minhead.gif (11357 bytes)APPROVED 9/27/94


June 29, 1994
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' REGULAR MEETING
Harris Hall Main Floor - 1:30 p.m.

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

3.    PLATS

Florentine Estate, Sixth Addition
City of Florence
18-12-23

Mariners Village P.U.D., Phase I
City of Florence
18-12-15

Oakbrook
City of Cottage Grove
20-03-28

Royalwood, 2nd Addition
City of Eugene
17-04-28

MOTION: Approval of the Plats. Dumdi MOVED, Cornacchia SECONDED. VOTE: 3-0.

4.    PUBLIC HEARINGS

a.    SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance 5-94/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 5 of Lane Code to Remove Animal Regulation Authority Fees Schedule (LC 5.225(5)). (NBA & PM 6/15/94)

Rust read this Ordinance into the record. Cornacchia observed that there appears to be a conflict, or different application, between the zoning codes and the allowable uses of kennels in that the numbers are different. Animal Regulation staff was directed to meet with Land Management staff to identify that discrepancy and bring back the appropriate changes necessary to make them consistent.

Rust opened the Public Hearing.

Lorraine Still, 83076 N. Bradford Road, Creswell, asked where the money that comes in for dog licenses, kennel fees, etc., goes - to fund Animal Control or to the general fund. Rust responded that it goes into the general fund, is co-mingled with other funds, but can be accounted for separately. He observed that it is still necessary to subsidize the overall cost of Animal Control. Bill Van Vactor, County Administrator, concurred with that description. Responding to Still, Rust stated that the money that comes in for licensing does not cover the cost of Animal Control, mostly because only 50% of pet owners license their pets. He commented that if that could be brought up to 100% compliance, then it would be close to self-sustaining. Cornacchia stated that all license fees go to Animal Control eventually and that none are used elsewhere. Still remarked that, according to material she has, zoning laws say one thing and Animal Regulation says another, particularly with regard to the number of dogs that can be kept and kennel licenses. She commented that many people would pay their fees if they were legal, but the threat of the need for a Conditional Use Permit for a kennel keeps many people from coming forward. She stressed that if there were going to be any changes in bringing the code and the licensing together that it should be on the up side. With regard to fees collected by Animal Regulation, Margo Drivas, Assistant Director of Human Resources and Management Services, clarified that the fees collected do not go into the general fund; instead they go into the Animal Control Fund and are an offset against the operational costs before the contract costs to the County and the city are assessed.

Rust closed the Public Hearing.

MOTION: Approval of the Ordinance. Cornacchia MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. Referring to Still's testimony, Dumdi indicated that she doesn't think enough has been done to get pets licensed and encouraged a more aggressive program. Dumdi also took the opportunity to advocate for the licensing of cats.

Rust re-opened the Public Hearing by request.

Sherry Dobson, Noti, stated that people who license their dogs are responsible and their fees should not be increased. She suggested raising the fee from $15 to $200 to euthanize a litter of puppies. Rust commented that if euthanizing were made more expensive, there might be more dumping of animals.

VOTE: Cornacchia, Dumdi and Rust AYE.

5.    OTHER BUSINESS

a. ORDER 94-6-29-1/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 60 of Lane Manual to Add Animal Regulation Authority Fees (LM 60.625).

MOTION: Approval of the Order. Cornacchia MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. VOTE: 3-0.

b.    ORDER 94-6-29-2/In the Matter of Providing Animal Control Services for the City of Eugene for Fiscal Year 1994-95 Under a One-Year Revenue Contract.

MOTION: Approval of the Order. Cornacchia MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. VOTE: 3-0.

2.    COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rust announced that an agreement has been reached with the cities of Eugene and Springfield on the Metro Plan amendment process and would be coming back to the Board shortly in the form of an Ordinance.

Rust announced that there would be no meetings next week.

There being no further business, this meeting adjourned at 1:48 p.m.

 

Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary

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