June 11, 2008

1:30 p.m.

Commissioners' Conference Room

APPROVED 6/25/08


Commissioner Faye Stewart presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Bill Fleenor and Bobby Green, Sr., present.  Peter Sorenson was excused.  County Administrator Jeff Spartz, Assistant County Counsel Andy Clark and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.



a. SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING Ordinance No. PA 1246/In the Matter of Amending the Lane County Rural Comprehensive Plan (RCP) to Replace Outdated Official Plan, Zone and Coastal Zone Maps with Updated Modern Maps and Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses. (NBA & PM 5/28/08).


Keir Miller, Land Management, reported that this ordinance is to update the Rural Comprehensive Plan to update GIS maps.  He said their older maps were developed from 1984 and they were in black and white and it was hard to determine where one zone designation begins and another ends.  He said the older maps were not in a digital format.   He said the ordinance would repeal all of the older maps and replace them with modern maps.  He added that he included a digital set of maps in the Board packet.  He said the new maps are in color and they have rivers and roads updated.  He said they are a larger scale and cover 36 square miles.  He noted the old maps only covered one or two square miles.  He indicated it was easier for people to find their property on a map.  He said the maps are built on GIS software so if they want to update the maps they can.  He indicated that staff hand digitized each map.  He said it was time consuming but they thought it was important to get the maps as accurate as possible.  He said these maps help increase eGovernment services to the public. 


Miller reported that the ordinance will incorporate the new digital maps into the Rural Comprehensive Plan. He recalled the proposed updates were given to the Planning Commission in a Work Session on February 5, 2008 and on April 15, 2008 the Planning Commission held a public hearing on the matter and voted unanimously to forward the recommendation to the Board to adopt the proposed amendments.


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


MOTION: to adopt Ordinance No. PA 1246.


Dwyer MOVED, Fleenor SECONDED.




b. SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING Ordinance No. 5-08/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 16 of Lane Code Chapter to Revise and Update Requirements for Adopting, Amending, and Maintaining Plan Designation and Zoning Maps (LC16.014, LC16.015, LC16.020, LC16.252) (NBA & PM 5/28/08).


Miller explained that this is a companion ordinance to the one just adopted.  He indicated that it codifies language in Chapter 16 in whole, describing how they use and maintain the zone maps.  He added that this item was also heard before the Planning Commission who forwarded a unanimous recommendation to the Board.


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


MOTION: to adopt Ordinance No. 5-08.


Dwyer MOVED, Fleenor SECONDED.














ORDER 08-6-11-10/In the Matter of Authorizing a Settlement Agreement in the Matter of Davis v. Lane County


MOTION: to approve ORDER 08-6-11-10.




VOTE: 4-0.


Cassidy & Associations


Spartz indicated that they have been paying Cassidy & Association $18,000 per month to help them with the Secure Rural Schools funding legislation in Washington, D.C.  He noted the current agreement with them expires on June 14 and to continue, they would need to spend another $18,000.  He said based on what is happening in Washington, he didn’t think they could do much for Lane County going forward.  He said whether or not they get the funding will have little to do from any effort that a county lobbyist makes in Washington.  His recommendation was that unless the Board told him otherwise, they don’t intend to continue the relationship with Cassidy & Associates.


Green supported Spartz’ decision.  He commented that Cassidy & Associates have been good at what they have done.  He said the reality is time has passed and they are moving forward.


Dwyer said he appreciated the work they did.  He commented that it wouldn’t be an effective use of money and it wouldn’t produce very much if they were to continue with the contact.


Stewart echoed everyone’s comments.  He believed Cassidy & Associates were a key player in getting them this far in the process. He said they are ready to adopt a budget and to change it now would mean getting the Budget Committee back together and making adjustments.  He thought they exhausted all their avenues and they don’t have the funds to continue in the process.  He noted there are other good lobbying firms. He thought at this time this was the right decision to make.


Spartz reported that he heard from Penny Dodge, Congressman DeFazio’s office, and she said that DeFazio convinced the chair of the Interior Subcommittee on Appropriations  to include about $9 million for O & C payments.  Her estimation that if this bill passes, Lane County’s share will be about $1, 374,000.


There being further business, Commissioner Stewart recessed the meeting at 1:55 p.m.



Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary