September 17, 2008
Stewart presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Bill Fleenor, Bobby Green, Sr.
and Peter Sorenson present. County
Administrator Jeff Spartz, County Counsel Liane Richardson and Recording
Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
Change, Local Fee, and Carbon Sequestration on Federal Lands.
global warming. He noted within the
past 15 years more attention has been paid to this issue.
He said people have been talking about leveling off the amount of carbon
people are introducing to the atmosphere on a regular basis.
He said we have to reduce the amount to get back into a stable
environment. He indicated subjects
discussed include capping the amount of CO2 that could be admitted into the
atmosphere, creating a system of credits that could be traded back and forth
between those who could effectively reduce their carbon dioxide generation and
making it available to those who could not do it economically or efficiently. He
noted there are three groups of states and a Canadian province working on this.
He added in the west there are 11 states and six Canadian provinces
discussing it. He noted Senators Obama and McCain were interested in a cap and
trade system for carbon admission is the United States.
He indicated that a scientist said one of the best ways available in the
short term solution would be to use U.S. forest lands to sequester carbon out of
the atmosphere. He noted in Lane
County they have approximately 2.65 million acres of forest land and 1.95
million acres are public, heavily forested and rarely harvested.
He said if the federal government were to give a $12 per ton credit, it
would generate almost $48 million per year.
He indicated the credits would be traded on exchanges.
He commented that it was a complex policy issue that needed to be worked
out in Congress.
that he personally would rather put energy in something where he could see a
discussed the project he was working on with global change and peopleís
opinions. He commented that the
idea of sequestration of working federal forest lands was interesting.
He thought cap and trade credits were questionable.
discussed climate issues.
that Lane County was coming up on a regional transportation plan that proposes
to build bigger freeway exchanges. He asked how this deals with climate issues.
Wood stated that
transportation could be focused on. She
said that people will need alternative forms of transportation.
She commented that it is difficult to get anywhere in this town by bike
or bus. She said the bus system
needs to be ramped up. She thought they could close some lanes on the streets for
biking only. She said that people
want to transport their families around by bike.
Dwyer said that
economics could change human behavior. He
commented that rural reserves may be the way to take prime farm land out of the
equation of expanding the urban growth boundary.
He added that if they could designate rural reserves as less productive
lands, they could meet the goal of DLCD. He
stated that cities are required to have a 20 year supply of buildable land.
He said they need to define where the rural reserves are as they have the
most productive soils.
that carbon sequestration is a worthy concept if they could figure out values in
the county boundaries derived by protecting longer rotation cycles and forest
value added of carbon sequestration. He
commented that private lands rotate on 40 year cycles and they might slow down
but sequestering carbon is not taking into account the soil and clear cut where
carbon is being released. He indicated that it is a complicated process and it
is being researched. He commented
that it comes down to a federal decision and distribution of money is key.
He added that it starts with a local discussion.
want to see the conversation stop. He believed the Board has been proactive,
doing as much as they can within their means.
He indicated with that Lane County has gone to biofuels and hybrid
vehicles. He added Waste Management
at Short Mountain has a process for collecting methane and recycling items.
He is interested in encouraging people in their own homes to reduce their
carbon imprint. He thought they would need another work session and policy
decisions to move forward. With
regard to the federal piece, he said they need to talk about a carbon tax.
He said they canít do things locally because of state law but they need
to be prudent and think about how this could fit into the future and what they
could do locally.
Wood indicated that
most cities have the ability to have Sustainability Coordinators.
She stated that if a person is doing environmental permitting, it could
transfer to a new sustainable coordinator. She indicated that there is a
difference between fossil fuel, wind and solar as resources and a sustainability
person is economically able to stimulate green jobs for the County.
Wood to come back in two months. He wanted to figure out how Clark County was
able to pay for an accountant and an environmental resource person.
He also wanted to know what a carbon tax could look like.
He asked about the incremental steps to take as a local government on
transportation. He also wanted to know about a zero waste management idea since
transportation and waste management are big administrative functions around Lane
County. He thought Lane County
could transform things and make a substantial step toward a solution.
their project is a series of public opinion polls. He added there was nothing from a pure Lane County poll.
He thought they could do an Oregon poll with a Lane County over sample.
He added they have grant funding to pay for it.
He indicated that it would fit into their two year budget plan and
strategy. He said they are in the
process of formulating Oregonianís views of government and the role of
government in solving the broad umbrella questions they face, where they are to
move policy forward on an issue. He
added they are soliciting ideas from people and then a document will be
Stewart reported that he wasnít able to participate in the Day of
Caring, because he had a meeting with Hynix in response to the letter the Board
sent. He stated that Hynix is doing
everything they can to assist
employees with the transition and trying to find a use for the facility in the
future. He hoped to here something
from Hynix by mid-October.
Fleenor reported that he also met with Mr. Kim and Mr. Lee and they were
apologetic in not contacting the Board. He
said they will make an effort to keep the Board in the loop.
Stewart announced that he has set up 11 scheduled community conversations.
He said he wanted to hear from his constituents on their concerns.
Green reported that he went to Hillsboro with AOC Board Members and
members from the League of Oregon Cities for the 2009 session.
He announced that he was having a town hall at the Sheldon Community
Center on Public Safety. He recalled that he was the only commissioner present at Day
of Caring and that Lane County worked with the City of Eugene.
He noted that on Sunday he filled in for the Volunteer Appreciation
Reception for the Olympic Trials. He
brought back a banner for Lane County. He
indicated t here were over 1,000 volunteers.
Dwyer reported that he was going to Hamlin Middle School on Tuesday.
Fleenor announced that he was going to be at the Moose Lodge in Junction
City on September 18 for a community dialogue.
Sorenson announced that on Monday September 29 there will be a dedication
of the Congressman Jim Weaver Trail at Waldo Lake in the Willamette National
TO THE BOARD
Letter on Renahan Property
MOTION: to ask the County Administrator to work with Fleenor and Jim Myron on
what the letter would look like and submit it to the Agenda Team.
Sorenson MOVED, Fleenor SECONDED.
Letter from LTD
Stewart indicated that they received a letter from LTD for a sculpture of
Rosa Parks. He said LTD was asking
for a financial contribution.
MOTION: to contribute $1,000 from the Commissionersí reserves for a statue of
Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.
There being no
further business, Commissioner Stewart adjourned the meeting at 3:30 p.m.