February 14, 2007

1:30 p.m.

Commissionersí Conference Room

APPROVED 2/6/2008


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




a. ORDER 07-2-14-7/In the Matter of Report on the Implementation of the Lane County Strategic Plan, Strategic Objectives, and Lane County Goals and Next Steps for Strategic Planning and Goal Setting.


Jennifer Inman, Budget Analyst, discussed the Strategic Plan.  She indicated that currently there are three documents that staff and the Board turn to for strategic direction:  the Lane County Strategic Plan 2001-2005, current strategic objectives, and County goals that were adopted by the Board two years ago.  She discussed the highlights of the documents. (Copy in file.)


Inman recalled in 2005, the Board of Commissioners adopted the following goals to provide strategic direction:  decrease and eliminate the structural deficit, improve the quality of facilities for public health givers and service recipients, and fund an improved public safety system for the long term. 


With regard to next steps, Inman explained that the Lane County goals are still current and are actively being pursued.  She said it is time for the Management Team to update the specific action plan on the strategic objectives.  She added that the Strategic Plan needs to be revised.  She said they need to determine a timeline and once it is established they could present updates for the Strategic Plan.


Green said they still have to determine how they are going to fix the structural deficit.  He commented that if they have an eroding public safety system, they will still have to deal with the impacts.


Inman recalled that the goals the Board identified in 2005 had data and input from the citizen task force about the issues and problems that needed to be addressed.


Green said the overall premise for having a Strategic Plan was to determine what type of services they should be in.  He said they canít be all things to all people and they still have to be a general purpose government.


Van Vactor stated that if they donít get Secure Rural Schools or any alternative revenue, the organization will be focusing on restructuring itself and once they get to a level of service, then they could start strategic planning.  He added if Congress extends the Secure Rural Schools or if they come up with revenue options, it could set a foundation for the Strategic Plan.


Sorenson asked if it was worth putting some resources into strategic planning if they go through big cuts or if they should wait.


Inman said the citizens would need to become accustomed to what Lane County government would be like after July 1 in order to participate in the process in a meaningful way.  She said it would take a while for citizens to experience what the impact of the change could be to be able to do the next strategic planning process.  She thought they would need to give some time to a full scale strategic planning process for the County and citizens to acclimate to the change.  She said they could have a short term plan concept about how to make the change happen.


Stewart stated he wanted to find stability to the organization so they donít have to go through the budget session every year where they have to think about cutting services.












Public Comment


G. E. Sing, Eugene, said he had been watching the pros and cons of the income tax levy.  He said he had lived in 12 different countries.  He commented that the meth problem leaves much to be desired in the suppression of drugs.  He was against using a Sheriffís Deputy as a traffic officer issuing tickets.  He thought there were more important aspects of law enforcement in Eugene than the income tax measure, but he supported the income tax measure.  He added they canít afford to allow the rise of crime in Lane County to continue.


There being no further business, Commissioner Stewart adjourned the meeting at 3:00 p.m.



Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary