BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'
June 23, 2009
Harris Hall Main Floor
Commissioner Pete Sorenson presided with Commissioner Bill Dwyer, Bill Fleenor, Rob Handy, and Faye Stewart present. County Administrator Jeff Spartz, County Counsel Liane Richardson and Recording Secretary Tracy GraVette were also present.
1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
ACTSO item from Dave Garnick was moved to Emergency Business.
Emergency Business moved to follow Commissioners’ Remonstrance item # 3.
Fleenor requested item 4B Public Hearing and Order 09-6-24-2 from tomorrow’s agenda be scheduled as close to 11:15am, tomorrow Wednesday, June 24, 2009.
2. PUBLIC COMMENTS
3. COMMISSIONERS' RESPONSE TO PUBLIC COMMENTS AND/OR OTHER ISSUES AND REMONSTRANCE
4. PUBLIC WORKS
a. REPORT/Oregon Department of Transportation Presentation on Tolling and Pricing Policy Development White Papers.
Celia Barry introduced Robert Maestry; Growth Program Manager for ODOT. Maestry updated the Board of Commissioners on what ODOT is doing and where they are going in the future. (Copy in file).
5. EMERGENCY BUSINESS
Proclamation No. 09-6-23-2 – In the matter of proclaiming that Lane County is committed to promoting the Eugene-Springfield NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics ( ACTSO ) Program to assist in the 2009 ACTSO National Competition.
Local Winners; Ayantu Megressa, Sheldon, 9; Jordan Meyers, Willamette, 12; Olivia Manwarren, Churchill, 12; and Sasha Ellis, South Eugene, 10.
MOTION: to approve Proclamation 09-6-23-2.
Dwyer MOVED, Fleenor SECONDED.
Order No. 09-6-23-3 – In the Matter of contributing $5,000 from the General Fund Operational Contingency to the Eugene-Springfield NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACTSO) Program to assist in the 2009 ACTSO National Competition.
Dave Garnick advised the operational contingency has $16,700. If the $5,000 is approved, the balance of the operational contingency would be $11,700.
MOTION: to approve ORDER 09-6-23-3.
Dwyer MOVED, Stewart SECONDED.
Order 09-6-23-4 – In the Matter of welcoming participants to the 2009 USA Track and Field National Championships and designating elected officials as Lane County Ambassadors.
6. ONE PAGER
a. DISCUSSION/Local Energy Proposal
Robert Graves, gave a presentation on a local energy proposal.
7. COUNTY ADMINISTRAOR
8. COUNTY COUNSEL
9. PERFORMANCE AUDITOR
Stewart Bolinger noted his audit for the Justice Courts was surprisingly quick. There were 219 different individuals who have cleared their accounts through the amnesty program, totaling $158,000.
Bolinger also noted he has found some very good literature on the precautionary principle. He has not yet met with the representative in San Francisco. He asked the Board what could he bring back that would be most useful to the Board.
Fleenor asked for Bolinger’s professional opinion on whether Lane County benefits from this activity, and if Lane County has the resources to carry this off.
Handy stated that since the essence of the principle is to look at alternatives assessment, he didn’t think they should just focus on the cost. He thought as part of the “One Pager” summary, they can discover the mechanisms on how to address the items that come before the Board.
Dwyer doesn’t think the precautionary principle is applicable to everything they do. He added that there may be times when it is appropriate. He thought it could help if they can ascertain whether or not it is applicable.
Bolinger stated that other entities use this most often in regards to environmental and health matters. He’ll pursue this further and report back at a later date.
10. OMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Handy wanted to remind everyone that Chuck Forster has a wonderful Workforce Partnership.
Dwyer announced that he and Handy met with the city of Springfield’s Planning Department.
Stewart stated that there was an O&C meeting last Thursday. He reported that their board wants to meet with them on July 7. He noted that he will not be attending the Coalition meeting as he has a United Way meeting.
11. PUBLIC HEARING
a. ORDER 09-6-23-1/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 60 of the Lane Manual to Revise Solid Waste Fee Provisions ( LM 60.875 ).
Patti Hansen, Waste Management explained that the current other fee was established in September 2007. The current funds collected were allocated to the following programs; site cleanup and waste diversion opportunities. She recalled on May 5, 2009 the Board directed staff to bring back a proposal to raise the other fee and to allocate that fee to the Land Management Division, to support compliance, code enforcement, long range planning efforts, and other customer service improvements. She indicated that the packet and accompanying Board Order contains the proposed Lane Manual changes to; 1) allocate the other fee to support those services identified in Land Management effective July ; 2) and to increase the other fee from $3.50 a ton to $5.50 a ton effective August 1, 2009. She explained that this gives time for the haulers and the cities to make changes if they would like to. The proposed Lane Manual changes do not affect the other fee fund balance collected through June 30 of this year. She indicated that portion would remain to continue funding the current programs such as site cleanup and the waste diversion opportunity fund.
Commissioner Sorenson opened the Public Hearing. There being no one singe dup to speak, she closed the Public Hearing.
Fleenor commented that this is a step in the right direction, but unfortunately it may not address all of the Commissioners’ concerns regarding the relationship between the origin of the revenue and the use of the revenue. He thought that maybe in the long run they will find a better mechanism, but until that day I feel this is the best we can do under the circumstances.
Stewart stated that he knows this is a first step. He said that he was looking forward to completing the move to Delta and to improve service and an overall improvement in Land Management.
Sorenson commented that they have been contemplating an announcement tomorrow regarding approval of their budget for the year and this is one of those things that haven’t been noticed much by the public or by the people who will benefit from this additional revenue. He thought Fleenor or Commissioner Stewart could mention this as an accomplishment as part of the overall budget.
Dwyer stated that he couldn’t be critical because he didn’t have an alternative. He indicated he was going to hold his nose and vote yes.
MOTION: to approve ORDER 09-6-23-1.
Fleenor MOVED, Stewart SECONDED.
12. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660
13. OTHER BUSINESS
Richardson reported the IRS released allocations for the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009. Lane County received $8,000,986 in Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds Authority, and about $13.5 million in Facility Bonds Authority. She said they will need to bring Harvey Rogers in to present if the Board is interested but Rogers said that the Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds are a form of taxable bond eligible for a direct federal subsidy, to the issuer for up for 45% of the taxable interest expense, which is 10% better than the normal “Build America” bonds.
Richardson explained that the Recovery Zone Facility bonds are for new, tax exempt, private activity bonds. She added that they can provide tax exempt financing for projects in Recovery Zones and could lower interest expenses for conduit bond or urban renewal bond projects.
Sorenson thought County Counsel Richardson and County Administrator Spartz could have a telephone conference with Rogers first, make plans for a future discussion and report back two weeks from now.
There being no further business, Commissioner Sorenson adjourned the meeting at 3:15 p.m.
Transcribed by Tracy GraVette