BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'
REGULAR MEETING
September 30, 2009
9:00 a.m.
Harris Hall Main Floor
APPROVED 6/8/2011

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

None.

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

Lucy Bines, Shelter Care, urged the Board to include the discussion of funding for Human Services for the meeting this afternoon.  She commented that homelessness is growing and it is putting people in crisis. 

Jan Aho, Dexter, spoke on behalf of the community members who are living in poverty who are already homeless.  She wanted to include Human Services and Veterans Services.

William Wise, Eugene, Director of First Place Family Development Center, supported the HSC funding.

Joe Miller, Mohawk Lionís Club, thanked the board for the disposal of surplus property to use as a park in the Marcola area.

Bob Cassidy, EWEB, asked citizens for additional money with EWEB, to come up with in lieu of taxes money.  He commented that budget cuts hurt the low income people.  He thought if they could raise money this way they would be able to help the people.  He commented that public utilities are real assets.

Bob Richards, Eugene , stated he is the Director of Buckley Center and the Willamette Family Mens Residential Program.  He said he normally doesnít come in front of the Board at this time of year, but they are not in normal times.  He noted the County is looking at a budget shortfall at the end of the year.  He recalled that the city of Eugene and the County agreed to a revenue swap. He said the Buckley House and Willamette Family Menís Residential Program are going to be left with a significant budget shortfall if those revenues are not picked up.  He supported a public service ballot measure.  He thought it was something that had a chance for passing if they keep it small enough.  He believed if they could have a serial levy, the public will listen.

Eric Van Houten, Eugene, said he is the Program Director for Runaway and Homeless Youth Services for Looking Glass.  He stated that Oregon was first in the nation per capita in homelessness, second in unemployment and third in food and security per capita.  He said Oregon is also one of the lowest funded states per pupil for public education.  He commented that it is creating a perfect storm for their most vulunerable population.  He stated what the Human Services Network provides is support from young and old. He asked the Board to keep the Human Services Nework in front of their thoughts and plan.

Marcella Mendoza, Centro Latino Americano, urged the Board to include the Human Services Network and services for Veterans.  She commented that they have a growing need of Oregonians of Hispanic descent.  She asked the Board to consider the Human Services Network on behalf of the new Americans and their children.

Jack Roberts, Eugene , encouraged the Board to consider the HSC Network for whatever  package they can support.  He was supportive of public safety.  He stated that they canít talk about public safety without Human Services.  He said there is a strong commitment between law enforcement and the HSC to work together.  He wanted the Board to try to get on the front end before they get into the criminal system.

David Zise, Said he works for Whitebird  Clinic.  He urged the Board to continue the HSC Network.

Denise Greenwich, Food for Lane County , said they partner with the Extension Service.  She understood the Board was going to have a levy to raise money for social service.  She thought it was a great opportunity for collaboration for food security for people in the community when they partner with Extension.  She said they also need to support public safety.  She asked to consider the Human Services Network as a keystone in the community for public safety and for keeping people where they need to be in their lives.

Jean Tate, Eugene, supported public safety.  She wanted to hit a happy medium where they could pass a money measure that will do public safety and human services in combination and the taxpayers will support.

Samantha Chirillo, Eugene , commented on Lane County ís membership in the O & C Counties.  She was opposed to money going to O & C Counties for money to a timber group that lobbied for the WOPR.

Marion Malcolm, Eugene, wanted the Board to give the maximum amount of money possible for the HSC.  She noted that any funding will be used effectively in the community through the providers.

John Van Landingham, Eugene, said he was the Vice Chair of the Homelessness Task Force.  He recommended a property tax serial levy.  He said he has been working with Steve Manela to consider a joint proposal for funding services.  He indicated that they are not ready but to keep them in mind.

Marshal Peter, Eugene , supported Human Services.  He believed it was a dangerous environment to advance any single measure.  He wanted to increase the tax base to allocate funds.  He commented that there are compelling needs across the community.

Craig Opperman, Looking Glass, said they need to do something to strengthen the livability of the community.  He said the community wants to improve safety and livability to get to a more stable funding situation.  He said they need to figure out a way to make something happen.

Peggy Whalen, Eugene, Director of Womenspace, agreed with everyone about a crisis going on. She said they canít fund public safety without funding human services..  She said human services is important.

Dan Reiss, Eugene , encouraged the Board to devote time and attention to the view of public safety as a core component of the County role, only if it is viewed with Human Services.  He was concerned about the Public Health and Community Health Centers to continue to serve low income clients. 

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

Fleenor commented that the term public safety is not exclusively law and order.  He said all other aspects should be included when they include public safety.  He added that they need to be careful about nibbling away as they look at a continuium every time they put a tax out, as it costs more money.

Sorenson said he heard constituents wanting the Board to consider a tax levy for next year.  He said the Board is concerned about putting  levies out that are voted down by the public.  He asked the Human Services Network to give them any evidence of support they have for ideas.  He said as they delay a decision, it harms the chances of being effective in the campaign.  He said the Board is looking to see whether they should use their power to place something on a ballot and do it in a context of whether people will actually vote for it.  He asked voters to vote yes in favor of the state tax and no against the referendum.

Handy announced that he is hosting a meeting tonight on H1N1.  He asked the agenda team to address the issue of a Lane County homeless camping ordinance as part of an umbrella.  He wanted to include the HSC in the discussions.

Stewart recalled that for the past five years the Board has tried hard to find answers for their revenue situation.  He said they put out an income tax levy that would have funded public safety and human services.  He recalled that they tried a one size fits all approach and it didnít work and he doesnít think it will work in the future.  He supports looking at options and putting something out to the citizens to see if they support it.  He thought they needed something small.  He added that they need to work together to find the answers.

Dwyer stated they have seen so many failures with ballot measures.  He commented that they try to get creative because there are so many needs.  He thought if they could get public safety off of the general fund, it would enhance the ability to solve social service problems. He thought in these economic times that people wouldnít buy something large, but given the state of public safety with the jails and prosecution that they might step up and  help with their cause.

4. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

None.

5. MANAGEMENT SERVICES

a. ORDER 09-9-30-1/In the Matter of Authorizing the Transfer, Without Consideration, of Surplus County Owned Real Property to the Mohawk Valley Lions Club Foundation (Map No. 16-01-18-34-06400, at SW Corner of Marcola and Wendling Roads).

Jeff Turk, Management Services, reported that there is a transfer requested by the Lionís Club to transfer County owned property to be used as a community center for Marcola area residents.  He said it was acquired in 1959 by tax foreclosure.  He recalled at that time the County wanted to keep it for Parks use and later on Public Works requested to keep it for road projects in the area.  He noted a transfer occurred and it requires a deed that they can give the property to a non-profit or public entity.  He added that it needs to be used for Parks and Open Space and if it didnít it would revert back to the County.

Dwyer asked if there was a prohibition against building buildings.  He said he is for Parks and open space but he is a no to building on the property.

Turk said that he wasnít sure.

Fleenor concurred with Dwyer.

Stewart indicated that the Lionís Club has been maintaining the property and the understanding was they were doing it under the Parks Department.  He asked what the property was going to be used for.

Joe Wilson, Lionís Club, indicated that no decisions have been made yet.  He said they plan to use it as a community park with picnic tables, where people could gather.  He stated it was totally for community access.

Dwyer wanted to approve this with an Attachment A, to put in a clause for no building, but it does not include a picnic shelter or Veteran memorial.

MOTION: to approve ORDER 09-9-30-1.

Dwyer MOVED, Stewart SECONDED.

VOTE:  5-0.

6. CONSENT CALENDAR

A. Approval of Minutes:
October 24, 2007, Regular Meeting, Following HACSA
October 24, 2007, Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m.
October 31, 2007, Regular Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
October 31, 2007, Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m.
August 19, 2009, Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m.
September 10, 2009, Special Meeting, 4:00 p.m.
September 15, 2009, Regular Meeting, 10:00 a.m.
September 15, 2009, Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m.

B. Public Works

1. ORDER 09-9-30-2/In the Matter of Releasing and Dedicating Parcel ďBĒ of the Plat of Seacon Park, a Parcel of County Owned Real Estate, as a Public Road (16-04-35-44) (Lester Avenue).

2. ORDER 09-9-30-3/In the Matter of Authorizing Temporary Closure of Roads in Connection with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) I-5 Bridges Vertical Clearance Improvement Project.

MOTION: to approve the balance of the Consent Calendar.

Handy MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

6. B.2.

Frank Simas, Public Works, explained that this is a vertical clearance.  He said it is ongoing with ODOT to raise overpasses and bridges.  He said they were requesting a longer closure than normally approved by the County Engineer. He said the permit involves issuing a facility permit for a requested detour.  He added that was the normal process.

MOTION: to approve ORDER 09-9-30-3.

Fleenor MOVED, Handy SECONDED.

VOTE: 4-0 (Dwyer out of room).

7. RESOLUTIONS

a. PROCLAMATION 09-9-30-4/In the Matter of Proclaiming September 15 - October 15, 2009 Hispanic Heritage Month.

MOTION: to approve Proclamation 09-9-30-4.

Dwyer MOVED, Fleenor SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

b. PROCLAMATION 09-9-30-5/In the Matter of Proclaiming October 8, 2009 as Oregon 's First Statewide Day of Culture in Lane County .

MOTION: to approve Proclamation 09-9-30-5.

Fleenor MOVED, Stewart SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

8. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

a. Announcements

Spartz indicated that he is in conversations on possibly restructuring the part of the County with Annette Newinghamís retirement.  He indicated that it will be called Central Services.

b.  ORDER 09-9-30-6/In the Matter of Approving the 2009-2011 Lane County Community Corrections Plan.

Sorenson didnít know how they could modify this as the deadline is tomorrow to approve the plan.  He indicated it is an evolving document.   He asked if they were in a position to approve this.

Stewart responded that the PSCC is tasked with making recommendation on how to spend Measure 11 funds from the state in the corrections system every two years.  He noted the revenue coming from the state was the same as in the past.

MOTION:  to approve ORDER 09-9-30-6.

Dwyer MOVED, Fleenor SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

9. COMMITTEE REPORTS

Legislative Committee

a. REPORT/Supplemental Session Priorities.

Spartz reported that the Legislative Committee met and developed a concept for the 2010 Legislative Session.


10. PUBLIC WORKS

a. ORDER 09-9-30-7/In the Matter of Approving Order 9-8-4-10 Approving an Agreement With the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Regarding the Issuance of Continuous Operation Variance Permits (COVP) and Authorizing the County Administrative Officer to Sign the Agreement.

MOTION: to approve ORDER 09-9-30-7.

Fleenor MOVED, Handy SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

b. FIRST READING AND SETTING SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance No. PA 1264/In the Matter of Amending the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area General Plan (Metro Plan) Land Use Diagram; Amending the Corresponding Willakenzie Area Plan Land Use Diagrams; and Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses (City of Eugene, File No. PA 09-5465) (Second Reading and Public Hearing October 27, 2009 ).

MOTION: to approve a First Reading and Setting a Second Reading and Public Hearing for Ordinance No. PA 1264 for October 27, 2009 at 1:30 p.m.

Dwyer MOVED, Stewart SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

c. THIRD READING AND SETTING THE FOURTH READING AND DELIBERATIONS/Ordinance No. PA 1261/In the Matter of Amending the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area General Plan (Metro Plan) by Adding New and Separate Coordinated Population Forecasts for Eugene and Springfield and an Urbanizable Area for Each City and Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses. (File No. PA 09-5471) (Applicant: Springfield ) (NBA & PM 8/26/09 , 9/22/09 ).

MOTION: to approve a Third Reading and Setting a Fourth Reading and  Deliberation for

Dwyer MOVED, Fleenor SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

d. DISCUSSION/Board of Commissioners and Emerald Peopleís Utility District Board of Directors Continued Work Together. (Marsha Miller, Public Works Director; Patti Hansen, Waste Management Manager)

Emeraldís Peopleís Utility District Board of Directors gave a presentation. (Copy in file.)


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

Melissa Zimmer
Recording Secretary