BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'
April 5, 2011
Harris Hall Main Floor
Commissioner Faye Stewart presided with Commissioners Jay Bozievich, Rob Handy and Sid Leiken present. Pete Sorenson was excused. County Administrator Liane Richardson, County Counsel Stephen Vorhes and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
Item 3 a. will be moved to tomorrow’s meeting at 10:00 a.m. time certain.
2. COMMISSIONERS' RESPONSE TO PUBLIC COMMENTS AND/OR OTHER ISSUES AND REMONSTRANCE
3. COMMISSIONERS’ BUSINESS
a. DISCUSSION/DIRECTION/Jim Gillette. (Rolled to tomorrow’s meeting)
4. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
a. PRESENTATION/Public Health Week (April 4 – 8, 2011) and the Public Health Advisory Committee.
Jim Robertson, Public Health Advisory Committee, gave a power point presentation on the Lane County Public Health Advisory Committee update. (Copy in file). He asked the Board to support efforts to move toward a tobacco free Lane County. He wanted the County to emphasize that when there are meetings that healthy foods are brought in. He also said they want to make sure food in vending machines is healthy with not a lot of sugar and sodium. He wanted Lane County to continue to support the minimal use of pesticides by Lane County Public Works.
Handy asked what services locally the tobacco tax could fund for Lane County
Stephanie Young Peterson, Public Health, responded that if the legislature were to support it, it would enable only counties to consider a tobacco tax. She added the way the bill is written, 20 percent of the funds would have to go to a public health related program.
Stewart commented that some of the policy decisions being recommended were not effective. He thought it was about education and dealing with the addiction to food or tobacco. He didn’t think by charging more for cigarettes that people would quit smoking. He thought food labeling costs a lot of money and he doesn’t know if people really follow it. He wanted to see a more balanced effort and more information before he enacts a policy. He thought LRAPA was doing a good job with the air quality in Lane County.
Bozievich thought they should look at evidence based information, not anecdotal information. He also agreed that LRAPA has made the air quality better.
Leiken thought the people in the business community should be included to strike a positive balance.
Handy asked about the next steps by the Board as requested by the Lane County Public Health Advisory Committee.
With regard to Lane County properties moving toward being tobacco free, Richardson indicated that they run a jail and they can’t make the jail smoke free, as it is a violation of inmates’ civil rights by taking away their cigarettes. She said they would not be able to make all of Lane County smoke free, but if the Board wanted to move in that direction they could because state law already prohibits smoking inside any buildings and within 20 feet from entrances to buildings. She stated what needs to be done before they ban smoking in all buildings is to enforce the rule. She said people will go a few feet away from the door to smoke. She asked for policy direction from the Board because there would be significant push back from the employees if they had to go off of Lane County property for their smoking breaks. She added that they would be telling employees they couldn’t smoke during the work day. She also thought the unions would get involved with that issue.
For healthy meeting foods, Richardson noted there has been a push in that direction. She said they will be getting a list of caterers the County would use through an RFP process for them to use healthy foods. With regard to vending machine options, she said there is a requirement in all public buildings that if there are vending machines it has to go to the Commission for the Blind and they get first dibs on operating any vending machine. She didn’t know about the regulations for those vending machines.
5. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660
Per ORS 192.660(2)(h) for pending litigation.
6. OTHER BUSINESS
There being no further business, Commissioner Stewart adjourned the meeting at 11:20 a.m.