BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'
REGULAR MEETING
June 2, 2009
10:00 a.m.

Harris Hall Main Floor
APPROVED 1-12-2011

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

There will be Emergency Business items for the 2009 National Forest Payment Secure Rural Schools.

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

Carol Berg Caldwell, Eugene, said she gives a donation every month of $20 and she divides it between Mental Health, Homeless Support, Domestic Violence Child Abuse Prevention and the Jail.  She commented that in tough times people pull together.  

Deb Frisch, Eugene, thanked Sheriff Burger and Richardson for bringing up the issue of the Countyís vulnerable people regarding civil rights.

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

Fleenor thanked Carol Berg Caldwell for providing public comment.  He said he will be bringing a proposal about the opportunity of creating a website to allow people to donate money to the programs of their choice.

Handy supported Carol Berg Caldwell for her interest in fundraising.

Stewart thanked Carol Berg Caldwell.  He wanted to bring forth an issue of the Countyís stop loss insurance after they have depleated their resources.

Sorenson commented that they donít know what money will be coming in from the state and they wonít know how to fund programs.

4. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

FY 2009 Elections for the National Forest and O & C Secure Rural Schools Land Related Safety Net Payments

Dave Garnick, Finance and Budget Manager, reported they have to do this every year.  He indicated there is a series of four different elections the County has to make.  He said last year he presented Attachment A. (Copy in file)  He noted the first election is to decide whether or not to enter into the full County payment plan or to go back to the old formula they use to be under to share the payments from the timber harvest.  He said the Board made the election last year to go with the full payment plan and that locked them into this particular program for the full four year period of the new Secure Rural Schools Act.  He said they have to look at the other three elections.  He said Option 2 is to decide how much of the SRS money to put into the various projects.  He said the Act requires the County to put between 15 or 20 percent of the money off the top into the federal act for the Title II and Title III projects.  He recalled in the past the direction from the Board has been to maximum dollars to the County.  He noted that last year they only put 15 percent into the projects.  He explained that means they maximized the dollars and that 85 percent of the dollars would go to the County.  He indicated that is how the Board orders have been written so far.  He noted there is one order for the O & C land portion and the second order is for the National Forest Timber Lands.    He said the election for 15 percent would apply to both the O & C Lands and the National Forest.  He added the third election is to decide how to split the 15 percent between the Title II programs and Title III programs.  He said new under the Act is that the Act says the maximum they can put into Title III is seven percent out of the 15 percent.  He said the other eight percent has to go to the Title II programs.

MOTION:  to move Option 1.

Dwyer MOVED, Stewart SECONDED.

Handy stated that he hasnít had a chance to look at this.  He wanted to read the material thoroughly to get different perspectives and he didnít get the opportunity.

Dwyer withdrew his motion.  He wanted to roll this.

Sorenson thought Garnick could give Handy a briefing on this.  He added that federal law requires the County to make certain decisions and the Board over the past eight years has made elections to change them.  He indicated there are policy implications in how they do it.  He said they could either put it on the Consent Calendar tomorrow or on Regular Business.

5. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS

a. DISCUSSION/Precautionary Principle.

Debbie Raphael, city of San Francisco , gave a report on the Precautionary Principle. (Copy in file).

5. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS

b. PRESENTATION/Working for You Video.

6. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

a. Announcements

None.

7. COUNTY COUNSEL

a. Announcements

None.

8. PERFORMANCE AUDITOR

a. Announcements

Stewart Bolinger, Performance Auditor, reported that in his absence, Animal Services supplied all data for euthanasia.  He said he will meet with them tomorrow to clarify the results.

9. CORRESPONDENCE TO THE BOARD

None.

10. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dwyer wished his daughter a Happy Birthday.

Fleenor announced that he will be on KPNW on Thursday.

Sorenson reported that there was a community challenge earlier in the week encouraging people to look at different ways of commuting to work.

Handy reported that he went to Sponsors on Highway 99 for a ground breaking ceremony.

11. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

None.

13. OTHER BUSINESS

None.

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

Melissa Zimmer
Recording Secretary