October 29, 1996
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' WORK SESSION
Harris Hall Main Floor - 9:00 a.m.

Chair Bobby Green, Sr. presided with Steve Cornacchia, Ellie Dumdi, Jerry Rust and Cindy Weeldreyer present. Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary. This meeting was originally scheduled for the Commissioners’ Conference Room, but was moved to Harris Hall due to sound system issues.

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

None.

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

John English, 1620 High Street, Springfield, stated that he has been attending Saturday Market all summer and has been seeing children doing drugs and being sold drugs. With regard to the camper/protester on the grounds, English stated that children have been doing drugs in his tent. He expressed concern that the protestor has been allowed to hook up to County/public electricity. English stressed that the Board’s inaction tells children that marijuana use is okay. He emphasized that allowing the protestor to camp is not a free speech issue. English asked the Board to look further at this issue and also asked for the immediate resignation of Rust and Dumdi. Green briefly stated that the Board is continuing its research on the issues related to the protestor.

Bruce Johnson, 2435 Prairie Road, stated that the building code/land use system is defective. He indicated that he is having problems with building codes in an industrial area. Johnson urged the Commissioners to do what they can to undo this restrictive process. Dumdi stated that she has been working with Johnson on his issue and it does appear that state building codes are causing his problems. She indicated that she continues to pursue more information.

Responding to Weeldreyer, Green indicated that the issue of the use of illegal drugs on County property (as referred to by Mr. English above) has been referred to the Sheriff’s Office.

3. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Weeldreyer indicated that she felt the Leadership Team meeting yesterday was productive and was pleased with moving forward with the hiring of a Public Information Officer.

Dumdi indicated her displeasure with the protestor being allowed to use County electricity and expressed general concerns about his presence. Cornacchia stated that the Free Speech area is not being utilized as intended, that the County is being taken advantage of and that this is not really a hunger strike. He indicated that he would like to see the permanent nature of the facility ended. Green observed that the protestor’s issue is really a federal issue, not a Lane County issue. It was noted that the protestor is in violation of the camping ordinance.

With regard to yesterday’s meeting of the Leadership Team, Green reported that the group adopted goals and talked about long-range planning. He observed that the main focus was not Eugene-bashing, but attempts to develop a product from the Public Safety Coordinating Council. With regard to operating principles, Bill Van Vactor, County Administrator, indicated that employees would be informed of the adopted goals/values and operating principles as soon as they are in printed form. Cornacchia spoke about relationships with the two large cities, indicating that it is appropriate that the public know that the working relationships need improvement. Cornacchia indicated that he is ready to have a discussion regarding urban transition agreements, particularly with regard to the building code-related issues/functions, and whether or not changes are in order, noting that he would like to see an in-house work session including Roger McGuckin, Kent Howe, legal counsel, Van Vactor, etc. to look at delegation of authority/accountability, how the system is today and how it might be if the County took it back. Dumdi concurred, noting that it has been ten years since urban transition took effect. There was consensus to discuss this issue at Management Team and determine how to bring this matter forward at a work session. Weeldreyer stated that the main complaint she hears is with regard to the Glenwood area and the requirement for a waiver regarding annexation when remodel/additions are done.

4. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS

a. UPDATE AND DISCUSSION/Junction City Wellhead Protection Program and Lane County Planning Commission Participation on Junction City Drinking Water Protection Committee.

Dumdi introduced Kathi Wiederhold, LCOG, who reviewed the agenda memorandum (see material on file) and provided an update on this matter. Bert Likens, City Administrator, Junction City, asked for County involvement in this matter.

MOTION: Appointment of Margaret Holemar Thumel to the Junction City Drinking Water Protection Committee. Dumdi MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

b. UPDATE AND STATUS/Coburg Wellhead Protection Program.

Noting that review of the Coburg situation was included in the discussion of the Junction City area (above), Weeldreyer thanked members of Coburg’s 11-member advisory committee, who are working on this matter.

5. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

To be held tomorrow.

6. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

a. Announcements

None.

7. PUBLIC WORKS

a. DISCUSSION/Land Use and Population Forecasts for the Lane County Transportation System Plan (TSP).

Harvey Hoglund, Associate Planner, reviewed the agenda memorandum (see material on file), discussing assumptions being used with regard to population, employment and land development over the next 20 years. He indicated that the purpose of this work session is to hear the Commissioners’ views on topics related to the Lane County TSP as it is being prepared.

Dumdi indicated her interest in more emphasis on alternative transportation, particularly bus service and also rail service. Hoglund stated there will be a section in the plan dealing with that and that they will be highlighting the obstacles to those alternatives. Responding to Green, Hoglund reviewed the information on Attachment 1 dealing with the summary of rural development potential by subarea and provided a brief explanation regarding how the assumptions were developed. He indicated that the presence of homes in an area produced the rationale for potential dwellings on vacant land. Cornacchia received clarification that there are approximately 150,000 total dwellings in Lane County. He suggested that 1400 potential dwellings is less than 7-10% of existing rural dwellings (18,695). Cornacchia encouraged the use of other terms rather than "development pressure" and "overburdened systems" and looking at a more realistic perspective. He expressed concern about the choice of survey methodologies, indicating that LCOG’s numbers seem in excess. Cornacchia stressed that he doesn’t want this to be a document suggesting that the land use system needs to be revamped. He asked that the report put the numbers into perspective regarding impact on future transportation needs. Weeldreyer asked if the proposal to use HB3661 to allow houses in F-1 zones has been taken into account. Hoglund indicated that that is not included, thus the numbers may go up a little bit there and also in rural communities. Weeldreyer commented on the statistic that road and street mileage has only increased 2.6% since 1973, but traffic volume has increased dramatically. She agreed that good alternative transportation is the best way to plan.

Responding to Van Vactor, Hoglund indicated that staff is coordinating efforts on this project and TransPlan. Van Vactor asked if staff has had any chance to become familiar with Eugene’s approach to growth management to see whether or not that has any implications. Hoglund stated that staff is relying on the population figures that are being used as the assumption for TransPlan.

This meeting recessed at 10:18 a.m. to reconvene at 11:00 a.m. for the time certain below.

8. HUMAN RESOURCES AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES

a. ORDER 96-10-29-1/In the Matter of Amending the Contract #96-035 with Brian Pocock for Professional Workers’ Compensation Legal Services to 1) Increase the Total Not-To-Exceed Cost by $169,474 to Accurately Reflect the Services Provided, 2) Require Billing Within 60 Days of Services Provided, and 3) Re-Write the Scope Work to Accurately Reflect the Services Required.

David Suchart, Director, Human Resources and Management Services, briefly reviewed this item for the Board. Cornacchia asked for a review of the entire structural issue regarding how this service is taken care of and whether or not in-house counsel is the cheaper way to go with this, while at the same time looking at whether there is the need for a risk manager. Suchart, Donna Morgan, Katherine Walwyn and Van Vactor were asked to look at this and return to the Board with options.

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

VOTE: 5-0. Dumdi asked that the Order provide more detail. Teresa Wilson, County Counsel, indicated that a revised Order would be forthcoming.

9. REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS

Not reviewed today.

10. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

None.

There being no further business, this meeting adjourned at 11:10 a.m.

 

Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary

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