August 21, 1996
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' REGULAR MEETING
Harris Hall Main Floor - following HACSA

Chair Bobby Green, Sr. presided with Steve Cornacchia, Ellie Dumdi, Jerry Rust and Cindy Weeldreyer present. Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary.

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

Bill Van Vactor, County Administrator, identified one item of Emergency Business.

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

None.

3. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

To be held at approximately 10:40 a.m.

4. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS

a. DISCUSSION/Coastal Salmon Restoration Initiative Update/Public Meetings.

Ken Bierly, Governor’s Watershed Enhancement Board, provided a history and current information on this item (see material on file), explaining that the Governor has chosen to develop a state-based recovery plan. He indicated that development of the plan is in its final stages. Bierly stated that the founding principles the Governor established for this effort are that the existing regulatory baseline would be used unless it is proven to be deficient and that additional regulation would not be sought. He explained that riparian protection ordinances that local governments have are a unique tool in Oregon and a basis on which local protection can be provided and that local voluntary watershed councils are also very important. Bierly remarked that informational meetings will be held from September 23 through October 10, noting that the nearest meeting to Lane County will be in Newport on September 25 and 26. He encouraged Lane County participation and indicated that a copy of the plan will be sent to the Board for review.

b. PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION/Biosolids Management Plan Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).

Rust introduced John Owens, representing the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission, who provided a brief background and review of the plan for a Biosolids Management Plan Citizens Advisory Committee (see material on file). Rust remarked on the exciting possibilities in this regard. Responding to Weeldreyer, Rust indicated that MWMC will be meeting with affected parties regarding grease biosolids.

5. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

To be held later in the day.

6. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

a. Announcements

Van Vactor spoke about the timing regarding the construction of Jasper Road. He indicated that there were documents related to annexation that were requiring signature today and he stated that he would be signing these documents later today unless there were concerns from the Board. Cornacchia reviewed a copy of the memorandum received by Van Vactor and nodded approval.

b. ORDER 96-8-21-1/In the Matter of Authorizing Staff to Initiate a Limited Review of the Franchise Agreement with Falcon Cable Systems Company, L.P.

Milo Mecham, Lane Council of Governments, briefly reviewed his agenda memorandum (see material on file), highlighting the number and nature of complaints about Falcon Cable Systems Company’s service. He recommended that the Board consider holding public hearings in the McKenzie Valley area, the Veneta/Elmira area and perhaps one in Harris Hall. Dumdi questioned whether there were many complaints from the Florence area. Mecham indicated that Florence complaints generally have more to do with the rate structure in Florence. Dumdi spoke about trying to have the Board’s meetings broadcast in Florence. Weeldreyer reported that she has received numerous calls on Falcon’s service and requested that the Board have a public hearing at the Leaburg Community Center regarding the problems. Van Vactor commented on the need for relaying to citizens the limited authority that the Board has in this matter. Mecham proposed preparation of a summary for the Board of their authority and then also presenting this information at the public hearing(s). Dumdi suggested that Weeldreyer could attend an east side meeting and she would attend a west side meeting and then report back to the Board.

Responding to Rust, Mecham indicated that about half of the complaints received would be under the commissioners’ jurisdiction. Rust suggested that LCOG prepare a statement of fact, then meet with Falcon about the problems. Cornacchia remarked that he believes LCOG already has authority to negotiate with Falcon. Cornacchia asked that LCOG also provide in their review for the Board a dissertation of what can actually be done by the Board. There was consensus to have LCOG arrange for east side and west side meetings.

MOTION: To authorize LCOG to initiate a limited review of the franchise agreement with Falcon Cable Systems Company. Cornacchia MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

c. ORDER 96-8-21-2/In the Matter of Consenting to the Transfer of the Cable Television Franchise of Falcon Cable Systems Company, L.P. to Falcon Cable Systems Company II, L.P.

Milo Mecham, L-COG, briefly reviewed this item for the Board (see material on file). Cornacchia stated that it doesn’t seem appropriate to base decisions on speculation, remarking that he would like to see a methodology for getting more detailed financial assurances. Mecham indicated that he has that information and could provide it to the Board. Responding to Cornacchia, he explained that while Falcon has sufficient financial capacity to meet minimum standards, it has not chosen to invest in the local phone system and improvement of its antenna systems.

MOTION: Approval of the Order. Weeldreyer MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

7. PUBLIC WORKS

a. DISCUSSION/Review of the Draft Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan.

Craig Starr, Interim Waste Management Manager, remarked that the first chapter of the draft plan provides the executive summary. He indicated that, as of this date, the review by the two advisory committees has not been accomplished as he had anticipated. There was agreement to postpone the majority of this discussion until after this occurs.

With regard to funding, Starr indicated that the system relies on disposal of waste for revenue, which is an inherent conflict as that discourages reduction. He observed that there will be a continued loss of market share unless the County looks at different ways of developing the fee system. Responding to Cornacchia, Weeldreyer indicated that the Solid Waste Executive Group’s charge was narrow in scope, dealing with addressing the financial issues related to the material recovery facilities for this fiscal year, and not to deal with long-term solutions. Rust commented that the underlying revenue source is still the same. Cornacchia indicated that he doesn’t want to see this issue until there is a plan that addresses Starr’s concerns. Waste Management was directed to come back with a more fine-tuned plan at an undetermined future date. Responding to Weeldreyer’s questions regarding team-building, Starr indicated that that has begun with the crew at Short Mountain and will continue weekly for a period of time.

8. CONSENT CALENDAR

A. Approval of Minutes: May 15, 1996, Public Hearing, 7:00 p.m.

B. Human Resources and Management Services

1) ORDER 96-8-21-3/In the Matter of Authorizing the Sale of Surplus County Owned Real Property to Gary O. and Ruth P. Brecto (Map #17-02-33-11-00157, Adjacent to 5559 Thurston Road, Springfield).

2) ORDER 96-8-21-4/In the Matter of Authorizing the Sale of Surplus County Owned Real Property to Jerry and M. Ann Kershner, and Withdrawing the County’s Offer to Sell Said Real Property to Don Lemke Pursuant to Order 95-11-29-11 (Map #16-07-19-11-01000, Across From 19334 Highway 36, Blachly).

3) ORDER 96-8-21-5/In the Matter of Approval of a Disputed Claim Settlement and a Claim Disposition Agreement Regarding the Workers’ Compensation Claim of Helen Simmons.

4) ORDER 96-8-21-6/In the Matter of Authorizing the Sale of Surplus County Owned Real Property to William T. Emery and Kevin J. Collins (Map #17-10-12-00-00200, Across From 90840 Indian Creek Road, Swisshome).

C. JTPA

1) ORDER 96-8-21-7/In the Matter of Establishing a Half Time Office Assistant I Position in the Department of JTPA (07), JTPA Fund (49).

D. Public Safety

1) ORDER 96-8-21-8/In the Matter of Authorizing an Intergovernmental Agreement with Willamette National Forest.

E. Public Works

1) ORDER 96-8-21-9/In the Matter of Releasing, Dedicating and Accepting a Portion of a Parcel of County Owned Real Estate as a Public Road (18-02-05) (Rocky Road Drive).

MOTION: Approval of the Consent Calendar. Rust MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

9. REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS

LCOG to coordinate east side and west side public hearings regarding Falcon Cable.

Waste Management to come back (no date certain) with a more fine-tuned plan.

10. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

ORDER 96-8-21-11/In the Matter of Authorizing the Director of Human Resources and Management Services to Effect an Interfund Loan to the Intergovernmental Services Fund in an Amount Not to Exceed $60,000.

Teresa Wilson, County Counsel, briefly reviewed this item (see material on file).

MOTION: Approval of the Order. Dumdi MOVED, Rust SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

3. COMMISSIONERS’ ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dumdi made comments on various letters received recently by the Commissioners.

Rust expressed appreciation to volunteers who worked at the booth at the Lane County Fair and stated that they were tallying votes on the proposed logo change. Cornacchia stated that the midway was the most inviting he had seen at the fair and that he plans to present a positive report to fair staff.

Weeldreyer also spoke positively about this year’s fair.

Weeldreyer indicated that the Highway 58 stakeholders’ meetings were continuing. She stated that the project will now go to Pheasant Lane.

Weeldreyer spoke regarding the McKenzie Watershed Council and asked if there was any Board interest/opportunity to put together options regarding Lane County’s support, either continuing "in kind" or money. Rust expressed support for the status quo. Green agreed. Cornacchia noted that this could also be presented during next year’s budgetary process.

Weeldreyer remarked on recent local constitutional challenges. She expressed appreciation to the Forest Service for their communication.

Cornacchia spoke regarding the recent AOC Board of Directors legislative meeting. He indicated that the Willamette Liveability Council is working on a 10-county exercise regarding growth issues, noting that they have a $5,000 request to AOC for funding. Cornacchia stated that AOC took the position that it was up to the 10 counties involved. He remarked that Lane County will receive a request to participate. He spoke briefly about fire and insect damage on the east side of the state.

Green commented that there will be a recommendation coming to the Board from the Housing Policy Board regarding the $40,000 Public Works’ funding for Bagley Downs.

Green noted his desire to revisit conversations regarding the Forest Work Camp and the options/alternatives for other uses.

Green complimented Sheriff’s deputies for their handling of the situation at the jail this week with regard to protestors.

There being no further business, this meeting adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

 

  Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary

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