August 25, 2009

1:30 p.m.

Harris Hall Main Floor

APPROVED 3-15-2011


Commissioner Pete Sorenson presided with Commissioners Bill Fleenor, Rob Handy and Faye Stewart present.  Bill Dwyer was excused.  County Administrator Jeff Spartz, County Counsel Liane Richardson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.




b. DISCUSSION/Riparian Work Session with Watershed Councils.


Watershed Council Representatives:

Ric Ingham, Long Tom

Eve Montanaro, Middle Fork

Pam Reber, Coast Fork

Liz Vollmer-Buehl, Siuslaw

Larry Six, McKenzie


Presentations were given on the Riparian Work Session with Watershed Councils. (Copy in file).




a. Civil Enforcement and Billing Public for Cost of Enforcement.


John Bauguess described an incident that happened six weeks ago.  He said the problem has been ongoing for six or seven years with one host of parties.  He said the parties are loud with rap music and admission was being charged.  He heard this party was held with the help of My Space advertising.   He noted the attendance was between 200 and 500 people.  He said he called the Sheriff’s Department and he was told they had received about 10 complaints.  He said there was a fight in the tent and there was breaking wood.  He said this was a serious issue in terms of resources.  He wanted people who had parties to have to pay for the cost of services when the Sheriff’s Department comes out.  He thought for this party the cost was between $700 and $1,000. He wanted to enforce a noise ordinance within the County.


Assistant County Counsel Stephen Vorhes thought that it could be worth investigating through Land Management.  He noted that the County doesn’t issue business licenses or zoning for gatherings. 


Fleenor thought he should submit a complaint to Land Management to see if they are zoned for the activity.


Sorenson asked what Bauguess could do now.


Vorhes said he could register a complaint, but it is difficult in getting evidence.  He said the gathering of evidence is difficult to move forward on the complaint.  He thought Bauguess should check with Jane Burgess in Land Management.


Stewart indicated that they are looking into a Social Host Ordinance that could assist in this.  He stated he did a ride along with the Sheriff this past Friday night and they went to two parties (like what Baugess explained) and they received assistance from the Oregon State Police.  He said an incredible amount of resources go into the effort.  He wanted to find a way for the people causing the problem to pay for the costs of enforcement.  He stated that Jane Burgess works hard to enforce compliance to the best of  her ability.  He indicated they have a noise ordinance but it is difficult for citizens to apply it.  He wanted to have a future discussion about how their noise ordinance is working.




Handy  announced a community outreach meeting tonight for Looking Glass.  He reported that September 26 is National Museum Day.  He announced that September 13 is Eugene Skinner’s 200 Birthday.


Stewart reported he attended an AOC District 5 meeting in Albany.  He said they discussed opportunities in the next session to move forward some of the recommendations from the Federal Forest Policy Task Force.


Sorenson reported that last Thursday, he, Kate Brown, Secretary of State and Congressman DeFazio spoke at the opening of the Eugene Census office.  He announced that the Applied Soultions Coalition is holding a work shop in Santa Fe, New Mexico that he will be attending.  He indicated that he will be speaking at the conference.










13. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660


Per ORS 192.660(2)(h) for the purpose of discussing litigation.


There being no further business, Commissioner Sorenson recessed the meeting into Executive Session at 3:05 p.m.


Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary