August 6, 2008

9:00 a.m.

Commissioners' Conference Room

APPROVED 7-28-2010


Commissioner Faye Stewart presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Bill Fleenor, Bobby Green, Sr., and Pete Sorenson present.  County Counsel Jeff Spartz, County Counsel Terry Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.




Stewart indicated that there will be a draft order for the Coordinated Population Forecast from yesterday under 17 a.  He said there will be an update on the planning applications




Lonnie Clark, Eugene, said she has been employed as a tax resolution specialist.  She stated she is licensed with the IRS, allowing her to represent tax payers through the IRS.   She thought there was misuse of funds from the Bobby Green campaign.  She contacted the Handy campaign after the election to find out what was going to happen.  She stated the lack of concern by the County Administrator about lack of discrepancies have forced her to speak out.  She said after she received the information form the Handy campaign and e-mails between the County, she asked the County to hire an independent auditor and conduct an investigation of Green expenditures and re-establish protocol.  She thought Green was reimbursed twice for travel expenses in March 2007.  She was told by the County that Greenís receipts were incorrectly filed at the County and were unattainable.  She thought it was a direct violation of the Oregon Public Records laws. 


Stewart asked Clark to contact Dave Garnick to discuss this.  Stewart spoke with Garnick and Garnick has verified all the expenditures.


Samantha Chirillo, Eugene, wanted to give her three minutes to Roy Keene.  She agreed with Keene and supported the issue.


Shannon Wilson, Eugene, asked the County commissioners to listen to concerns about the removal of timber harvest tax in the state of Oregon, enacted in 1999 for property owners who own more than 5,000 acres.


Josh Schlossberg, stated that he has petitions about the removal of the timber harvest tax.  He asked his time be deferred to Roy Keene.


Roy Keene, Eugene, distributed information, copy in file.  He discussed the loss of tax revenue since 1999 to Lane County from the rescission of the harvest privilege tax.  His concern is that Lane County has the largest industrial harvest of ownerships of over 5,000 acres in Oregon.  He added they have incurred large property tax losses and property losses.  He said they need information on how much revenue has been lost by industrial forest land timber on the land not being taxed as real property and by the loss of funds from the lost of harvest tax revenues.




A. Approval of Minutes


B. Health and Human Services


1) ORDER 08-8-6-1/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 3 of the Lane Manual to Create a One-Year Term for Public Officials Serving on the Community Action Advisory Committee; Amending Chapter 3 of the Lane Manual to Change Membership Size from 15 to 12; Approving Committee By-Law Changes (LM 3.530).


C. Public Works


1) ORDER 08-8-6-2/In the Matter of Denying the Petition to Vacate Portions of First Avenue (Co. Rd.  856), the Alley in Block 28 and Falcon Street in the Plat of Heceta Beach (Bk. 7,  P. 25), Lane County, Oregon Plat Records (18-12-04-13 & 42).


2) ORDER 08-8-6-4/In the Matter of Authorizing the County Administrator to Execute a Lien Settlement in the Amount of $10,000 on Property Owned by Lisa K. Hathorn and Described as 1452 Juniper Lane, Springfield, Oregon, Assessor's Map 17-03-27-33 Tax Lot 900.


MOTION: to approve the Consent Calendar.




VOTE: 5-0.












a. RESOLUTION 08-7-6-3/In the Matter of Recognizing August 2008 as Local Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

Dwyer wanted to change the resolution to August 2008 and September 2008 to make people aware of the benefits of breastfeeding.


MOTION: to approve RESOLUTION 08-7-6-3 with the addition of September 2008.


Fleenor MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.


Stewart read the resolution into the record.


VOTE: 5-0.




a. DISCUSSION Social Hosting. 


Stewart reported that seven people have lost their lives in Cottage Grove.  He wanted to get Board approval to draft an ordinance.


Sorenson thought it was important to move ahead and provide the tools to create the ordinance.


Wilson indicated that she has not done any legal work to analyze it.  She said Stewart brought this item to have a discussion.


Michelle Lawry, wanted to find a way to help law enforcement site the people who are actually hosting the parties.  She said the social host ordinance would be able to site the actual location of the under age parties. 


MOTION:  to direct County Counsel to address concerns about drinking and delegating an underage drinking and social host ordinance.


Green MOVED.


Wilson said they have a number of choices that have implications.  She asked if the Board wanted it to be a civil or criminal action.


Dwyer wanted to design an ordinance that allows the police to keep the money associated with the response.


Green withdrew his motion.


Wilson said she would come back with some analysis.


Sorenson wanted it to be civil, not criminal.


Fleenor indicated that he would support it based upon evidence that there is a significant statistical reduction in mortality.


b. REPORT BACK Goal Setting.


Stewart recalled that last Tuesday the Board had a Goal Setting session.


Jennifer Inman, Management Analyst, presented the summarized version for the goals and discussion for Lane County in 2020.  (Copy in file).  She recalled the Board also met last March to discuss strategic direction for the organization.  She noted at that time the Board focused on shaping and implementing the fiscal year 08/09 budget and to come back in the summer once the budget was adopted to discuss next steps in transition of the organization beyond the Secure Rural Schools funding.


Fleenor indicated what was missing was the Board possibly putting an initiative on the ballot.


Inman said she can add that to the summary.


Dwyer said they have to be able to verify that there is a level of support.    He didnít want to commit, but ask that it be a substantial number to address a specific need.  He thought that language would be useful.


Sorenson wanted to use a sixty month plan


Inman said she would bring back as next steps developing a longer term plan and how the plan could be implemented and reported on.


Green wanted to state that they donít want to depend on federal funding.  He also wanted to keep the plan simple enough so citizens will understand it and support it.


Fleenor wanted to insert what opportunities exist post Hynix.


Stewart reiterated that for the vision of Lane County government in 2020, the long range vision that County government will exist at a level the public supports, the purpose of County government scope services may be limited, county government may be less dependent on federal government and Lane County will continue to provide contracted services for the state and federal government.  He stated they have four overarching goals: 1) develop Lane Countyís economic engine; 2) provide outstanding constituent services; 3) build public trust through intensive communication engagement and 4) develop a five year plan for Lane County.


Inman indicated that she will take these comments and bring them back on a board order on the Consent Calendar.


c. DISCUSSION Letter to Hynix.


Dwyer recalled the Board had a dynamic discussion on Hynix.  He put together a letter to send to Hynix to identify what the center of the Board wanted around Hynix moving. 


Sorenson wanted to meet with Hynix in putting together a plan for the use of the facility once it closes.


Fleenor asked to change the third paragraph to encourage them to consider partnering and or converting the current facility into a production facility and to meet with Hynix.


Dwyer hoped Hynix responds to their letter.  He accepted the changes to the letter.


MOTION: to send the letter as amended.


Fleenor MOVED,  Dwyer SECONDED.


VOTE: 5-0.




a. Announcements






Stewart reported that all commissioners received a letter from a constituent appealing a decision from Land Management.  He gave it to Vorhes to include in the record.  He indicated appropriated measures have been taken.




Fleenor will not be here tomorrow.  His said is community dialogue will take place with

City Councilor Mike Clark.


Stewart announced the County Fair starts next week and the Board of Commissioners will have a booth.


Dwyer announced there will be a Legislative Committee meeting tomorrow.  He recommended have a questionnaire at the Fair about County government.


11. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660








There being no further business, Commissioner Stewart recessed the meeting at 11:45 a.m.


Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary