Transfer and Environmental Cleanup of County Owned Real Property Identified as Map 18-03-10-10-03200 (86714 McVay Highway, Eugene)

 

MOTION:  to approve ORDER 05-6-29-8.

 

Green MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

b. ORDER 05-6-29-9/In the Matter of Ratifying the Tentative Agreement Between Lane County and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2831 - Nurses' Unit.

 

Greta Utecht, Management Services, recalled that six months ago the Board approved changes for positions.  She noted this is a reflection of some of the same issues.  She said the nurses’ tentative agreement is a mirror of the general AFSCME agreement, plus it adds salary adjustments for the nurses.  She said it adds a five percent COLA year one and year two for the public health nurses and for the nurse practitioners it adds two and a half percent COLA year one and two and half percent year two for correction and mental health nurses.  She noted they have significant market issues with nurses as the medical related positions had been under market.  She indicated that last night the union had overwhelmingly ratified the agreement.

 

MOTION:  to approve ORDER 05-6-29-9.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Stewart SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

12. PUBLIC SAFETY

 

a. ORDER 05-6-29-10/In the Matter of an Emergency Declaration for "Stone Crop," Berry and Other Farmers in Lane County and Requesting a Similar Declaration From the Governor.

 

Linda Cook, Sheriff’s Office, asked the Board to declare a local emergency for stone crop farmers, for fruits like cherries and plums, and berry and other farmers.  She said this was the first time in 45 years that some farmers had this degree of loss.  She noted that Roger Detering, Detering Farms, was representing 30 farmers.

 

Cook explained that by declaring an emergency, the Board is opening the gateway for local farmers to be able to access emergency loans from the federal government.  She said the federal government requires that a local emergency be declared first before farmers could be eligible to apply.  She noted that there is no impact on the local economy other than the farmers losing money and they are not able to hire workers.  She added that they were not asking the County for any money.

 

MOTION:  to approve ORDER 05-6-29-10.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

13. CORRESPONDENCE TO THE BOARD

 

Letter on Wayne Morse Free Speech Area

 

Dwyer commented that as a result of the reception of the Wayne Morse Historical Society, people want to put other bricks down in the plaza.  He didn’t have any objection to that.  He said if they want to sell the bricks, they will take the cost of the material and engraving and the balance goes to retiring the bond for the plaza.  He wanted the Wayne Morse Historical Society to give Lane County some money back.  He suggested taking this to the Facilities Committee and bringing it back to the Board.

 

14. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Dwyer announced he would not be at next week’s meeting, as he would be celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary.

 

Stewart discussed the various firework shows.  He wanted to thank Lane County employees for what they do and publish that in the newspapers.  He asked about using a truck from Public Works in parades to create more public awareness.

 

Morrison recommended that this go to Policy and Procedures, then come back to the Board.

 

15. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

 

None.

 

17. OTHER BUSINESS

 

None.

 

There being no further business, Commissioner Morrison recessed the meeting at 12:05 p.m.

 

 

Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary