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December 16, 1997
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' WORK SESSION
Commissioners' Conference Room - 1:30 p.m.

Chair Cindy Weeldreyer presided with Steve Cornacchia, Ellie Dumdi, Bobby Green, Sr., and Peter Sorenson present. Tarra Withers, Recording Secretary.

5. PUBLIC WORKS (Continued)

c. DISCUSSION/County Role in the Adoption of Local Transportation System Plans (TSPs).

Harvey Hoglund, Transportation Planner, said the purpose of the discussion was to inform the Board on certain requirements of the Oregon Transportation Planning Rule, and to devise a workable process for meeting the requirements (see material on file).

Hoglund suggested having a series of joint hearings with the small cities beginning at the Planning Commission level followed by joint hearings between the city councilors and the Board.

Responding to Weeldreyer’s question on how the Board could address the issue of a small city choosing to identify a particular county road as part of their long term transportation growth area, Hoglund said the relationships between the plans are a complicated pattern for the County. Hoglund said at one end of the scale the County has state highways and at the other end of the scale, local communities that are conducting planning within their corporate limits have County roads that must be maintained within those jurisdictions. Or the County has primary planning jurisdictions because the areas on the outskirts are unincorporated.

Responding to Sorenson’s concerns on truck traffic, Hoglund said County roads are open to all types of trucks unless specified, and there is a distinction between heavy trucks verses heavy traffic.

Tracy Braden and Trish Cooke, Lane Council of Governments Transportation Planners, stated they have been working with the cities on their transportation plans.

Responding to Weeldreyer’s concerns about input from the Roads Advisory Committee, Hoglund said it was important that the Roads Advisory Committee was worked into the process.

Weeldreyer stated she would like to continue to work cooperatively with the cities and the County to develop a transportation plan that serves all Lane County residents.

The Board expressed an interest in having joint hearings and planning meetings with the local transportation groups. There was a consensus for the Chair to send out a letter to small cities inviting a participatory process.

6. REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS

Chair to send a letter to small cities inviting a participatory process for joint hearings and planning meetings regarding the local transportation system plans.

7. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

None.

8. COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENT

Sorenson stated cable access was airing his television interview about Lane County.

Green stated he had attended the ceremony in Albany for the juvenile justice facility. Green stated this facility was a co-facility between the state and Linn County. Green said this facility does not use a balanced approach, and areas of the facility appeared to be inaccessible for wheelchairs. Green requested an update on the Loan Road Fund program.

Cornacchia stated he would be involved in a signing ceremony with the Bethal School District, City of Eugene, and the Babe Ruth Field for the leasing of a major park recreational facility for youths.

Weeldreyer stated that when she attended the joint Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) Board and legislative committee, the AOC Board ratified her appointment as the Chair of the Communication, Public Outreach, and Education steering committee. Weeldreyer stated downtown Eugene would help host the First Night celebration which would be December 31, 1997 from 5:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Weeldreyer said the Board wished to extend their condolences to the family of Deputy District Attorney Joe Kosydar.

There being no further business, this meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.

 

Recorded by Tarra Withers

Edited by Zoe Gilstrap

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