BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'

REGULAR MEETING

January 5, 2009

1:30 p.m.

Commissioners’ Conference Room

APPROVED 1/28/2009

 

Commissioner Faye Stewart presided the meeting at 1:30 p.m. until the election of the Chair.  Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Bill Fleenor, Rob Handy and Peter Sorenson were present.  County Administrator Jeff Spartz, County Counsel Liane Richardson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.

 

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

 

Election of Chair and Vice Chair was inadvertently left off the agenda.  It will take place between Public Comments and Emergency Business.  

 

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

None.

 

3. ELECTION OF CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR

 

MOTION: to nominate Peter Sorenson as Chair.

 

Fleenor MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

MOTION: to nominate Bill Fleenor as Vice Chair.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Handy SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

There was also a presentation for the outgoing Chair.

 

4. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

 

None.

 

5. COMMISSIONERS' REMONSTRANCE 

 

Dwyer explained that remonstrance is a term in the Oregon Constitution.  He said it is something that is guaranteed to every representative and senator on the floor of the House and Senate.  He said they could remonstrate on any topic and they were constitutionally protected at the state level from anything that is said on the House or Senate floor.  He commented that Commissioners’ Business is about the commissioner.  He added that remonstrance is broader.  He said it allows the Board to state what is on their mind.  He recalled that he put it on the agenda when he was chair because he thought it was important to give everyone an opportunity to talk about anything they wanted.

 

Sorenson welcomed Handy to the table.  He thanked the Board for electing him Board Chair this year.  He reminded the Board to keep Tuesday, Tuesday evening and Wednesdays open.  He asked County Counsel, the County Administrator and the Auditor to be available at those times.

 

Handy thanked Stewart for his work as Chair.  He thanked Dwyer for his history of remonstrance.  He suggested using common language the public understands.  He wanted help to spell out acronyms for better communication with the public.

 

Stewart thanked the Board for their support the past two years.  He stated that they have accomplished a lot the past two years and dealt with difficult times.

 

6. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS  

 

a. ORDER 09-1-5-2/In the Matter of Appointing Chair and Vice Chair for the Board of County Commissioners, HACSA, and the Board of Heath.

 

Sorenson indicated that he had struck out HACSA and Board of Health from the proposed Board order. He stated the next time HACSA and the Board of Health meet they can have a similar board order. He recommended bringing this back on the Consent Calendar on Wednesday.

 

b. ORDER 09-1-5-1/In the Matter of Establishing Good Governance Principles and Practices for the Lane County Board of Commissioners.  

 

The Board discussed the draft Board order.  The changes will come back on Wednesday’s agenda.

 

7. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

 

a. Announcements

 

None.

 

8. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Fleenor announced that he will be attending a 7:00 p.m. meeting in Dunes City.  

 

 

9.. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

 

Per ORS 192.660(2)(d) for the purpose of deliberations with labor negotiators.

 

10. OTHER BUSINESS

 

None.

 

There being no further business, Commissioner Sorenson adjourned the meeting at 5:05 p.m.

 

 

Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary