October 31, 2007

1:30 p.m.

Commissioners' Conference Room

APPROVED 9/20/2009


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




a. SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING Ordinance No. 12-07/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 8 of Lane Code to Grant Comcast of Oregon II, Inc., an Additional Term and Franchise Renewal for the Operation of a Cable Communications System; Amending Ordinance 6-91; Adopting a Severability Clause; and Providing an Effective Date (LC 8.005) (NBA and PM 10/17/07).


Mike McKenzie-Bahr, Economic Development, explained that these are changes to the proposed franchise.  He noted there was also a letter that is an agreement to the franchise.


Commissioner Stewart opened the Public Hearing.


Bob Schroeder, Eugene, Governor Affairs for Comcast, stated that he was available for questions.


McKenzie-Bahr indicated that Dwyer wanted to ensure that Comcast was paying the County under the current franchise all of the subscriber revenue on areas outside of the incorporated areas.  He posed that question to Mr. Schroeder and Marc Kardell, Assistant County Counsel, and they were assured the County was  getting those payments.  McKenzie- Bahr noted in the documents they have the new franchise agreement and they have the ability to audit in different methods in order to ensure that it is occurring.  He added that they believe it is occurring.  He noted that this moves the existing franchise out ten years.  He said if the Board approves the franchise, there will be documents that need to be signed.  He indicated that Comcast would be the franchisee in the metro area.  He added that it includes the cities of Eugene and Springfield.  He indicated the city of Eugene has passed their portion and after the County it will go to Springfield.   He added that all three municipal bodies need to agree that this is what they are going to do.


Green asked if there were any concerns raised by other parties.


McKenzie-Bahr responded that the only concern raised was the rates Comcast charges for the channels that are on the tiers.  He indicated the contact would be from $50,000 to $100,000 and it would allow Springfield to purchase equipment so Metro Television could put their meetings on the air.  He said they asked Comcast to make channel allocations:  one for these meetings, the city of Eugene, and education, one for public access and now for Emergency Safety Training.


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


MOTION: to adopt  Ordinance No. 12-07.


Green MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.






Fleenor announced his Coffee and Conversation at Dani’s Coffee Shop in Santa Clara.


Stewart reported that he met in Lowell looking at possibly forming a public safety district within the boundaries of the Lowell and Pleasant Hill School District.  He attended the department managers meeting.  He asked them to provide strategic objectives they would present to the Board as information they could use as they try to set a strategic plan and goals for the organization the next year.


Sorenson will be attending a meeting of the West University Neighbors and they will discuss the Fairgrounds and Golden Gardens.  He said on Monday he and Stewart attended a meeting where each city sent representatives to discuss the 190 letter and other issues.  He reported that the cities agreed to collect the SDC’s and they agreed to have a conversation about ongoing problems like transportation and land use.


Stewart received an e-mail from the Home Builders Association saying there were no Parks SDC’s collected with the city limits of Springfield and Eugene because it was part of an agreement.  He announced the Hotel Association wanted to know the status of Secure Rural School payments and the County’s plan for TRT funds and Park funding.










There being no further business, Commissioner Stewart adjourned the meeting at 2:10 p.m.



Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary