BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'
January 11, 2006
Commissioners’ Conference Room
Commissioner Bill Dwyer presided with Commissioners Bobby Green, Sr., Anna Morrison, Peter Sorenson and Faye Stewart present. Acting County Administrator Dave Garnick, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
2. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS
a. REPORT/DEQ Watershed Approach.
Keith Anderson, DEQ, reported they are working on groundwater management in the Coburg Junction City area. He noted that DEQ is looking at different ways to be more effectively organized to do business. He said they came up with a watershed approach and it came out of a group that the state convened to figure out ways to run the water quality permitting programming more effectively. He noted at one time the State of Oregon was the farthest behind on having current water quality permits in the United States. He said they formed an advisory committee and came up with a suggestion to go to a watershed approach for permitting. He said what came out of that in the western region (from Yamhill to Jackson County and to the crest of the Cascades) was to find similar efficiencies if they included more programs. He said they went from a watershed approach to more of a geographic initiative approach. He added they wanted to focus on a more general basin configuration.
Anderson indicated they did not have any resources for this and it was not intended to be a new regulatory burden. He added that they weren’t intending to compete with local groups for resources. He said it is a way to be better and do more efficient work in the environmental world.
Anderson reported that last year they tried to tag onto an existing geographic project in place in the Yaquina estuary and connected in a more direct way that enabled them to do some of the work in the future related to total maximum daily loads. He indicated that they have been able to leverage some of their resources to assist the watershed councils in their efforts. He added they were paying closer attention to a smaller area to get work done. He indicated they had 200 permits and are trying to get on a five-year cycle and work on 40 permits per year. He said they were working towards goals and targets for getting permits out on time. He said they want to get to 80% current in the next three to five years.
Green asked how the average citizen would know they were benefiting from this.
Anderson responded that through organizing their work, they would get permits out on time and become current on the permit load.
Green wanted to see their target date for the permits and the progress so they could monitor it.
Sorenson wanted the data on the backlog of permits.
3. PUBLIC COMMENTS
4. EMERGENCY BUSINESS
5. COMMISSIONERS' REMONSTRANCE
Sorenson stated Washington D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff had given away millions of dollars illegally to members of Congress. He said the money was directed at Republican leaders in Congress. He thought the Lane County community should look at the corrupting influence of money and politics and the serious implications.
Morrison commented that Lane County was fortunate to have a high level of city managers and the county administrator in comparison to other parts of the state. She went to Mike Kelly’s retirement party. She said they were losing a valuable asset to local government with the experience Mike Kelly brought.
6. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS
b. ORDER 06-1-11-1/In the Matter of Appointing a Resident Commissioner to the HACSA Board of Commissioners.
MOTION: to approve Barbara Moorehouse as Resident Commission to the HACSA Board of Commissioners.
Green MOVED, Stewart SECONDED.
Green voiced some concerns about Moorehouse.
Sorenson thought she was a good choice.
Morrison hoped time would be spent to educate her about rules and responsibilities; that they are more policy in nature than getting into the management of the agency. She indicated that there was confusion with the applicants as to what they are going to be doing on the Board.
Dwyer thought Moorehouse answered the questions. He thought they needed to do a better job of letting the candidates know what the job is so they could tell if it was something they wanted. He indicated that they tried to achieve a balance, and had wonderful candidates.
c. DISCUSSION AND ORDER 06-1-11-2/In the Matter of Appointing Representatives to Various Committees and Agencies.
Wilson gave the changes. On page 3, Sorenson on the Chamber and Dwyer and Green with Stewart as an alternative on MPC. She said on page 4, Regional Multi County Southern Willamette Research Corridor is stricken. On page 5, where it says rural housing, it is Regional Housing Rehabilitation Program with Morrison and Stewart. She noted on page 6, last item, the Facilities Committee was stricken because it was a duplication under a standing committee appointment.
Stewart said he was elected as an advisory to ODOT and didn’t think he should be on the list.
MOTION: to approve ORDER 06-1-11-2.
Stewart MOVED, Green SECONDED.
7. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION
8. PUBLIC WORKS
a. FIRST READING AND SETTING SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance No. PA 1230/In the Matter of Responding to the LUBA Remand of Provisions in Ordinance No. PA 1209 and Amending that Ordinance by Adoption of a New Exhibit "B" Showing Modifications to the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area Public Facilities and Services Plan; Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses; and Declaring an Emergency (Second Reading & Public Hearing: January 25, 2006, 1:30 p.m.).
MOTION: to approve a First Reading and Setting a Second Reading and Public Hearing on Ordinance No. PA 1230 for January 25, 2006 at 1:30 p.m.
Green MOVED, Stewart SECONDED.
Morrison wanted the breakdown of the projects and a total comparison, relative to total dollars. She wanted to see the final project facilities they approved with the dollar amount by the project numbers, compared to what is currently on the list. She added if there were a change, she would want to know why.
Morrison noted that Congressman De Fazio sent a letter regarding the situation with Coburg. She indicated that he was explicit with the direction that until he sees them working together in a collaborative manner, instead of isolating Coburg, that there wouldn’t be any money on the federal level.
Dwyer wanted to give direction to staff to work with Coburg in this matter. He hoped the municipal partners would make the same effort.
Morrison suggested Tony Bieda, Intergovernmental Regional Manager, draft the letter and bring it back.
b. FIRST READING AND SETTING SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance No. PA 1228/In the Matter of Amending the Rural Comprehensive Plan to Redesignate Land From "Forest Land" to "Nonresource", Rezone that Land From "F-2/Impacted Forest Lands" to "RR-10/Rural Residential”; and Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses (File PA 03-6037; Dittmer) (Second Reading & Public Hearing: January 25, 2006, 1:30 pm).
MOTION: to approve a First Reading and Setting a Second Reading and Public Hearing for Ordinance PA 1228 on January 25, 2006 at 1:30 p.m.
Green MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.
c. THIRD READING AND DELIBERATION/Ordinance No. PA 1227/In the Matter of Amending the Junction City Comprehensive Plan to Adopt Exceptions to Statewide Planning Goals 3 And 14 Pursuant to Goal 2 and Modify the Urban Growth Boundary to Include an Additional 74.26 Acres of Land Currently Within the City Limits; and Adopting a Severability Clause (File No. PA 05-5132; Country Coach, Inc.) (NBA & PM 11/30/05 & 12/14/05).
Stephanie Schulz, Land Management, recalled the Public Hearing was held on December 14 and the written record was held open for an additional three weeks. Materials were submitted. She noted that information was forwarded to the Board. She said the applicant had responded to the issues of air quality concern and has submitted additional findings of fact that are proposed to be substituted for the existing ones attached to the ordinance.
Dwyer asked the Board if there were any ex parte contacts.
Dwyer, Morrison, Sorenson and Green had no ex parte contacts. Stewart indicated that yesterday at the LRAPA meeting he had a discussion with Merlin Huff but it was no different than what was submitted into the record.
MOTION: to adopt Ordinance No PA 1227 with the latest changes.
Morrison MOVED, Green SECONDED.
Morrison indicated that she had watched the tape and reviewed the record, as she was excused during the Public hearing.
Stewart believed the application addressed all of the criteria for approval. He commented that they don’t know what Country Coach is going to build. He added that Lane County doesn’t deal with air quality problems, and when they apply for a building permit, they would have to do it through LRAPA.
Morrison thought this application met the criteria.
Dwyer said he had some misgivings but the 74 acres were already in the city limits of Junction City. He said Lane County had given the land away and it is in the purview of the city. He noted that their city council and planning commission were unanimous in this going forward.
ROLL CALL VOTE: 4-1 (Sorenson dissenting).
9. CONSENT CALENDAR
A. Approval of Minutes:
December 14, 2005, Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m.
B. Assessment and Taxation
1) ORDER 06-1-11-3/In the Matter of a Refund to Foster Foods of Oregon, Inc. in the Amount of $168,906.23.
MOTION: to approve the Consent Calendar.
Morrison MOVED, Stewart SECONDED.
10. MANAGEMENT SERVICES
a. ORDER 06-1-11-4/In the Matter of Creating the Classification and Salary Range for the Mental Health Specialist 1.
MOTION: to approve ORDER 06-1-11-4.
Green MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.
11. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS
Stewart reported that he attended the Parks Advisory Committee meeting. He said that day they started their e-commerce for the first day and they had 163 paid reservations over the Internet. He noted in the past they normally had 50. He attended the LRAPA meeting and they hired Merlin Huff as their permanent director. He added they elected David Ralston as chair and he was elected vice chair. He said they received a report from an engineering firm about Baxter and it showed that the wood products produced reduced emissions. He announced that he and Morrison would be going to a seminar in Pendleton on strengthening rural families.
Green announced that he would be in Salem on Friday with the Juvenile Crime Prevention Advisory Group and Oregon Children and Families to meet as joint bodies. He said he was going to be going to Arizona on January 22 for the Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee and will be discussing methamphetamine.
Morrison reported she and Green were invited to a meeting with the mayor around the Proposed Park Plan.
12. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660
Per ORS 192.660(2)(h) for the purpose of consulting with counsel on litigation.
13. OTHER BUSINESS
There being no further business, Commissioner Dwyer recessed the meeting at 10:20 a.m.