BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'
January 24, 2001
Harris Hall Main Floor
Commissioner Anna Morrison presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Bobby Green, Sr., Peter Sorenson and Cindy Weeldreyer present. County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
9. PUBLIC HEARINGS
a. CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING AND ORDER 00-12-13-21/In the Matter of Hearing Argument for an Appeal of a Condition of Facility Permit No. 000327 (Appellant: Robert Kelly O'Neill).
John Goodson, Public Works, reported this was a hearing that was carried over from last month regarding North 19th Street between Yolanda Street and Hayden Bridge Road. He added it is a local access road serving residential lots. He noted in the original permit application and subsequent information collected by the permits office, it appeared that O’Neill proposed using North 19th Street to access his U-pick flower business. He said Lane County’s traffic engineer estimated the business would generate between 50 and 100 trips per day based on the volume of business. He said the primary reason for the facility permit requirements that O’Neill was objecting to was traffic safety. Goodson noted if there was a significant increase in traffic that a portion of Yolanda and North 19th would have to be improved. Goodson said O’Neill indicated that volume of traffic would not be expected initially and wanted to make it consistent with the City of Springfield road standards.
Weeldreyer noted that O’Neill said the city had already agreed to his access route and graveling plans and they would be monitoring development in the area. She asked why Lane County was insisting on doing more than the City of Springfield.
Goodson responded Lane County regulates roads and the City of Springfield regulates development. He said the city was going to require O’Neill to pave the short portion of the road. He said the concern is if there is a significant increase in traffic, the intersection would need to be improved at Yolanda and 19th and the City of Springfield would not approve it.
Sorenson asked if Lane County could require something in the future.
Goodson stated they could put that requirement into a facility permit that allows O’Neill to make the improvements he has requested with a provision that at some point when traffic increases to a certain level, it would cause improvements to be made.
Weeldreyer said if they are going to make that requirement and it improves the road, it would be fair to have the cost shared by the people on the road who would benefit from it and not all the cost borne by the one property owner. She said the other property owners should share in the cost. She was supportive of facility permit language that accommodates development and encourages cooperation, but she was not for paving the area at this time.
Commissioner Morrison opened the Public Hearing.
Kelly O’Neill, 1950 Yolanda, Springfield, stated he would be required to maintain the gravel road. He noted the first section of the road had already been graveled. He said he wouldn’t mind maintaining the road. He didn’t think he would be able to get the neighbors to go in on it with him.
There being no one else signed up to speak, Commissioner Morrison closed the Public Hearing.
MOTION: to not accept staff’s recommendation on this matter.
Weeldreyer MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.
Weeldreyer directed Public Work’s staff to come back with an order and wording of a facility permit that reflects the Board’s discussion.
Green asked what staff’s charge was.
Goodson responded to allow O’Neill to gravel the road, provide an agreement on maintenance and work with him on that. He was not sure about the Board’s direction on trigger for improvement of the road.
Dwyer wanted it to be complaint-driven.
Wilson suggested leaving the number of cars to Goodson and O’Neill to discuss what would be reasonable.
Weeldreyer wanted a trigger number and have public works staff work with the property owners impacted by the decision.
10. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS
a. EVALUATION/Dean Stephens, Auditor.
Morrison noted that after discussion in Executive Session, the consensus of the Board was that there was a satisfactory performance rating and they would review activities in six months. She added there was agreement on more communication and direction from the Board as well as communication from Dean Stephens.
11. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS
Morrison thanked the Lane County legislators. She said they requested a concurrent resolution on the kickoff of Lane County’s 150th anniversary. She read the resolution into the record. She reported that she and David Suchart met with ODOT on the County annex building in Florence.
Sorenson thanked Lucy Sullivan and the Very Little Theatre for the costumes. He reported that he made a presentation to the Lane County Tax Equalization Association, which represents the largest forest land owners of Lane County. He noted he spoke with the Zanta Club of Eugene about the glass ceiling that limits women and minorities in executive positions in business and government.
Green reported that tomorrow there will be a community meeting for the River Road/Santa Clara meeting. He thanked Morrison for putting together the 150th birthday party for Lane County.
Dwyer stated that Weeldreyer left a ceremonial resolution for former Cottage Grove mayor to be presented at a dinner this Saturday. He reported he went to Salem with stakeholders from the Gateway area that may be impacted by the Beltline construction.
12. OTHER BUSINESS
RESOLUTION 01-1-24-13/In The Matter of Recognizing Mayor Darrel Williams for 27 Years of Service to the Community.
Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.
VOTE: 4-0 (Weeldreyer left early).
There being no further business, Commissioner Morrison adjourned the meeting at 4:14 p.m.