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APPROVED 6/22/94

April 27, 1994
PUBLIC HEARINGS
Harris Hall Main Floor - 1:30 p.m.

Chair Jerry Rust presided with Ellie Dumdi, Marie Frazier and Jack Roberts present. Steve Cornacchia excused. Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary.

A. PUBLIC COMMENT

An opportunity for general Public Comment was added to today's agenda.

Barbara Knutson, 23988 Highway 99W, Junction City, spoke with regard to the loss of gambling addiction treatment funds from video lottery dollars. She indicated that she was an LCC intern who has worked with the program since last March. Knutson asked that the Board to try to help get funding for the program in the interim. She suggested that "interest" funds be used for this purpose. Teresa Wilson, County Counsel, stated that "interest follows principal" and it is likely that the State would demand repayment of the interest, too.

1. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

To be held later in the meeting.

2. PUBLIC HEARINGS

a.  PUBLIC HEARING AND ORDER 94-4-27-1/In the Matter of Authorizing the Transfer of Surplus County-Owned Property to the Eugene YMCA (Map #21-35-16-13-02900, Located at 48329 First Street, Oakridge).

Jeff Turk, Property Management Officer, provided a brief review of this item. He noted that it is up to the Board to decide whether or not the YMCA meets the qualifications for a "social service" transfer under ORS 271.330. Responding to Roberts, Turk indicated that he has not heard any arguments against the transfer and Roberts suggested that speakers, therefore, could be brief in their supportive statements.

Rust opened the Public Hearing.

Diane Johnson, 47008 LaDuke Road, Westfir, stated that she was chairman of the Oakridge-Westfir Branch of the Eugene Family YMCA. She indicated that this project has greater broad-based community support than any project experienced in the area before.

Mike Lambert, 46434 Hines Way, Westfir, remarked that he is principal of Oakridge Elementary School and was present representing the Oakridge School District. He observed the decreased safety risk in having this facility located so close by.

Janet Reynolds, 48543 Hwy. 58, Oakridge, indicated that she had been involved in this project for the last several years and stated that this will unify the community.

Dave Perez, 2803 Almaden, Executive Director of the Eugene YMCA, remarked that expansion is a top priority and that the community is excited about this project.

Terri Jones, P.O. Box 682, Oakridge, commented that she was employed by the Forest Service as Economic Development Coordinator for the Rigdon Ranger District. She observed that the Forest Service should be able to help get grants to restore the building.

Austin Colcord, 33472 McKenzie View Drive, remarked that he was a candidate for the East Lane Commissioner position and stated that this is the type of project that everyone can get behind.

Bev McCulley, P.O. Box 802, Oakridge, stated that she was on the Board of Directors of the Upper Willamette Youth, mentioning that their three objectives were youth recreation, cultural arts programs and activities for young people.

Herb Wick, P.O. Box 473, Oakridge, remarked that his employment is as District Ranger for the Rigdon District of the Forest Service. He indicated that he sees this project as a benefit to the community. Wick also stated that he is an advisor for his church youth group and that activities at the YMCA are healthy ones.

Susan Miller, 49645 Huckleberry Loop, Oakridge, observed that this facility would be an asset to the community.

Tony Corcoran, 34475 Kizer Creek, Cottage Grove, spoke in support of the project on behalf of Chris Harder of Oakridge.

Claude Campbell, 46450 Westfir Road, Westfir, asked the Board for a vote of approval.

Rick Aguas, 48379 E. First St., Oakridge, remarked that he is a Webelos leader and a volunteer teacher at school. He observed that the pool would serve many purposes.

Rust closed the Public Hearing.

MOTION: Approval of the Order. Frazier MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. Frazier stated that Cornacchia had voiced his support of this transfer. It was also noted that letters distributed during the Public Hearing would be made part of the record.

VOTE: 4-0.

b.  PUBLIC HEARING AND ORDER 94-4-27-2/In the Matter of Authorizing the Transfer of Surplus County-Owned Real Property to the City of Florence (Map #18-12-27-31-05700, Located on the Corner of Greenwood and Rhododendron Drive, Florence).

Turk briefly reviewed this item.

Rust opened the Public Hearing.

Ken Lanfear, 1649 23rd, Florence, remarked that he was Public Works Director for the City of Florence, indicating that the City would appreciate approval of this transfer.

Rust closed the Public Hearing.

Observing that the Board could ask for some compensation from the City of Florence, Roberts spoke in favor of going ahead with the transfer without requiring compensation. He noted the need for local governments to work together. Bill Van Vactor, County Administrator echoed that spirit of partnership.

MOTION: Approval of the Order. Roberts MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED.

VOTE: 4-0.

c.  PUBLIC HEARING AND ORDER 94-4-27-3/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 11 of Lane Manual to Revise Provisions regarding Flood Hazard Studies (L.M. 11020).

Thom Lanfear, Associate Planner, reviewed the agenda memorandum.

Rust opened the Public Hearing. There being no one present who wished to testify, Rust closed the Public Hearing. Van Vactor observed that this action would keep Lane County in compliance. MOTION: Approval of the Order. Frazier MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. VOTE: 4-0.

3. OTHER BUSINESS

a.  ORDER 94-4-27-4/In the Matter of Settling Claims of Ralph Harley.

MOTION: Approval of the Order. Roberts MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED.

VOTE: 4-0.

b.  DISCUSSION/In the Matter of Continuing Gambling Addiction Treatment Services Through June 30, 1994.

Rob Rockstroh, Director of Health and Human Services, reviewed his agenda memorandum (see material on file.) He expressed his concern for the 14 clients currently in treatment and indicated that he thinks funding dollars will be returned on July 1. Wilson indicated that the Attorney General will be filing a "Petition for Reconsideration." She stated that until April 28, the funds are not unconstitutional to use. Wilson remarked that spending the dollars between April 28 and June 30 would result in a higher risk.

Roberts stated that if funding for the local program is to be continued, it would need to be done with General Fund dollars and he stated that he could not, in good conscience, support that until the overall county budget picture is reviewed. Rust observed that the Legislature has a huge deficit and questioned how likely it is that they will be rescuing this program. He expressed concern over potential trust issues with clients and asked about the possibility of using volunteers/interns in the interim. Responding to Frazier, Rockstroh stated that most other counties have canceled their programs at this point. Frazier maintained her concern about clients already in the treatment process. She indicated that she was willing to err on the side of continuing services and possibly being required to pay back the money. Acknowledging the need, Dumdi stated, however, that she could not support using general fund dollars at this time.

Acknowledging that he had voted in support of the methadone clerk 30 days ago, Rust stated that, at this point, the county is broke. Frazier stressed that if Multnomah County is continuing their program, the possibility of repayment must be highly unlikely. Roberts indicated that he opposes AOC's position (see AOC's letter in packet), noting that the state has a $1.2 billion debt to resolve at this time. Rust, Roberts and Dumdi indicated that they were not in favor of continuing the program at this time, with Frazier in disagreement.

c.  Rust brought up the scheduling of the next meeting with regard to the Diversity Task Force report, noting that the potential meeting date of May 10 does not work for all commissioners. After considerable discussion over election schedules and other conflicts, the Board concurred that the meeting could be scheduled during the "down week" and set a date of May 24 at 1:30 p.m.

1. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rust asked, and the Board concurred, to observe a moment of silence on behalf of the passing of former President Richard Nixon.

Dumdi indicated that Joe Birney, Executive Director of Lane Regional Quality Workforce Council, had requested a letter of support. Dumdi indicated that she would make sure Lane County was under no obligation for matching funds or other resources before writing a letter of support on behalf of the Board.

There being no further business, this meeting adjourned at 2:44 p.m.

Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary

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