March 12, 2008

1:30 p.m.

Commissioners' Conference Room

APPROVED 4/16/2008


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.


15.            PUBLIC HEARINGS


a.            SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING Ordinance No. 3-08/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 4 of Lane Code to Add Exemption to Car Rental Tax for Carbon Offset Program (LC 4.255) (NBA & PM 2/13/08).


Wilson recalled that Enterprise Car Rental contacted them about whether their carbon offset was exempt from the car rental tax.  She said they informed them it wasnít and it would be subject to the car rental tax.  She indicated they inquired about having an exemption.  She said they crafted the exemption for the carbon offset charge in such a way that it is tailored to the type of program they are doing that has flexibility.  She noted the foregoing of the revenue stream was minor in that it was less than $200.  She added this had a social policy behind it.


Commissioner Faye Stewart opened the Public Hearing. 


Jim Arscott, Enterprise Rent A Car, commented that this was for the public good and it is groundbreaking.


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


MOTION: to adopt Ordinance No. 3-08.


Dwyer MOVED, Fleenor SECONDED.




16.            PUBLIC SAFETY


a.            ORDER 08-3-12-6/In the Matter of transferring Lane County Parole and Probation Services from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Public Safety and Restructuring the Supervisory Authority Team. (PULLED)



Green said there is a MPC meeting and ODOT officials will discuss the earmark policy they submitted to the Board for comment.


Sorenson indicated he couldnít attend the MPC meeting.  He announced that the City Club invited Gary Blackmuir, the auditor from the City of Portland to make a presentation on March 14 and Sorenson will be co-presenting on voter owned elections.


Fleenor announced his community dialogue tomorrow in Veneta.  He added that tomorrow in Fern Ridge will be a Chamber of Commerce Community Economic Roundtable.


Stewart stated he has met with city mayors and managers and they discussed three issues the joint elected officials brought up with public safety. He indicated they are trying to get a meeting with the police chiefs, the Sheriff, District Attorney, the administrators, mayors and fire chiefs to talk about public safety and the potential crisis they might be facing if they lose federal funding.  He hoped they could come up with ideas on how they might address different ways of doing business.  He said if there are policy decisions that need to be made by the elected officials that those are presented at the next joint elected officials meeting.  He noted the other items were land use and House Bill 3337 that discussed the two urban growth boundaries being created.  He said they are on a timeline that shows there are studies taking place and it will conclude in 2009.  He recommended asking staff to look into pulling out the 190 agreements that have to do with urban transition agreements.  He wanted staff to narrow the scope to the 190 agreements and have a work session on those items that they could take to the joint elected officials meeting.  He added they also want to discuss TransPlan.


Stewart reported on his trip to Washington, D.C.   He commented that the best option is the supplemental war funding for Secure Rural Schools and the hope for a multiple year option is through the Senate.  He said the House would only authorize a one year extension.  He said timing is critical and he didnít get a sense that they would have any assured knowledge of what would take place before June 1.



Stewart indicated the Board received a letter from LCOG.  He recalled at the LCOG Board Meeting, the Board recommended to the Board of Commissioners adoption of the             coordinated population forecast.  He said he abstained from the vote.  He noted the other item is a letter he received from Oakridge requesting they consider extending the Enterprise Zone.  He indicated it would be on the April 2 agenda.


19.            OTHER BUSINESS



There being no further business, Commissioner Stewart recessed the meeting at 3:10 p.m.



Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary.