BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'

REGULAR MEETING

July 21, 2009

following HACSA

Harris Hall Main Floor

APPROVED 8/4/2009

 

Commissioner Pete 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

 

Letter in support of the Community Health Centers of Lane County will be added to the agenda as item 7. d). Sorenson announced that the Lane County Planning Commission Report will take place at 4:30 p.m.  Dwyer wanted to discuss St. Vincent de Paul under Commissioners Business.  Dwyer asked for a list of the current committees that donít fit the model of the Good Governance board order.

 

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Carol Berg Caldwell, Eugene, stated that Majeska Seese-Green, a community organizer, has stepped forward to provide organizational structure for a plan to build better understanding, relations and communications between police, law enforcement officers and the community.  She stated that it is called PACT, Police and Community Together.  She stated it will be used to build critically needed bridges toward better relations and understanding.  She indicated that Seese-Green saw a way in which both goals could be served by the PACT project:  to facilitate community fundraising for public safety and a way to facilitate projects where they could as a community  work as a team to improve relations, build trust and develop better communications.  She commented that this is a community project, not a Republican or Democrat project.  She indicated that they know the challenge of funding public safety social services affects everyone equally. She thought they had great opportunities to find solutions.

 

Majeska Seese-Green, Eugene, stated that they should no longer wait for either city or County staff people to put this together.  She thought they could put this together at the grassroots level without any expense or resource required.  She noted that Police and Community Together is now incorporated as a non-profit.  She said the website will be PACTLANE.ORG.  She commented that there will be advisory committees and they will get a fiscal sponsor.  She said the PACT will become fiscal sponsors for other groups. She commented that transparency and accountability will be key for the PACT for all the funds and projects.

 

Bill Shreve, Springfield, stated that he is a musician and works with the MEMA Organization.  He announced a fundraiser on Sunday at Sweet Cheeks Winery.

 

Paul Biondi, Eugene,  thanked the commissioners for their participation in his music events throughout the years.  He said this fundraiser at Sweet Cheeks is for the Musicians Emergency Medical Association. 

 

Lisa Arkin, Eugene, Oregon Toxics Alliance,  said they were hoping to help the people in West Eugene with the air quality problem because of the proposed Seneca Sawmill Cogeneration Biomass Plant.  She noted the Western Climate Initiative will be adopting a reporting in the year 2010 for all hazardous air pollutants that contribute to carbon dioxide.  She said the plant will put out 2,012 tons per year of carbon dioxide.  She asked the EPA to intercede on behalf of the community.  She indicated it would be to avoid future disputes and to consider options to address air quality that might not be able to be addressed in the actual air permitting process.  She said they want to see mass balance reporting so exact numbers for what is emitted are known and there are maximum public health benefits from the air control technologies.  She asked the Board to discuss supporting the request for alternate dispute resolution. She commented that it doesnít mean they are opposing the plant.  She also asked for defined funding for LRAPA for a full time ambient air monitor.

 

Sue Cox, Eugene, Lowell, discussed the upcoming event at Sweet Cheeks Winery.

 

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

 

Handy was supportive of the alternative dispute resolution being proposed.  He was committed to proactively working for a win-win situation with the Seneca Plant.

 

Stewart said he wasnít present at the LRAPA meeting.  He said Arkin made a similar presentation to the Board.  He stated that the action taken at the LRAPA Board was not one that followed the law.  He said there was not a quorum that passed the resolution for LRAPA to support the effort to go to the EPA for dispute resolution.  He was concerned because the agency hasnít made a decision to sign on to making another effort and it could put them in jeopardy of losing a lawsuit if one is filed in the future as a result of those activities.  He applauded their efforts but wanted to make sure it doesnít jeopardize a true process and end in a result that might be negative.

 

Fleenor supported Caldwell and Seese-Green.  He looked forward to attending the Sweet Cheeks Event.

 

4. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

 

None.

 

5. CONSENT CALENDAR

 

A. Approval of Minutes:

August 14, 2007, Work Session, 1:30 p.m.

May 19, 2009, Joint Planning Commission Meeting, 1:30 p.m.

June 1, 2009, JEO Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

July 7, 2009, Regular Meeting, 10:00 a.m.

July 7, 2009, Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m.

July 8, 2009, Regular Meeting, following HACSA

July 8, 2009, Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m.

 

B. Children and Families

 

1) ORDER 09-7-21-1/In the Matter of Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Execute Contract LAN0911 Oregon Commission on Children and Families 2009-2011 County Intergovernmental Agreement in the Amount of $445,860, and Approving the Initial Lane County Commission on Children and Families 2009-2011 Budget Allocation. (Alicia Hays, Children and Families Director; Patricia Haley, Accounting Analyst)

 

C. Board of Commissioners

 

1) ORDER 09-7-21-2/In the Matter of Establishing the O&C Lands Task Force and Providing Direction. (PULLED)

 

2) ORDER 09-7-21-3/In the Matter of Appointing One Member to the Lane County Commission for the Advancement of Human Rights (LC CAHR).

 

3) ORDER 09-7-21-4/In the Matter of Appointing a Member to the SAV-IT Committee.

 

D. Health and Human Services

 

1) ORDER 09-7-21-5/In the Matter of Approving By-Laws Revisions for the Public Health Advisory Committee (LM 3.538). (Rob Rockstroh, Health and Human Services Director; and Collette Christian, Program Services Coordinator)

 

2) ORDER 09-7-21-6/In the Matter of Awarding Contracts and Ratifying the County Administrator's Signature on Contracts in the Department of Health and Human Services. (Rob Rockstroh, Health and Human Services Director; and Deb Heeszel, Sr. Program Services Coordinator)

 

3) ORDER 09-7-21-7/In the Matter of Adding a Total of 2.0 FTE for the Community Health Centers of Lane County, Appropriating Revenues and Expenses in the Amount of $71,512 for FY 10 in Fund 286 of Health and Human Services. (Rob Rockstroh, Health and Human Servicers Director; and Collette Christian, Program Services Coordinator)

 

E. Public Works

 

1) ORDER 09-7-21-8/In the Matter of Appointing Members to the Vegetation Management Advisory Committee (VMAC). (Marsha Miller, Public Works Director; Orin Schumacher, Vegetation Management Coordinator)

 

MOTION: to approve the Consent Calendar with 5 c.1) pulled.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Fleenor SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

6. ONE PAGER REPORTS

 

a. Forests Today & Forever

 

LaRae Ash, Program Coordinator for Forests Today and Forever gave a Power Point presentation on forests. (Copy in file).

 

There being no further business, Commissioner Sorenson recessed the meeting at 12:10 p.m.

 

Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary