BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'
Commissioners' Conference Room
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.
Eugene, Governor Affairs for Comcast, stated that he was available for
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
Green MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.
ROLL CALL VOTE: 4-0.
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.
TO THE BOARD
There being no further business, Commissioner Stewart
adjourned the meeting at 2:10 p.m.