BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'
November 8, 1994
Commissioners' Conference Room
Chair Jerry Rust presided with Steve Cornacchia, Ellie Dumdi, Marie Frazier and Jack Roberts present. Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary.
1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
2. PUBLIC COMMENTS
3. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS
To be held later in the meeting.
4. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660
To be held later in the meeting.
5. PUBLIC WORKS
a. FIRST READING AND SETTING SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/ Ordinance No. 11-94/In the Matter of Amending Ordinance No. 14-90D (Tree Conservation and Protection), as Previously Amended, to Extend the Sunset Date of December 1, 1994 to December 1, 1995, and Declaring an Emergency (Second Reading and Public Hearing: November 22, 1994, 1:30 p.m., Harris Hall, Main Floor).
Rust read this Ordinance into the record. MOTION: Approval of the First Reading and Setting Second Reading and Public Hearing, November 22, 1994, 1:30 p.m. in Harris Hall. Roberts MOVED, Frazier SECONDED. Roberts observed that when this ordinance was originally adopted, it was anticipated that the City of Eugene would be working collabor-atively with Lane County for areas within their city limits and the urban growth boundary. He noted that Eugene now has its own ordinance. Roberts stated that he would like it communicated to the City of Eugene that Lane County would like to be involved with the process to see if there is any way to have a collaborative effort in any revisions to their ordinance as well as the review of Lane County's ordinance. The Board concurred and Van Vactor was asked to communicate this request to the City of Eugene. VOTE: 5-0.
b. DISCUSSION/Consideration of the Proposed Work Program for the Eugene/Springfield Metro Plan Periodic Review. (Public Hearing: November 22, 1994, 6:30 p.m., Campbell Senior Center).
Roy Burns, Public Works, indicated that Carol Heinkel, Lane Council of Governments, was available to provide further information. He distributed a diagram detailing the simplified Periodic Review Process. Burns reviewed the information in the agenda packet (see material on file). He confirmed that as a result of concerns regarding resource allocation and general fund impact, staff has attempted to limit the scope of the update process to those minimal points that could be established in the periodic review process and that Lane County's resources would be limited to allocations from the Road Fund. Burns pointed out one particular issue regarding the establishment of a framework for special purpose district for financial purposes in the public safety arena. He stated that that information is being developed and would be presented with supplemental information.
Cornacchia suggested that there be a response to the task force/advisory committee's (originally put together to look at this and later reconstituted to look at the final product) list of recommendations. He asked how the figure ".92 FTE" for Lane County (on Attachment A) was developed. Burns and Heinkel clarified that the .92 is an average per year over five years, as the tasks vary by fiscal year. Responding to Roberts, Burns stated that Lane County's peak allocation would be 1.63 FTE in 1997. Rust asked for a succinct answer as to how the periodic review relates to the update of the Metro Plan, how they are merged and why both are done. Burns replied that the Metro Plan is being updated as a result of the periodic review time frame. He explained that what is being updated in the Metro Plan are those 18 elements identified at the state and local level that are necessary in order to keep the Plan in compliance with the requirements of the state. With regard to a time frame for the update, Burns stated that that is a resource allocation decision and it could be spread out over a longer time frame. Responding to Frazier, Heinkel stated she would pass along concerns with regard to adequate review of traffic flow patterns/impacts to neighborhoods.
Cornacchia asked whether a look at usable industrial lands would fall under Work Task 6 on Attachment B. Heinkel indicated that the Chambers have recommended looking at the quality side of industrial lands. She stated that this is not required by the state as part of the Periodic Review process. Burns observed that if this project is desired, it could be done parallel to, but not as part of, the Periodic Review. Cornacchia requested that copies of the "1992 Qualitative Analysis of Industrial Lands" be provided to each Board member. Rust and Cornacchia agreed that the strategic piece that is needed is an infrastructure plan on how to get service to the industrial lands to provide an inventory of developable land. With regard to "other tasks" (add-on list), Burns remarked that the recommendation is to coordinate those efforts through the MPC process for prioritization.
With regard to Attachment "B", Item 6 (page 2), Bill Van Vactor, County Administrator, expressed concern that there may be language in the Metro Plan that might prevent the potential collaboration of law enforcement services. Teresa Wilson, County Counsel, stated that language such as "zone of benefit" could be used. Cornacchia stated there may need to be an amendment to the Metro Plan that would allow for the formation of special districts, indicating that he would like to see legal counsel, rather than planning staff, wordsmithing that language. Responding to Van Vactor, Burns indicated that grants were being explored for funding for the sand and gravel study. Burns stated that staff reallocation in Land Management supports exercises such as this that are state-mandated, unless other resources are identified. He added that other resources for the planning component are being considered. Responding to Van Vactor, Burns remarked that the forest and agricultural lands that are subject to this are generally outside the urban growth boundary, but inside the Plan boundary. Van Vactor questioned why funding isn't identified as the metro contract instead of specifically identifying Lane County. Heinkel stated that the project team assumed that the metro contract would cover interjurisdictional work tasks. Van Vactor said that he views the area between the urban growth boundary and the Metro Plan boundary as interjurisdictional in the sense that originally the County only wanted the Plan to be to the UGB, but the cities wanted the Plan pushed out to the Metro Plan boundaries. The Board concurred with Van Vactor and suggested that that position be taken.
3. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS
Frazier commented that there had been a problem with some voting in Creswell this morning as the computer linked all of "F" Street in Creswell with Springfield's "F" Street. She indicated that she had told people who chose to come into the Elections Office to vote to send their gasoline bill to her office. Dumdi remarked that the elections function is human and it is hard for errors to be avoided.
Roberts announced that Rick Lindholm's father, Dean Emeritus of the University of Oregon School of Business, had passed away and that he had left his mark on the community.
Rust commented that the Youth Awareness Congress would be held on November 12 at the Eugene Hilton.
Rust indicated that he was interested in figuring out a process to get everyone to a comfort zone with regard to the LRAPA issues. He stated that he and Roberts had met this morning with Dale Riddle who discussed industry concerns. Rust emphasized that he and Roberts were interested in an intergovernmental approach to resolving the issues with this inter-governmental agency. Roberts remarked that he was still interested in getting a report back from Frazier and Cornacchia so the Board could deal with that instead of second-hand information. Frazier commented that there were at least three other issues of concern that were discussed with LRAPA, aside from the one business receiving media attention. She stressed that the problems seem to be with the way LRAPA is applying their regulatory authority. Frazier asserted that it was her intent to seek resolution. She stated the intention to report back to the Board at the next meeting in two weeks. Cornacchia remarked that his goals remain the same as previously discussed: to have the meeting with LRAPA with he and Frazier meeting afterward to formulate an agenda packet which would set out the options and possibly make recommendations.
Dumdi remarked that the LRAPA membership has changed in the last two to three years and that some staffing has also changed. She noted that it appears that a more stringent regulatory stance is being taken. Rust expressed interest in establishing a pattern of facts to show that things are being done differently than they were previously. He reiterated that he would like to diffuse the situation by putting it in an intergovernmental arena. Rust summarized that Cornacchia and Frazier would report back on the agenda; then, if there were sufficient grounds to move forward, it would proceed to the intergovernmental arena. He maintained that the intent was to attempt to fix any problems if there is anything wrong. Rust stressed that he felt it was premature to say the intended action is to get out of the agency. Roberts stated that his first choice is to verify if there is a basis for concern and, if so, see if there are ways to help LRAPA work better. He indicated that he still believes a local agency is better than having a state agency.
There being no further business, this meeting adjourned into Executive Session at 10:10 a.m.