April 13, 2010
Harris Hall Main Floor
Commissioner Bill Fleenor presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Rob Handy, Pete Sorenson 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
The Performance Auditor report will be moved to tomorrow. The Performance Auditor job description will be moved to April 27. Handy added a letter regarding the naming of the Beltline Highway under Commissioners Business.
2. PUBLIC COMMENTS
3. COMMISSIONERS' RESPONSE TO PUBLIC COMMENTS AND/OR OTHER ISSUES AND REMONSTRANCE
Handy reported that Lane County co-sponsored Project Homeless Connect and this year they served 1,402 families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. He noted that 2,670 meals were served. He thanked all the providers in the community for making this happen.
Dwyer commented that the homeless is a small population that needs medical assistance. He said that regular people can’t get medical insurance or assistance and fall through the cracks. He said they shouldn’t forget those people. He thought the County should have a screening at their clinics to try to alleviate some of the problems that exist for the people who are not homeless but have no way to get healthcare.
Sorenson thought the idea of the clinic and outreach for the working poor is a good idea. He noted counties in Oregon have the authority to run hospitals. He thought they should think about asserting their right to take over health care facilities if necessary.
4. EMERGENCY BUSINESS
5. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION
Spartz reported that it was the first anniversary of the Workforce Partnership helpline. He indicated that it was supposed to be temporary for Lane County residents who were unemployed for career advising. He stated that it worked so well that they are going to continue the helpline. He noted that 5,000 people who called received assistance.
Spartz recalled that during the financial crisis there was discussion that all sort of debt was highly rated. He noted a positive outcome was the major credit rating agencies will now rework their government finance credit ratings. He said Lane County is already highly rated. He thought if they could notch up another level, it reduces their cost of borrowing to finance projects. He reported that he will not be able to attend tomorrow’s board meeting as he will be attending a mediation session with Judge Coffin.
b. PRESENTATION/Working for You Video, Land Management – Protecting our Quality of Life.
Fleenor asked for a 30 minute documentary about O & C lands and how they impact Lane County’s progress. He noted that other counties have put together 30 minute documentaries on their counties. He asked if they could use commissioner outreach funds.
Sorenson wanted to see a list of the current videos and videos being planned. He thought a recommendation from Management Team on what has not been covered would fit into the workload they have.
Handy recalled that they gave preliminary direction last week. He said they wanted to follow up on the letter they sent to Michael Blake in the White House. Handy was impressed with the quality of the story that Cuyler put together that it seeded this idea of making a video. Handy indicated the commissioners wanted to move forward with this in this fiscal year. He asked how much it would cost. He wanted Metro TV to look at the board letter and have it be the basis for the story.
Fleenor thought OPB could air it regionally or nationally to tell Lane County’s story. He wanted to see if there was an opportunity to wedge in a 30 minute video between now and the end of the fiscal year using outreach money.
Spartz responded that there is interest but he doesn’t know if they can do this by the end of the fiscal year.
Fleenor asked Robert Lewis when he could come back with an inventory on what has been done and what is in the pipeline to see if there is interest to push other projects aside to work on this documentary.
Lewis responded that he could come back tomorrow. He thought the documentary could be ongoing. He indicated that research needs to be done.
6. COUNTY COUNSEL
7. PERFORMANCE AUDITOR
a. Announcements (Pulled to tomorrow).
b. REPORT BACK/Update on Public Contracting for Major Projects. (Pulled to tomorrow).
c. REPORT BACK/Performance Auditor Job Description. (Pulled to 4/27/10)
8. COMMISSIONERS’ BUSINESS
a. HACSA Resident Commissioner Candidate Interviews.
The three candidates for the HACSA Commissioner were William Mills, Judith Pothier and Theodore James. Mills withdrew his application. The Board asked questions of James and Pothier.
MOTION: to nominate Judith Pothier for HACSA Commissioner
Dwyer MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.
b. Draft Beltline Letter
Handy presented a draft letter. (Copy in file). He agreed to shorten the letter to a one page letter. He recalled Randy Pape was a prominent member of the community. He thought it was fitting to honor his service, but he believed that renaming Beltline Highway was not the best way to do so. He thought it would be better to engage with the public to find a way to honor Pape that enjoys broad support. He urged the Board to ask the Oregon Transportation Commission to immediately drop any plans to renew the Beltline Highway or any portion of it to honor Pape. He urged the Oregon Transportation Commission to work with the Board to initiate a local process to identify an appropriate and broad way to honor Pape’s memory. Handy said the process should involve local elected officials, the legislative delegation and citizens who have expressed interest in how best to honor Pape. He amended the draft letter.
MOTION: to send a letter of support not to issue the renaming of Beltline and to send the letter to Chair Ackerman and the Oregon Transportation Commission and other members of the commission.
Handy MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.
Dwyer thought the state jumped the gun. He didn’t see any other public official indicate that the state should do this. Dwyer said if Pape were alive today, he would have insisted that this nonsense stop. He thought the more appropriate way to recognize him would be not to abuse the process and cost taxpayers money. He supported the letter and the amendment changes. He said they need to make it clear that they have rules and they apply to everyone equally.
Stewart thought it was right to rename the Beltline Highway. He was in agreement to send a letter because of the public outcry. He said it was appropriate to request to the OTC a process for the public that they could buy into. He wanted to halt all plans to rename the Beltline and urge the OTC to work on a process. He thought the process should be open before they make a decision.. He asked to amend the letter to place drop any to halt all.
Dwyer recommended placing “suspend plans” in the letter.
Handy and Dwyer agreed.
Sorenson thought this should be taken to MPC. He noted that Eugene supported this and wondered about dueling letters.
Fleenor indicated that Lane County extends beyond the MPC. He doesn’t think this will be a significant conflict because they are representing the citizens of Lane County, not just the citizens of Eugene and Springfield. He didn’t want the letter negative, but encouraging.
Dwyer thought this conversation should have taken place at the MPC. He commented that people in government expect transparency and expect if they write a rule that it applies. He stated that he has great respect for the Pape family. His opposition is not demeaning Pape, it had to do with the process.
Handy agreed to bring this to MPC. He added the County is forming an ACT and he is advocating involving the public.
There being no further business, Commissioner Fleenor recessed the meeting at 11:35 a.m.