September 4, 1996
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' REGULAR MEETING
Harris Hall Main Floor - 9:00 a.m.

Chair Bobby Green, Sr. presided with Steve Cornacchia, Ellie Dumdi, and Cindy Weeldreyer present. Jerry Rust, excused. Zoanne Gilstrap, Recording Secretary.

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

It was announced that Items 6., 7.a., 7.b. and 8. would be heard at the beginning of the meeting, with Public Comment to be held at 10:00 a.m. followed by Items 5.b. and 5.c.

2. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dumdi reported on the Valley Livability Program and stated that the Association of Oregon Counties has been asked to donate $5,000 for this program. She said that because it was regional, AOC decided that it would be best to refer this back to the impacted counties. Dumdi noted that this would make Lane County's donation about $500. She stated that she was asking the Board to consider this donation as Lane County's share into the Willamette Valley Livability Program.

Cornacchia stated that this region was a large, stretching from Portland down to Lane County, and he did not want to see it fall into a traditional treatment of one size fits all. He said that he was not certain that the $500 would buy Lane County any more participation that it already has. He stated that he would like more information on this program.

Dumdi said that she would call Bob Cantine and get more information.

Weeldreyer reported that there would be a Stakeholder's Group meeting on Friday at 8:00 a.m. in the library at Pleasant Hill Elementary School and also a town hall meeting at Pleasant Hill High School next Tuesday to talk to members of the Transportation Department and stakeholders.

This meeting recessed at 9:23 a.m. to reconvene at 10:00 a.m. for time certain.

3. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

None.

4. PUBLIC COMMENTS

Green opened public comments at 10:02 a.m.

Scott Bales, P.O. Box 494, Veneta, OR, stated that he was with Royal Refuse and said he understood that the Commissioners were going to consider new rates for Lane County Solid Waste for post-MRF garbage. He asked that, since this meeting was actually yesterday, if he could still submit written comment. He was told that he could.

Peg Peters, 1444 East 21st, Eugene, OR 97403, Lane County Public Health Nurse, noted that she was asked to supervise the Healthy Start program. She talked about the Healthy Start Program and remarked that she found an extremely committed line staff who were well trained and who were working closely with their "families." Peters stated that she discovered that the Healthy Start philosophy is a very valid one and stressed the importance of having this program to support families. She said this is a well trained group and that the program has a chance to become healthy once again with Option 2 and noted that the addition of public health nurse would give the program added depth and credibility.

Lorraine Boose, 568 Howard, Eugene, OR 97404, said that she has been working for Healthy Start since the beginning of the implementation phase in January 1995. She stated that she believes there is no substitute for experience and that the Healthy Start workers, as a group, have an extensive background in drug and alcohol education, assessment, child development, crisis intervention, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS education to name a few areas. Boose remarked that they have a wealth of information collectively as a staff. She stated that, as assessment workers, they have a good working relationship with the hospitals which has taken time to develop and stressed that association would be a valuable thing to lose. She said she was concerned about Option 3 because it was created without input from staff. Boose stated that she made efforts to participate in the creation of that plan but was denied access.

Kathleen Hynes, Executive Director of Parent Partnership in Cottage Grove, 630 Spencer Court, Eugene, explained that this is a non-profit agency that works in partnership with the school district and the health care communities. She said they operate a child care center at the high school for teen parents, a Family Resource Center, a program for Hispanic and Latino families, and contract with the Commission on Children and Families to operate the Healthy Start program in south Lane County. She asked that the Healthy Start program be given continued support because she believes it is making a real difference. She also talked about Family Resource Centers and the funding decision made around them. She said there was certain criteria laid out which had not been followed. Hynes noted that they are not an urban program and said their ability to match funds was not taken into account. She is asking that the criteria be applied in an equitable manner and be looked at again.

Cornacchia asked what her thoughts were on the options for the structure of Healthy Start.

Hynes said that her main concern for Healthy Start was to maintain the most crucial elements of the program which she believed should be assessments and consistent home visiting with the first time parents and that there be a strong collaboration with all the other support programs that exist.

Kay Yanet, 1936 Kimberly Drive, Eugene, OR 97405, stated that she is the maternity case manager at McKenzie Willamette Hospital and that she meets with half of the women who deliver there. She stated that she depends on Healthy Start and was very happy about the fact that different agencies have come together to work with families. Yanet said that she was concerned about the way the options were discussed at the last Commission on Children and Families meeting. She felt that only Option 3 was discussed. Yanet remarked that she felt both options should be looked at more equally. She said she does not see evidence that Option 3 would provide any more capacity building than Option 2. Yanet commented that she believed that the County was overlooking one of Lane County’s greatest resources by not utilizing public health nurses. She said the biggest problem with Healthy Start was with the Interim Directors, who instead of considering what ideas the community had set out, had decided to model Lane County's Healthy Start after Hawaii's program which has much more funding and a much lower high risk population.

Lou Sinniger, 25416 Irene, Elmira, OR, AFSCME Representative, stated that he wanted to speak for the option being proposed and against Option 3. He said the employees working in the Healthy Start Program came to work for Lane County because they had a high interest and belief in that program. Sinniger said there were many problems in the supervisory aspect of that program with communication playing a major part in those problems. He stated that, at this time, he felt the new supervisors were doing an excellent job. He would like to maintain the concept that turning this over to a vendor will take a whole new start up cost as well as interruption of services. As for option 3, he commented that he was concerned that there is a department called the Commission on Children and Families with a department head making $60,000-65,000 a year with a couple of assistants managing $5 million. Sinniger said it did not make sense to have money floating to the top and away from the program.

Allison Hessler, 395 W. 17th, Eugene, OR, General Counsel for Oregon AFSCME 75, stated that Local 283, which is the local that represents Lane County employees, requested that she review relevant Conflict of Interest Statutes and Administrative Rules of the Lane County Manual. She found that within the Lane County Manual there is a section on Conflict of Interest. She stated that she has been a member of this community for 15 years and is familiar with most of the agencies that are being considered under Option 3, but said it appeared that Option 3 is breaking Lane County's own Conflict of Interest rules by having people on that commission who also serve as board members on the organizations that will be considered as vendors. Hessler stated that the Administrative Rules for Lane County have sample by-laws for all advisory committees and boards and she has not been able to find this for the Commission on Children and Families. She said the sample by-laws have a completely different standard for Conflict of Interest than the Lane County Manual.

Cornacchia asked if she researched the differences between the advisory committees as set out by Lane Manual and Lane Code and statutorily created commissions and committees such as the Commission on Children and Families. He said, as an example, there is the Roads Advisory Committee which Lane County created in contrast to the Commission on Children and Families which was created by the legislature and given to Lane County as a mandate.

Hessler responded that she found nothing in the manual that distinguished between the two.

Pat Zito, 2695 Donegal, Eugene, OR 97404, Family Support Worker, said that she was here to advocate for Healthy Start to continue in the County. She stated that the staff has a great deal of expertise on the domestic violence issues that relate directly to many of the families they see. Zito said with Option 3, by subcontracting out to other agencies, there is not the same expertise. She advocated for keeping their jobs and said they came into the County because they wanted to be County workers. Zito stated that she loves the work that she does and does not believe in anything as strongly as she does in child prevention/intervention of child abuse and noted that this program is often the difference of whether a person is successful in life or unsuccessful in life. Zito said they have the expertise to teach these parents how to be the best parents they can be.

Bob Proctor, 1838 Olive, Eugene, OR 97401, Adult and Family Services, said that AFS has a keen interest in the progress of teen parents who make up more than half of Healthy Start clients. He said they have tried to put together a coordinated program over the past couple of years that included Healthy Start, the Teen Parent High School programs, Adult & Families Services and other community groups to make sure that they have a comprehensive approach to teen parents that really supports their attendance in school and keeps them moving forward toward self sufficiency. He said Healthy Start support workers do what no one else can do. Proctor stated that they support parenting, child development, make home visits and are there when no one else is and oftentimes are able to get the parent back in school. He said that he believed that Healthy Start is an important element of this coordinated program and does really integrate all those services at the school site. Proctor said that, whatever option they chose, please understand how important this is for teen parents and the effect it has on the future of them and their children.

Mary Dutton, P.O. Box 10991, Eugene, OR, AFSCME, said she supports their employees and Healthy Start employees have been abused. She said they support the non-profit agencies and noted that they have nothing but respect for them; however, there has been a major infringement on Lane County employees and asked that the Board support them. She asked several questions regarding the department, adding a new director, duplication of services, Lane County standard of living, conflicts of interest, financial harassment and trauma upon Healthy Start workers, bargaining agreements and accountability.

Florence Brown, Grandparents for Family Justice, stated that she investigates cases for grandparents and is affiliated with Children and Families of Oregon. She stated that she wanted to report that Grandparents for Family Justice is now working with the legislature. Brown remarked that if the law was followed, this discussion would not be occurring today. She stated that this commission is supposed to be the go-between between these children and what the state is doing to them. Brown reported that she has gone to over 45 cases here in the juvenile Court and has only won two.

Jean Phelps, 1639 Ardendale , Eugene, OR, stated that she was appalled at this hearing. She remarked that from the inception of Healthy Start, many people have come together to design a program to help children who have not been dealt with in the county. She said they were saddened to hear this program was out of money. Phelps reported that a group came together to keep the program going at a minimal level. She said they were asked to come up with a proposal which was what they did. She stated that the Relief Nursery deals with the most difficult situations and they are at capacity and can take no more difficult cases with the amount of money they have been given. Phelps stated she was appalled because she has done nothing but advocate for public health nurses. She explained that when they designed their option, they included public health nurses and teen parent participation within the program and had as many people involved with children and families as they could. She said at the beginning of Healthy Start's inception, a child died while getting a visit. Phelps stated that the program was operating, still had public health nurse involvement, still had visitors from Healthy Start and still a child died. Phelps said it wasn't referred to them or one of the subcontractors. She noted that this is difficult work and they cannot look at any one source to deal with that and they see the need for a blend of services. Phelps explained that they went into this trying to design the best option they could. She said they found that Option 2 blindsided them as an end run and commented that they had no idea it was coming. Phelps said this process was not to pit one against another.

Cornacchia said that the substance of the issue or debate between options may be overshadowed by the process that lead to the creation of Option 3 and remarked that process is very important to this Board. He stated that for the last ten days, he has been dealing with issues of conflict of interest and issues of whether or not an Option 2 was even considered in the process that lead to Option 3, the manner in which comparison was made of service delivery and end results. Cornacchia stated that this was not the first contact the Board has had with people involved with Healthy Start. He commented that the primary question was whether or not there was a complete exercise accomplished on what should happen to Healthy Start with the end recipient being the primary focus. Cornacchia stressed that there was more to this than just to protect county jobs or to contract out.

Green closed public comment at 10:42 a.m.

5. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

a. Announcements

None.

b. ORDER 96-9-4-1/In the Matter of Amending the Commission on Children and Families Comprehensive Plan for 1995-97.

Van Vactor stated that the Commission on Children and Families has worked on a deficit of approximately $750,000 and said the source of that deficit arose from a projected elimination of federal family preservation support service grant funding, projected reductions in Title XX funds and also an inability to leverage grant funds with the Healthy Start program. Van Vactor reported that the commission, when faced with that issue, said early reaction was to shut the entire Heathy Start program down. He said, however, at a subsequent meeting, the commission felt the Healthy Start program was so important that they needed to not only solve the deficit problem, but wanted to come up with funding to preserve some component of Healthy Start. He explained that this plan amendment component was a process where the budget was reduced to address the deficit and then to find additional funding. Van Vactor said that if they approve that, there would be funding for either Option 2 or 3 but first they would have to decide if they agree with the commission in the overall reductions. He reported that the Commission on Children and Families chose Option 3 with the first budget cut to eliminate all contract increases for fiscal year 96/97, the second was to cancel all contracts for 96/97 that had not been signed and were for new programs and third was to reduce Family Resource Centers by $77,862. He said that with these last two reductions, there may be some difficult issues as he has received some phone calls and correspondence from providers that felt that they had a verbal assurance of funding and therefore have incurred expenditures. Van Vactor suggested that the County may have to deal with those on an issue-by-issue basis to be fair. He reiterated that the plan amendment essentially modifies what is currently at the State to produce the funding to address the deficit and to provide funding for some form of a Healthy Start program for the balance of the fiscal year. Van Vactor stated that he was recommending the plan amendment as proposed by the Commission on Children and Families. He said that both Options 2 and 3 were almost identical in terms of expenditures.

Green stated that he was troubled by the reduction of the Family Resource Centers because it appeared to be pitting one group against another as well as with the matter of the Family Resource Centers going ahead and incurring expenses on verbal agreements. He said that was part of the reason that they are here because money was being expended without having it in hand. He stated that he would concur with the recommendation to adopt the order.

Weeldreyer remarked that she was concerned about the Family Resource Centers because it allowed promised contracts to go forward for some of the Family Resource Centers and eliminated others that were currently operating. She said she was concerned that South Lane was classified as an urban area and was not given the same credit as other Family Resource Centers. Weeldreyer said that according to the impact statements that was provided to the Children and Families, if the recommendation to eliminate funding to south Lane was followed , it would result in no bilingual services and would also have a ripple effect on other parenting and family programs.

Van Vactor stated that one option could be to amend the plan amendment.

Weeldreyer stated that her argument was that part of the recommendation included creating a new program that has not been launched. She said that the preparatory work has been done but it is not a service that has been directly provided and would be starting new this fall. Weeldreyer remarked that this does not fit within the criteria.

Rust said that in the developing of Option 3, employees were not brought in and with the development of Option 2, the agencies felt blindsided. He believed that all the stakeholders should be brought in to make sure that there is a spirit of inclusiveness.

Cornacchia said that he supported the motion. He said the reason that this issue was before the Board today was that the commission and staff spent more money than they had. He said that was not a judgement on the sincerity, commitments and dedication of anybody on the commission or the staff. Cornacchia stated that, had this Board been aware that the commission and staff had been going in that direction, it would have been stopped. He commented that the Commissioners were now picking up the pieces. He said that he see no other option than to support what has been recommended because if they do not, Healthy Start dies and he is not willing to let that happen.

Weeldreyer asked Hynes to explain what ripple effects might occur due the to elimination of funding for Family Resource Center.

Hynes stated that they run an integrated program in collaboration with all kinds of organizations, most closely with the Cottage Grove health care community and school district. She said that there has been a Family Resource Center in South Lane for about five years in space provided by the school district with a part-time early childhood development specialist. She stated that the collaboration that she has developed by Parent Partnership and South Lane School District enabled them to pursue grants and work with the commission to provide staff support for the Family Resource Center so that there can be some evening hours to allow working parents to access the Family Resource Center as well as summer hours and a bilingual staff. Hynes stated that with the cuts, they were going to stumble through this year because there is a commitment in the community to this program. She explained that it will hit hardest in the evening hours for working parents and next summer by providing non English help.

Dumdi said there was nine months before the next this fiscal year. She stated that the period the Board is voting on today takes them through June 30 and that gives them some time to take a long hard look and perhaps to make some changes. Dumdi remarked that the Board also needs to take another look at the makeup of commission.

Rust would like ask the Commission on Children and Families to look at Family Resource Center funding in south Lane but stated that the Board should move forward today with this amendment.

MOTION: Approval of the Plan Amendment.  Rust MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

c. ORDER 96-9-4-2/In the Matter of Selecting Option 2 or 3 for Healthy Start Services.

Van Vactor gave his understanding of how the Healthy Start program got to this point. He said it was his understanding that the commission appointed Jan Oliver to chair a group of the commission members to form an alternative option because, at that time, the issue confronting the Commission on Children and Families was the total closure of the Healthy Start program which was unacceptable to the members. He stated that after attending several meetings, he became concerned that the focus was on only one option. He then consulted with Peg Peters, the supervisor, who provided a report with regard to the operation of the core program. He said the program was working well by very competent employees. Van Vactor said it seemed appropriate to him that they be presented with an alternative option to discuss using current employees. He stated that he directed Susie Kent to come up with Option 2 and wanted to make it clear that it was under his direction that she come up with this option. He said that Option 3 was not prepared by providers but by Oliver, appropriately, as a commission member.

Green requested that Susie Kent explain Option 2.

Kent said that she is a public health nurse and her role with Healthy Start was to supervise the program and core staff along with Peters. Kent stated that she and Peters worked closely with the core staff reviewing their records and assisting them with client and staff concerns. She said she was asked to develop a plan that would modify the current structure and maintain some county staff. Kent stated that she believed Option 2 was very viable for Healthy Start and would give families of Lane County a program that could be operational countywide on October 1. She said that would then give time to work with providers, the commission and the Commissioners to develop a Healthy Start plan for Lane County that would be ongoing and ready for the 97/99 biennium. Kent noted that Option 2 provided direct accountability and management at the County level with a Healthy Start coordinator and said they believed that coordinator should be a public health nurse supervisor. Kent said the coordinator would work closely with staff at the County and with the subcontractors and the commission to ensure continuity of care for families. She said relationships in the community are already in place for the screening portion of the programs. Kent stated that these relationships would be strengthened and built upon, not redesigned. She said that upon the birth of a baby, many health issues arise and by combining public health nurse expertise at the beginning with a paraprofessional home visits on an ongoing visit, families could be more effectively served, needs identified and the appropriate interventions planned. Kent stated that maintaining the program at the County also recognizes the foundation of training and expertise that has been developed over the past 20 months. She said that the women who have carried this program since January 1995, have all been trained according the Healthy Families, America's Standard, which was set as the foundation for Oregon Healthy Start program. She further explained how the program works and how families are assessed and a plan is developed for the families.

Cornacchia asked that with Option 2, of the eight workers, how many were involved with home visits and with how much supervision?

Kent replied that four were involved with home visits with two full-time assessment workers. She reported that there would be a Public Health Nurse Supervisor and one-half Public Health Nurse and the supervisor will be able to go on some of the home visits.

Betsy Boyd spoke on Option 3 and said issues are great in our community. She explained that the first time the Commission on Children and Family members became aware of the funding problem was in June. She said they initially thought they would have to shut down the program but realized that the needs were too great. She talked about the background and said the original Healthy Start proposal involved having several agencies supporting the families. She noted that resources were spent that they did not have without the knowledge of the Commission on Children and Families. Boyd reported that the CCF wanted the Healthy Start program spun out into the community much like CASA. She stated that they met to develop a different model and it was clear that they needed to provide a greater mix of services which would provide additional support as well as the home visit program.

Cheryl Hunter said it was her recollection that from the beginning, this was a program that was to be spun out into the community. She said that the commission was never informed as to what would happen if the program started in the county and later was spun out as far as the contract processes. She said they, as commissioners, put trust in the staff and the director and said it was not until June that they were informed on the budget of Healthy Start. She stated that providers were asked to help create a solution to the shortfall. She noted that she depended on providers for advice, including Healthy Start workers from the county. Hunter commented that the lack of communication led to this situation and she would have liked to have heard about Option 2 before this time. She remarked that Oliver would be outraged at this meeting because she begged for help on this. Hunter stated that the Commission on Children and Families developed Healthy Start and they had an opportunity to do it right from the beginning but were not listened to. Hunter stated that they have nine months to come up with a long range plan. She suggested that this was an opportunity to work together as a community and she would like the opportunity to use Option 3 and then work on an Option 4 or 5 or 6 or whatever it took.

Rust suggested that they approve Option 2 and then use the nine months to come back with another option.

Boyd said the Commission on Children and Families feels the County has let them down.

Recessed 12:34 to reconvene at 1:38

Green stated that he wanted to consider another option which would merge Options 2 and 3 into an Option 4. He said Option 4 would include the staff of the two groups that worked on Option 2 and Option 3 as well as agency members and the union. He stressed that everyone needed to keep in mind the need of the children and families that would benefit.

Weeldreyer stated that she was supportive but wanted to make sure that Healthy Start services would resume by September 30.

Dumdi concurred.

Cornacchia stated that he came to the same conclusion during the presentations. He said the controlling factor was the end recipient. He noted that they need to get the best implementors and liked Green’s idea of employee participation. He stated that he would like to see the implementors come back in two weeks. Cornacchia stressed that he is looking for coordination and collaboration.

Weeldreyer said that this was a huge task to be completed in ten days and asked if that was feasible.

Van Vactor stated that it had to be done in that time frame due to contracts and legal considerations.

Green directed Van Vactor to put together the group.

Van Vactor said his list would include Phelps, Saks, Peters or Kent, Gillette, Benson, Lutz, Yanet, a CSD member, Rockstroh, an AFS member, Hynes, the union and a worker from Healthy Start assessment and a family worker.

6. CONSENT CALENDAR

A. Approval of Minutes:
June 4, 1996, Work Session, 9:00 a.m.
June 5, 1996, Regular Meeting, following HACSA
June 5, 1996, Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m.
June 12, 1996, Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m.
June 19, 1996, Regular Meeting, following MWSD
June 19, 1996, Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m.
June 26, 1996, Public Hearing, 1:30 p.m.
July 2, 1996, Regular Meeting, following HACSA
July 24, 1996, Joint BCC/Fair Board, 12:00 noon
August 7, 1996, Regular Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
August 7, 1996, Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m.


B. County Administration

1) ORDER 96-9-4-3/In the Matter of Re-Appointing Justices Pro Tempore for the Florence Justice Court for One (1) Year.

2) ORDER 96-9-4-4/In the Matter of Appointing and Re-Appointing Justices Pro Tempore for the Central Lane Justice Court for One (1) Year.

3) ORDER 96-9-4-5/In the Matter of Re-Appointing Justices Pro Tempore for the Oakridge Justice Court for One (1) Year.

C. Health and Human Services

1) ORDER 96-9-4-6/In the Matter of Accepting an Intergovernmental Contract Amendment in the Amount of $30,494 from the City of Eugene; and Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Sign the Amendment.

2) ORDER 96-9-4-7/In the Matter of Appointing Medical Staff of the Lane County Psychiatric Hospital and Granting Them Physician Privileges as Listed in Exhibit A.

D. Human Resources and Management Services

1) ORDER 96-9-4-8/In the Matter of Authorizing the County Administrator to Execute up to a Three Year, Six Month Lease Agreement with APC, Inc. For 911 Sq. Ft. of Office Space at 895 Willamette Street for the Intergovernmental Human Services Program.

E. JTPA

1) ORDER 96-9-4-9/In the Matter of Appropriating an Additional $289,203 in Revenues and Expenditures for the Department of JTPA (07), JTPA Fund (49).

2) ORDER 96-9-4-10/In the Matter of Appropriating an Additional $7,500 in Revenues and Expenditures for the Department of JTPA (07), JTPA Fund (49).

F. Public Works

1) ORDER 96-9-4-11/In the Matter of Vacating the Alley in Blocks 121 and 122 and Portion of Commercial Place Which Lies Between Said Blocks, All in the Second Amended Plat of Fern Ridge as Platted and Recorded in Book 6, Page 28, Lane County, Oregon Plat Records, Without a Public Hearing, and Adopting Findings of Fact. (16-05-35)

2) ORDER 96-9-4-12/In the Matter of Authorizing General Fund Monies in the Amount of $11,000 to be Used for the Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Currin, Lowell, and Stewart Covered Bridges.

3) ORDER 96-9-4-13/In the Matter of Authorizing the County Administrator to Sign the Covered Bridge Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program 1995-1997 Biennium Agreements for State Grant Monies Awarded to Maintain and Rehabilitate Eligible Covered Bridges in Lane County.

Cornacchia asked that 6F., items 2) and 3) be pulled from the Consent Calendar for discussion.

MOTION: Approval of the Consent Calendar with the exception of item 6.F, 2) and 3).

Dumdi MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED. VOTE: 4-0.

Green read 6F, 2 and 3 into the record.

Cornacchia stated that the memorandum on this item talked about the general fund and funding the $11,000 without identifying where in the general fund that money would come. He said he was guessing that it must be lottery money. Cornacchia stated that if this $11,000 was coming from lottery proceeds, why was this not going through the process for lottery proceeds.

Van Vactor said that if this came out of the General fund, they could either reduce other general fund expenses or take it out of operating contingency. Van Vactor said it was his understanding that there was a 70% match on this and that the county had to come up with the $11,000 first and then they will be reimbursed approximately $7,700 and noted that this actually would be a $3,000 to $4,000 item ultimately to the general fund. Van Vactor said one option would be the contingency fund and the other option would be eligible expenditure of the transient room tax. He stated that the third option was the Video Lottery Special Project money but that there was a process established for expenditures from that money and this proposal has not gone through that process. Van Vactor reported that, in the past, the County has taken these match monies out of lottery funds directly.

Dumdi stated that is was processed through the Economic Development Committee as well as RCIC.

Green asked if the other option was to fund it first and then be reimbursed from lottery dollars.

Snowden reported that there are no deadlines if this was not decided on today. He commented that the work is reimbursable from July 1, 1995 because they have already done some of the work on the bridges that are open to traffic. Snowden stated that he does need some indication to continue before they do work.

Dumdi stated that she would be attending the RCIC and Economic Standing Committee this Thursday and could bring this up at those two meetings.

Cornacchia stated that he would be more comfortable with that and he does not want to use the contingency fund because he did not feel this was an appropriate expenditure of that because it is designated for emergencies. He remarked that he wanted research on processing this through other funds such as the transient room tax or video lottery rather than passing the order today and leaving it up in the air as to where the money will originate.

Green said this issue will be discussed Thursday by the RCIC and the Economic Standing Committee with an oral report back by the next board meeting on both of these items.

7. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

a. ORDER 96-9-4-14/In the Matter of Appointing One Member to Fill a Vacancy to the Mental Health Advisory Committee.

Rob Rockstroh, Director of Health and Human Services, reviewed this item for the Board.

MOTION: Approval of the Order appointing Carmen Frojen to the Mental Health Advisory Committee.

Dumdi MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED. VOTE: 4-0.

b. ORDER 96-9-4-15/In the Matter of Appointing Three Members and Reappointing Two Members to the Health Advisory Committee.

Rockstroh briefly reviewed this item.

MOTION: Approval of the Order appointing Paula Stout, Rick Ross, Ellen Gilmore and reappointing Pat Everett and Drew Marshall to the Health Advisory Committee.

Dumdi MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.

VOTE: 4-0.

8. HUMAN RESOURCES AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES

a. ORDER 96-9-4-16/In the Matter of Eliminating a .8 FTE Accounting Supervisor, Adding a 1.0 FTE Accounting Clerk and Increasing the Hours of a Senior Accounting Clerk from .50 to .75 FTE in the Department of Human Resources and Management Services.

Suchart stated that some of the operations have been changed and there now is a better team working on investment. He said he could make a report back if the Board would like.

Cornacchia said that he could wait for the annual report. He did say that he would like to see a five-year comparison.

MOTION: Approval of the Order.

Dumdi MOVED, Cornacchia SECONDED.

VOTE: 4-0.

9. REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS

10. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

None.

There being no further business, this meeting adjourned at 2:27 p.m.

 

Zoanne Gilstrap, Recording Secretary

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