November 13, 1996
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' REGULAR MEETING
Harris Hall Main Floor - 1:30 p.m.

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

11. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

None.

12. PUBLIC HEARINGS

a. SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance No. PA 1092/In the Matter of Renaming North Game Farm Road to Gateway Street.

Weeldreyer read this Ordinance into the record.

Bob Ezell, County Surveyor, used overhead projection to discuss the subject area. He reviewed his agenda memorandum for the Board (see material on file). Ezell explained that the reason for the change is to help avoid confusion with similarly named roads in the immediate area. Responding to Weeldreyer, Ezell explained that "front footage" had been used for purposes of determining the petition percentage.

Weeldreyer opened the Public Hearing.

Charmalee Schram, 3699 Coburg Road, stated there are only six landowners in the subject area. She stated that she has a business and that lots of visitors come to their business, and have no problem finding North Game Farm Road. Schram indicated that she has also had no problem with public safety officials finding the road. She stated that it seems to be the local church that desires this change and that parishioners should not have trouble finding the road either.

Paul Wostman, 89661 North Game Farm Road, remarked that all other property owners/residents other than the church are against this name change. He indicated that he has lived on his property since 1975 and have never had a problem with emergency services finding his property. Wostman stressed that the inconvenience of this change will be difficult for property owners. He suggested that better signage may be a better way to go. Wostman requested that the Board deny this name change.

Mark Harpham, 3223 Queens East, indicated that he was speaking on behalf of Eugene Christian Fellowship. He stated that the primary reason for their application was to eliminate confusion for the public and with emergency service agencies. He noted that there are two other streets in close proximity with similar names. He indicated that it is his understanding that the church is only being counted as one owner. Harpham indicated that, other than one party, there is 100% of residents on the Eugene portion of the road that are in favor of the change. He explained that Eugene tabled this issue awaiting a decision by Lane County. He read portions of statements from various parties: 1) Lane County Sheriff’s Deputy Art West, who is a current deputy sheriff with the Traffic Team, indicated that the requested name change would go a long way to eliminate confusion, noting that there has been some confusion with less experienced officers; 2) Sharp Hapless whose daughter had an emergency and reported that it took a long time for an emergency service to arrive; 3) Ted Norman, Sheldon Area Babe Ruth, who supports the proposal to change the name in order to eliminate confusion and especially for emergency services; 4) Lane County Surveyor, Bob Ezell, who indicated that if the City of Eugene approves the name change, he believes Lane County would approve to be consistent with other jurisdictions; and 5) Sheri Rio, RN, who feels it is wise to change the name because of confusion for emergency services.

Tim Reich, 1480 Green Acres, pastor on staff at Eugene Christian Fellowship, commented that the church put a map in the Yellow Pages to help people find the church.

Wostman commented again, stating that a new fire station is going in at Game Farm Road and Harlow Road.

Weeldreyer, commissioner for the district, remarked that she was unclear from testimony regarding the amount of landowners for and against the proposal; but indicated that she believes improved signage would eliminate a lot of confusion and save residents and the church from significant costs for changing addresses. She recommended that the name not be changed. Dumdi concurred.

Cornacchia remarked that he understands that people associate Gateway with the commercial area. With regard to Babe Ruth baseball, he noted that maps are frequently distributed to teams/families. Cornacchia observed that everything south of the church belongs to Cone/Breeden. He indicated that many property ownerships represent absentee owners. Cornacchia stated that "Entering North Game Farm Road" and "North Game Farm Road" with an arrow would meet the needs of public safety. He offered his support for the residents who live there all the time.

MOTION: To not approve the renaming and direct Public Works to put up three noticeable signs. Dumdi MOVED, Cornacchia SECONDED. VOTE: 3-0. Ezell was directed to return with an Order to discontinue proceedings and direct staff regarding signage.

b. PUBLIC HEARING AND ORDER 96-11-13-6/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 60 of Lane Manual to Increase Fees for Special Transportation Permits (LM 60.877).

Tom Stinchfield, Public Works, briefly reviewed this item and distributed copies of two letters received from constituents.

Weeldreyer opened the Public Hearing. There being no one present who wished to testify, Weeldreyer closed the Public Hearing.

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

VOTE: 3-0.

13. OTHER BUSINESS

None.

There being no further business, this meeting adjourned at 2:11p.m.

Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary

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