BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'
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.
ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
The date on item 7. a) should be March 21, 2007
Jill Adler, Springfield, said she is an employee with
Developmental Disabilities and discussed the Lane County Bus Pass Program.
She said for the past several months they have spent their own personal
time gaining support from over 140 employees within Lane County (both
represented and management personnel) who also support them.
She indicated that they are aware of the budgetary constraints facing the
County, but she believed that County support of alternative transportation for
its employees is a wise investment for the future.
She said currently LCOG, the city of Eugene and the city of Springfield
are all using LTD transportation benefits. She
noted that together over 44,000 employees in Lane County are using the LTD bus
pass program. She said by entering
into an annual contract with LTD, Lane County could purchase monthly bus passes
for its employees at a discount of over 85 percent.
She indicated that LTD will help the County design a program that fits
its needs and can tailor a program to a specific site.
She stated that some of the benefits for Lane County include reduced wear
and tear from automobiles, parking spaces at a discounted rate will be free up
for others and could be sold to the public at full rate, and healthier employees
with less financial stress will result in greater productivity. She said making
the workplace more accessible will increase the diversity of the work place.
She added that Lane County will have credibility and respect by
supporting its partner agency LTD.
Eugene, stated that joining a group bus pass program will benefit the entire
community by reducing pollution, reducing congestion, making the roads safer,
and less cars equals less accidents. She
said it will reduce their dependency on non-renewable fuels and support Eugene
Downtown sustainability. She said
they could reduce their part to reduce global warming.
She stated that Lane County employees will save money on gas, vehicle
repairs and parking fees. She added
that the pass could be used at anytime, including for the University of Oregon
Football games. She knows it will
cost money, but it might not be that much depending on if they can get a grant.
She indicated that they will keep coming back to the Board to push for
this until it happens. She wanted to see all Lane County residents having a free
bus pass and in order for that to happen, Lane County needs to do its part to
set an example as an employer and a large governmental agency.
She presented a petition with 146 signatures.
Cottage Grove, Director, Northwest Youth Corps, spoke in favor of the Board’s
allocation of Title III Secure Rural Schools funding.
He asked the Board to approve the funding.
Ron Vincent, represented Lane County Sheriff’s Amateur
Radio Operators, Inc, a group of FCC licensed radio operators that support the
Sheriff in emergencies. He said
they are a non-profit group requesting Title III project funding to upgrade
their radios in the 2007/2008 budget for public benefit and use during
emergencies and training.
Eugene, wanted to resolve this on a good note.
He said after last week he had many calls in support, stating the County
was wrong in taking money from him with no proof or hearing. He said a person should be innocent until proven guilty.
He said he has never been proven guilty.
Lauri Segel, Eugene, spoke on the Coos Bay shipping
container operation. She was
opposed to the process. She said
the staff report concludes with the recommendation that the Board support the
project. She thought the
information presented is unbalanced. She
commented the size of the build out is about 20,000 containers per year, less
than the Oakland, California port.
Eugene, said he has been working with the Extension Service on the Master
Gardener Program. He thought Spring
Creek drainage needed some attention.
He said under Title III, he thought the Board could engage the community
in enhancing the environment and retaining the water quality aspect by providing
information about the broader forest issues people have to deal with in the
Creswell, said their dog show is coming up in Eugene in September. She recalled that last year two commissioners presented a
trophy for best in show. She
presented pictures to Faye Stewart and Bobby Green.
Bob Still, Creswell, thanked Green and Stewart for
their help with the dog show and for all they do.
Deb Frisch, Eugene, discussed drinking at Autzen
Stadium. She was opposed to all
Eugene, said he had a common shared sewer line with their neighbor. He said he can’t find any records or anyone’s
responsibility. He said the seller
didn’t declare to them that there was a strange sewer line.
A. Approval of Minutes
B. County Administration
1) ORDER 07-8-1-1/In the Matter of Amending Resolution and Order 07-6-27-3
Adopting the 2007-2008 Lane County Budget, Making Appropriations and Levying
C. Management Services
1) ORDER 07-8-1-2/In the Matter of Authorizing the Sale of
Surplus County Owned Real Property to the Splawn Family Trust for $1,500 (Map
No. 15-04-16-00-00300 Located North of Hwy. 99 Near Harrisburg Bridge).
to approve the Consent Calendar.
recalled there was Public Comment at the Eugene City Council about the waiting
list to grow food in the Community Gardens.
He said that Governor Kulongoski is going around the state to promote
Farmers Markets. Sorenson indicated that the Governor will be in Eugene on
thanked the citizens of Florence for a successful showing during the Listening
Tour. He announced that tonight is
the third Listening Tour.
Green asked for Board direction regarding Northwest
Event Management, the non-profit who is part of the local organizing committee
for the Olympic Trials in 2008. He
indicated that he is on the Olympic Steering Committee and he received a request
regarding the use of surplus office furniture that they have in their warehouse.
He said the purpose would be to expand the office space to help add staff
to continue to do the work to get the Olympic Trials by getting the details
worked out. He spoke with Van Vactor, David Suchart, Management Services,
and asked the Board for approval.
Dwyer was in favor.
Sorenson asked if this could be extended to other
Wilson responded that there is a process that once
they declare property as surplus, there are opportunities for non-profits to be
There was consensus of the Board to move forward with
a. ORDER 07-8-1-3/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 18 of the
Lane Manual to Conform it with the March 21, 2007 Board Decision Regarding Fees in Parks and Exempt Designated
Roadside Safety Rest Area Parking Spaces (LM 18.115).
Todd Winter, Parks, recalled on July 25 they designated 14 parks as
roadside rest areas. He said inside
those parks they have parking spaces that exempt people from the parking fee for
30 minutes while they use the rest area. He
said this amends Chapter 18 so they can make the Lane Manual changes necessary
to allow those citizens to stay in those spots without paying the $3.00 fee.
MOTION: to approve
Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.
Fleenor moved to make an amendment to change to volunteering from:
“By the Friends of Buford Park” to
“Furnished to the Parks Division to qualify.”
Sorenson asked if Winter could come back to report if the 30 minutes
wasn’t working to change it in the future.
Winter said they are currently implementing the changes.
He thought he should come back in September 2008 to talk about how it was
VOTE FOR AMENDMENT:
VOTE FOR ORDER: 5-0.
b. DISCUSSION/Opportunity for the Expansion of the Port of Coos Bay and
Connecting Intermodal Transportation Systems.
Mike McKenzie-Bahr, Economic Development, stated there is an opportunity
at the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay for a large expansion .
He invited Jeff Bishop, Executive Director of the Port of Coos Bay to
give a presentation. He said this
is to inform the Board what the opportunities are and where the Board wanted to
focus staff with assistance.
Jeff Bishop, Port of Coos Bay, gave a presentation on connecting
intermodal transportation systems. (Copy in file).
Fleenor was in favor of Option 2. He
stated he was cautiously supportive. He
was concerned about safety and the transportation of hazardous materials and the
environmental impacts any derailment might have.
He wanted to know about the credit rating of the railroad and if they can
come up with $150 million and when. He
thought the rail line would be the limiting factor.
Dwyer asked how they envisioned keeping the Port secure with containers.
He asked how they would secure the communities along the way from any
mishaps that might occur. He said
he wasn’t committed to this one way or the other as so much needs to be done.
Bishop indicated there was a source of capital and they have
opportunities for loan programs. He said there are aspects of this that are
relative to scale for an economic impact. He
said there will be a lot of analysis that will have to take place.
Green asked if Bishop was asking the County for money.
Bishop said he wasn’t He
said they have asked the state to match $60 million.
Sorenson wanted the names and addresses of everyone so they could
provide follow up. He agreed with all the questions asked.
He wanted an e-mail identifying when they would be able to learn the
identity of the partners. He asked what the relationship was between the container
proposal to the liquid national gas issue and the possible use of the
International Port of Coos Bay. He
asked if Lane County would have to redirect any federal or state transportation
dollars to this project.
Green asked what would happen if a majority of the Lane County Board of
Commissioners didn’t support this.
Bishop didn’t know the answer, but he thought it would make the
process more difficult. He didn’t
know if it would derail the project.
c. REPORT/Two Decades of Public Safety Levy Voting Results.
Terry Smith, city of Eugene, gave a presentation on two decades of
(Copy in file). He said the
Eugene City Police had just released a staffing plan that states in order to
deliver an average level of police service in Eugene, it would have to be twice
its current size. He added that
number applies to every unit of the criminal justice system in Lane County.
Smith recalled that there were 14 elections and the County had won six
and lost eight. He said they were
elections for operating purposes only. He
didn’t consider any of the capital measures regarding criminal justice.
Dwyer commented that levies have had a different track record than long
Smith explained that one of the advantages of a levy is it is a known
product and the voters understand it well and there is less confusion.
He commented that the price tag is the factor in how voters vote.
Dwyer indicated the levies are paid through property taxes that are paid
by a select few compared to general taxes like an income tax.
Smith said the consistency of the results say it has to do with
Fleenor didn’t think it had to do with economics, he thought it had to
do with lack of trust in Lane County government. He commented that the citizens didn’t think the Board could
spend the money efficiently and effectively.
Green asked what message they could extract from the data.
Smith said they have the lowest funding for teachers and policemen.
He commented that there are different issues in Lane County that are
different from Washington County and Springfield.
He said in Lane County there is one of the largest levels of political
diversity of anywhere in the country. He
indicated that Washington County and Springfield can reach consensus in ways
that are not available to all of Lane County. He said the County needs employee
compensation. He stated there has
not been a fact based comprehensive response.
He added the cost of housing and hospitalization is expensive in Oregon.
He added that they are divided about the best approach to criminal
justice and the division shows up on how they behave at the polls. He
said they need a budget exercise with a public process where the public tries to
make it work. He said the public
will find out they can’t change anything.
He stated there needs to be more information and a more broadly based
process for engaging the public for disseminating the information in the long
term. He said it means taking baby
steps, permanent revenue, multi-revenue sources, and multi-year election
strategy in order to have a healthy criminal justice system in Lane County.
He said they shouldn’t go for short term revenue.
d. ORDER 07-8-1-4/In the Matter of Approving Projects Under Title
III of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000,
P.L. 106-393 for FY 07-08.
Christine Moody, Budget Analyst, reported that this is the approval of
the Title III projects for the 07/08 Budget.
She recalled that legislation was signed late this year.
She said they are trying to get the process sooner so they can fund some
of the projects that happened during the summer.
She indicated that since she prepared the agenda item, there was
additional information where some of the projects will end up for 06/07. (Copy
in file). She noted there was an error in the projected Title III
Fleenor asked how this would impact their ability to go back into the
budget negotiations in October making adjustments.
Moody said they have changed projects.
She added it is the Board who decides what the projects are.
She indicated that the projects they have this year are the Community
Wildfire Protection Plan, Northwest Youth Corp, Mt. Pisgah, Lane Metro and Lane
County Amateur Radio Operations and the Spring Creek Neighbors National Gardens.
MOTION: to approve
Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.
Fleenor asked if the Board chose to fund the Amateur Radio Operator’s
request, where the money would come from.
Moody said there was $25,000 left over from what was recommended.
She indicated there wasn’t enough to fund the request, unless the Board
takes money out of the reserves they are keeping for unemployment costs.
CORRESPONDENCE TO THE BOARD
EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660
Per ORS 192.660 (2)(h) for the purpose of consulting
with counsel on litigation.
There being no further business, Commissioner Stewart recessed the meeting at 12:05 p.m.