BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'
October 31, 2001
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, Assistant County Counsel Steve Vorhes and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
TRANSPORTATION REPORT/Commissioner Green.
Green reported that on October 25 he attended an all area transportation meeting on behalf of Lane County as Lane County’s Area Commission on Transportation. He stated they advanced (as it related to the modernization project) their number one project, the I-5 Beltline project. He said they were looking for $35 million and through negotiation, arrived at $18 million. He said the project would need to be done in phases. He added they were also successful in getting the Creswell pedestrian and bike overpass. He noted it was the full $800,000. On preservation, he noted Lane County had three projects funded.
Ollie Snowden, Public Works, reported the Springfield/Creswell Highway (Parkway Road), a section closer to the Creswell on the Springfield/Creswell Highway and a part of Highway 99, between Cottage Grove and Drain was funded. He added the OTC hadn’t determined how much money would be available for preservation, either $11 million for Region 2 or $16 million. He noted that under the $16 million alternative, they added more money to the Cottage Grove / Drain, Highway 99 project and added in the Jasper Road overlay from the city limits of Springfield to the Jasper Bridge.
Snowden stated when the Roads Advisory Committee looked at the CAP projects, they also recommended $300,000 in the CAP money for the Creswell overpass so the package of $300,000 of county and $800,000 state money will complete the entire project. He added it was a project that ODOT liked due to the local match dollars.
#12. PUBLIC HEARINGS
a. SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance 5-01/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 6 of Lane Code to Add Provisions Pertaining to Exclusions from Lane County Parks (LC 6.590).
Todd Winter, Parks, explained on amending Chapter 6, the exclusion was removed and it gave staff two directives. One was to work with the Justice Courts to refine the appeals process. The second directive requested that a notice of exclusion handed to a citizen would outline the appeals process. He noted that under Section 4, the parks manager designee could grant a variance.
Green asked if parks had discussed the possibility of becoming licensed officers to carry firearms.
Winter responded they had and it is a work in progress with the Lane Code.
Commissioner Morrison opened up the Public Hearing. There being no one signed up to speak, she closed the Public Hearing.
MOTION: to adopt Ordinance 5-01.
Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED
ROLL CALL VOTE: 5-0.
b. TWENTY-EIGHTH READING AND DELIBERATION Ordinance PA 1132/ In the Matter of Amending the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area General Plan to Adopt a Revised “Transportation Element” and Related Changes to the Plan Text; Adopting Revisions to the Eugene-Springfield Transportation System Plan (TransPlan); and Adopting a Severability Clause. (28th Reading: October 31, 2001)
Tom Stinchfield, Public Works, explained the Board would be adopting Ordinance PA 1132, amending the transportation element of the Metro Plan, making it Lane County’s Transportation System Plan for the metropolitan area. He added it fulfills the requirements of OAR 660.12, the Transportation Planning Rule. He stated the City of Eugene adopted the identical plan on September 10, and the City of Springfield and Lane Transit District adopted the plan on September 17. All three adoptions were unanimous. He said due to the Board’s schedule, the action was delayed on October 16, 2001. He noted there were challenges ahead in transportation in the metropolitan area but it was time to adopt the ordinance and to move forward with all the issues.
MOTION: to adopt Ordinance PA 1132.
Dwyer MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.
ROLL CALL VOTE: 5-0.
Weeldreyer noted the LCOG Board had established a new award for teams for their annual awards dinner. She proposed they nominate the TransPlan team from all of the jurisdictions to receive the first award.
MOTION: to move to nominate the TransPlan team from all of the jurisdictions to receive the first LCOG board award for teams.
Weeldreyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.
c. PUBLIC HEARING AND ORDER 01-10-31-14/In the Matter of Approving a Countywide Priority Listing for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) FY 2004-2007 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
Stinchfield explained they have an order that endorses sending a letter and an attached priority list for roadway projects to the state for a preliminary listing for the 04/07 STIP. He added the letter also endorsed the Springfield Park and Ride (related to the Springfield station project) and phase 2 of the Breeze Downtown Shuttle project, with service to the new courthouse area. It also endorsed a budget amount for the transportation demand management needs in the area. He said the Board would revisit this list in January. He added that County and ODOT staff will work at scoping the projects and doing more research.
Stinchfield noted the larger projects are primarily freeway interchanges, with two projects on Highway 126 going to the Coast. He added they only prioritized the top three interchange projects in the metro and rural areas because the others were not ready for any funding activity. He noted he distributed supplemental materials to the Board dated October 29, 2001, that included traffic volumes and highway classifications and updated comments on projects.
Bob Pirrie, ODOT, said they were successful at the all-area meeting due to strategy. He added they would move forward as quickly as possible for the preservation projects on Creswell Highway. He said they also had the Coast Fork Bridge on I-5 in Lane County. He asked for cooperation from the County as they move forward. He said the list is preliminary but provides a good strategy.
Commissioner Morrison opened up the Public Hearing.
Roger Bennett, City Manager, Florence, offered the City of Florence’s support. He was grateful that the projects the City of Florence nominated for consideration appeared on the priority list.
Linda James, 13 S. 1st Street, Creswell, noted (on behalf of the City Council members of the City of Creswell) that the city had grown 47% in the last ten years and the issue on the reconstruction of the bridge was critical to the City of Creswell. She added it gave the citizens of Creswell the opportunity to make sure this project moves forward.
Nick Arnis, City of Springfield, thanked the Board for the CAP and STIP process. He said they concurred on the 04/07 list.
There being no one else signed up to speak, Commissioner Morrison closed the public hearing.
MOTION: to approve
Dwyer MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.
13. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS
Green announced that Charles Ogletree, defense lawyer, would be at Churchill High School, discussing slavery.
Dwyer reported he was putting together a task force on animal control.
Sorenson noted he attended the presentation by Dr. Philip Romero on the impact of the recession. He said some of Lane County’s programs were counter cyclical. He asked if there was interest in getting ahead of the budget cycle (within this fiscal year) to determine the impact on Lane County and asking the County Administrator to report back to the Board after meeting with the Management Team on mid-year adjustments.
Weeldreyer suggested polling the Management Team.
Van Vactor said because of the decline in the economy, it would be prudent to have the analyst that is assigned to each department double check with each department to verify that the revenue projections were on schedule.
Van Vactor announced that Tony Bieda had sent a letter to the Board regarding the AOC conference and a letter will go to Steven McClure regarding public health issues. He asked the chair to send the letter.
There was consensus from the Board to send the letter.
With regard to Senate Bill 555, Van Vactor noted that Pat Rogers from Children and Families was working on the requirements. He asked if other Board members wanted to see the packet materials.
Morrison, Dwyer and Sorenson requested the information.
Weeldreyer stated last Wednesday she participated in the Region 2050 process. She said they were working toward a second phase and that Dwyer and Sorenson were the liaisons. She said almost all of her district cities were participating. She noted there hadn’t been a lot of Lane County participation.
Sorenson said there was a need for a blend of rural and urban mixes.
Weeldreyer stated she would take Sorenson’s place on the committee.
Weeldreyer announced she had gone to Klamath Falls on the telecommunications consortium. She noted that Lowell would be one of the first to have its fiber lit. She said she and Dwyer were working on the Economic Development Standing Committee and their first meeting would be November 8. She said she has a meeting scheduled for the Dexter library project.
Morrison reminded the Board of the joint meeting with the City of Oakridge.
There being no further business, Commissioner Morrison adjourned the meeting into Executive Session at 2:15 p.m.