BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'
February 24, 2010
Harris Hall Main Floor
Commissioner Rob Handy presided with Bill Dwyer, Pete Sorenson and Faye Stewart present. Bill Fleenor was excused. County Administrator Jeff Spartz, County Counsel Liane Richardson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
9. PUBLIC HEARINGS
a. PUBLIC HEARING
AND ORDER 10-2-24-8/Receiving Comments From the Public About Community
Development Needs, Proposed Projects to Meet These Needs, Proposed Projects to
Meet These Needs, and Lane
Economic Development, reported they published notice on February 14 and February
21 of the notice of Public Hearing where Lane County
is eligible to apply for a 2010 Community Block Grant from the Oregon Economic
and Development Department, now known as the Oregon Business Development
Department. She indicated the grants
can be used for public facilities and housing improvements for persons of low
and moderate income. She indicated
the maximum grant a county can receive is up to $1.5 million.
She said the Oregon Business Development Department announced in January
they are accepting applications for the CDBG funding and there is $14 million
available for this calendar year. She
noted the deadline for the first application is March 1.
the first step is for Lane County to hold a Public Hearing.
the Public Hearing is to hear about past CDBG projects and how Lane County can manage them and to receive public comment suggestions and how they can
become new CDBG projects. She noted
after the Public Hearing the Board may direct staff to apply for CDBG funding
for community infrastructure and economical development projects that benefit
low to moderate income residents to Lane County.
She said one application is for
the Housing and Community Service Department for housing related projects and
then for the Oregon Business Development Department for all the other CDBG
projects including Public Works, community facilities and Economic Development.
that Lane County
may have up to three open CDBG projects plus one housing project.
She noted that currently Lane County has one open CDBG grant, the Row River Valley Water System Improvement Project
and one housing project. She
indicated that the County can apply up to two projects.
Dexter, Board President of Dexter Sanitary District, said their system needs
repairs and they are required by the DEQ to accomplish those repairs.
He added that they are in the process of making those repairs.
He said they need help to continue. He
said in 1979 the State Health Department issued a finding that to operate
subsurface and septic tank and drain field systems in their substandard soil
constitutes a danger to public health. He
stated that a wastewater system is vital to the city of Dexter. He said in response to that
finding a wastewater system was constructed in Dexter in September 1983.
He added that over the past 27 years the system has proved to be
effective and environmentally sound. He
said the systemís performance is excellent but they have serious leaks.
He said when it rains hard they have an over abundance of water that
overwhelms the drain fields and the environmental elements.
He said when that happens; they are operating in non-compliance with
their DEQ permit and in violation state law. He noted over the years the DEQ has issued notices of non-compliance and
the district has spent time and effort to correct the problem.
He recalled in fall 2008 they authorized the use of the remainder of the
bond fund to install 11 manholes at strategic locations in the collection
system. He said the installation put
them in a good position for Phase 2. He
stated that they donít have the resources to continue.
He noted in February 9, 2010 they contacted Congressman DeFazioís
office and were directed to have meetings with certain people.
He said they met in September 2009 at the Dexter Hall with the USDA,
Oregon Business Development Division, the DEQ, Mike McKenzie Bahr and the Dexter
Sanitary District Board members. He
said the results of the meeting brought them help from the agencies represented.
He requested the County apply for a $150,000 grant on their behalf for
the preparation of a facilities plan and an environmental review and authorize
County staff to work with the district to pursue CDBG funding necessary for the
work identified in the facilities plan environmental revenue.
He noted without funding they have no way to fulfill their mutual
agreement with the DEQ.
Dwyer asked how the
County could help Dexter.
Economic Development, indicated that they have been working with the Dexter
Sanitary District to go through the pre-steps to see that they qualify for CDBG
funding and believes they do. He
added that they have met with the OCDD and they came to the conclusion that the
first step needs to be the planning grant. He
indicated there are four grants available. He recommended starting with the
planning grant for the Dexter Sanitary District.
He indicated that there are multiple steps to qualify for the CDBG block
grants. He noted the second step is
to do a survey. He said they
completed a survey and 69 percent responded to a survey and out of that they
identified 85 percent of the residents had low and moderate incomes.
He said they submitted it to the state and they rejected the survey and
they were told to do it again because they claimed the survey methodology for
the door to door was targeted. He
asked the state for the rule they are discussing but they have not yet provided
it. He indicated that they will be
appealing the decision because there werenít any others to target.
to ORDER 10-2-24-8.
b. SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance No. PA 1267/Updating the Springfield Drinking Water Protection Plan Map Delineation of the Willamette Wellfield Time of Travel Zones and Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses. (Applicant: City of Springfield) (File No. PA 09- 5109) (PM & NBA 2/10/10).
Stephanie Schulz, Land Management, explained that the proposal is for a map amendment to update the delineation of the time of travel zones for the Willamette Wellfield Overlay Zones and the Springfield Drinking Water Protection Plan. She noted the Willamette Wellfield is located south of the Springfield Mill Race and East of the Springfield Quarry and Doris Ranch. She said the proposal is to amend the internal time and of travel zone boundaries for this wellfield only and the proposed map amendment is an update to the Springfield Drinking Water Protection Plan, a single purpose refinement plan to the Metro Plan. She said it presents the cityís strategy for providing a sufficient amount of healthy and safe drinking water to city residents and businesses. She recalled at the First Reading, Handy had some questions on the program and additional documentation was provided by the city and response to those questions is in the record. She indicated they held a Public Hearing at the Planning Commission for the project and at the hearing the Planning Commission recommended adoption and staff concurs. She explained that criteria for a Metro Plan adoption is Chapter 12 of Lane Code, 12.225 2 (2) the amendment must be consistent with the statewide planning goal adopted by LCDC and also the adoption of the amendment must not make the Metro Plan internally inconsistent and the findings attached to the ordinance have the detailed information.
Commissioner Handy opened the Public Hearing. There being no one signed up to speak, he closed the Public Hearing.
MOTION: to adopt Ordinance No. PA 1267.
ROLL CALL VOTE:
10. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS
a. PRESENTATION/Urban Renewal District and Enterprise Zones
Ebon Fodor, stated that he was commissioned by Handy to give this present. He gave a presentation on the Urban Renewal District and Enterprise Zones. (Copy in file).
Anette Spickard, Assessor, commented that urban renewal districts and enterprise zones are complicated and complex. She provided information. (Copy in file). She indicated that they have significant requirements and they do publish reports and submit data to the Department of Revenue. She said they have a lot of reporting information that is on the website. She was disappointed by the inferences that her department had no data to provide. She stated that was not true. She said her role is not to discuss this and she canít show bias.
Sorenson asked how long it would take to write a cooperative agreement.
Fodor indicated he could do a follow up project in one or two months. He said it would depend on how much public input and process there would be.
Stewart commented that things donít move as fast as they would like them to move. He indicated there are no secrets. He stated that all of this material is already provided by the County.
wanted to see the Board have an additional work session bringing people from
Handy wanted to explore models of cooperative agreements. He wanted to look at the Countyís options around having a countywide vote for establishing a cap.
Spartz was concerned about this approach. He said regardless of what people say, it is a difficult process for the policy makers to understand. He noted one of the reasons the urban renewal district runs long is because it is a terrible investment with a low rate of return. He thought the Board should look at initiating energy and a hurl rate. He thought they should not have an expansion of the district and if they want to do a new project it goes on its own and they donít extend the district.
Handy wanted a template or model and see what they get back.
ORDER 10-2-24-10/Approving a Letter of Support to Request the Oregon
Transportation Commission Partner with
MOTION: to approve ORDER 10-2-24-10.
Dwyer MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.
c. Report Back on Golden Temple
Marc Kardell, Assistant County Counsel, reported that after the Boardís conversation, he met with Mr. Khalsa and a friend in his office. He said they reviewed the complaint. Kardell put on speakerphone one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs. He said they have filed a new lawsuit seeking a variety of things including $50 million and are represented by a firm in Portland. He said they are well protected. He noted there is a protective order the attorney mentioned that the plaintiffís have not signed, but the defendants have. He added that because of the protective order the attorneys couldnít disclose information. He indicated they are knowledgeable about the purported sale. He hasnít heard anything back. He said the attorney generalís office is aware of this.
Dwyer asked what happens next Tuesday.
Kardell responded there is nothing they have to do.
11. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS
that he has an O & C Meeting on Friday in
Handy announced that there is a JEO meeting on Friday.
He explained that the annual evaluation of the County
Sorenson reported that he will be going to Washington D. C. for a United Front trip.
Dwyer reported that he took a tour of the new Charnelton building.
12. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660
There being no further business, Commissioner Handy adjourned the meeting at 3:55 p.m.