November 10, 1998
REGULAR MEETING BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Harris Hall Following HACSA - Main Floor
Commissioner Steve Cornacchia presided with Commissioners Ellie Dumdi,
Peter Sorenson and Cindy Weeldreyer present. Bobby Green, Sr., was excused. County
Administrator Bill Van Vactor, Assistant County Counsel Stephen Vorhes and Recording
Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
2. PUBLIC COMMENTS
Michael Baker, 2188 N. Danebo Ave., Eugene, reported that he is a Viet Nam vet.
He added he is a volunteer chair for the Lane County Veteran's Council. He discussed
information on the Lane County Veteran's Service Office (see copy in file). He added the
Veteran's Service Office is overworked and underpaid. He said he has seen people come and
go out of their office because they couldn't make a living there. He said Mike Robinson
has stayed through the years because he is so dedicated. He stated he was present to speak
because of Mike Robinson's work and his office.
John Bianco, P. O. Box 271, Creswell, OR., reported over the past two years on
the F-1 matter, he has presented a number of pieces of statistical evidence. He said every
piece of evidence that he has presented to the Board is thoroughly documented. He stated
his key points are the following: 1) most F-1 land is owned by corporations or businesses,
not individuals; (individuals own 12% of F-1 land) 2) most F-1 is smaller than 160 acres;
(63% of the F-1 is under 160 acres) 3) the template test is very easy to pass; 4) the most
common cause of fire starts is debris burning. He stated he is an F-1 landowner and if
dwellings are allowed on F-1 land, it will impact his ability to manage the land for
timber growing. He said the residences and the speculative driving up of land prices are
keeping him from expanding his timber holdings. He urged the Commissioners to leave the
moratorium in place and to handle individual requests in a site-specific manner.
Alice Doyle, 78185 Rat Creek Rd., Cottage Grove, read her letter into the
record. Please see attached Exhibit 1.
Neal Miller, 29215 Fox Hollow Rd., Eugene, stated Oregon citizens have the right
under the state constitution to review legislative actions of government agencies. He said
it has been rarely used in Lane County, but because of the importance of the F-1 issue and
the impact it will have on people in the County, he said a large number are preparing to
challenge the expected decision. He added it is not through a legal process but
specifically through a use of the referendum. He stated some of the Commissioners have
ignored testimony and treated sincere efforts with disdain and disrespect. He added with
the Board being so out of step with the public interest, (accountability and hard analysis
of the costs of opening F-1 lands) they are compelled to take action. He said if the Board
approves this measure and the corresponding ordinances, several groups have tentatively
approved going through with the referendum campaign. He said between 4,000 and 5,000
signatures will be required and based on the support of the Cottage Grove Sentinel,
Eugene Weekly, and Register Guard, they are confident there is sufficient
public interest to warrant such a campaign. He said they are doing this not to be
confrontational but because they care about Lane County. He said he hopes the Board will
reconsider its decision so a referendum will not have to be enacted, but they will go
forward with it if necessary.
3. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dumdi reported she went to Salem for the Association of Oregon Counties' (AOC)
legislative reception. She said she will be out of town until Monday, November 16, because
she is traveling to Bloomington, Minnesota for the NACo Employment and Training
Weeldreyer reported she was in Salem yesterday, representing the Board on the
Legislative Committee for the AOC. She added last week she and Commissioner Dumdi met with
a fiber optic company (that is coming to East Lane County) and city officials and there
may be a telecommunications consortium, similar to the regional cable commission, that
might provide telecommunications access to rural communities. She said she wanted to
publicly thank the Senior Volunteers who will be honored at a luncheon today.
Sorenson reported he met with Commissioner-Elect Anna Morrison. He stated the Register
Guard implied there would be a shut-down of the Forest Work Camp. He said he met with
Sheriff Clements who said he was working on a press release to clarify that. He stated
that he will be on the Victor Boc Radio Show on KUGN on Thursday, November 12.
Van Vactor also reported he had a discussion with Sheriff Clements this morning. He
said Sheriff Clements stated with limited finances, if the Forest Work Camp remains open,
it may remain open with state funding for state prisoners or some other institution. He
added there will be an impact on the County's ability to house County inmates.
Dumdi reminded everyone about the Association of Oregon Counties Convention that will
be in Eugene next week, Tuesday through Friday, at the Hilton.
4. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS
a. RESOLUTION 98-11-10-1 Celebrating the 70th
Anniversary of the Silk Creek Neighbor's Friendship Club.
Weeldreyer introduced three members of the Silk Creek Neighbor's Friendship Club, Verna
Brown, Betty Diggs and Claire Doss. She added this particular club in South Lane County
has been active and has minutes recorded for the last 70 years. She said they will be
celebrating their 70th birthday.
Claire Doss, Secretary, thanked everyone and appreciated the recognition.
Weeldreyer read into the record the resolution.
MOTION: to approve RESOLUTION 98-11-10-1.
Weeldreyer MOVED, Dumdi, SECONDED.
Weeldreyer thanked the women to be honored and stated she will represent the Board at a
formal presentation on November 21.
Sorenson also thanked them, specifically for the contributions the members have made
for the civic progress of the community over the last 70 years.
b. UPDATE Facilities Capital Improvements Projects (No Material).
David Suchart, Manager, reported that on both projects they are still under budget and
on time. He added the main expansion of the jail is to be completed by April 1999, on
schedule with what the state had asked. He said the Juvenile Justice Center has been
weatherproofed on 90% of the building so expanded construction could be performed over the
winter months. He said the chair lifts for the Courts will be shipped on November 13 and
most of the work for the Courts will be completed by the end of November. He said with the
failure of the levy, they are making sure with the architects that the building is
prepared and will operate with the 32 bed module.
c. SIXTH READING AND DELIBERATION Ordinance PA 1106 Amending
the West Eugene Wetlands Plan by Adopting New or Revised Plan Policies Revising Plan Text
and Adopting a Severability Clause.
Cornacchia stated the Board of Commissioners had requested that Steve Gordon, LCOG,
(who was involved with the creation of the West Eugene Wetlands Plan since its inception
in 1992) be brought into the discussion and provide an analysis and direction from his
perspective as an author on the West Eugene Wetlands Plan.
Jan Childs, Planning Director, City of Eugene, acknowledged that information was
requested in August and turned the discussion to Steve Gordon.
Steve Gordon, LCOG, stated he believes the wetland plan is a wonderful document. He
said it embodied vision and represented a lot of dialogue in the community between the
development and environmental interests during its conception. He said the major point of
contention when it was adopted in 1992, is that it had to do with property rights issues.
He said they tried to be sensitive to the people who expressed those concerns, to find
compromises to the plan and amend it so the majority of the Eugene City Council and Board
of County Commissioners would adopt the plan. He stated things have changed in the
community since then. He said the plan continues to work miracles. He said the plan is
being implemented with as much vision as the plan was first envisioned. He said they have
secured federal money to buy wetlands from willing sellers, to help them offset the impact
of wetland discovery on their land, and that is a credit to the community. He said a
mitigation bank was set up that is actively restoring wetlands. He added it has done over
$1 million of work in a revolving fund to make it easier for developers to get wetlands
permits on wetlands recommended for development in the plan which is a model. He said
people from other states are coming to Eugene to view the wetland mitigation bank.
Gordon stated he went through the policy and text amendments in Exhibit A of Ordinance
PA 1106 and categorized them. He added those that have been acted on through the Utility
Corridor Amendments or those that have been removed for further analysis by staff are
policies 61, 19, 79, 85 and 86 in Exhibit A. He said there are four policies that
reference the criteria in the plan. He said there are six policies that reflect rare
species. He said there are 14 other text amendments. He said in the analysis he prepared,
he went through each of them and those in the category of "other" greatly
improve the plan. He said the language that has been adopted by the Eugene City Council
clarifies the plan and make it easier to understand and express the intent of the plan
more precisely. He added the original intent of the plan was to cover the wetland portion,
and not have the plan apply to uplands that may be redesignated over time. He said that
was an improvement over the 1992 plan. He said with regard to the rare species policies,
the specific listing of the species is an improvement over the existing plan and suggested
that in the future as those lists change, it needs to be determined what the impact of the
listing on development in West Eugene is and what is its relationship to wetlands in West
Eugene. He said they are different for the Endangered Species Act for habitats related to
animals than protection given to plant habitat. He said the listing in the plan ties the
species to the criteria directly. He said the species rely on wetlands that are being
judged for protection or criteria. He said that was the main importance of the listing. He
said all use of federally funded highway monies or wetlands permit will consider those
species on the list whether anyone likes the list or not. He said the amendments (with
regard to endangered species) are an improvement over the existing plan.
Gordon said the biggest problem is with the criteria. He said the problem could be
summarized by the way policy 3.17 is written, attempts to codify something that may defy
codification. He said when the plan was done, they did some of the criteria as if they
were standards and then called them criteria. He said there was a balancing act at the
staff and elected official level as they went through the plan. He said they presented
three scenarios for the public, came back and did a draft plan, held public testimony, and
a final plan was brought to the Board. He added the Board made further adjustments to the
diagram as it went through the amendment process. He stated the introduction to policy
3.17 tries to do too much. He said it is necessary to segregate some of the criteria for
simplification. He said those that are to be dealt with as standards, need to be stated as
standards. He added if some are to be used for balancing, state those as criteria and
don't include a formula in the introduction. He said staff will make a recommendation
based on an a weighting of those criteria. He added many of the criteria are improvements
over the existing criteria in the plan. He said a criteria that is under protection is
still awkwardly worded on page 11 of the analysis (copy in file).
Gordon added there are two different views of the wetland world, one is after 150 years
of development nothing is connected anymore. He said roads, utility lines and buildings
have segregated the system. He added the other view is the whole world is connected,
either through ground or surface water, or wind blowing seeds and the wetlands are all
related. He said the truth lies in between in an urban wetlands setting. He said the
intent in the original plan was to create a system of wetlands (Please see Map 3 of the
plan diagram.) that is really a connected system. He said protection criteria number 9 is
a new one that has been added during the process and it is stated awkwardly. He said they
used it the converse of the way it is included. He said in the past five or six years,
they have come across a couple of instances where the wetlands are so isolated and
surrounded by existing development that neither the BLM, Nature Conservancy nor the City
of Eugene want to buy or own that site. He said he recommends that the protection criteria
be made into a development standard.
Gordon stated the restoration criteria is new (number 64 in Appendix A). He said the
criteria as written parallels closely the existing policy in the plan that was included in
the resolution with the lower Amazon property owners. He said the criteria that is set out
in policy 4.28 on page 39, (is reiterated in the Appendix A) are sound reasons for
identifying a site for restoration. He added his conclusion is the set of 14 of the other
text amendments are consistent to improve the plan. He said the rare species of four
plants and two species of animals that are on state or federal lists, and the listing and
the requirement that if any new species are added to that list, they become part of the
plan only through an amendment process. He said the criteria is the crux of the issue. He
stated he was prepared to propose some recommended solutions. He recommended to adopt
everything in policy 3.17, 4.20, amendment 64, the new policy on restoration and
mitigation. He said the major problem of policy 3.17 is in the introduction. He stated
there should be a dialogue with the City of Eugene to get their concurrence. He added, if
a recommendation can be agreed on that can be taken to the City of Eugene, a set of text
amendments to the plan would allow the City to move ahead and apply the text in the new
criteria in the analysis of the individual sites to complete the amendment package some
time in 1999.
Cornacchia commented he was thrilled with the work and appreciated it very much. He
said he agreed with Gordon in his analysis that the majority of the amendments are
improvements and are necessary. He said there was flexibility provided in 1992 to make
case by case decisions and there would be a balancing of the value of the particular
wetland at its site, and a balancing of all the sites in the middle of the light
industrial zoning district. He stated he was not in a position to argue with Mr. Gordon.
He said he focused on the same items that Gordon did, particularly, introduction of 3.17.
He added they were in a position before of just saying no and not participating because
there appeared to be no willingness to negotiate or talk. He said far more is accomplished
when there are discussions and opportunities to share considerations to try to work for a
better product. He added there are three options that can be taken. He said one is to not
do anything, but it has no value and doesn't improve the plan. He said the second is to
say everything looks good, but there are still some issues, Mr. Gordon expressed that need
improvement. He said the third is to use the recommendations for the discussions that will
occur between the City and the County that would result in the fact that an ordinance is
being passed that is still dissimilar with the City of Eugene. He said he wants the County
and City to talk on those issues, rather than the Board have a take it or leave it
exercise and go back and forth. He said that alternative two is the better alternative. He
said to follow the recommendations, approve everything to date in the ordinance while
striking amendment 62, 64 & 66, with that being the package that goes to the City of
Eugene. He said the plan had been reduced to a number exercise. He said if a West Eugene
Wetlands plan that has in it protection, restoration and development to be renamed to a
West Eugene Wetland Protection Plan, then this discussion is irrelevant. He said he wasn't
willing to do that given all the work and the investments made by the private and public
sector and federal and state governments. He said his recommendation is to follow Mr.
Gordon's advice and show him the respect that is deserved to approve the ordinance, minus
the three policies and send that product with the suggested alternatives for discussion to
the City of Eugene. He said the Board is 85 to 90% there. He said there will be a lot of
room for discussion and agreement rather than disagreement and putting it into terms gets
the Board away from an ugly environment. He thanked Steve Gordon for a job well done.
Gordon stated he wasn't the chief author of the Wetlands Plan, he was the Project
Manager. He added a lot of people worked on it. He said he did the analysis independently,
he didn't coordinate it with anyone. He said it was his own independent view, and that is
what it represents. He requested that if it goes forward to the City, that it not be about
him, but about what the Board believes in and what they want to discuss with the Eugene
City Council regarding the substance of the plan. He added it should be about public
Gordon stated he would recommend alternative two, that has been outlined. He said he
spoke with Jan Childs and they agree it is an improvement to policy 3.17. He said it is
clearer than the way they dealt with the criteria in the original adopted plan. He added
listing the specific streams adjacent to the wetlands, making it clear there is a
relationship between the plan map for the criteria on connectivity, is an improvement. He
said he hopes that the City of Eugene will be willing to discuss improvements to policy
Weeldreyer agreed with what Cornacchia stated about public and private investment that
has gone into this area and the importance of what is learned over time about the
interconnectivity that is needed for healthy wetlands. She said efforts have been made to
try and balance restoration with development and protection. She said she is pleased with
the analysis and would be supportive of the second alternative as it has been recommended,
and would be supportive of keeping an open dialogue with the City of Eugene to look at the
Dumdi echoed what Weeldreyer and Cornacchia said and also thanked Steve Gordon for his
Sorenson also thanked Mr. Gordon. He said the Board has an important role in receiving
technical staff information about what the Board should or should not be doing. He said
there is concern that as elected officials the policies are of limited utility unless the
public buys into them. He said the Board needs to get the public's view on things. He said
with those concerns, the Board has been approving watershed councils. He said the McKenzie
and the Long Tom Watershed Council were approved. He wanted to strengthen the advisory
role of the watershed councils to local government elected officials. He stated he wanted
the Board set up a process to charter them. He added he wanted to encourage the advisory
functions of the watershed councils on all of the complex issues that are brought before
Gordon stated the Amazon drainage is part of the Long Tom Watershed Basin. He
questioned whether there needs to be another reading under the charter for amendments, to
consider what is before the Board. He added that he was proposing a policy question for
Sorenson stated there is consensus that there should be less confrontation with the
City government and more cooperation. He said as part of the process in working with the
City to get this done is to involve the citizens who are interested in the portion of the
Gordon said with water quality and watershed, it is a natural resource issue. He said
there are people on the City Council who are familiar with water quality and wetland
issues. He said he can't advise the Board on how you involve them in the process at this
Cornacchia stated there would not need to be an additional reading if they were take
the recommendations except for 62, 64 and 66.
Steve Vorhes, Assistant County Counsel, stated if all the Board is doing is deleting
proposed amendments from the Exhibit to the Ordinance, it could be done, read and acted on
today. He added if there are any changes that need to be made because of the deletions,
they would need to be highlighted and then have an additional reading after that.
Cornacchia said that he wants to get it back to the Eugene City Council and give Mr.
Gordon an opportunity to make a presentation of his work. He added they are moving forward
and getting to the point where the Board is talking with the City of Eugene about
specifics and then hold public hearings on the final outcome. He said he wants to keep the
positive movement going forward. He said that would be his recommendation.
MOTION: to approve ORDINANCE PA 1106.
Cornacchia MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED.
Sorenson stated he wanted discussion on the issue on the role for the watershed
councils for decisions like this. He wanted to more formally involve the watershed council
by proposing to send them a letter from the Board.
Weeldreyer stated on the F-1 issue that the McKenzie Watershed deliberated and brought
forth the subcommittee's recommendation that was presented to the Board as part of the F-1
discussion. She said she didn't know why that couldn't be an ongoing part of the
development of the West Eugene Wetlands Plan. She said they have recently adopted changes
in ordinances that say the Board will involve watershed councils in land use planning
Dumdi said she sees it is a fluid document. She said if they take action today, it
doesn't preclude the watershed councils from giving input at later times as various issues
Cornacchia stated he wanted to involve the watershed councils in the final decision. He
stated the motion is approving things that everybody agrees with. He said he doesn't see
the benefit of stopping the exercise and making an inquiry to the watershed council. He
added what would be a more valuable process would be for the Board to approve the motion,
send that motion and the alternatives back to the City of Eugene, and then send them to
the watershed council saying this is what the Board is sending back to the City of Eugene
for discussion. He said at that point the watershed council could give their input in
written form so the council could read it. He said next year there might be a joint
exercise again where the council and the Commissioners would get together and do a final
adoption exercise. He added the watershed council representatives could be a part of that
Van Vactor clarified that Lane County doesn't staff watershed councils. He said the
County had a limited contract with Steve Gordon for his services and that is probably
exhausted. He said beyond the referral that has been described, he doesn't see Lane County
staff or LCOG's involvement unless some means to provide for that is provided. He added
perhaps a staff person at LCOG could help with the work.
Sorenson said it was an improvement to approve the amendments and get the watershed
council on their own power to take whatever involvement. He said he is concerned about the
perceived need to have not only professional level advice that has been provided, but
working with the governor and his idea of involving watershed councils in government
decision making. He said to have it be a voluntary and balanced set of people that have
various interests. He said to pursue the amendments that have been agreed to would be a
Cornacchia questioned who would draft the letter to the watershed council.
Sorenson responded he would.
ROLL CALL VOTE: 4-0.
Childs noted that last Thursday she sent to the Mayor and City Council, copies of Steve
Gordon's report and told them she would report back to them after this Board Meeting. She
said she will transmit the results of the discussion and action to their council. She said
she wants to schedule Steve Gordon for a presentation and discussion similar to the
Board's before they go on recess in December. She said she didn't know how the watershed
council referral plays into this.
Cornacchia responded that he saw the referral exercise being a component of the final
exercise between the City and the County.
5. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660
Executive Session will be held at 11:30 a.m.
6. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION
Van Vactor stated there are a substantial number of employees in Information and
Management Services working on the conversion of the County's financial system. He said
they are scheduled to go live with the new system on December 1, with general ledgers,
accounts payable and purchasing. He thanked the departments for their cooperation in
providing people for training and to assist in the conversion.
Commissioner Cornacchia recessed the meeting to return at 10:40 a.m.
7. PUBLIC WORKS
a. RESOLUTION 98-11-10-2 Proclaiming November 15 America
Recycles Day in Lane County.
Tanya Baker, Department of Public Works, stated she was present to talk about Recycling
Awareness Week in Oregon, including America Recycles Day, November 15. She added America
Recycles Day is a national campaign to celebrate recycling success and to heighten
people's awareness in the importance of buying products with recycled content in it. She
said the goal of the campaign is to increase the purchase of recycled content products.
She said Lane County citizens are challenged to make a pledge to increase purchases of
recycled content products in their daily purchases. She added part of recycling is buying
recycled, something called "closing the loop." She said Lane County citizens can
get involved by going to Albertson's, Home Depot or Fred Meyer, and filling out a pledge
that they will try and buy recycled products. She said once they put their pledge into the
box, they may win the American Green Dream Home. She said this is a home built almost
entirely of recycled materials and it will be built in Oregon. She said there will be
several events taking place this week to remind people to continue to recycle and buy
Cornacchia read the Resolution into the record. He thanked Baker for her work and
MOTION: to approve RESOLUTION 98-11-10-2.
Dumdi MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.
b. ORAL REPORT Update on Parks Consolidation Plan.
Bob Keefer, Lane County Parks, reported that last year when the Board approved the
Parks Consolidation Plan, they asked for him to come back and give an update. He stated it
has been a busy winter, spring and summer with the new additions to the park system. He
said with regard to transfer of parks to other agencies, the entire North Shore facility
along Lookout Point Dam (which included the new low water boat ramp at Signal Point) has
been transferred back to the Corps of Engineers. He said Dexter and Lowell Parks on Dexter
Reservoir have been transferred to State Parks. He said the State has moved its offices to
the Lowell Ranger District. He said with Jasper Park, the County has entered into a
short-term lease with them like the one at Armitage. He said the State has a policy of not
charging day use fees at facilities that are not open year round, so there were no day use
fees at Jasper. He said with regard to the south shore of Dorena (including Row Point and
Teeter's Creek and Harm's Boat Ramp) the leases from the Corps were relinquished, and
prior to the transfer there was an agreement with the BLM and they installed a new vault
toilet in Harm's Park. He added the parking lot was taken care of and was in good shape.
He added they originally planned to turn Vaughn Recreation Site on the north shore of
Dorena back to the Corps. He said he requested they don't do that and hold it for
potential development because it is strategically located between Baker Bay and the Dorena
Covered Bridge on the north shore. He said Marshall Island, which is 11 acres on the
Willamette River near Junction City, has been transferred to the State. He said Browns
Landing is still pending with a road to be settled yet. He said once that occurs, it will
be transferred to the State. He said Cinderella Park, (located outside of Creswell) is
scheduled to be transferred to the State, but there are issues of the solid waste transfer
station that is located on the parcel.
Keefer reported in return, the County received Armitage Park, where their offices have
relocated. He said the caretaker's house burnt down and it will be replaced by a
manufactured home by March 1. He said the revenue generated at Armitage was over $18,000
in day use fees and over $14,000 in reservations and special use permits. He added it
increased the County's overall picnic reservations by 35% for this year. He said Hendricks
Bridge, (outside of Springfield on the McKenzie) has been transferred to the County. He
said there has been a temporary park host at the site and it has cut down on the amount of
illegal trash dumping that was happening in the park. He said a gate has been installed
that is closed at night. He added the County generated about $6,000 in revenue in day use
fees there, on an honor system. He said H.J. Morton is another park that has been
transferred to the County that is a day use facility, there is river access, with no boat
ramp on the McKenzie. He said Jenny B. Harris Wayside, near McKenzie Bridge is under a
lease agreement. He said the purpose for the lease is to maintain eligibility for ODOT
road funds to assist with maintaining them as safety rest areas.
Keefer said for the next steps, the County will follow through with the Cinderella and
Browns pieces and get them transferred to the state. He said the lease needs to be
relinquished at Winberry and North Shore on Fall Creek Reservoir. He said they will be
negotiating a new lease for Perkins Peninsula Park within the next two months and take
over the facility from the Corps of Engineers on Fern Ridge Reservoir. He added there are
issues that need to be dealt with, placement of a park host, when and how to collect day
use fees, what improvements are needed at that site and what does the future hold for
that. He said an additional site will be added to the inventory under a maintenance
management agreement. (If approved by the Board) He said that location is Alderwood
Wayside, on Highway 36, on the way to Triangle Lake. He said it is a state park and the
County will maintain the facility for a fee. He said it would remain as a state park, but
the County would keep the restrooms clean.
Keefer stated he has seen an improved presence of the maintenance and management staff
in the facilities. He said being in Armitage Park, he gets to see what is going on with
the facility and has more interaction with the public. He said the public's needs are met
from his staff's and the public's standpoint. He said it improves the overall management.
He said the staff is beginning to work at the Howard Buford Recreation Area in Mt. Pisgah.
He said they are repairing the water system that has been abandoned, refurbishing the
residence and having someone stationed there. He said it is an expense that over time will
need to be taken care of. He said some of the problems that they are seeing with some of
the systems is that their systems are as old as the County's and infrastructure repair
will have to be made. He said there also might be some plans in the future along the
Siuslaw that may open doors to other thought processes and would be a benefit to the
citizens of Lane County.
Weeldreyer questioned: "With regard to Browns Landing, how much of what the Board
agreed to in terms of being the good neighbor with that property owner is going to be
honored or improved by the state park?"
Keefer responded he didn't know what the State parks will do, he said the County put up
a fence and made efforts to fulfill all the obligations including a security light that
the County said they would do. He added the neighbor has sold their residence and someone
new will be moving in.
Weeldreyer also asked with the ballot measure passing, what impact will that have on
Lane County park system.
Keefer responded the only thing he is aware of is the grant programs that are involved
on both sides of the initiative for salmon restoration and stream sites, where the County
will be able to look at some projects to secure salmon habitat at the McKenzie Hatchery.
He added on the park side, all indications are there will be a local grant program for
capital improvements that the State will sponsor with some of the proceeds from the ballot
c. FOURTH READING AND DELIBERATION Ordinance No. PA 1121 Amending Lane County General Plan Policies (an element of the Lane County Rural
Comprehensive Plan) Goal 4 Forest Lands, Policy 5 to Allow Limited Dwellings on Lands
Zoned Non-items Impacted Forest Lands, F-1 and Adopting a Savings and Severability Clause.
d. FOURTH READING AND DELIBERATION Ordinance No. 4-98 Amending
Chapter 16 of Lane Code to Adopt New Provisions to Allow Limited Dwellings on Lands Zoned
Non-Impacted Forest Lands, F-1, and Provide Siting and Fire Safety Standards for Those New
Dwellings, and Adopting a Savings and Severability Clause (LC 16.210, 16.27).
Vice Chair, Ellie Dumdi read into the record the Fourth Reading and Deliberation of Ordinance
No PA 1121 and Ordinance 4-98.
Weeldreyer stated it would be wiser to have the presentation in the afternoon when
Commissioner Cornacchia returns. She said her preference would be to have the matter heard
in the afternoon.
Vorhes stated it was fine to table the readings until Commissioner Cornacchia's return
at 1:30 p.m.
Weeldreyer replied she would like to do that with direction to staff that they respond
to some of Mr. Bianco's statements on this issue. She stated from the notes she took,
there are a considerable number of parcels that are zoned F-1 that are smaller than 160
acres. She said she was operating on the body of information that most of the F-1 are very
large, commercial forest parcels. She said the other question was the template test as
being much easier to use for additional dwellings than what staff had represented to the
Board. She added she wanted to know the additional information on the actual acreage of
F-1 parcels that are less than 160 acres.
Howe stated they are ready to defend their numbers. He said they have the information
that has been asked of them and it is no inconvenience to come back at 1:30 p.m.
Dumdi stated to come back in the afternoon as there is a consensus of the Board to
postpone the item until 1:30 p.m.
8. CONSENT CALENDAR
A. Approval of Minutes: None.
B. Public Works
1) ORDER 98-11-10-3 Vacating a Portion of Pine Grove Road,
County Road Number 108, in the Northeast Quarter of Section 25, Township 18 South, Range 5
West, of the Willamette Meridian, Without a Public Hearing, and Adopting Findings of Fact
MOTION: to approve the Consent Calendar.
Sorenson MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.
9. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
a. ORDER 98-11-10-4 Accepting a Two-Year Drug Court Program
Enhancement Grant From the United States Office of Justice Programs; Delegating Authority
to the County Administrator to Sign the Grant Award in the Amount of $297,769, and a
Subcontract with LCOG for $29,785; Establishing a 0.5 FTE Mental Health Specialist
Position; and Increasing Appropriations in Revenues and Expenditures in the Amount of
$167,348 in Fund 86 in the Department of Health & Human Services.
Sorenson questioned the relationship between this item and the proposed Public Safety
Levy that was defeated by the voters. He said the public safety Levy provided for funds to
operate the drug court that was going out of business in October, 1998. He added this
agenda item is accepting a U.S. Department of Justice grant for that purpose. He stated he
didn't read when the grant was made. He said he recalled if the levy was not passed that
the drug court might cease.
Van Vactor responded he didn't know and shared the same question.
Dumdi suggested to wait to get a response from Mr. Rockstroh in the afternoon.
10. MANAGEMENT SERVICES
a. ORDER 98-11-10-5 Appointing New Members to the Lane County
Human Rights and Affirmative Action Advisory Committee.
Hector Rios, Lane County Human Rights and Affirmative Action Advisory Committee,
reported there are three vacancies to the Advisory Committee. He said all the interviews
have been conducted and the recommendation is that Linda Wagner be reappointed for a
second term, Kellie F. Coleman-Johnson be appointed as a County employee for her first
term and June Harris be appointed to take on the at-large vacancy.
MOTION: to approve ORDER 98-11-10-5.
Sorenson MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.
11. EMERGENCY BUSINESS
Commissioner Dumdi recessed the meeting into Executive Session at 11:30 a.m.
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