BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'

WORK SESSION

August 14, 2007

1:30 p.m.

Commissionersí Conference Room

APPROVED 7/21/2009

 

Commissioner Faye Stewart presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Bill Fleenor, Bobby Green, Sr., and Peter Sorenson present.  County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.

 

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

 

Dwyer wanted to discuss video conferencing under Commissioners Business.

 

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Charles Areford, Lane County Mental Health, reported that he has worked with adults with severe and persistent emotional disturbance for the past 25 years.  He said he is dedicated to his clients, to community Mental Health and to public service.  He commented that Mental Health could be more dangerous than police work.  He believed that he was a highly qualified, competent and hard working County employee performing a hazardous job.  He doesnít believe that he is overpaid.  He asked the Board for their continued ongoing support over the next several months.

 

Lise Stewart, Human Services Commission, spoke as an AFSCME Local 2831 member.  She commented that working in the public service is an honor and they are proud of the services they are able to provide to the public.  She said as public employees they are dependent to be accountable for every fund and activity and service they do.  She said they are responsible to keep the public safe, to provide necessary health services and act as advocates for vulnerable populations.  She noted that in the past they have been part of the solution to County budget woes.  She recalled that they accepted contracts with no COLAís and they agreed to managementís assessment of the financial and budget issues and they work together to find solutions to keep services intact..  She said with the recent focus on County budget, they are being cast as the problem.  She added their wages are spoken of as being excessive.  She noted in  The Register Guard, articles and letters to the editor, Lane County employees are framed as greedy and uncooperative.  She said they are still working hard and are still dedicated to providing public services despite the budget crisis and lack of support.  She hoped the Board would break the silence and voice their support for Lane County employees.

 

Gordon Sturruck, said they are faced with a crisis.  He said America and the whole world are faced with a perfect storm of colliding realities of quickly depleted oil reserves.  He added the other reality is global warming.    He said they need to convert to biodiesel.

 

Peter Chabarek, distributed information about biodiesel.  He said it is a Lane County business and boom for Oregon farmers.  He said it requires no new equipment and is less polluting.

 

Jack Dresser, Thurston, said he is the Co-Founder of Veteranís for Peace in Lane County.  He said they have a bus and it runs on biodiesel and they have had no problems.  He wanted to see Lane County join a list of jurisdictions that are setting an example and doing what they can to contribute to solving this problem. He said they have to do their part to get away from fossil fuels to alternative energies.

 

Craig Starr, Land Management, urged the Board and County managers to be aware of the importance of public supporting their staff at all times.  He commented to do otherwise is a disservice to the County organization, to its people and to the constituents.  He said lack of support from the top creates a perception in the work place that employeesí work is not valued by the County.  He said it could motivate people to look for jobs elsewhere or cause them to become less productive  He said most important to him is that it can make it hard for the County to attract good people to work there.  He said they have had several people leave positions in Land Management and it is a tough time trying to recruit people to fill the positions.  His experience is that most County staff are dedicated and hard working.  He commented in Land Management, staff tries to do the best job they can under difficult circumstances that are mostly not of their making. He added their successes should be celebrated by the Board and County management.  He asked the Board to support staff and their positive accomplishments in their future comments.

 

Andrea Larsen, Sheriffs Department, said she is a 20 year veteran and has had experience in Corrections, Court Transport and patrol.  She represented the Lane County Peace Officers Association to voice their feelings about the Boardís continuous lack of support.  She said they are criticized by the local media and Lane County citizens.  She commented that it is especially true when it comes to wages and benefits.  She said the lack of support has crippled the Sheriffís Office and has devastated the morale.  She asked where the Board was when their character was being assassinated.  She hoped the department could be supported and compensated for the risks inherent to their profession, but it has not been the case.  She asked how the citizens could support local law enforcement when the Board doesnít support their own Sheriffís Department.

 

Stewart thanked the employees. He said he is one commissioner that believes the employees do an excellent job.  He believes the employees are not overpaid and they do a great job.  He said he is working to try to improve the situation.  He said he has an open door policy and can also talk to employees.

 

3. PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

a. SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance PA 8-07/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 2 of the Lane Code Regarding Functions of the County Administrator and Assistant County Administrator (NBA & PM 7/24/07).

 

Wilson  explained that this puts into place in the code the changes that are necessary for the Assistant County Administrator.  She added the item that will follow will do the same thing in the Lane Manual.

 

Commissioner Stewart opened the Public Hearing.  There being no one signed up to speak, he closed the Public Hearing.

 

MOTION: to adopt Ordinance PA-8-07.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.

 

ROLL CALL VOTE: 5-0.

 

 

b. ORDER 07-8-14-1/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 3 of the Lane Manual Regarding Functions of the County Administrator and Assistant County Administrator (LM 3.020, 3.136).

 

Wilson said this part of the Lane Manual has not been revised since 1993.  She indicated that it is one of several that are out of date.  She said this board order is designed to address the Office of County Administration to add the language regarding the Assistant County Administrator.  She noted on page 3.3 it adds the Assistant County Administrator as one of the positions that the Board of Commissioners appoints.

 

MOTION: to approve ORDER 07-8-14-1.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

4. CONSENT CALENDAR

 

A. Approval of Minutes:

September 27, 2006, Regular Meeting, Following HACSA

July 10, 2007, Work Session, 9:00 a.m.

July 11, 2007, Regular Meeting, Following HACSA

 

B. Children and Families

 

1) ORDER 07-8-14-2/In the Matter of Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to 1) Execute the Oregon Commission on Children and Families 2007-2009 Intergovernmental Agreement and Amendments, Not to Exceed $4,725,000 and 2) Healthy Start-Medicaid Administrative Activities 2007-2009 County Intergovernmental Agreement Not to Exceed $66,000.

 

C. Management Services

 

1) ORDER 07-8-14-3/In the Matter of Awarding a Contract for Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) Services to Chambers Construction Company for the Public Health Building.

 

2) ORDER 07-8-14-4/In the Matter of Awarding a Contract for Architectural Services to PIVOT Architecture and Planning for the Public Health Building.

 

MOTION: to approve the balance of the Consent Calendar with items C1 and C2 pulled.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Fleenor SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

C 1 and C 2

 

Dwyer asked what they were buying for $1.2 million from PIVOT.

 

David Suchart, Management Services, responded that over the life of the contract that could go to 2018 they had to come up with a number. He said they would do all of the drawings on the building and code compliance, the engineering and the things with the building officials over the life of the contracts.  He indicated that this was for architectural and planning services and contract administration.  He added that the reason the number is lower for the CMGC is for pre-construction.  He stated this was the maximum amount over the life of the contract.

 

MOTION: to move the two remaining items on the Consent Calendar with the caveat that Trina Laidlaw, Assistant County Counsel, review the contract to make sure it is more than the amount and if it is done early, that there is language to recognize they will not pay people for work they donít perform, subject to County Counselís review.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

 

 

5. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

 

None.

 

6. COMMISSIONERS' REMONSTRANCE

 

Sorenson discussed Bill S936, the Fair Elections Act, introduced by Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois and Senator Spector, to provide for the way federal elections for Congress are administered.  He said it introduces the concept of a voter owned system where candidates have to qualify by getting $5 donations and if they qualify, then they receive federal funds to wage their campaigns and they donít have to go to special interest groups that dominate American politics.

 

7. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS

 

a. DISCUSSION/Post Secure Rural School Strategic Planning.

 

Jennifer Inman, Management Analyst, reported the Board set out to receive citizen input and reformulating the 07/08 budget. She added the Board was looking for a budget process for 08/09 and beyond and revisiting County goals as service priorities and reductions.  She said as their team met to look at the Boardís calendar and the amount of time between the Listening Tour and when the Board would need to adopt a revision to the 07/08 budget, they found a severe time crunch with the activities they started. She added the Budget Office reviewed where they stood for the 06/07 budget and what the options are on ways they might change their approach to the 07/08 budget to get to where they need to be for the most likely scenario for the Secure Rural Schools Act  for 08/09.

 

Dave Garnick, Financial Manager, indicated they sat in on a conference call regarding Secure Rural Schools.  He noted both houses of Congress have introduced a bill that contains a five year step-down. Garnick said it was clear to him that if something is going to pass Congress that is what it would be.  He explained under that scenario, the first year is the year we are currently in.  He indicated they wouldnít get a full year of funding if the five year plan is approved.  He said it would be a ten percent reduction for the next couple of years, going to 40 percent and then to zero.  He said if that is the most likely scenario, they looked at the Fin Plan with a $540,000 reduction for 08/09.  He added if the five year step down plan is going to get passed, they only have to do another ten percent reduction instead of a worst case scenario for loss of funding.  He indicated ten percent in the general fund is about $1.5 million.  He guessed there would be about a $2 million reduction for 08/09.  He recalled that Senate Bill 808 had been approved by the legislature.  He said it allows Lane County to use some of the National Forest timber receipts currently going into the road fund for patrol purposes.  He noted they had not been able to do that in the past.  

 

Garnick recalled they discussed changing the allocation of the timber monies that come in and reduced some of the Title II dollars to generate more revenue for the road fund.  He said his estimate at the time was $1.3 million additional dollars going into the road fund and that money would be available to fund some of the Traffic Team activities that are currently funded by court fine revenue.  He commented that if they could subsidize the Traffic Team with forest receipts, the fine revenue they generate could be diverted into the general fund.  He said in the past year the team generated about $1.2 million of revenue to support its operations.  He said if they accept the plan, then they could bring $1.2 million into the general fund and apply it toward the $2 million deficit.  He added the health benefit plan they budgeted was less than what they were told.  He thought they could achieve additional savings of about $615 per employee in the general fund.  He said that would save about $372,000.  He stated they could apply $1.6 million toward the $2 million reduction.  He thought this would be a way to address what they think the budget for 08/09 looks like without having to do a severe mid-course correction.  He recalled that they have already taken a step down in Public Works.  He believed this would be the most likely scenario.

 

Fleenor thought there were timing issues with their meeting some time in the first week of October.  He asked if it had to do with audits.

 

Inman explained there are adjustments from the auditors on the 06/07 budget that will determine how much they would be able to carry forward for 07/08. She noted a majority of the adjustments will take place in the early part of October and another set in November.  She said they had already planned a supplemental budget and the Board adopts the adjustments as a result of the audit and making other changes over the prior six months.  She commented that in order to do some projections for the 07/08 budget and include the adjustments from 06/07, they are stuck with a limited number of weeks to do a budget process.  She asked if they would want to adopt an alternative by giving direction about how to implement the budget to be able to put more aside for the next year or the process to reconvene the Budget Committee and involve them in a priority setting process.  She said they would have time to convene the Budget Committee and work on the planning and prioritization tasks for the 08/09 budget and beyond.

 

Fleenor asked when they should start this.

 

Inman indicated they had already started the process with the citizen impute and engagement aspect.  She said they had launched that piece with the Listening Tour, the telephone polling, and the citizen and employee focus groups that are part of the plan.  She added another part of the component of strategic planning would be to do an environment scan that would give an opportunity with other key stakeholders to participate in helping provide information about strategic planning. 

 

Fleenor asked about the key strategic stakeholders.

 

Inman said they could include the chairs and members of the advisory committees, union reps, presidents, management team, leadership team and people who have special knowledge and expertise in demographics or the economy.  She commented that these are external and internal environmental factors that they havenít looked at since 1999 and many have changed.  She said they need to look at it more closely.

 

Dwyer commented that they need to be sensitive about the bond rating and need to put that aspect into whatever planning they have to do to strengthen their rating instead of weakening.

 

MOTION: to direct staff to begin to develop the FY 07/08 budget reduction using the scenario they discussed, to benefit savings and increasing the lapse and adding the electronic service prioritization with activities one through four and any other ideas the Board agrees upon.

 

Green MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

 

Green said this would allow the time to do this plan well.  He said they could still do the Listening Tour and the surveys and engage the citizens.  He thought they could get the input and work well into the policies.  He commented that this was under the Boardís control.

 

Sorenson thought it was important to follow through on the recommendation.  He thought they should get started on the next budget.  He thought it could be easier if they had a status quo budget in place for the Budget Committee to react to.  He thought the Budget Committee should be looking at the big picture long term. He said as part of this, they need to make sure they are extending their outreach efforts. He thought they should plan on receiving the federal forest funding.  He thought they should be continuing the public outreach effort and the idea of another group of Listening Tours.  He thought they could have focus groups where the elected officials were not present to compare what people say. He thought the polling should follow the focus group.  He commented there was support and recognition for Lane County employees at the Listening Tours.  He thought they needed increased community outreach and information to the public.  He said there needed to be increased information from the public to the management team, Board of Commissioners and other leaders in the county.  He thought it would take discipline and money to do it.  He added the proposal involves the one percent reduction in the spending in the current fiscal year.  He commented that it would be less painful than any last minute reductions.

 

Fleenor indicated there was a board order that was approved that had a time certain date of the first two weeks of October.  He asked if Greenís motion should be amended to supersede the October date. 

 

Wilson explained that it would be easy for staff as a result of the conversation as part of the implementation to put an amendment on the Consent Calendar for the next Board meeting that codifies this and has the effect of superseding. 

 

Stewart indicated they are dealing with 07/08 and setting up for the 08/09 budget.  He asked if there was thought into the future years after that. He thought a possible two or three percent lapse might help them two or three years into the future.

 

Garnick responded that he hadnít had a chance to update the Fin Plan because they didnít have an ending cash balance from 06/07.  He said it becomes harder to maintain a glide path because as they maintain several million dollars worth of services that otherwise would have been cut, then they need that much plus inflation the following years. He commented the next two years looked good but thought after that they would have bigger reductions.  

 

Stewart agreed the Listening Tours have been great.  He wanted to see the Board move forward with more focus groups.  He said once they could see further into the budget and what their future looks like, he wanted to add the electronic services prioritization reduction survey to get an Internet poll of the citizens.

 

Inman recalled the motion was to move forward with the mid-year general fund budget correction with the one percent lapse option, using those other revenues and health benefit savings and continue the activities they discussed with the citizen input and strategic planning including adding the electronic services prioritization reduction survey.  She asked if the Board wanted them to proceed with the Environmental Scan and Swat Analysis.  She thought it would be a one day activity with preparation and analysis.

 

Green was willing to have the analysis.

 

Dwyer thought it needed to be separate and not part of the motion.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

 

b. DISCUSSION AND RECOMMENDATION/Allow LCARA Staff to Assist in the Creation of Public Service Announcements for the Exclusive Purpose of Animal Adoption Utilizing the Services of Lane Metro TV, County Commissioners and Volunteer Videographers.

 

Fleenor said this would exceed the 15 minute rule.  He asked for additional time from LCARA staff to prep and provide for information so they could have the videographer  do a series of PSAís

 

Van Vactor said it would be a professional videographer that would do this.  He said they would present a production ready DVD. 

 

Dwyer asked how much time it would take from LCARA staff.

 

Fleenor said they would just need the vitals for each animal.

 

Dwyer said this should be part of what they do.

 

Green was okay with the concept. He thought this was already in place.

 

Stewart asked if there were any objections to creating a PSA for the purpose of improving animal adoptions.

 

There were none.

 

Van Vactor indicated that the Board agreed to the request, but asked Rob Rockstroh, Health and Human Services, to let him know if it becomes too burdensome.

 

Dwyer said that Fleenor spent $1,000 out of his own funds to jumpstart the video conferencing.  He thought  the appropriate expenditure was out of the contingency fund, as it benefits the whole county.

 

ORDER 07-8-14-7 Transferring $1,000 From the General Fund Operational Contingency to Materials and Services Within General Expense to Pay for Costs Associated with the Video Conference Upgrade Project in the Commissionerís Conference Room.

 

MOTION: to approve ORDER 07-8-14-7.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

8. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

 

a. Announcements

 

None.

 

9. PUBLIC WORKS

 

a. REPORT BACK Action Items on Compliance Civil Penalty Worksheet, Process for Determining Civil Penalties, Appeal Fee, Civil Penalty Accrual During an Appeal, Appeal Process and Penalties for Cases Involving Commercial Gain.

 

Craig Starr, Land Management, recalled that he came up with several decision items that needed direction:  the use of the civil penalty worksheet, use of a three person panel for determining the amount of civil penalties, the current process where there is an appeal fee plus a deposit of fines that have been accrued to a point in time if someone wants to appeal. 

 

Starr reported that over the past five years Jeff Towery, Land Management, used  2001 to 2006 as his basis.  He noted that over 98 percent of compliance actions they initiate are resolved before they get to the point of determining civil penalties.  He said less than two percent of the people were being assessed a civil penalty.  He said once people receive a letter, they take care of it before it goes to a hearings officer. He indicated that 7/10ths of one percent of the cases actually ever get to a hearing where a hearingís officer is involved.  He noted that any time a civil penalty is assessed, they will try to collect the civil penalty.  He added that the hearings officer is a check and balance on staffís work on the enforcement action.  He noted that if  there is an appeal, the hearingís officer would be used.  He didnít think by tweaking the compliance process that those people would be any easier to deal with.  He indicated they would have the potential of spending more time and more money and still ending up in the same place.

 

Green agreed with staff recommendation for the request for voluntary compliance.  He said when they get notice of failure to comply, it had taken at least two steps to get to.  He thought they were doing fine with the current policy. He didnít want to change anything because they currently have a person coming in to complain about a process.

 

Stewart agreed it is a good process.  He liked the fact they reduced the appeal fees to $1,500 for appealing a land use appeal.  He was in support of the recommendation they have put forth.

 

Dwyer asked what part of the system was broken.  He commented that in most cases this works. 

 

Starr commented that managing an enterprise fund means that it has to exist on its revenues. He picked $1,500 because it fits with their appeal fees on the planning side.  He expected those appeals would be at least as contentious as the planning appeal fees.  He said in making the proposal, he was looking out for the financial interests of the organization.  He indicated that there is a provision built in that if someone is indigent and truly canít afford to do it, there is a process by which it could be waived. 

 

Sorenson asked if they lowered the amount of the appeal fees if they would get more appeals.  He asked if that could buy people more time.

 

Starr responded that another issue is whether they stop penalties accruing upon appeal.  He said if there is a low threshold to get into the door and if the clock stops, then they start getting appeals just to delay the matter

 

Sorenson thought they could collect more money if they lowered the appeal. 

 

Starr said since the penalties currently donít stop,  they would continue to accrue until the hearing record is closed.  He doesnít think they gain any money by lowering the appeal fee. 

 

Dwyer wanted to keep it low and let people know that if they lose their appeal, it would be added to the cost of the appeal.

 

Wilson explained that it was a deposit on the appeal and if they lose, they would have to pay the full appeal fee.

 

Dwyer thought they needed to develop a notice of compliance and the citizen could attest to what has transpired on their property that would allow them to stop the process.

 

Wilson reiterated what the Board asked Starr to do was to prepare a document for the citizen who has been charged with non-compliance and who is running up against a daily penalty.  She indicated that citizen could come in and sign and provide evidence of why they  believe they are no longer out of compliance. She added that they not only have to say it, they have to provide some type of credible evidence.  She said if the citizen is right,  then the clock stops on that date, but if they are wrong, the clock doesnít stop.

 

Green didnít think the system was broken.  He thought they were looking for a problem to fix.  He said they are trying to get people to comply voluntarily.  He added that some people wonít comply no matter what they would do.

 

Stewart noted that when they get to the penalty phase, they have already gone through two phases and there were timelines.  He said they are expanding the timelines.  He wasnít opposed to what Dwyer proposed, but he didnít think it would be a benefit.  He said they have already had months to voluntarily comply.  He said it was his understanding that the fines range from $100 to $1,000 per day.  He asked if the maximum could be $1,500..

 

Dwyer didnít think they should have to put money in for the appeal costs.  He said the issue is access and fairness.  He said they should devise a system that gives them access, is fair and treats everyone equally.

 

Green indicated that they have access and fairness at the front end.

 

Wilson said there is a cost for an appeal and $1,500 might not appropriately reimburse the County.  She added that if the County is not reimbursed by the non-compliant person, the citizens are paying for the cost.  She said if they make it a deposit and the person is found to be in non-compliance, they would be dealing with someone who has not complied at the first two stages, they paid their $100 and lost.  She commented in a pure money management situation, that person is not a high probability payer

 

Fleenor thought they should have a caveat printed on the form that it is a $100 deposit toward a $1,500 liability so they are not misrepresenting the fact they might lose the money.

 

Stewart thought the majority of the Board was leaning toward a $100 deposit toward the $1,500 fee and if they lose, they will be charged plus penalties,  and if they win, they will receive the fees back.  He added they will have a form available to the citizens to show they are in compliance that would stop the clock if it is deemed they are in compliance.

 

MOTION: to approve recommendations 1, 2, 4 5 & 6 and amend item 3 as explained.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Fleenor SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

 

b. ORDER 07-8-14-5/In the Matter of Appointing Karen Bodner to the Roads Advisory Committee for the At-Large Position.

 

MOTION:  to approve ORDER 07-8-14-5.

 

Ollie Snowden, Public Works, thought the Roads Advisory Committee was the only one in Public Works that fits the template the Board wants to move to.  He said five are appointed by individual commissioners and two are at large.  He noted that this is for an at-large position.  He indicated the Roads Advisory Committee had a subcommittee that interviewed the three and Karen Bodner was the recommendation from the subcommittee.  He noted they have three other committees with vacancies and they were looking for direction on how to transition to the new vacancies.

 

Green wanted to find out where the districts were.

 

Stewart indicated that the Agenda Team is scheduling a work session to work on this.  He said they are going to get all the information they need on the different committees to see if they can put together a plan to make the committees uniform.

 

Sorenson asked if they could put off this decision until they have the work session.  He asked if there was a reason to specifically move forward on this appointment.

 

Snowden stated that this committee already conforms to where he thought the Board wanted to go.  He indicated that each commissioner has appointed one member to the committee, there are two at large and they run those through the committee and the committee makes the recommendation to the Board.  He noted that Pete Maury was one of the at large positions and he resigned.

 

Fleenor received a call from a Roads Advisory Committee member who indicated that the Roads Advisory Committee did not make the recommendation  and that it never went through the committee.

 

Snowden disagreed.  He indicated that the Roads Advisory Committee asked for volunteers to have a subcommittee.  The subcommittee consisted of Jody Ogle, Tom Poage and Jack Radabaugh for the subcommittee.  Snowden said they interviewed the three candidates and it was a unanimous recommendation for Karen Bodner.  He added they did a phone poll of the remainder of the committee members and asked if they were okay with Karen Bodner.  He said they were all in agreement with Karen Bodner.

 

Dwyer talked to his representative on this committee and they did interview the people and they did recommend Karen Bodner.  He said he had voted against this person in the past but the committee made the recommendation who they think they can work with.

 

Fleenor requested that they postpone this until the Roads Advisory Committee meets on August 29.

 

VOTE: 3-2 (Sorenson, Fleenor dissenting).

 

 

10. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

a. DISCUSSIONLetter Supporting Task Force on Pesticide Drift Exposure and Health.

 

Rob Rockstroh, Health and Human Services, said the Board got a request from Jim Goes, Chair of the Health Advisory Committee to write this letter.  He attached a letter to a memo from the Oregon Pesticide Action Working Group.  He took some of the language from the chairís language and the pesticide working groupís language.  He wrote a letter with the same information and  he was more direct for what they were asking for.

 

MOTION: to sent the letter.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

 

11. CORRESPONDENCE TO THE BOARD

 

Stewart said the Board received a request from ACTSO requesting their usual $5,000 support.

 

ORDER 07-8-14-6 Contributing $5,000 from the General Fund Operational Contingency to the Eugene-Springfield NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific, Olympics (ACTSO) Program to Assist in the 2007 ACTSO National Competition

 

Dwyer MOVED, Fleenor SECONDED.

 

Green wanted to say the Board will continue their commitment in the next fiscal year.

 

Dwyer amended his motion to accept that.  Fleenor accepted the second.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

 

12. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Green discussed the Summit Solution that took place at the Valley River Inn.

 

Fleenor stated that the Summit Solution was a good event and it took place in a good venue.

 

Stewart reported that Andy Ginsburg from EQC called and said on August 16 they will be addressing field burning and it is scheduled to start at 12:45 p.m.  The address is 721 NW 9th in Portland.

 

Van Vactor said he will ask Rockstroh to attend.

 

Stewart indicated the BLM has made a tentative selection of the management plan for their WOPR.  He asked if the Board wanted Ginny Greeley come to make a presentation of the options and alternatives.

 

There was consensus by the Board to do this.

 

Sorenson said over the weekend the annual Gay Pride Day at Alton Baker Park took place.

 

Stewart reported that County Fair is taking place.  He and Dwyer judged photographs.  He added that tomorrow the Board will be serving pie and ice cream to the seniors from 10:30 to noon.

 

13. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

 

Per ORS 192.660 (2)(h) for the purpose of consulting with counsel on litigation and per ORS 192.660(2)(e) for the purpose of deliberations with property negotiators.

 

14. OTHER BUSINESS

 

Dwyer discussed the possibility of an upcoming art show, calling it a County Art Invitation Festival, asking artists to participate.  He wanted to give a $2,000 first place winner, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place.  He indicated that submissions into the contest become property of the County.

 

Wilson thought this should be brought to Policy and Procedures.

 

Dwyer said he would pay for the award.

 

Fleenor supported this and said he would contribute $1,000 toward the prize money.

 

There being no further business, Commissioner Stewart recessed the meeting into Executive Session at 4:55 p.m.

 

 

Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary