September 17, 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

One item of Emergency Business was identified.

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

None.

3. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dumdi remarked that constituents have concerns regarding the permit process and regulations in the Highway 99 industrial area. She noted that it has been ten years since the urban transition agreements and she suggested having a work session before discussions with other jurisdictions regarding review of urban transition agreements. Dumdi asked that Land Management staff and land use consultants be invited. There was consensus in favor of this recommendation. Green indicated that the agenda team would put this item on the agenda prior to the urban transition meeting; possibly around the time of the Leadership Team meeting. Cornacchia suggested that Roger McGuckin be there to give his perspective on the building portion, along with Kent Howe for his perspective on the planning function. He added that he would like to see this discussion expanded beyond continuing urban transition to include the possibility of having one building department for the entire county and one planning department for metropolitan and one for rural.

Dumdi indicated that another recent constituent concern has been the discharge of firearms close to private property in rural areas, creating danger in some situations. She stated that she was asking that the Board give direction for Dave Williams to research the issue of the distance to private property for discharge of firearms and how much leeway the County has to expand a regulation if so desired. Weeldreyer remarked that her only reservation is enforcement staffing levels as the resources aren’t there. Cornacchia noted that with the BLM/private land ownership pattern of one mile width, there would foreseeably be no discharge within a mile of private property and this would end hunting in Lane County. Cornacchia agreed to request status of the law. Teresa Wilson, County Counsel, indicated that she would ask Williams for limited research regarding the status of the law and the County’s authority to regulate.

Weeldreyer announced that there is an all day AOC District meeting in Salem on Thursday.

Weeldreyer remarked that there has been an initiative by some state legislators to revive the Gate Creek Dam project. She stated that if there is interest, then there is a need to find someone to brief the Board about that. Cornacchia concurred. Weeldreyer agreed to attempt to find a presenter and put on this on the agenda for commissioners’ business.

Weeldreyer discussed the issue of lighting in urban areas that makes it difficult to see a full spectrum of stars. She asked if there was any interest in contacting rural utilities to have a conversation on the significance of focusing light downward, what the cost would be and whether it would make stars more visible. Weeldreyer questioned whether the tradeoff for the security aspect would be worth it. There was consensus for Weeldreyer to spend her own office time and resources to examine this issue if she so desired.

Green indicated that he met with Mayor Morrisette and Mayor Bascom this morning regarding the fairness/equity of Metro Wastewater water/sewer rates. He stated that they had also discussed the Public Safety Coordinating Council, noting that prevention, adjudication and enforcement subcommittees are now in place. Cornacchia noted that there are a variety of perceptions of what the PSCC is to accomplish and expressed concern about the commitment of the City of Eugene to the process. Green remarked that he is looking for a logical coordination between the PSCC and the Department of Children and Families.

4. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

To be held later today.

5. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

a. Announcements

None.

b. REPORT BACK/Options for Healthy Start.

Bill Van Vactor, County Administrator, briefly reviewed his agenda memorandum (see material on file). He reported that the implementors group came to the conclusion that it was essential to continue the county-run program for the next nine months and that a new program design be in place by December 1 for implementation by July 1, 1997. Van Vactor noted that there may be requests for some general funds.

Van Vactor introduced Pat Rogers, the new director of the Department of Children and Families.

Cornacchia commented that there are no General Fund monies available at this time and emphasized the need for a policy discussion around spending of lapse/carryover fund use. He expressed concern with actions being taken by other departments recently that are contrary to policy and are impacting the General Fund. Cornacchia stated that he was uncomfortable with ad hoc decision making and stressed the need for consistency. Green and Rust discussed building a base with no assumption of General Funds and then if supplemental items are desired, a request be put together. Green asked that staff describe the level of service for proposed programs. Weeldreyer stated that she was pleased to see the direction which would bring the Healthy Start workers back on board to provide a degree of continuity.

Responding to Weeldreyer, Van Vactor explained the concept of accountability for the Healthy Start program staying with the County. Cornacchia indicated that he was just as interested in accountability for the entire Children and Families mission. Green remarked on the need to move forward beyond the problems of the recent past. Van Vactor stated that no date has been set to report back on the "plus" recommendation.

6. PUBLIC WORKS

a. DISCUSSION, FIRST READING AND SETTING SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance No. 3-96/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 9 of Lane Code to Reenact "Tree Conservation and Protection" Regulations Which Expired on December 1, 1995 (LC 9.900-9.940) and Establish Fees Effective Within the Urban Growth Boundary and Outside the City Limits of Eugene. (Second Reading & Public Hearing: October 2, 1996, 1:30 p.m., Harris Hall Main Floor)

Green read this Ordinance into the record.

MOTION: Approval of the First Reading and Setting Second Reading and Public Hearing for October 2, 1996 at 1:30 p.m. Cornacchia MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

7. REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS

Not done today.

8. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

ORDER 96-9-17-1/In the Matter of Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Accept and Sign the Grant Documents Awarding the District Attorney’s Office $60,970 Victims of Crime Grant Award from the Oregon Department of Justice.

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

VOTE: 5-0.

There being no further business, this meeting adjourned at 10:15 a.m. to convene into Executive Session at 10:30 a.m.

 

Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary

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