BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'

REGULAR MEETING

January 14, 2009

9:00 a.m.

Harris Hall Main Floor

APPROVED 1/28/2009

 

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

 

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

 

Sorenson reported that item 7 a. has been pulled.  He noted item 10 a). is a discussion item.  Item 5 D. 3) will be moved to 17. a).

 

Fleenor asked for 5 D. 2) to be pulled for discussion to item 17 b).

 

Stewart received correspondence from Pearl Wolfe, Human Services, requesting funding for Project Homeless Connect.  He wanted to add it on the agenda under 17 c).

 

Handy requested clarification of yesterday’s Metro Plan meeting, under 17 d).

 

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Jim Gillette, Eugene, thought if the commissioners gave a quick answer responding to public comment, people wouldn’t have to keep coming back.  He said his case is at an impasse.  He wanted to have a hearing on his first case.  He wanted to turn his land into a park. He said he wanted to change his land into marginal land.  He asked Land Management to make him copies. He stated the County’s policy is 25 cents per copy.  He said there were over 2,000 copies and his bill was $585.50.  He thought it was another way of getting ripped off by the County.

 

Marshall Peter, Eugene, Directions, read his letter into the record.  (Copy in file).

 

Patty McConnell, Eugene, was present on behalf of the Relief Nursery.  She commented that the most common call for help at the Relief Nursery is coming from people who lost their jobs and are now choosing between feeding their child or heating their home which may lose.  She said the need for help is dramatically increasing while funding from public and private sources continues to decline.  She said it is incumbent on them to help the less fortunate people struggling in Lane County.  She stated if they turn their backs on people needing help at this critical time, the whole community will be negatively impacted.  She commented that children are quiet victims without a voice and they need to be the children’s voice and support the inclusion of emergency response for children and the recommendation for the Human Services Commission.

 

Sandy Karsten, Eugene, stated she represented Senior and Disabled Services.  She said they are a member of the Lane County Human Services Providers Network.  She asked the Board to allocate as much as they can from the Secure Rural Schools fund to the Human Services Commission so they can all continue to provide the essential safety net  services needed for their residents.  She said they are seeing more need for the social safety net.  She commented that everyone is going through difficult times and everything needs to be reduced. She reported that in Lane County about 335 poor and elderly disabled people will lose their Medicaid in home care services.  She added they will lose their payment for home delivered meals and their transportation to medical appointments.  She indicated the impact on the workforce in Lane County could be a loss of 83 FTE and many of them carry health care benefits.  She asked for the Board’s support in the future.

 

Brett Harper, Cottage Grove, represented Community Sharing.  He said he got hurt and his wife lost her job.  He stated that Community Sharing helped him pay his rent and helped with food and utilities.  He asked the Board to help support Community Sharing.

 

Warren Weisman, Eugene, asked if the Board had received the Lane Renewal Energy Complex proposal. 

 

Steve Dodrill, OSU Extension Service, requested a continuation of rent forgiveness for FY 2009/2010.  He stated that the temporary loss of timber revenues this past year cost the OSU Extension Service about $482,000 in local funding support from the County general fund.  He said it represented one-third of their operating budget and immediately put their federal and state matching funds in jeopardy.  He indicated that in order to survive the current fiscal year, the Extension Service laid off 25 percent of its staff, suspended two educational programs and began depleting their reserve funds.  He recalled over the past six months their faculty, staff, volunteers, community partners and other supporters put forth extraordinary efforts to bring the Extension Service program back and to help them continue to operate during the 2009/2010 fiscal year.  He hoped that they will be able to keep their doors open in the coming year.  He stated that it would be impossible without rent forgiveness.  He added that without rent forgiveness, they will need to move from the building and find office space elsewhere.

 

Jim Wilcox, Eugene, Bike Lane Coalition, read his letter into the record. (Copy in file).

 

Zachary Vishinoff, Eugene, wanted the Board to slow down about a resolution telling people how to live.  He thought Oregon’s bridges should be a top priority.  He thought ITS should go to a public hearing to ask someone from the Governor’s staff to explain how GPS in every car will save the planet.   He indicated a student at the U of O who had appealed the U of O arena to LUBA has taken it to the Oregon Court of Appeals.

 

George Goldstein, Florence, said that Florence is in the process of finishing up the Veteran’s Memorial Park.  He indicated that they were looking for grant money.

 

3. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

 

None.

 

4. COMMISSIONERS' RESPONSE TO PUBLIC COMMENTS AND/OR OTHER ISSUES AND REMONSTRANCE

 

Fleenor reported that yesterday’s outreach session was intense.  He said there was a dialogue with all who attended.  He indicated that it was part one of an ongoing series.  He asked the viewing audience if they want to come before the Board, that they were open for suggestions. He wanted an entrepreneurial workshop where they bring entrepreneurs together to help educate them so they could compete against other entrepreneurs.

 

Handy said they passed a good governance board order and they are committed to getting out into the community to broaden their outreach.  He wanted to know the interface between what the County and the people in the public are doing.

 

Sorenson appreciated people coming in for Public Comment.  He said they will be working on the Extension Services’ rent forgiveness.  He sent a note regarding the obesity issue to their Public Works Director to get a briefing with Health and Human Services and transportation people.  He stated there is a crisis going on in Human Service.  He said there are people asking the Board for assistance in their particular programs.  He said they had to reprogram $1 million two months ago regarding the collapse in building permit revenues and they had to lay off 20 people in Land Management.

 

5. CONSENT CALENDAR

 

BEGINNING OF CONSENT CALENDAR * * * *

 

A. Approval of Minutes

 

B.  County Administration

 

1) ORDER 09-1-14-1/In the Matter of Transferring $500 from the General Fund  Operational Contingency to Materials and Services Within General Expense to Support the 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.  

 

C. Health and Human Services

 

1) ORDER 09-1-14-2/In the Matter of Applying for a Department of Health Resources and Services Administration Grant for Dental Outreach Prevention Services Via the FQHC in the Amount of $273,056 Per Administrator to Execute Grant Documents.

 

D. Public Works

 

1) ORDER 09-1-14-3/In the Matter of Accepting a Dedication of Land to be Used as a Public Road Easement for County Road No. 1827 (Laurel Avenue) (18-02-06).

 

2) ORDER 09-1-14-4/In the Matter of Entering Into a Bulk Services Agreement with Comcast of Oregon II, Inc. for Cable Television Services for the Armitage Park Recreational Vehicle Campground. (PULLED)

 

3) ORDER 09-1-7-9/In the Matter of Approving an Intergovernmental Agreement With the State of Oregon and the City of Eugene to Facilitate Replacement of the Interstate-5 Bridge Over the Willamette River. (PULLED)

 

END OF CONSENT CALENDAR * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

 

MOTION: to approve the balance of the Consent Calendar.

 

Dwyer MOVED,  Fleenor SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

6. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

 

None.  

 

7. COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

a. Legislative Committee – Senate Bill 994 (2007).  (PULLED)

 

8. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

 

a. Announcements

 

None.

 

9. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

a. PRESENTATION/Lane County Animal Services Work Session with Representatives from Animal and Bylaw Services, City of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

 

Bill Bruce, Director of Animals and Bylaw Services, City of Calgary gave a presentation on how his Animal and Bylaw Services worked. (Copy in file).

 

b.  DISCUSSION with Presenters.

 

The Board and Bill Bruce had a discussion on how Bruce runs his department in Calgary, Canada.

 

10. PUBLIC WORKS

 

a. DISCUSSION/In the Matter of Providing a Letter of Support for a Beltline-Delta Highway Intelligent Transportation System Federal Earmark.

 

Celia Barry, Public Works, reported that this item has been without controversy.  She indicated that ODOT is requesting a letter of support for an earmark request as part of its annual appropriations.  She stated that it is for an intelligent transportation system in the Delta Beltline corridor.  She recalled the County obtained funding as part of the STIP. (Page 2, copy in file).  She said the intelligent transportation system includes traffic sensors, closed captioning T.V. variable message signs, system detectors and signal timing coordination.  She indicated that it reduces crash rates, improves safety and smoothes the flow of traffic.  She added that it improves congestion without adding travel lanes.  She asked the Board for a letter of support.

 

MOTION: to approve sending the letter.

 

Fleenor MOVED, Stewart SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

11. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

 

Per ORS 192.660 (2)(e) for the purpose of deliberations with property negotiators.  

 

12. OTHER BUSINESS

 

None.

 

There being no further business, Commissioner Sorenson recessed the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

 

 

Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary