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. PUBLIC HEARING/FY 2009-2010 Budget.
Dave Garnick, Finance and Budget Manager, gave a
presentation on the Municast.
Russ Burger, Sheriff, commented that he understood the
Boardís fiscal concerns and the fact that they donít know what will happen
in the future.He didnít think the
future looked as bad as it possibly could.He
stated that they have to use the federal timber funds to refund the cuts that
were made to Public Safety last year.He added that potential future payments could be at risk.He indicated that it is not just a
issue; it could impact billions of dollars for
.He said that Public Safety in
is so far behind their needs that it is a safety issue.He indicated that there are over 250 jail beds in
but they canít afford to staff them.He
would be in better shape if they could just take care of the capacity.He said he hadnít heard anyone discuss a long term solution.He stated that they have to find a solution for the long term so they
donít have to keep revisiting this and they can keep everyone safe.
, District Attorney, commented that even if the Commissioners were to add back
the 84 jail beds, it would bring it only up to 25 percent of
ís jail capacity per 1,000 criminal offenses.He indicated that each bed has a significant impact.He said the first 84 beds would allow the County to retain all of the
Measure 11 offenders and 70 percent of the most violent felony offenders.He said they still have a lot of work to do.He noted the Board doesnít have the money they need to fix the system.He said they will have to find a solution.He was committed to working with everyone to find a solution that is
acceptable and adequate.
Dwyer reported that if they fund the jail beds they will
have three years of stability.He
said they need to meet their responsibilities to the people.He stated that they have the resources to open the jail, but what they
donít have is the will on the Board.
Fleenor noted that Public Safety is an essential ingredient
to the community.He said they are
all struggling, trying to make it happen.He
said they are concerned about the long term funding of the programs, including
the 84 jail beds.He asked what
mechanisms they could tap into that would help them reduce the risk of moving
responded that in the past there had been discussion about service districts,
putting in some permanent funding. He commented that if they are planning on
moving forward for any tax measure, it needs to be narrowly focused.He thought the easiest way was a local option levy.
stated that he has long recognized that
doesnít have enough revenue to do what needs to be done and what the citizens
expect.He was concerned about the
publicís willingness to support this.He
stated that he would support a levy that the public would choose to support.He didnít think anything could be done prior to November.He also had concern about supporting a measure that would still leave
them short of minimum staffing.He
wanted to fund more than the 84 jail beds.
Handy stated that he was looking forward to adding 84 beds,
but also adding an additional 72 beds.He
said there is no disagreement with the Board that they have to add capacity in
the jail.He asked how they can
afford the beds.He also asked when
they will run out of money and how to come up with a long range plan.
responded that within the jail they have two housing units currently vacant.
(The north annex houses the 84 beds and there are 72 beds in the east annex, for
a total of 156 beds.He said they
could take the intake center with 35 beds, and open either of the other housing
units, but the daily cost per bed would be higher, as they would get the economy
of scale, the larger the capacity.He
added that there are 90 beds in the
that are vacant.
recalled the last budget cycle was difficult for them to manage.He said they had to cut $16 million out of the budget to balance.He said as they received the Secure Rural Schools funding, they wanted to
be diligent about adding back county services and revenue.He indicated that they have spent months gathering all the information
they can.He stated the time is now
and they need to make decisions and do the best they can with the information
they have.He commented that they
have to work hard to find a long term solution for County services.He said they have potentially four years of stability.He believed that they will have to work hard in the next few years
looking for solutions including going to the citizens about fixing the revenue
problem they canít solve.
Commissioner Sorenson opened the Public Hearing.
, represented Fundthejail.org.He
said thousands of people have supported their efforts and hundreds have signed
their petition since Friday.He
indicated that this effort came together when the Board failed to agree to fund
the jail beds and refused to use the federal safety net payments for their
intended purpose.They urged the
Board to spend the monies for the purpose they were intended: public safety.He said they have heard from Wyden, DeFazio and other legislators that if
the Board does not spend the safety net money where it is intended, it will be
ďdifficult to get reauthorization.ĒHe
said the legislators made it clear the Board was not at risk of the $3.2 million
for jail beds, but they are risking the entire future of the safety net payment
program.He commented that it will
result in a drastic reduction of services, or more dramatic tax increases.He urged the Board to do the right thing for
and fund the jail.He urged the
Board not to make any further cuts in the law enforcement system.
, said he is a member of the Lane County Animal Service Advisory Committee.He commented that LCAS and the advisory committee had done a wonderful
job this past fiscal year in developing programs that have resulted in a
dramatic drop in the euthanasia of adoptable and treatable animals.He wanted to continue the progress in the new fiscal year.He asked the Board to approve their budget as submitted and if the state
revenue cuts are minimal, that they provide additional funding to employ a
full-time vet and certified vet technician.He stated that consideration should be given in the immediate future to
construct a new or remodeled animal shelter.
Robert Emmons, Fall Creek, thanked Sorenson, Fleenor
and Handy and the Budget Committee for funding County services with caution.He believed the most effective way to reduce the prison population and to
stop the revolving door is to have preventive services that strike at the root
of crime.He said unless and
until the County sufficiently supports deterrents through juvenile, mental
health and rehab programs and until serious steps are taken locally and
nationally to curb overpopulation, there will never be enough jail beds or money
to hire personnel to oversee them.He
commented that citizens of
will be adequately served only if considerably more money is budgeted for their
constituent services aids.He said
their hard working commissioners should not have to reach into their own pockets
does to better serve the citizens of
. He thought the Board should discontinue membership in the Association of O
& C Counties.
, commented that everyone wants service from County government, but when the
money is not there, everything canít be funded.He said history has shown that most
residents will not support increased taxes to pay for services.
He appreciated the Board being fiscally responsible.
Carol Berg Caldwell,
, stated that more people are now engaged seeking solutions and people are
realizing they need to find a mix of programs:the jail, crime prevention and social services.She commented that all of these will work to improve public safety.She indicated she would support jail expansion if it didnít reduce
funding for crime prevention and social services.She noted that every dollar spent for crime prevention saves seven
dollars in jail costs.
, indicated that in the past year Lane County Animal Services had improved its
level of service in its public safety responsibility involving animals. She
urged the Board to support Lane County Animal Services.
, stated that the Sheriffís has made his observations known. She thanked Dwyer
and Stewart for their comments.She
said while violent criminals have been let out of jail early, they have raped
and robbed citizens. She asked how many citizens would need to be raped and
robbed before the Board would listen.She
said they are ruining the lives of many people while this is happening.She said until there is a decent level of public safety in their
community, no discerning businessperson will want to locate here.She commented that now is the time to put the jail beds to use and to
protect the citizens.She stated
that protecting the citizens is their first duty.She asked the Board to fund public safety first.
, commented that over the past 40 years she has seen the community and crime
grow.She didnít think they were
funding the necessary tools that law enforcement needs to address the growing
problems the neighborhoods are facing.She
commented that as commissioners it is their obligation to support law
enforcement.She added that it
shouldnít be a partisan issue.She
didnít know at what point members of this board opted to side with the
criminals and not law enforcement.She
didnít think the Sheriff should have to look at a list of criminals to decide
which ones to let out because of space constraints.She said the community is tired of the repeat offenders being released
within 24 hours or less to offend again.She
asked the Board to fund the 84 beds to help the officers protect them.She asked what legacy the Board wanted to leave for the children, a
county where law abiding citizens canít enjoy parks because they are afraid of
being mugged or killed. She stated the
Board needed to do the right thing.
, stated that he has spoken to the Board twice previously about the
responsibilities of the elected officials.He
believed the first priority of local government is to provide a public safety
system that will ensure the safety of the citizens and visitors.He didnít believe the Board could ignore the testimony.He believed the Board has the responsibility to open the beds.He added if they donít, it will come back to haunt them personally.
, hoped the Board is listening this time.He
commented that the Board had the largest crowd they ever had.He asked the Board to fund the beds now.
, said on January 14 her stepson was shot and killed in
and the man who shot him is free.She
said he was arrested on April 27 and spent seven hours in jail before he was
released.She asked the Board to do
something before it happens to their family members.
, stated that he is on the Budget Committee and he has voted for more
Sheriffís budgets than anyone in the room.He recalled during the last Budget Committee meeting the vote was 6-4 to
put the jail beds aside.He made a
motion for a compromise and it would have passed, but only Bill Fleenor voted
for it.He said the motion was to
fund the jail beds starting January 1 and to prohibit any County commissioner
assistants to be authorized until that time.
, said taking the $1 million into account offered by the city of
, the additional $500,000 coming in from O & C and the $400,000 that could
be saved by not funding additional support items by the commissioners.He said the decision the Board faces on reopening 84 jail beds boils down
on whether to spend just $1.3 million of the $13 million surplus over and above
the prudent person surplus the County will have.He stated that the County is not facing a fiscal crisis over the next two
or three years and the Board has ample surplus to be both fiscally conservative
and to help protect the County residents.He
said there are two questions a commissioner must ask to allow the public safety
system to continue its collapse while the criminals stroll out the jail with a
big high five.He asked if the
shortage of available jail beds is a serious
risk to the community or not.He
stated there is widespread agreement among law enforcement professionals,
treatment providers, judges, state and congressional representatives and other
people that the answer is yes, there is a serious risk right now.His commissioner and the other two who oppose jail bed funding have yet
to identify a single local person with experience or knowledge relative to this
issue who doesnít believe the shortage is critical.He asked what the plan was for a sustainable public safety system. He
said not funding the jail beds is not a plan, it is a delay.He asked the Board what solution they proposed that
would work in four years if the jail beds arenít funded that couldnít be
done in three years if the jail beds were funded.He recommended paying attention to the people and open the jail beds now.
, said she is a volunteer at LCAS.She
asked the Board to continue to fund animal services at the current level as they
had agreed to do.She commented that
she has seen much improvement in the past three years.
Deb Frisch, commented that the elected officials
donít listen to what the voters are saying.
Tab Davis, stated she is a resident of rural
.She asked the Board to fund the 84
jail beds now, with no strings attached.She
didnít want anymore new committees. She said as a voter, she would not vote
for any measure as long as the Board was in charge of where the money went.She stated the voters do not trust them.She told Fleenor that she doesnít trust him.She said there is a room full of people here who are demanding the Board
fund the jail beds now with no strings attached.
, said she is in support of the jail beds.She
commented that they canít take law enforcement into their own hands.She asked what the citizens were willing to sacrifice.She said the citizens are not willing to give up safety.
, said she is a taxpaying citizen and is in support of the jail beds.She stated the Board needed to listen to the people as it is their
, thought everyone would like to see the 84 beds open, but asked at what cost to
society.She said the County
is scraping the bottom, because most people would rather not pay taxes.She asked how many people would support more taxes for jail beds. She
said it is an expense when the County puts something on the ballot.She said that money also needs to go to human services.
, said there is frustration at the revolving door of the jail.She stated when the Board voted not to support the jail beds, but decided
to allocate funds for assistants, she said that was the straw that broke the
camelís back. She said that made her volunteer to fund the jail beds.She said the first obligation of the County is to protect the citizens
with public safety and without the jail beds there is no protection.He requested the Board restore the beds to help slow the revolving door
at the County jail.
, agreed with the remarks on shelters for the homeless and pets.She said they have to increase income so people can afford essential
services. She commented that they are the only state without a sales tax and
they have bankrupted schools.She
asked the Board to discontinue the funding for
O & C
, supported the Board having top funding for public safety. She thought the
maximum number of beds should be funded.She
noted that public safety is the Countyís number one responsibility and she
urged them to change the budget to first fund public safety and not fund
anything else until public safety is funded first and make the necessary cuts
, supported full funding of the jail as a minimum goal for the Board of
Commissioners.He thought they
should be doing much more to provide excellent public safety.He indicated that
now stands at 12.4 percent unemployment but they show little desire to use
resources or attract new business that would employ citizen.He commented that high unemployment is a breeding ground for high crime.He believed people who are gainfully employed are less likely to have
criminal behavior and all levels of government in the state should be working
hard to attract businesses in
. He said it seems the only businesses doing well in
are gun shops and burglar alarminstallers
that show the high level of instability in the County.He commented that it is time
make public safety the number one priority.He urged the Board to fund the jail fully and enlarge it if necessary.He thought they should be able to advertise
as being the safest place to raise a child in the country.
Steve Siecauski, said he lives in the
area.He said he has become
President of the Lane County Public Safety Political Action Committee.He said the 84 jails beds are a small portion to a larger problem.He said there is money for three years for
to fund the jail beds.He said he
would dedicate his time to help the Board solve the problem.
, said she didnít care about the jail beds.She cared about the Board not being able to agree on what they should do
about the financial crisis.She
wanted to know what the rest of
is doing. She didnít like that the commissioners who voted for assistants
were being criticized.She said she
feels safe and didnítí know why others donít.
, asked the Board to fund the 84 beds.
Greg Rice, Veneta, stated the Board needs to fund
the 84 beds.
Andrea Larsen, said the Board has a moral and
ethical obligation to protect the citizens of the County.She commented the commissioners are elected officials and are no
different than the Sheriff.She
stated as easily as the commissioners were elected, they could be voted out.She asked the Board to fund the beds and put the five deputies back on
patrol.She said they need to
re-connect with the people of
and resident deputies can help to do that.
, commended Dwyer and
for supporting the first responsibility of government at any level, public
safety.He said they realize that
people come together and form governments not to organize fairs, or give County
employees or themselves raises, but to keep the citizens safe.
, asked for increased jail beds and continued membership in the O & C
Counties.He was against the
addition of administrative positions and not opening jail beds.He was also against holding $3.2 million out of the budget to save money.
, thought the PSCC should work together to fund not just 78 jail beds, but to
fund the whole jail.He said their
population has 1,600 people who should be in jail beds and that is the number
they should have.He said they have
a structural deficit no matter what they do.
, Mayor of Cottage Grove,urged the
Board to reconsider the decision that was made by the Budget Committee regarding
public safety funding and the O & C membership and personnel staff funding.
He indicated that the primary responsibility of counties is to provide law
enforcement.He added that as a
result of the Countyís inadequate funding of public safety in
, citizens are being burdened by the impact financially and their health and
safety is jeopardized.He added the
Countyís poor level of funding increases costs for communities within the
County.He noted the city of
will increase jail space from four cells to eight cells and it costs the city
a budgeted amount of $156,000.He
added costs for the operation of the jail have increased.He wanted to make sure the services that are important and essential to
the community are continued.He
wanted to forego other expenditures to make sure that those services that are
important and essential to the community are continued.He thought it would be difficult to support the effort to get federal
funding when a major partner in the United Front effort, the County has
demonstrated a complete disregard of Congressí intended use of the funding the
County has received.He thought if
was going to find any solution to the reduction of O & C funding, they need
to continue to participate with other O & C counties to seek that solution
through participation through the O & C Association.He thought volunteers should be used to fund Commissionersí assistants
as they arenítneeded.He didnít think it is fair that the citizens of the County should have
to carry the burden of additional citizens while the Board makes their workload
lighter by hiring the unnecessary assistants.
, commented that the Countyís refusal to fund public safety is impacting the
.He asked the Board to fund the
, said there was legislation that went to
to get money to support services.He
encouraged the Board not to take monies from law enforcement for personal
activities like administrative costs.He
wanted the Board to use the money for the jail beds and give them the attitude
that they are respected in the community.
, thinks he is more important than pets.He
commented that they are not the most important thing in the world.He said public safety is important to him.He said he feels safe when he is in his RV in
and the Sheriff has his inmates in a tent jail.He asked to fund public safety and to think outside the box.
Mindy Gould, Eugene, asked the Board to fund the 84
jail beds with the federal money as intended and within next three years figure
out a permanent solution.
, Director of St. Vincent de Paulís
, said they need help to balance the community needs.He asked to keep the budget allocation for human services allocated by
the Budget Committee.
, Birth to Three, thanked the Board for the allocation for the Department of
Children and Families at a time when Healthy Start is being cut at the state
, discussed Healthy Start.
, supported Healthy Start.She said
Healthy Start works.She thanked the
Board for the allocated funds.
Bryson, Vida, thanked the Board for the allocation for the Department of
Children and Families.She explained
that the small funding they receive from the Department of Children and Families
over the past two years have been leveraged for over $100,000 in grants and
other funding for their district to provide funding that their district can no
longer afford to do.
, said she is the
and homeless coordinator.She
thanked the Board for the allocation of funds for social services and the
.She indicated that the dollars
will help with cut backs that have taken place at the state level.
, said she hired Fleenor to do a job and he is not doing it.She stated that he needs to fund the 84 jail beds as it is vital to the
community, safety and well being and he needs to listen to what the citizens
have told him.
, urged the Board to restore the cuts to the Sheriffís Office and the Lane
County Jail.He said to listen to
others in the public safety community and the
.He said to listen to the people
who elected them.He said look and
listen to the victim of the brutal crimes that have been committed by criminals
that have been allowed to leave the jail.He
recalled the Board received the money last year, but they didnít restore the
cuts.He commented that they have
the resources for three years of stable funding and they should work to get
permanent funding.He didnít think
the Board could go wrong by funding public safety and the jail beds.
said she supported public safety.She
stated that the real question is qualityof
society they want.She added that if
they donít have the rule of law and people donít obey the law, then the
people who want to live in an environment that is safe will leave and the people
left will not want to pay taxes.She
commented that no one will come to the area to start a business.She said if they donít have the rule of law then they have nothing.She asked that that be put on the top of the list.
, said he is the Executive Director of Centro Latino Americano.He said he is also a representative of the Human Services Network.He commented that the decisions the Board makes will impact the County
for years to come.He said none of
the social services and public safety function independently.He said that social service agencies donít provide services to the
community in a vacuum, they collaborate.He
appreciated the Boardís support for social services.
, requested the Board restore funding to the Sheriffís Office and the District
Attorneyís office for the 84 jail beds.She
thought their focus should be on finding long term solutions for public safety.She said based on the testimony tonight there are passionate people who
and its future.She encouraged the
Board to tap into the resource and begin working with the Sheriff, District
Attorney and the public to secure a long term funding source for public safety.
, said she is the screener for the Healthy Start Program.She indicated that she goes to the hospital and meets with first time
families.She indicated that there
has been an increased need with the economy and some of the results have been
evident in how parents are able to take care of their new babies.
, said she is an employee of the Lane County Sheriffís Office, but she was
speaking as a citizen.She learned
that much of law enforcement in
is an integrated system of judges, courts, prosecutors, police and the Lane
County Sheriffís Office.She said
they use evidence based practices to sentence offenders appropriately.She said the jail is a major cornerstone that holds the law enforcement
system together.She added that it
affords the ability to hold dangerous pre-trial and sentenced offenders and to
sanction those offenders that do not complete their sentences and programs for
Parole and Probation.She stated the
Board has been given all the information from the Sheriff, the District
Attorney, the public, the media and other politicians, but she commented that
the Board still balks about opening the beds.She said the Board has been speaking with anger and defiance and she
believed the Board feels threatened by the law enforcement community.She stated that these people are not the Boardís enemy.She said the Board needs to let go of their defiance and anger because
they are part of the system and it is their duty to serve and protect.She asked the Board to fund the jail beds and open them now.
, said she served on the Budget Committee.She
ís assessed value is around 60 percent of real market value, as a result of
statewide legislation that was passed by the voters.She noted they tax at $1.28 per thousand dollars of the assessed value in
.She added that
charges $2.25 per thousand of assessed value.She commented
pays less taxes for the same value of a house than in
.She indicated the Clackamas County
Board of Commissioners has 2.50
ís and the Lane County Board of Commissioners has none.She stated the issues of jail beds and commissionersí assistants are
connected.She said she had yet to
hear a good compromise but thought there was one they could get to.She supported Human Services.
, asked the Board to fund the 84 beds. She wanted her voice heard by all of the
Board.She heard Fleenor say that
only 35 citizens contacted him to say they wanted jail beds.She didnít think that was true.She
thought there were many more who wanted jail beds.She added that she was concerned about the total lack of public safety in
.She indicated there was a lack of
officers on the road to protect the citizens.She commented that they have no law enforcement in western
and they need officers to protect them.
Eric Van Houten, Eugene, explained that the Human
Services Network is a collaboration of over 50 organizations representing the
County from Oakridge to
.He said it plays an integrated
role in serving the communityís most vulnerable populations.He indicated there is a common theme: increasing demand for services from
not only individuals and families who have been surviving on the edge for years,
but from a new group of individuals.He
said they are families who have done everything right but to no fault of their
own, are finding themselves needing help.He
commented that the service levels proposed by the
staff are intended to maintain the capacity of services for this network of
agencies during this time of unprecedented demand for help.
, said he is a former deputy with the Lane County Sheriffís Office.He said he was hired back as a temporary employee to be a caretaker at
the Forest Work Camp while it is vacant.He
thought the commissioners should come down to the jail to monitor the release
center to see who is inappropriately being sent back into the community
prematurely.He thought the new
office assistants that were going to be hired could free up extra time so the
Board could attend.He hoped the
Board will do the right thing.
, supported the 84 beds as they are desperately needed.He commented that action speaks louder than words and he asked the Board
to put their money where there mouth is.
Mike Fleck, Cottage Grove City Councilor, spoke as
an individual.He said he
understands serious cuts.He said
the Board was looking at either three or four years of maintaining services.He thought they needed to work together to get broad support.He asked the Board to make a good faith effort by opening the 84 jail
, thought to some of the Board it wasnít worth it to protect 84 additional
victims of violent crimes.
Mike Clark, Eugene City Council, commented that the
system for holding offenders accountable in
is fundamentally broken.He wanted
to help fix it.He indicated that
every decision has a cost.He heard
the Board say they wanted to wait to see what the state does first before a
decision is made.He thought the
cost they are talking about will be too high.He thought the value of having an additional year with the choice of
being more fiscally conservative is outweighed by the need for real personal
safety by spending the money they have and having three years of financial
security.He urged the Board to
restore the 84 beds as a down payment on their obligation to provide the
with a functioning jail system.He
commented that the Board shouldnít talk about what they canít do and should
talk about what they can do.He
wanted to help the Board get them to where they should be.
Jared Mason Gere,
, represented the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce.He understood that they are in the midst of a dire situation.He said the situation calls for more than 84 beds.He noted that local businesses are being impacted by their local crime
problems.He commented that it is
hurting their local economy.He said
with the unpredictable revenue structure, it is hard to determine when they will
have money.He asked the
Board to work together and reinstate the 84 beds.He said the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to help finding
, Marcola, said if there was something that explained to citizens on the ballot regarding
paying for jail beds, everyone would
vote for it.He said they should let
the people know what the money is being spent for.
, recalled that a criminal had murdered her brother.She stated that criminals donít stop at one crime.She commented that if the 84 beds are not restored, another woman will be
raped, another child will be kidnapped, another dead person will be found or a
senior citizen will be victimized by a home invasion.She said people want to feel safe but they donít.She asked the Board to stop the drama that was not needed.She said the Board heard the compassion of people not feeling safe.She asked the Board to fund the 84 jail beds now.
, asked the Board to fund the 84 jail beds with the money that is available.He said they can spend the next three years to find permanent funding.He added that even if the funding is not found, they will at least have
three years of 84 beds.He hoped
funding will be found.He said he
will vote for taxes to fund public safety as he has in the past.
, said there are some accountability issues involved.He said the tax system that caused this crisis was irresponsible and
designed at the state level.He
added that it gave too much money to the cities and too little to the counties.
He stated that it is time to correct the mistakes.He said the Board needs to work on a strategy for permanent funding.He thought the Board should reject the dependence on the timber economy.He said the Board needs to look for solutions.
, commented that it is time to start looking outside of the box with public
safety. He said they should stay focused on the present and solve the future
problems in the future.He thought
the Board was playing safe with public safety and it was not working.He said they need bold new ideas.He
commented that if the Board canít find new ideas among themselves to fund
public safety as well as Human Services, then to ask the public.He said many thought the County was being irresponsible when they voted
down the public safety assessments several years ago.He said if the Board asked the public to step up now, they will.He stated that the public would pass a sales tax if it meant it was for
public safety.He thought the
commissioners could get office assistants who were volunteers.
, said he was present because he believed his voice needed to be heard.He commented that he didnít feel safe for his children.He indicated that there is a registered sex offender who lives near his
neighborhood by a park.He didnít
know what it would take for the Board to listen to the public.He stated to the Board that if they donít vote for the 84 jail beds,
they would be voted out of office.
, said she is with 4H Youth Development Faculty Program at the OSU Extension
Service.She acknowledged and
thanked the Board for their support of the OSU Extension Service over the years.
She indicated that the Extension Service will work hard to find alternative
funding sources in the months ahead and hoped the Board would help make the
Judi Beard Stubig,
, indicated that she has been a long time resident of
.She said she is a property owner,
taxpayer and a voter.She addedher voice about the importance of public safety.She asked the Board to listen to the passion that took place tonight and
the pleas of the constituents.She
said they want safety for their families.She
to be a safe place.She asked the
Board to respond to them.She said
she sent three e-mails to Handy and she expected one of them to be returned as
he promised her during his campaign for commissioner.She expected him to listen to his constituents.She wanted more safety in the community.
, said she had concerns about O & C Counties.She thought it was a secretive organization.
, said he is a community organizer and a student at
.He said the Board deserved
alternative funding ideas.He
applauded the Board for their adequately funding the District Attorney to
increase prosecution capacity, for funding communicable disease nurses during
the Swine Flu epidemic and funding Development Disability.
There being no further business, Commissioner Sorenson
adjourned the meeting at