BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'
October 23, 2001
10:30 a.m. (following Jail Tour)
Commissioners' Conference Room
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.
1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
Morrison stated she would bring up the ambulance district ordinance under Commissioner’s Business. She added the meeting started late due to the Board’s tour of the Lane County Jail.
2. PUBLIC COMMENTS
3. PUBLIC HEARINGS
a. PUBLIC HEARING AND ORDER 01-10-23-1/In the Matter of Sponsoring an Application for Designation of an Enterprise Zone in Cooperation with the City of Cottage Grove.
Peter Thurston, Economic Development, reported the State of Oregon provided for enterprise zones to be designated around the state and there were opportunities open until October 29, 2001. He said the City of Cottage Grove had contacted him and requested that Lane County join with the City of Cottage Grove in creating an enterprise zone that encompassed the majority of the industrial and commercial areas adjacent to the city in unincorporated Lane County. He noted supplemental information was available.
Howard Schesser, Community Development Coordinator, City of Cottage Grove, stated the City Council held their public hearing regarding the proposed enterprise zone and there were two people who spoke in favor. He noted after closing the public hearing, the City Council approved the resolution with the application.
Dwyer stated the Board was offering their services to the City of Cottage Grove as a partner for business and expansion.
Commissioner Morrison opened up the Public Hearing. There being no one signed up to speak, she closed the Public Hearing.
MOTION: to approve ORDER 01-10-23-1.
Weeldreyer MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.
4. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660
5. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION
b. ORDER 01-10-23-2/In the Matter of Listing and Prioritizing Projects to be Sponsored or Listed by Lane County in the 2002 Needs and Issues Inventory Process.
Thurston passed out a current list of projects. (Copy in file). He noted the State of Oregon Economic and Community Development Department asked government agencies to identify their needs and issues on an annual basis. He added the agencies were asked to list projects and to prioritize them. He noted the deadline for the process in Lane County was October 26. He asked the Board to place a priority on the items. He suggested two projects to be added to the bottom of the second page under community projects: the S. 79th Street Water Association (a water system improvement project with the estimated cost of $500,000 and the estimated amount needed from outside sources also $500,000) and the Glenwood Sewer connection for families to be connected to the sewer in Springfield.
Thurston noted he had a list that was more specific than what the Board Order had. He noted there were two lists, projects from Lane County and community projects. He suggested the Board choose five of the highest priorities from each list. He recommended Senior and Disabled Veteran’s Services as number 1, Emergency Services Microwave as number 2, with the remaining three Richardson, Hendricks and Camp Lane park projects.
Green asked Thurston how he determined the priorities.
Thurston responded he took a health and safety approach, then asked the Parks director which were the most important.
Sorenson asked if these were specific funds that Lane County was administering.
Thurston responded the funds are non-specific and do not have any specific fund attached. He said the purpose of the listing was to identify needs and estimated costs. He said these were projects that had been listed by Lane County as an organization. He added some of the projects on the community projects list were sponsored by other entities.
Weeldreyer explained the needs and issues inventory was developed when there was forest timber plan monies so there would be a list communities could take to federal agencies which had money to make the projects happen. She said this should be a wish list that communities bring to the County. She said they were encouraging cities to begin by getting on the list.
Thurston noted the Richardson Picnic Shelter was rated number one by Parks.
Sorenson said he wouldn’t put Senior and Disabled Services ahead of Richardson.
Garnick explained Senior and Disabled Services thought it would be better to relocate in the Schaefer’s Building in Downtown Eugene for easier access to the public. He said the costs had gone up. He added Lane County was going to give some funding for improvements in Springfield.
Dwyer said criteria was needed to prioritize projects.
Thurston stated they could do it as a process, but they would have to begin three or four months in advance of LCOG setting the date. He said for the County’s listing, they would collect a list, criteria would be established, and they would bring it to the Board in a work session.
Dwyer said he had no problem adopting this, as they were facing a deadline. He said they know Veteran’s and Senior Services are important. He wanted a process so all of their questions would be answered and they would have an objective way to determine the level of community involvement.
With regard to the community projects, Thurston asked the Board if they wanted to include two earlier projects, the South 79th water and the Glenwood sewer connections.
Thurston recommended Lane County Blue River Forest Glen, Lane County Marcola Mary Cole House, Lane County Old McKenzie Hatchery, Lane County Brice Creek Oakridge Bike Tour Route. He added the South 79th should be the first priority as they are moving quickly on the project and needed the County’s continued support.
Dwyer agreed with Thurston about the S. 79th water project as there were serious water quantity issues.
With regard to the Blue River project, Thurston said they had been working on the water system design and needed a long-term solution. He didn’t list it earlier but it needed to be on the list.
Dwyer said they have to determine how to help public safety, health and welfare, and those projects need to be on a priority list.
Morrison suggested S, 79th Water as number 1, Blue River Water District Design Construction as number 2, Old McKenzie Hatchery Community Education Room as number 3, Mapleton Community Learning Center Development Project as number 4 and Blue River Forest Glen as number 5.
Green said he was in agreement with this today, but wouldn’t approve choosing projects this way in the future.
Thurston said they will put together a process that would be brought before the Board well in advance.
Thurston stated they would adjust the order to reflect that this would become the Board’s priority list.
MOTION: to approve ORDER 01-10-23-2.
Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.
Dwyer wanted implicit instructions next year with a matrix and criteria for the projects.
6. REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS
7. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS
Morrison stated that Steve Vorhes brought to her attention the previous Board action on Ordinance No. 01-01, to bring the third reading on the Central Lane Ambulance Service District. She stated the request was not formally set, but she thought it was set for November 7. She requested a motion for deliberation.
MOTION: to set a Third Reading and Deliberation for November 7, 2001 on Ordinance No. 01-01.
Dwyer MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.
There being no further business, Commissioner Morrison recessed the meeting at 11:30 a.m.
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