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REGULAR MEETING - BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
February 18, 1998
Harris Hall Main Floor - 1:30 p.m.

Chair Steve Cornacchia presided with Ellie Dumdi, Bobby Green, Sr., Peter Sorenson and Cindy Weeldreyer present. Jerry Pierce, Recording Secretary.

Cornacchia called the meeting to order at 1:30 P.M.

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

Time Certain at 2:00 p.m. (Item 10-a).

2. PUBLIC HEARINGS

a. SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance PA 1104/In the Matter of Amending the Rural Comprehensive Plan to Redesignate Land from "Forest" to "Marginal Land" and Rezoning That Land from "F-2/Impacted Forest Land" to "ML/Marginal Land"; and Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses (file PA 1885-97; Brown).

Michael Copely gave the staff report and provided copies of findings supplemental to those prepared by the consultant. (See material on file). He said the planning commission had looked at this proposal and the staff recommended approval.

The Public Hearing was opened and two people had signed up to give testimony.

Taylor Harry, PO Box 1420, Veneta, stated he represents Clifford and Linda Brown. He testified that this is a marginal piece of land and that the property has been cruised and the soils have been studied. He said there are two areas where there is some degree of merchantable timber. He talked about the wet areas and the many constraints. He talked about board feet per acre and the value placed on it. He provided proposed findings and a cover letter to the Board discussing the potential annual forest income and average annual agricultural income (see material on file). He said in 1977 to 1982 there was some pine taken off the property but other than that, no timber had been produced off that property. He stated that the Browns intend to build another house on the property for their son.

Clifford (Ted) Brown, 86615 N Modesto Drive, Eugene, stated that they had built their home in 1977 and had raised their children there. He said they would now like to build a retirement home on the property and have their son, their son's wife, and three children move into the current house. He said he and his wife had lived on the property and managed it from a small woodlands perspective, had taken classes and belong to a small woodlands group. He said the soil is very hard and it was a poor site for timber and the property should qualify for marginal lands.

Dumdi confirmed that the soils in that area are not productive. She said this was an appropriate request which she supported.

Cornacchia commented that it was nice to look at this issue from a family perspective rather than a profit perspective. He said he had read the material in the record and agreed that the applicants had met their burden and he would support this application.

The Board was polled and the Ordinance was unanimously adopted.

3. PUBLIC COMMENTS

None.

4. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Green said the Board should have received a draft of the Human Services Commission's annual report from Steve Manela. He said this was a great improvement from last year and a final version would be provided soon. He said it was well assembled and a testament to Manela's effort.

Green said Dr. Michael Lindsey is in Lane County and would be at Lane Community College tonight and at the University of Oregon tomorrow. He said Friday is a day for juvenile justice system policy makers to meet. Dr. Lindsey has said he would come back later in the year.

Dumdi said she had gone to Corvallis for the Commissioner's meeting on regional strategies and new directions and the discussion had gotten into new and different directions. She said the governor is supporting community solutions and is interested in five agencies working together, Department of Transportation, LCDC, DEQ, Housing and Economic Development The recommendation from the group was to wait until next year for Lane County to become a pilot program. Dumdi said that was her recommendation to this Board.

Bill Van Vactor, County Administrator, commented that one concern regarding the four- county arrangement is if it expands into other agencies, 60% of the population base is in Lane County and the decision-making process needs to make sure those citizens are appropriately represented.

Cornacchia said Lane County receives significant funding from a variety of sources based on population and if the County enters a four-county arrangement where resources are based on other than population, that would be a concern.

Dumdi raised the issue of a universal library card. She said it is being currently discussed at the city and asked if the Board would like to respond to it.

Green said Councilor Scott Meisner had asked him that question several weeks ago and asked for written correspondence from the Board if it is interested in that issue.

Dumdi said that people are much more aware of the problems than they were previously and she would like to pursue the discussion.

Weeldreyer said that at the Telecommunications Conference in Colorado last year, there was talk about the business of libraries and how they are becoming hubs of information and activity. She felt it would be valuable to look at this issue again now.

Dumdi said the bookmobile used to be very popular and that people in outlying areas no longer have access to library materials without purchasing a card.
Sorenson questioned how additional services would be provided since there is currently a funding problem. He did say, however, that this was a significant opportunity to get involved in the technology issue of libraries and supported sending a letter to the mayor, the city council, other cities and districts.

Cornacchia said he would prepare a letter to the appropriate party stating that Lane County is willing to listen to proposals and explore options.

Dumdi said she would talk to the rural librarians.

Dumdi said she was going to Washington, D.C. the following Thursday and requested that Cornacchia attend the SWIPIC meeting in her stead.

Sorenson mentioned the Jobs in the Woods conference scheduled March 3 at the University of Oregon.

He also mentioned a Natural Step conference on May 15, sponsored by EWEB, banks and others. He said it is a very interesting program and the main speaker is a business strategist. He also mentioned a meeting scheduled by Pacific Corporation regarding the year 2000. He said Captain Brett from the Sheriff's office is involved.

Weeldreyer announced a tour of the US West Facility and said she needed to confirm attendance.

There was discussion regarding HB 2515. It was decided Weeldreyer would prepare a board packet to add a consideration of a model resolution to the Board Agenda and would inform Arlene Marshall, Management Services Supervisor.

Weeldreyer also announced she was circulating a sympathy card for the Lou Edmonds family and that there would be a ceremony the following Sunday.

Weeldreyer said at a previous Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) meeting, concerns were addressed that this Board and the city council gave cable access to citizens so that the station is located where they will not have the audience they had before.

Cornacchia said he felt the Board had been asleep at the switch and had not asked the right questions. He said TCI had said "no problem" but now it is necessary to spend a lot of money to get the government channel. He said it appears that TCI acted in bad faith and he would like to give them the opportunity to refute that.

Van Vactor said the MPC was aware of the issue but TCI claimed there would be no problems.

Weeldreyer said this also has had a significant impact on LCC telecourses. She said she would like to attend an MPC meeting.

Weeldreyer said the Blue River Community Development Commission had requested a letter of support from the County on a transportation feasibility study. The Board agreed that she would draft a letter of support that does not commit the County for dollars, and she and Cornacchia would sign it.

Cornacchia asked for a volunteer to serve on the LCDC rapid transit system committee. Sorenson volunteered to serve on that committee.

Dumdi said she and Cornacchia would like to appoint a person to the Lane County Planning Commission that had been very high on the list for a previous appointment. She said if the Board preferred, they would interview candidates but they both felt that this person would be the choice.

There was a discussion and the consensus was to accept the judgment of Commissioners Dumdi and Cornacchia and appoint Pauline Rughani.

5. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS

a. ORDER 98-2-18-1/In the Matter of Reappointing One Member to the Lane County Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission.

MOTION: Approval. Dumdi Moved, Sorenson seconded to reappoint Bobby Green, Sr. to another term on the Lane County Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission. VOTE: 5-0.

6. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

Held later in the day.

7. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

a. Announcements

Teresa Wilson, County Counsel, said a work session is scheduled for March 10 regarding the recruitment process for budget committee members for the Sheriff's Law Enforcement Committee.

She said the sheriff wanted to present ideas and possibilities to the Board.

8. CONSENT CALENDAR

A. Approval of Minutes

B. Children and Family Services

1) ORDER 98-2-18-2/In the Matter of Approving an Amendment to the Bylaws for the Commission on Children and Families.

C. Public Works

1) ORDER 98-2-18-3/In the Matter of Accepting a Deed of Land to be Used as a Public Road Easement for County Road No. 1250 (Deerhorn Road) (17-15-16/17).

Item B.1) was pulled from the Consent Calendar.

MOTION: Approval of balance of Consent Calendar. Weeldreyer moved, Dumdi Seconded. VOTE: 5-0.

B. Children and Family Services

1) ORDER 98-2-18-2/In the Matter of Approving an Amendment to the Bylaws for the Commission on Children and Families.

Green pointed out that the amendment to the bylaws was to create a new position, not to fill a vacancy. He said the preference is to fill that slot with a rural youth and recommended if anyone knew of someone who might be interested, to urge them to apply.

Weeldreyer said she had sent out a letter to the rural school district principals and asked them to inform their leadership clubs.

MOTION: Approval. Green Moved, Weeldreyer seconded. VOTE: 5-0.

9. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

a. ORDER 98-2-18-4/In the Matter of Terminating One 0.5 FTE Administrative Analyst Position and Establishing One 1.0 FTE Data Entry Operator Position for the Mental Health Clinic in the Department of Health and Human Services.

MOTION: Approval. Dumdi moved, Weeldreyer seconded. VOTE: 5-0.

10. PUBLIC SAFETY

a. ORDER 98-2-18-5/In the Matter of Authorizing the County Administrator to Execute an Agreement with Diamond Parking Services for the Purchase by the County of Monthly Parking for Members of the Lane County Peace Officers Association.

Captain John Clauge, Sheriff's Office, gave a brief report. He said the County is obligated by a union contract to provide free parking at the jail for members of the Lane County Peace Officers Association. He said construction for the jail expansion will displace the area currently used for employee parking and Diamond Parking Services had agreed to provide parking on their lot adjacent to the jail at a price of $20.00 per month per permit.

Green asked if Diamond Parking had bid for this and how they got the contract.

Jeff Turk said they had gone through the sole source provider process, since Diamond had the only appropriate space available.

There was discussion regarding the equity of some employees paying for parking and some employees not. It was agreed this was not the time to discuss it, but it should be discussed during contract negotiations.

Cornacchia said it had been recently suggested that the County did not fulfill or follow through on its contracts. He pointed out this was an example of how the County does follow its contractual obligation and if there is a desire for change, it should be handled during bargaining.

MOTION: Approval. Green moved, Dumdi seconded. VOTE: 5-0.

Green noted a concern about add packages to the budget. He said he hoped there would not be mass productions of these add packages.

Van Vactor said at the appropriate time, the Budget Committee would get direction from the Board regarding preparing add packages. He said if elected officials feel an add package is appropriate, County Administration would work with them to bring that before the Board as a way of educating the Board and Budget Committee to the needs.

Cornacchia said add packages are a valuable education, but at the same time, it should be made clear to employees that the Board has no interest in adding services and employees this year, just to cut services and lay off employees.

11. REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS

Cornacchia will write a letter to Scott Miesner, City of Eugene, regarding the County's interest in pursuing the possibility of a regional library card. Dumdi will contact the rural libraries.

Cornacchia will check on the possibility of attending the SWIPIC meeting next week in Dumdi's absence.

Weeldreyer will let Arlene Marshall know about placing HR 2515 on the agenda and Weeldreyer will put together the agenda packet.

12. OTHER BUSINESS

None.

There being no other business, the meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m. and reconvened at 3:15 to Executive Session.

 

Jerry Pierce, Recording Secretary for this
Session of the Board

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