November 12, 1996
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' WORK SESSION
Commissioners' Conference Room - 9:00 a.m.

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

None.

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

None.

3. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dumdi remarked on the LTD ground breaking last Friday.

4. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS

a. REPORT/OSU Extension Update.

Janet Calvert, Lane County Extension Agent, and Susan Busler, 4-H Youth Development Agent, presented this item to the Board. They briefly reviewed the agenda packet (see material on file) and spoke briefly on the potential effects of the passage of Ballot Measure 47, indicating that they were still planning to recruit for an additional 4-H Youth Development Agent at this time. Calvert announced an Advisory Council meeting on December 2 at 7 p.m., noting that county commissioners are always welcome. She also discussed a program regarding women and osteoporosis. Busler reviewed the profile of the 4-H/Youth Development Program.

5. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

To be held later today.

6. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

a. Announcements

Bill Van Vactor, County Administrator, congratulated Elections staff on a job well done, also noting that Ballot Measure 47 failed in Lane County, while passing statewide. He indicated that the Management Team would be meeting today at 1:30 to discuss impacts of Ballot Measure 47 and there were plans for a Leadership Meeting with the same agenda tomorrow at 3 p.m.

7. PUBLIC WORKS

a. DISCUSSION/Establishing the Level of Emergency Power Service at the Delta Complex.

Dale Wendt, Public Works Support Services Manager, reviewed this item for the Board (see material on file). He highlighted the base load requirements and additional loads mentioned in the memorandum. Wendt summarized that the issue is the question of the additional cost to provide a somewhat limited public shelter space. Cornacchia approached this issue from the basis of return on investment. He indicated he was supportive of the base load emergency power requirements, but could not support the additional cost for the limited public shelter space. Responding to Dumdi, Wendt indicated that the public shelter concept has not been discussed with Lane County’s Emergency Management team. Dumdi offered her support of the first component. Weeldreyer and Rust concurred. There was consensus to support the first option to be part of Public Works’ base budget next year.

b. ORDER 96-11-12-1/In the Matter of Denying a Request to Amend the Lane County Rural Comprehensive Plan as Proposed by Ordinance PA 1093 (file PA 3960-95; Hammitt).

Michael Copely, Associate Planner, reviewed his agenda memorandum (see material on file).

MOTION: Approval of the Order. Cornacchia MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

8. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

a. ORDER 96-11-12-2/In the Matter of Establishing the Classification and Salary Range for WIC Coordinator and Nutritionist/Dietician for the Department of Health and Human Services.

Rob Rockstroh, Director of Health and Human Services, provided a brief overview of this item and Item 8.b. (below) for the Board (see material on file). Cornacchia expressed concern about the impacts of Ballot Measure 47 and the hiring of additional Lane County employees. Rockstroh noted that there is a two-year "hold harmless" guarantee on this program. Green indicated that he was interested in learning who takes over funding if federal funding does not come through. Cornacchia expressed concern about the potential for future public criticism for Lane County when/if the program needs to be disbanded when/if federal/state funding is discontinued. Janis Yaden, Interim Manager for the WIC program, stated that funding for this program has been consistent at the federal level throughout the years. Rust remarked that this program fits into the types of programs that Lane County has recently undertaken. He urged the Board to accept this challenge, suggesting language in the Order that this is taken contingent on monies coming forward from the federal and state governments. Weeldreyer asked how long it would take to do the analysis of how women and children are best served by having the County provide this program, as discussed by Cornacchia earlier. Rockstroh stated that bidding out the program would be the only way to determine if there is any other suitable provider, noting that most of the nonprofits are not particularly stable and do not have the ability to handle a complex program of this size, involving 9,000 or more clients.

Dumdi agreed with Rust on the stipulation that if the monies go away, the program/positions goes away. Rockstroh remarked that he doesn’t see total elimination of the program, but perhaps a scaling down. Green remarked that the Order should include language that the program reverts to the State when federal funding diminishes. Teresa Wilson, County Counsel, offered language that could be added to meet the commissioners’ concerns. Cornacchia still asked what the compelling reason for the clients is that the County take over the program. Weeldreyer stated there seems to be an advantage to having stability in this program that allows for the greatest reimbursement.

MOTION: Approval of Order 96-11-12-2 Rust MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED.

VOTE: 4-1, Cornacchia dissenting.

b. ORDER 96-11-12-3/In the Matter of Transferring Operation of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program to Lane County; Establishing 16.8 FTE as Listed in Exhibit A; and Appropriating $500,000 in Revenues and Expenses in the Department of Health and Human Services.

The major portion of this discussion was held during Item 8.a.

MOTION: Approval of Order 96-11-12-3, as amended with additional language as discussed above. Rust MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. VOTE: 4-1, Cornacchia dissenting.

9. REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS

None.

10. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

None.

There being no further business, this meeting recessed into Executive Session at 10:00 a.m.

Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary

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