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July 29, 1998
1:30 p.m. Harris Hall Main Floor

Commissioner Steve Cornacchia presided with Commissioners Ellie Dumdi, Bobby Green, Sr., Peter Sorenson and Cindy Weeldreyer present. Acting County Administrator David Suchart, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.


Green announced that on Monday he attended a meeting of the Local Government Advisory Committee's Association (LGAC), the committee that is the advisory group to the Oregon State Commission on Children and Families. He reported that he is Chair of the committee. He added that letters will be going out to school board and county chairs asking them two questions: "What population falls through the cracks in the delivery system?" and "What are the systemic barriers that obstruct or prevent you from providing services to these populations?" He said this information will be used by the governor to help formalize a statewide system. He also announced that he attended the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dumdi reported that she attended the NACo Convention in Portland. She said there were 5,000 delegates from all over the country. She said there were several sessions related to children, families, teenagers and violence in the work place. She said she moderated a session called "Violence in the Work Place."

Weeldreyer reported that she also attended the NACo Convention in Portland. She attended meetings with community, rural, economic development and transportation and telecommunication issues. Also, she congratulated the community of Leaburg for a successful festival and said she attended the Westfir community clean-up.

Cornacchia announced that tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. there will be ground breaking for the substance abuse facilities at the Juvenile Justice Center, with Governor Kitzhaber in attendance.

Dumdi said that she has been President of the Women Officials of NACo and as part of her responsibility, she gives a presidential scholarship. She said this year's recipient, Alexann Ralph of Eugene/Springfield, was awarded the scholarship at the convention, but the sponsor of the scholarship was in Houston, Texas and not everything arrived. She asked if a presentation could be made during a meeting. She also announced that the Applegate Trail Days will be in the Veneta/Elmira area this weekend.


a. SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance PA 1118/In the Matter of Amending the Rural Comprehensive Plan to Redesignate Land From "Agriculture" to "Marginal Land" and Rezoning That Land From "E-40/Exclusive Farm Use" to "ML/Marginal Land"; and Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses (file PA 0026-98; Myers/Rudinsky).

Cornacchia opened Public Hearing. There were no ex parte contacts reported by any of the Commissioners.

Mike Copely, Land Management Division, said the property is a 96 acre piece on the southeast side of Gimpl Hill Road. He said the land has two owners. He said the proposal is for marginal land and the staff analysis of the proposal is that the land does meet the statutory definitions of marginal lands. He said the productivity is not enough to disqualify the land in terms of agricultural production or forestry. He said the applicant has introduced consultant studies concerning both of the topics and are part of the application and addressed in the findings. (Exhibit "C" in the Ordinance.) He said the matter went before the Lane County Planning Commission on March 17, 1998 and the commission recommended approval. He said there was no contesting testimony, there were letters in support of the proposal. He said the matter was referred to the Department of Land Conservation and Development and there were no comments or objections received from that agency. He said staff was comfortable with the recommendation for approval.

Cornacchia requested Copely to furnish the Commissioners with the current written departmental policies.

Al Cooper, 2258 Harris Street, agent for applicant, reported that he came to the Board with a unanimous recommendation from the Planning Commission. He said that under the marginal lands test there was no evidence of management as a farm operation during the statutory five year period, however there was evidence of passive forestry management. He said that Mr. Booth tried to use the formula for income analysis and got $8,500 for income which is below the $10,000, so it passes for passive forestry management. He said that there were other criteria in the code and the applicant met with all of them. He said the wells were pumped and there were no effects to other properties.

Cornacchia closed Public Hearing.

Dumdi said she looked through the materials and read the report from Mr. Copely and minutes from the Planning Commission. She said they have complied with all of the requirements to designate the land as marginal and her assessment is that it is a feasible application and she is in support of it.

MOTION: to approve Second Reading and Public Hearing/ Ordinance PA 1118.




Green stated that he would like the Board to give direction to Myra Wall of the Public Safety Coordinating Council (PSCC) that the one thing is still missing, and that is the message, it is not okay to do crime in Lane County. He said that an ordinance or legislative approach with all of the jurisdictions is needed so everyone can help the police enforce the current ordinances.

Cornacchia said what needs to be done is to make the law enforcement and public safety system effective and efficient. He said the only way to achieve this is through accountability. He said he is looking for a stronger union between the Commission for Children and Families and the PSCC.

There being no further business, Commissioner Cornacchia adjourned the meeting at 2:40 p.m.

Melissa Zimmer
Recording Secretary


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