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January 8, 1997
STATE OF THE COUNTY
- BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Harris Hall Main Floor - 10:00 a.m.

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

Invocation

Rev. Art Shankle provided the invocation, followed by a song from the a cappella choir, Sister to Sister.

State of the County Address

Green began his address (see material on file) by quoting Woodrow Wilson regarding change(s) in government. He observed that the passage of Measure 47, along with the on-going decline of timber receipts, will result in changes in County government. Green stated that to attempt to conduct business as usual would be irresponsible and inconsistent with the will of the electorate. He emphasized that failure is not an option. Green focused on several positive issues, including the passage of Levy A last spring and the opportunities for change that are forthcoming. He stressed that building trust among the County’s various partners will be essential. Green spoke about the importance of teamwork and discussed Lane County’s Leadership Team. He also noted that the public is an important component of the County’s team and that it is the public who will determine what the County’s services will be in the next few months. Green emphasized that the County will need to pay close attention to its relationship with many of the foundation groups at the local, state and national level. He concluded by saying that trust, partnership and communication will be essential ingredients for the coming times.

Recognition by the Chair

Green recognized Susie Kent as an outstanding Lane County employee, focusing on her work with Public Health and her willingness to step in during some major changes that occurred last year. He then recognized Dr. Thomas Coley for his service with the Public Safety Coordinating Council and with the Commission on Children and Families. Green also recognized Jane Burgess as an outstanding Lane County employee, highlighting her work as constituent liaison. He recognized Henry Luvert for his work within the community and, in particular, for mentoring many Lane County youths. Green also recognized Doug Putschler, Public Works Road Maintenance Manager, and the Public Works’ Road Crews for their extraordinary work during the floods of 1996. Green presented a special recognition to former commissioner Jerry Rust, who left office this week after 20 years of service as a Lane County Commissioner.

Election of Chair

Cornacchia NOMINATED Cindy Weeldreyer for chair. Dumdi SECONDED the nomination. VOTE: 5-0.

Election of Vice Chair

Dumdi NOMINATED Steve Cornacchia for vice-chair. Weeldreyer SECONDED the nomination. VOTE: 5-0.

Recognition of Out-Going Chair

Green was presented with a humorous and a serious recognition gift, as well as the outgoing chair’s commemorative gavel.

Weeldreyer spoke about the need for effective communication from both an internal and external perspective. She identified the need to work with Lane County’s public and private partners in dealing with the challenges presented by Ballot Measure 47. Weeldreyer encouraged building on the team skills within Lane County to define a coordinated strategy to fulfill the voters’ intent to reduce property taxes and still provide the essential services the public expects. She focused on utilizing open, honest and consistent communication while developing coordination efforts.

This meeting ended with another song by the a cappella choir.

There being no further business, this meeting adjourned to a reception in the Commissioners’ Conference Room at 10:46 a.m.

Sharon Giles
Recording Secretary

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