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February 25, 1998
REGULAR MEETING BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Harris Hall Main Floor 9:00 a.m.

Chair Steve Cornacchia presided with Ellie Dumdi, Bobby Green, Sr., Peter Sorenson, and Cindy Weeldreyer present. County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, County Counsel Terry Wilson and Recording Secretary C. Daniel Lindstrom were also present.

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

Commissioner Cornacchia announced that Public Comments would be considered first, following which the meeting would be adjourned and Housing Authority and Community Services Agency meeting would be convened.

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

Susan Roth, 2510 Kincaid Street, Eugene, stated that she was a member of a Campfire Club, of which she was the only non-developmentally disabled member.  She said most of the members of the club were enrolled in the Sheldon High School Life Skills program and had skills desired by many employers. She said she did not believe Lane County had adequately included hiring of the developmentally disabled in its efforts to create a diversified work force. She encouraged commissioners to set policy to encourage employment of persons with disabilities.

Rebecca Roth, 2510 Kincaid Street, Eugene, stated that she loved books and reading and that when she was in middle school she worked as a library assistant. She said she was a very careful worker and that when she graduated from Sheldon High School she wanted to work in a library which would enable her to earn money so that she could share with her family.

Mary Bucchanan, 1062 Bennett Street, Eugene, stated that she was a Sheldon High Life Skills student and was not sure of what she wanted to do when she graduated. She said she would love to be a teacher or work with horses. She said she wanted a job so she could have her own apartment, move out of her parents' house, and become independent.

Barbie Byford, 31365 Coburg Bottom Loop, Eugene, stated that she worked in the Office of the District Attorney. She said she helped with filing and copying and was good at it. She said she worked hard, took her jobs seriously, and wanted a paying job so that she could buy presents for her friends.

Mr. Van Vactor reported that management staff had discussed hiring persons with developmental disabilities, but that he believed it was possible to improve the hiring record of the County.

Commissioner Sorenson said that he appreciated the testimony of the young women. He reminded commissioners of their recent work session in which it had been agreed that office staff shortages delayed County administrative work. He said the testimony shows there was a potential for solving some of the issues.

Commissioner Green thanked the persons who testified and complimented them on their courage. He said that he would support any County action to provide equal opportunity and access to employment for persons with disabilities. He offered to become involved in planning an action program.

Commissioner Cornacchia said the Board of Commissioners was interested in receiving recommendations to increase hiring of developmentally disabled persons. He requested that this be considered at the next meeting of the Leadership Team.

Commissioner Weeldreyer said she supported efforts to establish equitable hiring policies for persons with developmental disabilities because Lane County supported the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.

Bill Powell, 3955 East 17th Avenue, Eugene, stated that he had spent $500 during the campaign for the last levy. He presented copies of a petition he said was signed by all the business people from Glenwood.

Bill Sullivan, 1958 Onyx Street, Eugene, stated that he was the convener of a citizen's group called ABLE--A Better Library for Everyone. He expressed appreciation to Commissioner Sorenson for participating in the group's Dr. Suess Read-A-Thon to raise awareness to improve the Eugene and Countywide library systems. He stated that Lane County had more citizens without library service than any other county in the State. He suggested that a universal library card system would be an important first step in developing better library services. He reported that urban renewal options under consideration by the City of Eugene could result in as much as $117,000 for Lane County. He challenged the commissioners to dedicate such revenue to improving library services.

Commissioner Green thanked Mr. Sullivan for his testimony and requested that he provide commissioners with documentation on his statement that Lane County had the most citizens without library service in the state.

Commissioner Dumdi said that a ballot measure regarding universal library cards was on the ballot in Lane County a number of years previously and it had been defeated. She suggested that it might be the time to attempt such a measure again.

Carol Auk, 90232 Highway 99, Cottage Grove, read a letter she said she had sent to commissioners regarding aquifer testing requirements. She described her personal situation and the difficulties such requirements placed on her ability to sell property. She said the cost for such testing was high and the results could only subjectively be interpreted. She submitted photographs of her home and surroundings which she said had its full water needs supplied be wells, but was determined to be inadequate.

Commissioner Weeldreyer stated that she was aware of Ms. Auk's situation and reported she was asking for exemptions or a variance to existing code provisions.

Commissioner Cornacchia adjourned the meeting of the Board of Commissioners until after the meeting of the Housing Authority and Community Services Agency.

Commissioner Cornacchia reconvened the meeting of the Board of Commissioners after the Executive Session of the Housing Authority and Community Services Agency at 10:30 a.m.

Mr. Van Vactor announced that recognition of services by Regional Information System Director Bill Hoyt, on his retirement, would be made at the conclusion of the executive session.

Commissioner Green asked to be excused at 11:00 a.m. Commissioner Cornacchia stated that he would declare a one-half hour recess at that point.

3. PUBLIC HEARINGS

a.  SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance No. 1-98/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 2 of Lane Code to Revise Procedures and Deadlines for Voters' Pamphlet, Add Procedures for a County Voters' Pamphlet, Make Modifications to Conform to Current State Law and Declare an Emergency. (NBA & PM 2/11/98)

County Counsel Teresa Wilson reminded commissioners of the First Hearing on Ordinance 1-98 held previously. She said the proposed changed allowed changes to be made to requirements for the State voters' pamphlet and to have a County voters' pamphlet.

Commissioner Cornacchia opened the public hearing on Ordinance 1-98.

Commissioner Cornacchia determined there was no one present who wished to testify regarding the ordinance.

Commissioner Cornacchia closed the public hearing.

MOTION: Approval of Ordinance 1-98.

Commissioner Weeldreyer MOVED, Commissioner Dumdi SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

4. COUNTY COUNSEL

a.  ORDER 98-2-25-1/In the Matter of Directing that the McKenzie/Mohawk Sheriff's Law Enforcement District Formation Measure be Placed in the State Voters' Pamphlet and Appointing a Committee to Draft an Explanatory Statement.

Ms. Wilson explained that the order placed the issue of forming a Mohawk Sheriff's Law Enforcement District in the State voters' pamphlet for the May 1998 election and appointed a committee to prepare an explanatory statement.

Lane County Sheriff Jan Clements stated that he recommended appointment of Terry Connely representing a neutral position, Fred Hugi representing an opponent position, and Tom Griffith representing a proponent position to the committee to draft an explanatory statement.

Commissioner Cornacchia noted that three to five persons were to be appointed to committees drafting voters' pamphlet statements.

MOTION: Approval of Order 98-2-25-1.

Commissioner Dumdi MOVED, Commissioner Weeldreyer SECONDED.

VOTE: 5:0.

5. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS

a.    REPORT/C-VALCO Semi-Annual Report

Convention and Visitors Association of Lane County Oregon (CVALCO) Executive Director Kari Westlund presented the semiannual report of her association distributed with the agenda of the meeting. She stated that near record convention related bookings and successful public leisure marketing public relations marked the second half of 1997 a success. She said average occupancy for the period was slightly ahead of that throughout the State, but that overseas economic downturns had produced tourism "outfalls." She described new advertising campaigns, contracted media coverage of the county, updating of the association's World Wide Web Internet presentation, new convention packets, and revised CVALCO publications.

Commissioner Dumdi requested that it be ensured that an adequate supply of CVALCO material was provided to the National Convention of the League of Counties to be held in Portland. She also encouraged CVALCO to feature the well-rounded nature of agriculture in Junction City.

Commissioner Green pointed out that the National Association Black Police Chiefs had determined to relocate its next convention out of Lane County.

Commissioner Sorenson thanked Ms. Westlund for her report.

Commissioner Cornacchia declared the meeting to be in recess for one-half hour at 11:00 a.m.

Commissioner Cornacchia reconvened the meeting at 11:30 a.m.

6. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissioner Sorenson reported that he had met with the Executive Manager of the Eugene Library, Recreation, and Cultural Services and Director of the Lane County Health and Human Services Department regarding development of a universal library card.

Commissioner Sorenson announced that a "Jobs in the Woods" conference would be held on March 2, and that the Public Interest Law Conference held at the University of Oregon Marcy 6-8 would feature a presentation by Judge James Browning regarding the potential division of the Ninth Federal Circuit Court.

Commissioner Weeldreyer reported that she had attended a regional hearing of the Oregon Telecommunication Commission on telecommunications policy.

Commissioner Green reported that he served as the chair of the Association of Oregon Counties Juvenile Crime Task Force (a subcommittee of the Human Services Committee), and that issues related to its staffing were being resolved.

Commissioner Dumdi requested that a commissioner attend a meeting of the Southern Willamette Private Industry Council during her attendance of conferences in Washington, D.C.

Commissioner Dumdi offered to order copies of the book Catalatic Leadership by Jeff Luke. Commissioners Green and Cornacchia requested copies.

Commissioner Weeldreyer reported that she would be attending a meeting of the "Smart Oregon" Committee of the Oregon Economic Development Department regarding telecommunications issues on February 27.

Commissioner Cornacchia announced that the next meeting of the Joint Elected Officials had been rescheduled to April 28 at 5:00 p.m. at the Lane County Fairgrounds.

Commissioner Cornacchia announced that he would accompany the District Attorney, Sheriff, Public Defender, and members of the Public Safety Coordinating Council staff on a trip to investigate low-cost corrections options during the first week in March.

7. RESOLUTIONS

a.    RESOLUTION 98-2-25-2/In the Matter of Support for the Adoption of the Forest Recovery and Protection Act

Commissioner Weeldreyer read Resolution 98-2-25-2 regarding support of the Board of County Commissioners for U.S. House of Representatives Resolution 2515, The Forest Recovery and Protection Act, distributed with the agenda of the meeting.

MOTION: Approval of Resolution 98-2-25-2.

Commissioner Weeldreyer MOVED, Commissioner Dumdi SECONDED.

Commissioner Sorenson asked why there were no other northwest area members of congress co-sponsoring the legislation.

Commissioner Dumdi said she believed Representative DeFazio and Senators Smith and Wyden from Oregon favored the legislation. She said a cover letter accompanying the legislation suggested that Governor Kitzhaber also supported it.

Commissioner Sorenson said that he would oppose the motion because support information provided did not indicate either northwest area or bipartisan support for the legislation.

Commissioner Green said that he appreciated the questions raised by Commissioner Sorenson, but that he would support the motion.

VOTE: 4-1, with Commissioner Sorenson voting no.

8. COMMITTEE REPORTS

a.    ORDER 98-2-25-2/In the Matter of Approving SAVE Awards to Roy Stone, Bill Mahn, and Carol Noel-Furlong.

Commissioner Cornacchia reviewed the Suggestions Are Valuable to Employees (SAVE) program awards proposed for Lane County Employees as described in material distributed with the agenda of the meeting.

MOTION: To approve Order 98-2-25-2.

Commissioner Cornacchia MOVED, Commissioner Dumdi SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

9. PUBLIC WORKS

a. FIRST READING AND SETTING SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance PA 1105/In the Matter of Amending the Rural Comprehensive Plan to Re-designate Land from "Agriculture" to "Rural" and Re-zoning that Land from "E-40/Exclusive Farm Use" to "RR-2/Rural Residential 2," Adopting Exceptions to Statewide Planning Goals 3 and 4; and Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses (file PA 0253-97; Davidson) (Second Reading & Public Hearing: March 18, 1998, 1:30 p.m.).

MOTION: To approve Ordinance PA 1105.

Commissioner Green MOVED, Commissioner Dumdi SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

10. CONSENT CALENDAR

A.  Approval of Minutes:

January 14, 1998, Regular Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
January 14, 1998, Joint BCC/Fair Board, Noon

B.  Health and Human Services

1)  ORDER 98-2-25-2/In the Matter of Delegating Authority for the County Administrator to Sign an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Bethel School District in the Amount of $41,020 for Wraparound Services.

C.  Human Resources and Management Services

1)  ORDER 98-2-25-4/In the Matter of Award of Bids LCP 97/98-08, 09, and 10 for Fire Protection Systems, Plumbing and Electrical Services at the Lane County Forest Work Camp Dormitory and Parking Shed Project.

2)  ORDER 98-2-25-5/In the Matter of Award of Bid LCP 97/98-04 Miscellaneous Security Upgrades at Youth Services.

3)  ORDER 98-2-25-6/In the Matter of Authorizing the Sale of Surplus County Owned Real Property to Brian E. Burrell (Map #20-03-29-33-00200, Adjacent to 31817 Gowdyville Road, Cottage Grove).

D.  Public Safety

1)  ORDER 98-2-25-7/In the Matter of Authorizing the County Administrator to Sign a Contract with Kleinfelder, Inc. for Independent Testing and Inspection Services for the Lane County Adult Corrections Additions for an Amount Not to Exceed $46,000.

2)  ORDER 98-2-25-8/In the Matter of Authorizing an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Bureau of Land Management for Law Enforcement Services.

E.  Public Works

1)  ORDER 98-2-25-9/In the Matter of Accepting the Director's Report on Improvements to Coburg Road Between Mile Post 6.65 and 7.41, Including Assessments.

2)  ORDER 98-2-25-10/In the Matter of Amending Work Order No. 15 with EMCON and Authorizing the County Administrator to Execute the Amendment.

MOTION: To approve the Consent Calendar for February 25, 1998.

Commissioner Dumdi MOVED, Commissioner Green SECONDED.

VOTE: 5:0.

11. REGIONAL INFORMATION SYSTEM

a.  ORDER 98-2-25-11/In the Matter of Approving an Agreement with Computer Associates International, Incorporated for a Five-Year Software License and Support of their Datacom/Unipack, Topsecret, and Intertest Products.

Regional Information System Acting Department Head Paul White presented the staff report regarding Regional Information System (RIS) mainframe computer software license and support agreement. He described the cost, purpose, and outcome of the proposed purchase.

Mr. Van Vactor reported on progress in transferring Lane County RIS programs from mainframe to personal computer systems. He reminded commissioners that the plan for transfer of Area Information Records System (AIRS) law enforcement data was currently being evaluated by an outside consultant and said it was vital that the system be maintained on the mainframe computer until the transfer was accomplished.

MOTION: To approve Order 98-2-24-11.

Commissioner Weeldreyer MOVED, Commissioner Dumdi SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

12.    REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS

Commissioner Green expressed appreciation to Mr. Van Vactor for fulfilling the assignment to arrange for observance of the retirement of Bill Hoyt.

Commissioner Dumdi stated that an article about the Oakridge Caboose appeared in the current issue of Lane Electric Rural Life.

Commissioner Cornacchia adjourned the meeting to an Executive Session at 12:05 p.m.

This meeting reconvened into Public Session at 12:43 p.m.

13.    OTHER BUSINESS

Mr. Van Vactor announced that Bill Hoyt, Director, Regional Information System, is retiring on March 2, 1998. He noted that Hoyt has worked for Lane County for 26 years, starting as a programmer in Records and Elections. Van Vactor stated that Hoyt's significant accomplishments include setting up the first regional telecommunications system and implementing the RIS transition from a total mainframe environment to a client server environment. Van Vactor expressed appreciation for Hoyt's many years of dedicated service and presented him with a retirement gift.

Additional Commissioners' Announcements

Commissioner Dumdi noted that she received a letter from the State Office of Community Development regarding New Directions. She will work with Stephanie Schulz, Rural Development Coordinator and Tanya Heaton, Management Analyst, regarding this issue.

Commissioner Dumdi stated that she also received a letter from Hull-Oaks Lumber Company asking for support in having the company listed in the National Registry of Historical Places. She said the company is asking the federal government to dedicate logs on an annual basis to operate the working museum (see material on file). Dumdi remarked that she would speak to Representative DeFazio and Senators Wyden and Smith while she was in Washington, D.C. Dumdi stated that she will provide the Board with copies of this letter. There was a consensus that she represent her views and not take a position on behalf of the Board.

There being no further business, this meeting was adjourned at 1:10 p.m.

C. Daniel Lindstrom, Recording Secretary

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