STATE OF THE COUNTY
January 2, 2008
Harris Hall Main Floor
Commissioner Faye Stewart presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Bill
Fleenor, Bobby Green, Sr., and Peter Sorenson present.
County Administrator Jeff Spartz; County Counsel Teresa Wilson and
Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
MUSIC - Tom McVey
WELCOME - Commissioner Stewart
PRESENTATION OF COLORS - Boy Scout Troop No. 260
CALL TO ORDER - Commissioner Stewart
INTRODUCTIONS - Commissioner Stewart
STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS - Commissioner Stewart
PRESENTATION OF AWARDS - Commissioner Stewart
RECOGNITION OF OUTGOING CHAIR - New Chair
MUSIC - Tom McVey
ELECTION OF CHAIR - Commissioner Stewart
MOTION: to re-elect
Faye Stewart as Chair.
Green MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.
MOTION: to nominate
Pete Sorenson as Chair.
Fleenor MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.
MOTION: to fix the
method of voting by voice, hand or paper ballot.
Stewart understood that they could do a hand or voice ballot as it
needed to be recorded for the Open Meetings Law.
Fleenor stated the result of the paper ballot would be recorded.
Wilson explained that the results of a vote could be by name.
She said they could do a paper ballot if each commissioner wrote their
name on it. She said the minutes
need to reflect how each commissioner voted.
Fleenor asked if that was reflected in their charter or a practice that
they have adopted without an ordinance or policy within their by-laws.
Wilson responded it was as a result of ORS 192.650 (1)(c), state law.
Sorenson commented that in the past they have been well served by the
idea that the person that becomes the Chair is the Vice Chair.
He said they have done that every year for the past 11 years.
He said they did it because it is a way to bring the leadership forward
to the next year. He said by having
the rotation system in place and by having the non-partisan system, they have
been able to have some continuity. He
added the continuity is in keeping with the Lane County Charter that made the
office non-partisan and took some of the partisanship and divisions that exist
on the Board because of geography and politics.
He thought if they listened to what he said two years ago, he thought it
was good they were bringing Stewart into the rotation to be Vice Chair and he
became Chair. He spoke in favor of
the rotation system even when people elected didnít always agree with him in
the way things should be done. He
thought the Board would be on the right path if they followed the system and to
change the system without an explanation does a disservice to the stability the
rotation system has given them.
Dwyer stated there wasnít a rotation.
He recalled Congressman DeFazio was Board Chair twice, Green was Vice
Chair and then Sorenson was elected Chair.
He said Jerry Rust was Vice Chair three or four times and he didnít
become Chair. He said it was not
about rotation, but about three votes and confidence. With regard to the record, he would vote in any way but his
vote would be for Faye Stewart.
Fleenor said when Stewart was elected Chair and Sorenson Vice Chair
there was every expectation that Sorenson was assumed to take the position of
Chair and he would assume the position of Vice Chair. He thought Stewart wanted to give up the position as Chair.
He commented that one particular commissioner on the Board has lack of
confidence in another commissioner and it is having an impact on the entire
Board. He hoped one commissioner
would not create a dynasty with the chair.
He thought it was a bad precedent and he didnít support Stewartís
Dwyer commented that it was not a precedent.
(Vote of first motion).
Fleenor stated he made a motion to fix the method of voting and it comes
(Fleenorís motion to fix the voting recommendation).
Fleenor said according to Roberts Rules of Order, it is unusual
for a Board of this nature to have a roll call vote. He said they should have a paper ballot and they should mark
their names on it. He thought it would be a more legitimate process.
He had already prepared a paper ballot.
He recommended also nominating Vice Chair at the same time.
Stewart received three votes, Sorenson received two votes.
Stewart announced the Chair for 2008 will be Faye Stewart.
MOTION: to nominate Bobby Green, Sr., as Vice Chair.
MOVED, Stewart SECONDED.
received four votes.
being no further business, Commissioner
Stewart recessed the meeting at 11:20 a.m.