September 3, 1996
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' WORK SESSION
Commissioners' Conference Room - 9:00 a.m.

Chair Bobby Green, Sr. presided with Steve Cornacchia, Ellie Dumdi and Cindy Weeldreyer (arrived at 9:36 a.m.) present. Jerry Rust excused. Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary.

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

Green announced that Item 6.a. would be heard before Item 5.b.

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

None.

3. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Weeldreyer announced that she had been camping this weekend and then went to Florence for the All Events Center ribbon cutting.

Weeldreyer indicated that she would be attending a meeting up the McKenzie tonight regarding the Log Cabin Inn and noise concerns.

Weeldreyer stated that she had also visited Saragosa and confirmed that they are still on track toward compliance.

Cornacchia remarked on his hope that the Healthy Start discussion tomorrow could be expanded to discuss the Commission on Children and Families and the service delivery system as a whole.

Cornacchia stated that he had received a call regarding the ability of certain volatile chemicals to pass through polymeric membranes and he expressed concern that the same thing could happen with the pipeline. He requested that someone from Metro Wastewater be asked to educate the Board on "treatment" and specifically "what will be pumped into the Willamette after the leachate goes through treatment?" Cornacchia also suggested that Ken Kohl be asked to discuss the thickness/properties of the pipe to be used. He asked that Kohl provide the name of someone at DEQ who could take some research he had received and give a response. Weeldreyer expressed concern about potential problems with leakage within the pipeline system. Green asked if it might be necessary to alert Eugene and Springfield regarding the possibility of a change in the Board’s direction. Cornacchia also asked about the soil base beneath the Short Mountain Landfill. The Board discussed the possibility of a report back in 30 days either before, or in conjunction with, the planned October 2 discussion.

Dumdi reported that the Florence All Events Center had opened this past weekend and she distributed materials from the opening. She announced that "Music Man" opens there this coming Friday night. Bill Van Vactor, County Administrator, suggested the possibility of holding the next joint meeting with between the Board and the Florence City Council in an Events Center meeting room.

Green indicated that he has exchanged correspondence with Bill Snyder and that Snyder is requesting a meeting to discuss financial impact(s). Green stated that this can probably be accommodated at the next session in October.

4. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

Held at Time Certain - 10:30 a.m.

5. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

a. Announcements

None.

b. DEMONSTRATION/Potential Voting Options for the November Election.

David Suchart and Annette Newingham provided the review of this item. Demonstration models were provided to each Board member which required use of a loose booklet to provide more detail on the measures. Newingham remarked that another option would be to have text on both sides of the assembly page which may allow all text material from measures to be included. She noted that there are risks involved with any change as the set up will be different than people have seen before.

Weeldreyer arrived at 9:36 a.m.

Newingham explained that the loose booklet included with the demonstration model would be the same booklet for absentee voters and precinct voters. Suchart noted the increased chance of error when there are more variables. He stated that staff plans to provide a demonstration session with polling place workers, along with public service announcements. Cornacchia suggested a major news conference, with reporters actually taking part in the demonstration.

Weeldreyer agreed with the concept of minimizing costs and simplifying the process. Cornacchia stressed the need for knowledgeable voters, stating that abbreviated versions of the measures have not done voters any favors. He emphasized that voting duties need to be taken seriously.

6. PUBLIC WORKS

a. DISCUSSION AND ORDER 96-9-3-1/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 60 of Lane Manual to Increase Fees for Compacted Wastes, Reduce Fees for Post-MRF Wastes at County Solid Waste Facilities, Add Residential Recycling Payments and Make Housekeeping Changes (LM 60.875).

Craig Starr, Interim Waste Management Manager, reviewed this item for the Board (see material on file). He indicated that the major issue is what is happening with the post-MRF wastes and associated fees. Responding to Dumdi, Starr remarked that he has spoken with both MRF operators who are hauling to Coffin Butte and they have indicated that a fee reduction to $20 would probably cause them to haul to Short Mountain instead. Cornacchia suggested tentative plans be made in the event Coffin Butte increases their fees. Responding to Cornacchia, Starr described the business relationships between one of the MRF’s and the ownership of Coffin Butte. Starr stated that the two local MRF’s are about the same size. Green asked about the fee impact on the general public. Starr remarked that the $1 per ton increase for compacted wastes would reflect only about five cents per residential customer and that it would probably not directly bring on another rate increase. Cornacchia indicated his support for the Order, but stated that he does not believe that everything has been done to reduce costs commensurate with the decrease in workload. Starr briefly discussed the tiered fee system as highlighted in the memorandum. Cornacchia suggested that staff look at more creative ways of being more competitive with other counties. Dumdi suggested the possibility of privatizing and the need for a comprehensive look at the whole system.

MOTION: Approval of the Order. Cornacchia MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. VOTE: 3-0. There was consensus to hold further MRF/fee-related discussions as part of the planned report back in January.

7. REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS

MRF report back added to January session.

8. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

None.

There being no further business, this meeting adjourned into Executive Session at 10:30 a.m. to reconvene into regular session for a brief discussion of tomorrow’s Healthy Start item.

 

Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary