I N U T E S
City Council/Springfield City Council/Lane Board of County Commissioners
Room—Eugene City Hall
by Board of Commissioners 9/3/2008
CITY COUNCILORS PRESENT: Betty
Taylor, Bonny Bettman, Jennifer Solomon, Mike Clark, Alan Zelenka.
Councilors Andrea Ortiz, Chris Pryor, and George Poling were excused.
CITY COUNCILORS PRESENT: John Woodrow, Christine Lundberg, Hillary Wylie, Anne
Ballew, Joe Pishioneri, Dave Ralston.
PRESENT: Faye Stewart, Bobby Green,
Peter Sorenson, Bill Fleenor, Bill Dwyer.
JOINT ELECTED OFFICIALS MEETING:
of Inter-Jurisdictional Priorities
Call to Order – Three Governing Bodies
Commissioner Stewart opened the
meeting of the Lane Board of County Commissioners.
He welcomed his colleagues to the Joint Elected Officials meeting.
Her Honor Mayor Kitty Piercy
opened the meeting of the Eugene City Council.
She stated that councilors Ortiz, Poling, and Pryor would not be present.
His Honor Mayor Sid Leiken
opened the meeting of the Springfield City Council.
Bill 3337 and
Eugene-Springfield Transportation System Plan (TransPlan)
Commissioner Stewart stated that
since the last meeting of the Joint Elected Officials he had met with the
mayors, city managers, and city staff of the jurisdictions. He asked Springfield City Manager Gino Grimaldi to provide a
brief update regarding the status of House Bill (HB) 3337.
Mr. Grimaldi recounted that the
three local governances and state agencies were involved. He said they had discovered the issues to be complex.
They had found that the issues touch each other in many ways, having
significant impacts on the Metro Plan. He
related that staff had made good progress in sorting them out and had begun work
on putting together a draft work plan to be ready for review in September.
Eugene Councilor Bettman
surmised that there would be no public involvement in the construction of the
work plan. Mr. Grimaldi responded
that this would be up to the elected officials.
Councilor Bettman noted that
contained in the Planning Issues/Land Use section
of the memorandum were the words ‘land use assumptions’ and questioned what
those were. Planning Division
Director for the City of Eugene, Lisa Gardner, explained that staff from all
three jurisdictions had identified the elements that the three would have to
coordinate at this point. She said
they were trying to map the work plan, calendar it, and put the decision points
in place. She anticipated that
until September they would work to develop those specific elements to provide a
foundation for the discussion. She
underscored that at this point the discussion focused at a high level on what
the processes and outcomes were.
Councilor Bettman averred that
tying it to land use assumptions made it a land use process. She observed that staff had been working on this for six
months and was saying that there would be no initial scope of work, or timeline,
until September, and in this time there had been no public process.
Ms. Gardner responded that no decision-making opportunities or strategies
had been proposed. She stressed
that they had been working closely with the Department of Land Conservation and
Development (DLCD) staff and with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
staff to determine what it meant to be compliant with the TransPlan.
She said until those specific pieces had been identified, assumptions
were unknown and there was not yet a need for public involvement.
Councilor Bettman asked about HB
3337. Ms. Gardner replied that
Springfield had been working on this for a longer period of time, while Eugene
had only been working on this issue since January. She stated that one of the goals of the regional coordinating
effort was to understand what parallel paths there were for the two cities and
to allow each city to work at its own pace while figuring out what opportunities
there were for coordinated problem solving and decision points.
Councilor Bettman opined that it
was difficult to understand how this would work out given that the City of
Springfield had begun work on the process, while the City of Eugene was still
trying to figure out what the process would be.
Eugene Councilor Clark
appreciated the work staff had been doing on this.
He shared concern about waiting until September.
He asked staff to consider looking at ways that a report and initial
assessment of the process could be provided sooner than September.
He was concerned that the City of Eugene might be strained in reaching
Eugene Councilor Zelenka echoed
those comments. He wanted to see
the Joint Elected Officials reconvene prior to the summer break regarding this
Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz
agreed to work on this.
Safety: Short-Term Remedies and Long-Term Solutions
Commissioner Stewart stated that
he had provided a presentation to the Eugene City Council and the Eugene Budget
Committee regarding the Lane County budget process. He asked the County’s Intergovernmental Relations Manager
Alex Cuyler to provide an update regarding federal funding.
Mr. Cuyler reported that the
news from Washington, D.C. was not favorable.
He related that there was dissent about bringing a supplemental bill
forward. He said so far there was
no Secure Rural Schools reauthorization as a one-year effort in the House
supplemental bill, but there was a Senate effort to move a bill forward as part
of the President’s war funding package. He
stated that the President had been adamant about establishing a ceiling for that
bill and it was unlikely that he would sign the bill presented to him.
He expected that this would start to move very quickly given the time.
Commissioner Stewart reviewed
the funding issue. He stated that
the County was working on getting funding reauthorized by the federal
government. He stressed that at
this point the only chance the County had to get its budget back in order lay in
the emergency supplemental bill for war funding.
He asked County Administrator Jeff Spartz to provide an update on the
Mr. Spartz reported that the
current fiscal budget was funded at $540 million and the proposed budget for
next year would be $455 million. He
stated that this was approximately an $85 million reduction, but $20 million of
this was a change in the way the State funded certain services. He said the effective impact to the County budget was
approximately $65 million, with the areas most severely affected being public
safety and human services. He
listed some of the proposed cuts as:
substantial cut in the number of jail beds funded
reduction in staff and attorneys in the District Attorney’s (DA) office, which
would reduce the County’s ability to prosecute serious misdemeanors and a
number of felonies
reduction in youth services, especially in secure beds and treatment programs
reduction in the methadone program
reduction in funding for the Buckley House
reduction of support for the Human Services Commission (HSC)
in the Public Health Department, which will be running at the minimum allowed by
reduction in veterans’ services
of County extension services
of funding for animal control services
He stated that this would
provide a balanced budget for approximately three years but then the County
would face another round of cuts if it could not find additional funding for
support services within this time.
Commissioner Stewart recommended
that the Joint Elected Officials hold a conversation on short-term remedies
first, and then a discussion on long-term funding strategies.
Commissioner Sorenson said it
was important to look at the General Fund budget reductions going forward and to
think about it as a shared responsibility.
He observed that the City of Eugene had planned to transfer $1.5 million
from its capital budget to its road fund to address its backlog of maintenance
and preservation issues and Lane County had money in its Road Fund and needed
General Fund monies. He suggested
the two jurisdictions discuss a funds “swap.”
He also wondered if the City of Springfield would consider engaging in
this kind of a trade. He
acknowledged that this would not solve the budget problems.
Mayor Piercy noted that the City
Council meeting from the previous evening had deliberated over its direction to
the Budget Committee.
Mr. Ruiz related that they had
discussed several high priorities for the City of Eugene. He stated that maintaining the Buckley House funding was a
high priority, as was allocating some City budget funding to the DA’s office
and jail beds. He said animal
control was a public health and safety concern.
He noted that they had also discussed adding four or five new police
officers. He added that the City of
Eugene was concerned about equity; it did not want to be placed in the position
of paying for services for another jurisdiction.
Regarding animal control, he said they wanted to ensure that in addition
to taking a look at the current provision of services through the County, they
worked with non-profit agencies to figure out the best way to provide animal
control services in both the short- and long-term.
Mayor Leiken remarked that over
the last several years Commissioner Dwyer and he had compared budget notes.
He said usually Commissioner Dwyer asked what he could do for the City of
Springfield, but he predicted the tables would turn for the coming budget cycle.
Mr. Grimaldi said Commissioner
Sorenson’s suggestion was worth discussion.
He stated that the Springfield budget issues paled in comparison with the
County’s budget woes. He related
that Springfield was not without its challenges as it had two fire stations that
had to relocate and had to find the resources for this. Additionally, there was fire apparatus which needed to be
replaced and a jail projected to open which would take resources that were not
yet fully identified. He stated
that one area to look at as the area moved forward was the entire public safety
system to see if some economies of scale could be attained.
Commissioner Stewart asked when
Springfield’s budget process would be complete. Mr. Grimaldi replied that they projected it would be wrapped
up that night.
Mr. Ruiz stated that the Eugene
Budget Committee would end its budget process on May 21 and the budget was on
the docket for adoption on June 9.
Eugene City Councilor Taylor
approved of Commissioner Sorenson’s idea.
She did not think the City of Eugene had a budget surplus in any fund,
but if the City could help the County’s budget and still have its budget for
city roads this could benefit both jurisdictions.
Councilor Bettman called the
co-deployment agreements between Springfield and Eugene public safety entities
“problematic.” She averred that
efforts to expand the Springfield Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) would increase the
need for services. She did not
believe the three-percent cap on the property tax increases would cover this.
She did not want to see Eugene taxpayers and ratepayers “subsidizing
the massive expansion” of Springfield’s UGB.
She was also concerned when hearing people discuss economies of scale.
She felt this meant merging public safety of the cities and this would
cause Eugene to lose its jurisdictional authority over its police and fire
departments. She opined that
Eugene’s departments would no longer be able to have policies that reflected
Councilor Bettman related that
the council had discussed reciprocity extensively in its meeting on the previous
night. She asked if the $37 million
in the County’s Public Works Reserve Fund included the $9 million from the
State. Public Works Director for
Lane County, Oliver Snowden, replied that it did not include the Senate Bill
(SB) 994 money from the State. He
said the County would not receive the $9.9 million from the bill until November
1, 2008. He related that the Road
Fund money was subject to Article 9, Section 3(a) of the Constitution.
There was an exception to this that had arisen from SB 808 that allowed
Douglas and Lane Counties to use a portion of its timber receipts for
sheriff’s patrol on county roads. He
explained that a transfer of $1.5 million had been made from the County Road
Fund to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) in the past year and in the
next year’s budget for the traffic team.
Councilor Bettman declared that
the City of Eugene was in the county and its roads were county roads.
She asserted that any road repair done on city roads was a benefit to the
county. She ascertained from Mr.
Snowden that there was no legal constraint on a potential swap between Lane
County and the City of Eugene.
Mr. Snowden related that one
thing the County hoped would be brought before the legislature in the coming
year was a look at the utility’s free use of county road rights-of-way. He said the County would like to see legislation passed that
would allow remuneration for the use of this right-of-way.
Councilor Bettman remarked that
it would be “nice” if the County also adopted Systems Development Charges (SDCs)
for transportation. Mr. Snowden
replied that the County was looking at SDCs for a reimbursement basis in the
rural area. He stated that they
were in the process of hiring a consultant to help put this together so that if
the County wanted to expand it to include inside the city limits, they could do
that as well. He noted that such
SDCs in the rural areas would not bring in much revenue because there was not
much development there.
Councilor Bettman averred that
there were projects such as the Chad Drive project that were building new
capacity and were using money that could be “freed up” for other purposes if
there had been SDCs.
Commissioner Fleenor stressed
that collaborative efforts were welcomed by the County. He hoped the cities could work well with the County in the
coming years. He pointed out that
Lane County was not just islands of municipalities in the rural areas, everyone
was interconnected. He underscored
that no one could say if an animal taken off the streets was from Eugene or
another jurisdiction. He believed
that everyone needed to look at the situation from a countywide perspective and
he wanted to encourage as much cooperation as possible.
Commissioner Stewart expressed
appreciation for the thought that had gone into both the Springfield and Eugene
budget processes. He asked if money
exchanged in a swap would be stipulated for Eugene services only.
Councilor Taylor said an even
trade of money should be unstipulated.
Mayor Piercy said this had been
considered in a preliminary discussion but had not been vetted by the City’s
Budget Committee. She stated that
the City of Eugene understood it was a city within a county. She felt these challenges were providing the opportunity to
Commissioner Sorenson, seconded
by Commissioner Dwyer, moved to direct the County Administrator to work with the
cities of Eugene and Springfield on an intergovernmental agreement for the
possible transfer of road funds to the cities in exchange for a like amount of
Commissioner Dwyer agreed that
this was a creative way of looking at funding but he was not certain whether it
would be perceived as subterfuge. He
underscored that the County contained 1,430 miles of roads and 400 bridges.
He stated that it might seem like there was a surplus in the Road Funds
but he cautioned against being “too creative” with that money.
He stressed that the County was obligated to maintain its roads.
He noted that there was no countywide gas tax, the money that had come
from the legislature would sunset after the present year, and the money from
timber receipts for the LCSO would sunset in 2013.
He declared that everyone lived in the community together and there were
no boundaries for “crooks.” He
averred that Lane County had become “easy pickings” because criminals know
they can not be prosecuted for crimes. He
was glad to see everyone working together to bring “some semblance of
sanity” to the present system, which seemed to favor the criminal.
Commissioner Green stated that
for over 15 years Lane County had been a good partner in sharing Road Fund
dollars with all of the cities, with Eugene receiving the “lion’s share”
of it. He noted that the City of
Eugene had received those funds with no strings attached, with only the
stipulation that the money was to be used on roads.
He said while the Joint Elected Officials could draft a resolution for an
exchange of funds it would not be able to bind future boards or councils.
Commissioner Green suggested
that jurisdictions take a look at the true cost of services.
He felt the County had been doing the “yeoman’s work” around those
services. He acknowledged that the
City of Eugene had been a good partner in human services, but pointed out that
the majority of youths held in the County-funded juvenile detention facility
were residents of the City of Eugene. He
wanted to further discuss the systemic problem of paying for the true costs of
services. He believed this would be a different conversation.
He asked the cities to keep in mind that historically the County had
“always been at the table” for Road Funds.
He said if it had not been for County Road Funds, the community would
look different in terms of development.
Councilor Fleenor supported the
concept behind the motion on a temporary interim basis. He observed that the County was at 20 percent compliance in
terms of licensing. He believed
that if the shelter achieved the national average of 80 percent compliance it
would be self-funded. He hoped an
effort could be made to market licensing in order to increase compliance.
He agreed with Commissioner Dwyer that the Road Fund money would not
carry the County forward for long.
Mayor Leiken asked Springfield
City Manager Grimaldi to comment on the motion.
Mr. Grimaldi responded that discussion of the motion was worthwhile.
Springfield City Councilor
Ballew said the City of Springfield did not have a lot of money, but the council
was supportive of the County and appreciated that it was in “dire straits.”
Springfield City Councilor
Ralston was willing to have the conversation, though he was not sure whether the
City had money it could use for such a swap.
Commissioner Sorenson felt this
was an opportunity to get a conversation going with potential to do something
tangible. He underscored that any
agreements made between jurisdictions would be vetted among their respective
Springfield City Councilor
Pishioneri liked the idea. He
suggested that the public safety money could be applied to the inmate road crew.
Commissioner Dwyer commented
that Councilor Pishioneri’s idea sounded good, but there were complications.
He said the main complication was that the County’s contract with
public works was such that road money could not be used without their consent.
Commissioner Green reiterated
his concern about the true cost of services.
He asked the County Administrator to provide that data to the Commission
before it approved this idea. He
said until true costs had been considered this move could cause more damage than
The motion passed unanimously,
Councilor Bettman suggested they
look strategically at the programs that would be cut or reinstated.
She said they should look at how to preserve the highest risk programs.
Commissioner Dwyer said this
seemed sensible. He acknowledged
that each community had its preferences in terms of what it deemed important and
suggested that, like adopting a highway, the communities adopt a program.
He averred that he did not care which one the jurisdictions adopted, they
should just “adopt one.”
Commissioner Fleenor observed
that the County had performed a zero-based budget process. He stated that it had funded the programs that were state and
federally mandated and had run out of money.
He said this was why the commissioners were asking the cities to adopt a
Commissioner Dwyer related that
the State would be willing to take on some of the services but it would bill the
County for those services. He said
if the County could not pay its bill, the State would then withhold other
sources of funding such as gas tax money.
He added that the State would charge more than the County to provide the
Commissioner Faye Stewart
provided an opportunity for public safety representatives in attendance to
Lane County Sheriff Russ Burger
underscored the difficult time the community was facing.
He stated that 48 jail beds would be available for local offenders in the
proposed budget. He did not think
people grasped what was being considered. He
encouraged those present to watch the evening’s budget presentation as they
would attempt to “paint a picture” of what the cuts really meant to the
community. He said from his
perspective the cuts that the County was facing in public safety would translate
directly into human suffering. He
suggested that if any programs were added back they
should go to public safety first.
Eugene Police Chief Bob Lehner
related that the proposals that had been discussed by the council were targeted
toward what happened if the system fell apart.
He underscored that continuing on the present course meant the system
would fall apart. He declared that
the increase in victimization would be intolerable. He felt the need for a long-term discussion on this was
obvious. He said they should not
forget that the most critical drop in services would be at the end of May, and
he predicted that by the very next day there would be dangerous offenders loose
in the community; repeat offenders would cease to be prosecuted, and
victimization of area residents would increase to an intolerable level.
He stated that this was the City of Eugene’s immediate focus.
He felt the conversations with the City’s counterparts in the County
had been fruitful.
Springfield Police Chief Jerry
Smith was not convinced the public understood the numbers. He related that two weeks earlier Springfield Police had
arrested two men for ambushing a third man and shooting him in the head.
The victim survived. He
stated that a few days later the Springfield Police were notified that the two
perpetrators were being considered for release because of capacity issues. He remarked that the jail was at 90 beds at present, but to
only have 48 beds was not really a jail. He
predicted that the budget cuts would impact the citizens of both Eugene and
Springfield Fire Chief Dennis
Murphy said the role of the Fire Department was to avoid unnecessary duplication
and to focus on performance. He
stated that the public expected the departments to ignore geo-political
boundaries. He remarked that when
one is in a serious accident, one does not notice within or outside of what
boundaries the accident has occurred. He
explained that the ambulance service operations of Eugene and Springfield
covered approximately 2,000 square miles of central Lane County and both cities
provide urban fire protection. He
stressed that the departments had more than 50 years of seamless service
delivery with the best interest of the citizens in mind.
He believed they had achieved extraordinary things, adding that the
area’s approach had been nationally acclaimed.
He agreed that care had to be taken so that no jurisdiction subsidized
another. He said the departments
monitored the data, i.e. the number of fire calls in Eugene and in Springfield.
He underscored that as the departments plan their growth it is with these
numbers in mind. He averred that
they functioned like an extended group without limiting the jurisdiction of
Eugene over its fire department and Springfield over its fire department. He felt they were delivering services on the economy of scale
that people want and expect from local government.
Lane County District Attorney
Doug Harcleroad said he had worked in the public safety system for 33 years and
it was under more stress now than he had ever seen it. He underscored the importance of taking imminent action to
correct the situation. He suggested
the jurisdictions knock out some kind of agreement in time to rescind layoff
notices. He felt there were so many
good programs it would be easy to pick out some to support.
He believed that collapse was coming soon and something would have to be
done for the long range public safety of all of the citizens.
Commissioner Stewart thanked
everyone for their ideas. He sensed
that there was some hope that they could save some things.
He said it would not be possible to save the whole system as it was not
possible to replace the entire $20 million that would be cut from the General
Springfield City Councilor Wylie
clarified the Buckley House figures in the handout: 1,310 people receiving services had come from 5,000
admissions. She stated that over
1,300 people had been provided detox services.
Commissioner Stewart asked for
suggestions on how to address this in the long term. He wanted to form a working group that included elected
officials and representatives from each body.
He believed that such a group would be best served by including managers
and administrators, fire chiefs, police chiefs, the sheriff, the DA, and someone
from the court system.
Councilor Bettman suspected that
this would become a special district, which could be a regional government
entity. She believed this would
create a taxing authority with no direct representation and opposed this.
Councilor Ralston said they
needed to attack the source of the problem by increasing revenue. He believed this could be accomplished by increasing logging
and figuring out a different way to spend the dollars that were available.
Commissioner Sorenson thought
getting people together to talk about public safety was a good idea.
He noted that the Public Safety Coordinating Council (PSCC) was such a
legally mandated group. He recommended that they invite the PSCC to provide an update
to the Joint Elected Officials and that they give the PSCC input.
Councilor Taylor averred that
more money was needed. She felt
that there were already too many committees and commissions.
She said they needed to look at whether they were still effective and
whether there were some they could do without.
She noted that the Eugene City Council held among its long-range goals
that they would seek fair, adequate, and equitable financial resources.
She did not think they had ever “gotten around” to discussing other
resources and funds. She thought a County income tax could have been a good idea,
if it had been “progressive.” She
opined that it had been “regressive.”
Councilor Wylie stated that she
represented Springfield on the PSCC. She
indicated her willingness to work within that body or to serve on another body.
She was interested in how they could improve the economy of scale and
location. She felt the police representative and sheriff had been
thinking about these issues for a long time.
She thought they should allow them to brainstorm as the time had come to
be visionary. She averred that they
needed to move “some of the turf stuff” out and start thinking about the
Councilor Clark concurred.
He was not sure he would support a special district, but he admired what
the fire chiefs had done. He
thought it could serve as a model of cooperative agreements
cross-jurisdictionally. He supported looking into the more creative agreements
that produced economies of scale. He
did not believe, however, that economies of scale would get them there. He
differed with Councilor Bettman as he would congratulate the City of Springfield
for having the “wisdom to look long-term” and expand the tax base.
He proposed they look at cooperative regional approaches to expansion of
the tax base.
Springfield City Councilor
Woodrow supported the idea of the police chiefs, sheriff, and DA working
together. He believed this would be
beneficial in the long run.
Commissioner Green was not
certain he would support another work group.
He believed the citizens wanted the elected officials to be more united
in whatever they did. He declared
that they had a working group and it was at the table. He suggested that they might want to invite the police
chiefs, fire chiefs, DA, and county assessor to join them. He said he was willing to meet and have a discussion as often
as was necessary, but citizens wanted them to come up solutions upon which they
could agree. He stressed that they
all served the same constituency and it was incumbent upon the elected officials
to provide services in a meaningful way. He
said when it came to roads and public safety, the people really did not care
whose street it was, they wanted the road fixed or they wanted someone to show
up when they had been victimized.
Councilor Ballew observed that
the fire agencies had been a good model of how jurisdictions could function
together. She noted that all of the
deputies had to spend time at the Lane County Jail and suggested that police
officers from Eugene and Springfield could work shifts there.
She thought that would increase the hours people were available to work
at the jail and it would provide the benefit of training for new officers on how
to deal with criminals.
Commissioner Fleenor recalled
that there was a saying that one should not “waste a perfectly good crisis.”
He said the law enforcement system had to be the right size from “start
to finish.” He averred that they
needed a countywide solution. He
supported establishment of a task force to look at public safety, crime, and
justice. He acknowledged that the
citizens had voted down 13 bond measures and suggested that they incorporate
more citizen involvement.
Councilor Pishioneri agreed with
Commissioner Green and Councilor Clark. He
did not think they needed to form a group other than the one that was present.
He found it interesting that they were only just now feeling a sense of
urgency. He stressed that it would be up to the elected officials
present to take action, adding that he would not want to pass on such a dire
situation to future councils and commissions.
He emphasized that the County was very close to a state of emergency.
Councilor Zelenka agreed with
concerns expressed around the formation of a special district. He said the issue the County was facing stemmed from the fact
it was receiving less money from the federal government. He felt the choice was
whether to provide less service or to create more revenue.
He thought it was incumbent on this group to come up with ideas for which
the electorate would vote.
Commissioner Dwyer commented
that no matter what they did at this point, they were “damned.”
He said the wolf was not at the door, it was “under the bed having
puppies.” He stated that the
County could not manufacture money. He
averred that they lived in a skeptical community, but the skepticism arose from
the way the government was funded. He
remarked that the government said it would not give the County money, and the
County said it would not receive money, and then, at the last minute, federal
timber funds would come through. He
felt this supported the public’s view that the money was there all along.
He agreed that there were some creative things they could do, but he said
until enough people were victimized and did not feel safe in the community, and
enough people realized that the County could not provide services because they
cost money, and until these people were willing to pay for services, the service
would not be there. He stated that
government was a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week job, and was costly, and if people
were not willing to pay for it, they would “get the kind of government they
Springfield Councilor Lundberg
believed that the jurisdictions were good at working at cooperative agreements.
She said this was a long-term discussion and should be worked on by the
Joint Elected Officials because they represented the citizenry.
She suggested, given the size of the list, that they take on a couple of
things at a time. She stated that
they needed to get the County, within which everyone resided, through this
Mayor Leiken commented that
Sheriff Burger had made a profound statement and Commissioner Dwyer had echoed
it. He agreed that the public did
not understand what they were facing. He
averred that the numbers were clear. He
said the vast majority of the public were good people, but at this point the
area was getting a lot of import from other areas.
He felt Lane County had become a target for criminals.
He noted that even with the jail constructed in Springfield, the area
would still be short by about 500 jail beds.
He hoped that the Joint Elected Officials could come up with ideas to
combat the situation. He added that he would like the state legislators to attend
the next meeting. He liked the idea
of having the PSCC involved in the discussion as it included citizen members.
Mayor Piercy had a strong desire
for the whole group to be in the conversation.
She supported the idea of inviting the state legislators to the table.
She felt they should do what they could and they also needed to work with
the legislative delegation. She
agreed they were facing a crisis and expressed a willingness to continue to be
part of a Joint Elected Officials discussion on this.
Commissioner Stewart said
Commissioner Sorenson would give the final statement in the meeting.
Commissioner Sorenson thanked
the City of Eugene for the opportunity they might have to exchange the City’s
General Fund dollars for some of the County’s Road Fund dollars. He reiterated his suggestion that the City of Springfield
consider doing something similar. He
added that he would not support creation of another PSCC.
He recommended that the elected officials get a report back from the PSCC
and continue to meet as Joint Elected Officials.
He thought it had been a worthwhile meeting.
Commissioner Stewart thanked
everyone for a productive meeting. He
said the short-term proposal could be a step in the right direction.
As for the long-term, he suggested that another meeting of the Joint
Elected Officials be held in June. He
wanted to bring back a proposed long-term direction for public safety for
Commissioner Stewart adjourned
the meeting at 1:47 p.m.
Jon R. Ruiz
(Recorded by Ruth Atcherson)