LANE COUNTY

BOARD OF HEALTH MEETING

November 9, 2005

Commissioners' Conference Room

9:00 a.m.

APPROVED 11/8/06

 

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.

 

1. REPORT/Semi-Annual Board of Health Report.

 

Rob Rockstroh, Health and Human Services, reported this was the semi-annual report that is required for Public and Environmental Health.

 

Karen Gaffney, Health and Human Services, discussed the Place Mat that was put together throughout the department to show how they spend the money in their department. (Copy in file).

 

Sorenson asked about the involvement Lane County has with hospital services.

 

Rockstroh noted that Lane County is an observer.He said the biggest issue had been the policy around the certificate of need and hospital siting.

 

Sorenson asked why there is not a county hospital.

 

Rockstroh said they donít do it because the state doesnít mandate county staff hospitals, it is optional.He added more counties have gone toward federally qualified health centers.

 

Morrison stated that she had received phone calls regarding the distribution of money for services when there is the need for law enforcement.

 

Rockstroh responded that if they do not do drug and alcohol treatment, law enforcement wonít work.He noted that the treatment is funded through beer and wine sales and is dedicated to minority services.

 

Morrison stated they would have to deal with the aftermath and the repercussions of this.She said those were things that were being discussed.

 

Green commented that Lane Countyís goal is to improve the quality of the facilities for Public Health.He said they adopted it as a primary goal.

 

Elizabeth Miglioretto, Dr. Sarah Henderickson and Betsy Meredith, Health and Human Services, gave a presentation on the Pandemic Flu.

 

2. DISCUSSION/Lane County Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management Program Annual Report for 2005.

 

Ollie Snowden, Public Works, indicated that this is the annual report required by the Last Resort Ordinance adopted in August 2003.He said they would come back in January or February with refined control prescriptions that would lead into a permitted products list.

 

Snowden said they attached the annual report that went to the Health Advisory Committee and VMAC for review.He said they reviewed this and want to modify the approach.He said they had no herbicide use since the Last Resort Ordinance was adopted by the Board.He said the original report was proposing a permitted products list.He stated that in next yearís annual report he wanted to expand the section to talk about how well they are doing at meeting the standards for vegetation control.He said they have an integrated vegetation management standards and guidelines document in which they classify the roads in Level One, Two and Three.†† He noted that Level One roads are those that are urban arterials and rural major collectors and on those roads they will try to maintain a safety strip six feet wide with vegetation maintained at no more than eighteen inches.For the remainder of the right-of-way, they would try to maintain it at no more than 36 inches in height.He noted Level Two is minor and urban collectors.He said they want to maintain a six foot safety strip but no more than 24 inches, with the remainder of the right of way no more than 36 inches.He said for Level Three roads that are local roads, they want to maintain a safety strip at 24 inches but it might be several years between full width mowing on the local roads.He said in next yearís report he will discuss how well they are doing at meeting those standards.He added he would show performance measures that would relate to vegetation management.

 

Snowden said they would look at best management practices in other agencies.He said they would look for non-herbicide control methods that have efficacy and cost effectiveness.

 

With regard to controlled prescriptions, Snowden stated that after the ordinance was adopted, they had retirements and instead of hiring someone immediately, Sonny Chickering, Public Works, hired Jones and Stokes, Consultants.He said they were working on the controlled prescriptions to try to make the decision process in the field more transparent.He said the controlled prescriptions focus on efficacy. He said when they have a vegetation issue, they should be looking at efficacy, cost and action threshold.He suggested having Oren Schumacher, Public Works, construct a list and come back and include the other factors.He said they would end up with something closer to what they see on page 11, (copy in file) where it talks about specific species.He thought it would be clearer for the Board if they came back with a target species with conditions and give their beliefs that herbicide application is the only effective way to do it.He added by definition it would be a last resort application.He said it would take away some of the decision process when the applicator has an appeal as it prescribes when herbicides are supposed to be used.

 

Snowden commented that if they had an unlimited budget, they could add mowers and people and deal with many of the issues without herbicides.

 

Dwyer thought they should not be using chemicals instead of an excuse to use them.

 

Snowden said they would come back to the Board.He said they could increase the budget or lower the standards.He commented that these are the policy issues the Board should be involved with.He added he would come back to the Board with what they think are the situations when they would use herbicides.He said they might have to see what they find in the first year and see what establishes a base line.He added if the Board doesnít like it, it could be changed next year.

 

3. Approval of Minutes:

May 11, 2005, Board of Health, Following HACSA

 

MOTION: to approve the minutes of May 11, 2005.

 

Sorenson MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

There being no further business, Commissioner Morrison adjourned the meeting at 10:25 a.m.

 

 

 

Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary