APPROVED 6/28/95

March 28, 1995
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' WORK SESSION
Commissioners' Conference Room - 9:00 a.m.

Vice-Chair Cindy Weeldreyer presided with Bobby Green, Sr. and Jerry Rust present. Steve Cornacchia and Ellie Dumdi excused. Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary.

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

Weeldreyer indicated that Item T.6.a. was rescheduled to the March 29 agenda, to be heard as Item W.12.a.

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

None.

3. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

To be heard at approximately 10:40 a.m.

4. EXECUTIVE SESSION

To be held following this morning's meeting.

5. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

a. Announcements

Bill Van Vactor, County Administrator, introduced Robert Lewis, Metro Television, who discussed the current lighting problems in the conference room. Lewis was asked to work with Facilities Maintenance to solve the problem. Rust remarked that he was pleased that the public was able to view the Budget Committee meetings via Cable TV.

6. PUBLIC WORKS

a. DISCUSSION AND ORDER 95-3-28-1/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 60 of Lane Manual to Revise Certain Department of Public Works, Land Management Division Charges and Planning Fees (LM 60.850 and 60.851) Effective April 30, 1995.

This item was rescheduled to the March 29 agenda, to be heard as Item W.12.a.

b. ORDER 95-3-28-2/In the Matter of Electing Whether or Not to Consider an Appeal of a Hearings Official Decision Affirming the Planning Director's Approval of a Home Occupation (File PA 3347-94; Gulledge).

Mike Copely, Associate Planner, briefly reviewed this item (see material on file). He summarized that staff does not recommend hearing the appeal as it does not satisfy the criteria. MOTION: Approval of staff recommendation. Rust MOVED, Green SECONDED. VOTE: 3-0.

This meeting recessed at 9:15 a.m. to reconvene at 9:33 a.m.

7. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

a. DISCUSSION AND UPDATE/Design and Implementation Plans for New Opportunities Grant (Children's Mental Health).

Rob Rockstroh, Director of Health and Human Services, introduced Bruce Abel, who indicated he was hired for this project which helps reduce barriers for access to the children's mental health program. He explained that he hopes to foster and facilitate this period of change in bringing services to seriously emotionally disturbed children. Abel reported that the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) has approved a grant to Lane County for $13.8 million over the next five years. Abel continued by reviewing the information contained in the agenda memorandum (see material on file). Responding to Rust's questions regarding the ability to keep this system in place at the end of the five years, Rockstroh indicated that partnerships will have been built and can hopefully be carried forward successfully.

Responding to Van Vactor, Rockstroh indicated that federal funding for years two through five looks relatively stable. Responding to Green, Abel indicated that he would look into pursuing additional funding through an organization called "Cities and Schools."

8. YOUTH SERVICES

a. ORAL REPORT/Healthy Start Grant.

John Ball, Commission on Children and Families, remarked that there are a lot of parallels between Healthy Start and the New Opportunities Grant. He reported that the model for the Healthy Start program began in Hawaii. Ball indicated that the program is essentially targeted at new birth families, with benchmarks relating to child abuse prevention, readiness to learn, infant mortality, child fatality and child immunization. He continued that the program would give new birth families assistance, screen risk factors and help coordinate available services. Ball remarked that this system moves from an agency-centered to a family-centered approach. He reported that a family support worker goes into the home to provide services.

Responding to Rust, Ball indicated that the top risk factors are poverty, alcohol and/or drug use, domestic violence and criminal history. Responding to Van Vactor, Rockstroh remarked that Health and Human Services and Healthy Start are working at coordinating services, but are, to a certain degree, dealing with different populations. Rockstroh noted that Healthy Start is geared toward prevention/early intervention.

9. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

Rust spoke with regard to a letter from the Oregon Department of Agriculture regarding their upcoming gypsy moth eradication program in Veneta, asking for County approval for low altitude flights over residential areas. MOTION: To authorize the Chair to sign a letter enabling low level flights for the above purposes. Rust MOVED, Green SECONDED. VOTE: 3-0. Rust stated that he would draft the letter.

At this time, Item W.17.b., from the March 29 agenda, was heard while Ball was present.

W.17.b. ORDER 95-3-29-3/In the Matter of Establishing a Position in the Department of Youth Services.

MOTION: Approval of the Order. Rust MOVED, Green SECONDED.

VOTE: 3-0.

This meeting adjourned into Executive Session at 10:50 a.m.

 Sharon Giles, Board Secretary