September 6, 1995
REGULAR MEETING -- BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Harris Hall Main Floor -- 1:30 p.m.
Chair Ellie Dumdi presided with Bobby Green, Sr., Jerry Rust and Cindy Weeldreyer present. Steve Cornacchia excused. Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary.
12. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS
13. PUBLIC HEARINGS
1) ORDER 95-9-6-23/In the Matter of Transferring County-Owned Real Property to "Habitat for Humanity" for the Purpose of Developing Affordable Housing -- Assessor's Map #17-04-28-24-06600, Adjacent to 502 Sandstone Way, Eugene.Jeff Turk, Property Management Officer, briefly reviewed this item (see material on file). Dumdi opened the Public Hearing. There being no one present who wished to testify, Dumdi closed the Public Hearing. Board members expressed support for the project. MOTION: Approval of the Order. Green MOVED, Rust SECONDED. VOTE: 4-0.
14. HUMAN RESOURCES AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES
a. DISCUSSION/Disposition of the Westfir Mill Site Property and Providing Direction to County Staff.
Turk reviewed his agenda memorandum (see material on file). Westfir Mayor Julian indicated that the city is interested in seeing something happen on the property, but that they do not want a large industry that would destroy air quality, etc. Julian distributed a map showing the property, noting that a 30-acre portion is ideal for residential use. She remarked that the DEQ has indicated that contamination clean-up on the property could be done in segments. Julian stressed that it would be better to check out all of the potential before selling the property at minimal cost. Responding to Rust, Julian indicated that all of area is within city limits and could be controlled by zoning. Weeldreyer asked for the city's official position. Julian reported there was no formal action, but that it could be provided within a short period of time.
Peter Thurston indicated that the economic development community is working with Oakridge to help them resolve a compliance problem that they face now because of the discharge of improperly treated wastes from the Hemlock area. He recommended that, since there is a well-established partnership between Westfir and the DEQ with regard to the mill site, all entities proceed to study it further and that a specific action plan be developed, perhaps utilizing the voluntary program with DEQ. Weeldreyer noted that some savings from money allocated for a previous water problem may be available for this use. Turk indicated that staff would like time to get further information together. Rust remarked that he likes the idea of partnering with the city, and perhaps private groups that can help with the clean up. Green expressed concern regarding who pays for the assessment, noting that he would be willing to listen to some options regarding bringing in partners who will share in the costs. Van Vactor clarified that expenses incurred could be taken out of the tax foreclosure fund. Green stressed that costs incurred could be built into the sales price. Rust emphasized that this property is important because it represents 88 acres and is half of the city of Westfir. Weeldreyer concurred with Rust, and also agreed regarding the potential for a public/private partnership. She suggested rejecting the current offer and not accept any offers for 60-days until further information can be developed. Green remarked that he is not opposed to giving this matter a higher profile, but is only concerned regarding who absorbs the costs.
Turk observed consensus that the direction is for staff to refrain from considering offers that do not ensure positive actions taking place on the property and work on putting together all the possibilities, including the potential for marketing a portion of the property, while entertaining any other opportunities that might be presented. Turk was given direction to report back in 60-days.
15. OTHER BUSINESS
a. RESOLUTION 94-9-6-25/In the Matter Relating to the Ocean and Lower Columbia River Salmon Fishing Industry and Affected Communities.
Teresa Wilson, County Counsel, presented a rewritten resolution related to this item (see material on file). Dumdi read portions of the resolution into the record, observing the potential financial impacts on Lane County.
MOTION: Approval of the Resolution. Dumdi MOVED, Green SECONDED. VOTE: 4-0.
b. The Board discussed ideas for topics at the AOC District 4 & 5 meeting scheduled for September 25 and 26 and agreed that the following list would be submitted:
1) Update on SB 1145, including status of local probation and parole officers;
2) Clarification on COPS;
3) Information on the recent Special Session;
4) Update on juvenile site selection process; and
5) Information on Goal 12 related to transportation issues, Access Oregon and the Highway 101 corridor.
There being no further business, this meeting adjourned at 2:26 p.m.Sharon Giles, Board Secretary