BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'
REGULAR MEETING
October 27, 2009
10:00 a.m.
Harris Hall Main Floor
APPROVED 6/8/2011


Commissioner Pete Sorenson presided with Commissioners Bill Fleenor, Rob Handy and Faye Stewart present.  Bill Dwyer was excused.  County Administrator Jeff Spartz, Acting County County Stephen Vorhes and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

None.

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

Holly Smith, Manager, Café Today, said it is Café Today’s request to re-open the RFP and withdraw their termination notice and participate in whatever process is preferred.

Skip Forester, stated he lived off of Hampton Road.  He said they have been residents to the west of the Goshen Forest Products Mill and have lived there for 25 years.  He said the wood mill was in operation when they bought their property and they accepted that fact.  He said the current owners have been good neighbors to them.  He said after studying Stewart’s proposal, it fails to give a fair picture of the Goshen neighborhood.  He  commented that Stewart’s goals would degrade the quality of life in Goshen. He said he lives where he does because of the rural nature. He said they don’t need more noise, light pollution and traffic.

Mike Babcock, Cottage Grove , Goshen Forest Products, stated that he understands that some people are upset about misinformation for their plans to expand.  He said they are consolidating operations to increase efficiencies in attempt to protect family wage jobs.  He said they are moving the noise away from residential homes.  He noted with the current layout, they are discussing ways to block sound.  He agreed to build a straw wall at the existing chip plant to temporary cut down the noise the neighbors hear.  He is as concerned as other neighbors about the future of Goshen and industrial properties.  He commented that Goshen Forest Products wants a cleaner community for all.

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

Stewart stated that he has a proposal at 1:30 p.m. he will present to the Board.  His  hope is to do what Babcock explained, to create an area more friendly to neighbors. He said there will be less noise and pollution.  He thought that building a future industrial park around technology with landscaping would enhance the neighborhood.

Handy commented that there are challenges on how they site new economic activity.  He said there are brownfields that need to be redeveloped.

Sorenson reported that the Ducks will be hosting USC on Saturday  He wanted to acknowledge how well the team is doing this year.  He hopes the Ducks will win this Saturday.

4. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

None.

5. RESOLUTIONS

a. ORDER 09-10-27-1/In the Matter of Proclaiming November 2 – November 6, 2009 to be Head Start Week.

MOTION: to approve ORDER 09-10-27-1.

Handy MOVED, Stewart SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

6. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

a. Announcements

Spartz announced that Chuck Forster, Lane Workforce Partnership, told him that they are in receipt of $3.1 million in federal money for the purposes of retraining the work force.

7. COUNTY COUNSEL

a. Announcements

None.

8. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS

a. PRESENTATION/State Management of Forest Trust Lands.

Stewart gave a power point presentation on the state management of Forest Trusts Lands.  (Copy in file).

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

Melissa Zimmer
Recording Secretary