June 25, 1997
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' REGULAR MEETING
Harris Hall Main Floor - following MWSD
Chair Cindy Weeldreyer presided (after 9:49 a.m.) with Commissioners Ellie Dumdi, Bobby Green, Sr. (morning session only) and Peter Sorenson present. Commissioner Cornacchia excused. C. Daniel Lindstrom, Recording Secretary.
1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
Green announced that continued discussion regarding the West Eugene Enterprise Zone was scheduled for 11:00 a.m. He stated that there would be opportunity for public testimony regarding the Enterprise Zone program during the public hearing on the agenda in connection with their consideration. He said that persons wishing to speak during public hearing or the public comment periods should indicate their desire on sign-up sheets at the rear of the meeting room.
Green announced that the Executive Session included on the agenda would be held following the conclusion of the afternoon session of the meeting.
Green announced that an Agenda Addendum, adding items to the Consent Calendar to be considered had been published and was available.
2. COMMITTEE REPORTS
Green stated that a meeting of commissioners with representatives of the Governors staff and legislative leaders regarding SB943 and other concerns would be held in Salem at 9:30 a.m. on June 26, 1997.
Green reported that he had attended a meeting regarding transportation funding and assessment of taxation and made a report to Weeldreyer which would be included in her weekly memorandum.
3. PUBLIC COMMENTS
Green suggested that persons wishing to speak regarding public access television might consider deferring their testimony until the public hearing regarding adoption of the budget.
Mahommad Mazraekar, 1458½ Pearl #3, Eugene, stated that he believed he was the victim of racial discrimination regarding his employment at Sacred Heart Hospital. He described circumstances surrounding an injury he said he sustained while working, his treatment as a patient, and his subsequent dismissal from his job. He said that the Lane County Human Rights and Affirmative Action Committee had not responded to his request for assistance.
Green stated that he believed there was little guidance that members of the Board of County Commissioners could accomplish for Mazraekar, but that he would investigate and report to him recourses available.
Doug Weber, 5140 Franklin Boulevard, Suite #1, Eugene, stated that he supported maintaining West Eugene Enterprise Zone tax abatements for Hyundai Corporation because to not do so could be considered to be a "bait and switch" tactic enticing the company to locate in the area under a false pretense. He pointed out that the abatements were not a "tax giveaway" as characterized by some because there would be no property tax realized if the abatements were not provided. He added that businesses given property tax abatements continued to be required to pay corporate income taxes.
Mary Ann Holser, 2620 Cresta de Rita, commended commissioners on their work developing the 1997-98 Fiscal Year budget. She stated that she believed additional funds needed to be re-directed to provide safety for people and animals. She said unspayed and unneutered dogs caused most injuries animal related bites and other injuries.
Pam Boudine, 3109 Kinsrow, Eugene, stated that she was opposed to Enterprise Zone tax abatements being provided to Hyundai Corporation because of its environmental record, its negative impact on the community, and its worldwide reputation. She reported on her personal experience as a "down wind victim" of the Hanford Nuclear Plant in Washington State. She said she did not believe it was fair to offer Hyundai a tax break because it was a large multi-national corporation.
Cindy Noblitt, 3309 East 17th Avenue, Eugene, stated that she believed public access television provided fundamental democracy, but that TCI Cablevision was uncaring about providing an adequate level of such service locally. She said that the original franchising legislation required cable television companies to provide local access services where they operated. She said she believed public access television should be provided its own channel in Lane County. She identified issues participants had with TCI operations.
Matt G. Laubach, 184 East 26th Avenue, Eugene, stated that he was owner of Third Eye Video Productions, supported public access television, and was a member of the Coalition for the Rebuilding of Community Television. He asked commissioners to support a dedicated channel for public access programing, administration of local public access television by a nonprofit organization more favorable to its potential, program production facilities available 24-hours a day, and removal of regulations requiring that 20 percent of a program needed to be produced locally for it to be aired on the local channel. He said that he believed increased funding for public access television was available from the City of Eugene Telecommunications tax, fair sharing of franchise fees with educational and government programing, one-half of fees paid by TCI cable television, and permitting the use of public access programing for fund raising.
Kimball R. Lewis, 88530 Greenhill Road, stated that he represented the Greenhill Humane Society and that he favored animal welfare protection. He said he believed there were public safety issues involved in animal control budget reductions and that support proposed by Lane County would only provide "life support" for an inadequate area program.
Green asked if the Greenhill Humane Society accepted strays. Lewis responded that it did.
Green asked if the Greenhill Humane Society provided enforcement of animal control laws. Lewis responded that his organization had responded to 500 animal cruelty complaints in the last six months.
In response questions from Green, Lewis agreed that information contained in a Greenhill Humane Society advertisement published in The Register-Guard had incorrectly suggested that only Lane County was reducing its support of his organization. He said that it had been published because it was believed that a "public awareness" campaign would be the most effective way to counter proposed budget cuts.
Alan Stein, 1049 Almaden, Eugene, urged commissioners to join the Eugene City Council in agreeing to not continue Enterprise Zone tax abatements to Hyundai Corporation. He said it was possible to do so because there was no contractual agreement to provide rebates for the second phase of its development. He asked commissioners to address what he said was determination by the US Army Corps of Engineers that the projected third development phase of the Hyundai plant would not be permitted because of issues related to wetland impacts.
Melody Cord, 2485 "E" Street, Springfield, stated that she supported continued dialog regarding public access television. She said she was not satisfied with the current condition of the local program and that public officials were receiving erroneous information regarding it the number of persons involved. She reported that 23 volunteers were involved in production of the program presenting the 1996 Eugene Celebration Parade.
Tobey Grant, 1914 East 17th Avenue, Eugene, stated that he had produced 70-80 programs for public access television for the University of Oregon Law School. He said he believed public access television was a voice for the disenfranchised and a safety valve for the dissident.
Weeldreyer began to preside over the meeting at the conclusion of the period of public comment.
4. PUBLIC HEARING
ORDER 97-6-25-1/In the Matter of Adopting the 1997-98 Lane County Budget, Making Appropriations and Levying Taxes.
County Administrator Bill Van Vactor stated that latest calculations based on recent actions taken by the State Legislature estimated that property tax income for Lane County would be reduced by $3.6 million in fiscal year 1997-98 and an additional $2 million in fiscal year 1998-99. He suggested that the board remain cognizant of the fact that funding which is restored in 1997-98 might have to be cutback in the following year.
Senior Budget Analyst David Garnick reminded counselors that at their work session during the preceding week a decision had been made to increase the County contribution to public access television by $5,500. He referred to a memorandum from Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) Director of Local Government Services Jim Carlson dated June 19, 1997, regarding reduction of funding for Metro Television distributed with the agenda of the meeting; and a document entitled "Suboptions and Alternatives for Option 3" distributed at the beginning of the meeting.
Sorenson asked why support for public access television was inadequate when Eugene and the Lane County had restored funding.
Carlson explained that funding of Metro Television in the current year had been accomplished through a $6,000 carry over of funds and use of $15,000 of LCOG general funds. He added that budget scenarios for the 1997-98 fiscal year had initially been developed which proposed a thirty percent reduction in support for Metro Television, completely eliminating support for public access television. He explained that add-backs allowed for funding of production time but not to pay for the previous level of the presence of an employee, as required by facility lease agreements.
Weeldreyer asked what was the amount of the annual franchise fee paid by TCI Cablevision. Garnick replied that $300,000 had been paid in fiscal year 1995-96 and $243,000 would be paid in fiscal year 1996-97.
In response to a question from Dumdi, Carlson explained that "PEG" was an acronym for "Public Education Government" television.
Green asked how decisions were made regarding service levels for public access television. Carlson replied that a process for such policy decisions to be made by a management committee, the Metropolitan Policy Committee, and Board of County Commissioners was established by an intergovernmental agreement and that LCOG staff carried out decisions which were made.
Green asked if it was possible to sell commercial sponsorship time on public access television. Carlson replied that he did not believe sponsorship was possible.
Sorenson stated that he favored restoring cuts in support for Cable Television and that he believed any funding reductions should be equally shared by public access, government, and education television programs. He also stated that he supported inviting representatives of the Coalition for the Rebuilding of Community Television to participate in discussions of the Metropolitan Policy Committee regarding funding of public access television.
Weeldreyer asked if it was true that Metro Television had dismantled facilities at Sheldon High School used for production of community access programing. Carlson stated that it was not true.
Weeldreyer asked how a decision could be made to reduce government use of the television channel shared with community access television. Carlson replied that the involved governments could establish a different time sharing arrangement.
Weeldreyer asked if it was possible for public access television to do fund raising in its programing. LCOG Administrative Services Director Bob Swank replied that he would investigate whether such fund raising was possible. Weeldreyer requested that the results of his investigation be included in a report to the Metropolitan Policy Committee.
Sorenson asked if the city of Springfield was required to make contributions to the budget of Metro Television. Carlson stated that no area government was required to participate.
In response to a question from Sorenson, Carlson stated that public access and government television programing had been combined on a single channel a number of years previously when TCI had been encouraged to provide Spanish language programing in the area.
Weeldreyer opened the public hearing regarding adopting the fiscal year 1997-98 Lane County Budget.
Cindy Noblitt, 3909 East 17th Avenue, Eugene, stated that she believed Metro Vision employees had taken video equipment from the public access television production facilities. She pointed out that previous arrangements provided public access producers 22 hours a week of access to the production facility. She said she believed budget presentations regarding public access television were confusing and were not creative in proposals for the use of funds. She said she supported having a separate public access television channel not managed by Metro Vision.
Melody Chord, 24485 "E" Street, Springfield, stated that the "deficit carry over" reported by Carlson related to government, not public access television. She said she believed that the "20 percent rule" unduly restricted programing which could be presented on public access television, that the production facility lease agreement could be changed to allow supervision by volunteers, and that Lane Community College seemed to advertise on its channel when it encouraged the public to enroll in classes.
In response to a question from Weeldreyer, Ms. Chord explained that the "20 percent rule" required that at least 20 percent of all programs presented on public access television be produced locally. She said it limited the amount and quality of programs which could be presented and was not enforced elsewhere or required of local government or educational television programing.
Pam Boudine, 3109 Kinsrow, Eugene, stated that she was a public access television camera operator and had produced two programs. She said she believed the available equipment was antiquated, and that the area cable television franchise required that franchise fees be used to support community access television and not be placed in government general funds.
Kurt Jensen, 591 Southwest Laurel Street, Junction City, stated that he believed there was a need to evaluate the source and use of funding provided for public access television.
Matt Laubauch, 184 East 26th Avenue, Eugene, stated that he believed it was unfair that Metro Vision planned that there would be increases to certain elements of its operations in the next fiscal year, but reductions in support for community access television.
Determining there were no other persons wishing to testify, Weeldreyer closed the public hearing.
Green reported on his meeting with representatives of Greenhill Humane Society. He asked if it would be possible for a $40,000 allocation to be added to the budget for its operation. Garnick replied that $45,000 in undesignated reserve funds were included in the current budget proposal.
Green suggested that such an allocation be added to the budget.
Weeldreyer stated that she supported the suggestion of Green and that she preferred that it be used to fund the societys "cattery" and that it needed to be added to the budget with a long-term commitment to animal protection in the future.
Green observed that the long-term commitment proposed by Weeldreyer would require discipline by commissioners in future budget processes.
Sorenson asked whether it would be possible for $5,500 to be added to the budget proposal to support community access television. Garnick replied that commissioners had determined in a previous work session that $5,500 was available in General Fund purchasing carry over reserves.
Van Vactor stated that the proposal to fund the humane societys "cattery" was providing a service not previously provided. He pointed out that other vital services were also unfunded.
Weeldreyer stated that she believed it was essential to maintain the services of the humane society.
Garnick stated that funding of the "cattery" would be officially handled by adoption of a supplemental budget.
MOTION: to amend the proposed budget by reallocating $40,000 for the Greenhill Humane Society and $5,411 to support community access television from funds identified.
Green MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. VOTE: 4-0
Sorenson thanks the members of the Budget Committee for its hard work. He announced that he would not vote for the proposed budget because it did not include funding for a voters pamphlet and little support for early intervention programs for children.
MOTION: to adopt the 1997-98 Lane County Budget, making appropriates and levying taxes.
Dumdi MOVED, Green SECONDED. VOTE: 3:1, Sorenson dissenting.
Weeldreyer announced that items included on the agenda of the morning session of the meeting which had not been considered would be included on the agenda of the afternoon session and declared a short recess.
Weeldreyer reconvened the meeting at 11:25 a.m.
5. COMMISSIONERS BUSINESS
Weeldreyer reported that commissioners Dumdi and Sorenson had met with representatives of the city of Eugene and others and were prepared to present a variety of options for consideration regarding the West Eugene Enterprise Zone.
Peter Sorenson reviewed work of a citizen advisory committee of the city of Eugene regarding extension of the West Eugene Enterprise Zone program. He said the final proposal of the committee included limitation on tax abatements and endorsement of a 25 percent public benefit contribution by companies receiving abatements. He reported that the Eugene City Council had adopted a revised version of the committee proposal.
Sorenson reminded members of their discussion regarding the City proposal which had resulted in formation of an intergovernmental committee involving representatives of the city, county, and school districts. He reviewed options considered by the committee and said that, although there had been full discussion of the issues involved, no recommendations had been developed.
Eli Dumdi stated that she agreed with the presentation of Sorenson.
County Counsel Teresa Wilson reported that the intergovernmental committee had requested that she and City Attorney Glenn Klein draft a proposal for a process to be followed regarding extension of the West Eugene Enterprise Zone program. She distributed copies of a document entitled "A Resolution Adopting Additional Local Criteria Applicable to the West Eugene Enterprise Zone . . ." She explained that the proposal would allow development of local criteria for the zone before June 30, 1997, as provided in State regulations. She reviewed the contents of the document.
Weeldreyer asked if the proposal reflected the best compromise of positions regarding extension of the West Eugene Enterprise Zone program which could be expected. Ms. Wilson stated that she believed it was.
Sorenson stated that he had not mentioned the request to the city and county attorneys by the intergovernmental committee because he felt it would be better to hear public comment on the issue and then discuss whether commissioners wanted to accept the proposed process. He noted that the Eugene City Council was discussing the draft proposal at the same time as the Board.
Michael Sullivan stated that he was Special Projects Manager of the Development Division in the city of Eugene Planning and Development Department and that he was charged with oversight of relations with Hyundai Corporation. He explained that City Manager Vicki Elmer and another member of his staff had been required to leave the meeting to attend a meeting of the Eugene City Council considering issues related to the Enterprise Zone.
Green asked Sullivan to explain policies which guided development in the Enterprise Zone.
Sullivan stated that economic components of the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area Plan (Metro Plan) based on State of Oregon mandated goals, the city of Eugene capital improvement plan, and West Eugene Wetlands Zone Overlay were involved. County Administrator Bill Van Vactor added that Oregon Economic Department analyses were also included in the process.
Weeldreyer noted that 11 persons had indicated they wished to speak during the public hearing regarding extension of the Enterprise Zone program and determined there was consensus to allocate 20 minutes for their presentations, limiting each speaker to two minutes.
Weeldreyer opened the public hearing.
Linda Fuller, 2401 West 22nd Avenue, Eugene, stated she was concerned that Hyundai Corporation was not being treated fairly, but was more concerned that the public was not being treated fairly. She said she did not believe large corporations should be provided tax abatements and reduced environmental standards. She encouraged commissioners to accept the proposed Enterprise Zone criteria modifications.
Barbara Aster, 845 Willamette Street, Eugene, stated that reductions in revenue experienced by area school districts had resulted from approval of ballot measure by voters and were not related to Enterprise Zone tax abatements. She said she was concerned that promises of the Enterprise Zone were being recommended to be changed. She said she believed the long-term benefits to employment and the tax base provided by business development encouraged by the zone were significant. She said she was opposed to the proposed criteria modifications.
Greg McLauchlan, 2401 West 22nd Avenue, Eugene, stated that he was president of the Friends of Eugene organization. He said he believed it was clear that no legal promises regarding extension of the Enterprise Zone tax abatement program had been made because no public official could provide assurance of such a future extension. He also said he believed the budgets of local governments needed the support which elimination of the proposed abatements would provide. He said he favored the proposed 25 percent public benefit contribution by corporations receiving Enterprise Zone tax abatement.
Marilyn Cohen, Post Office Box 11752, Eugene, stated that she opposed Enterprise Zone tax abatements. She said the Memorandum of Understanding with Hyundai Corporation had been approved by area governments after State Enterprise Zone statues were amended and that those involved should have been aware that it was possible that extension would not be approved. She said she did not believe tax abatements should be provided at a time when local governments were being forced to reduce budgets for social services. She explained that she had learned through experience in South Asia that computer chip manufacturers were significant contributors to environmental pollution.
Peter Moulton, 296 East 5th Avenue, Eugene, stated that the Federal government had increasingly shifted funding of social and public safety services to states and local areas, making it difficult to justify foregoing revenue from large corporations. He said he believed the proposed extension of tax abatements for Hyundai would reduce its contribution to infrastructure and natural resource costs it had created and that there was no assurance that the company would not leave the community.
Bayard McConnaugley, 1653 Fairmount, Eugene, stated that he was a long-time resident of Lane County and that he had discussed potential environmental dangers of the computer chip industry with experts. He said he was concerned that their warnings were coming true and he did not believe Hyundai Corporation deserved tax abatement.
John Lively, 44 West Broadway, Suite 203, Eugene, stated that he represented the views of Metro Partners and had participated in negotiations with Hyundai Corporation regarding location of its manufacturing plant in Lane County. He said that when the Memorandum of Understanding had been signed, references were made to the ability of participants in the West Eugene Enterprise Zone to receive tax abatements through extension of the program.
Myron Stahl, 3260 University Street, Eugene, stated that he was an area taxpayer and that he did not understand the logic of the city of Eugene and Lane County attempting to raise property taxes of citizens and offering tax abatements to businesses. He said he believed all needed to be treated fairly.
Bern Johnson, 1290 East 25th Avenue, Eugene, stated that he was a commercial litigation attorney. He urged commissioners to operate like a business and base their decision regarding extension of the Enterprise Zone tax abatement program on the written contract involved. He said he did not believe there was a contractual obligation to continue the program and encouraged endorsement of the proposed community benefit contribution criteria for those companies which continued to participate.
Pam Boudine, 3109 Kinsrow, Eugene, urged commissioners to oppose Enterprise Zone tax abatements for Hyundai Corporation because they were a large multi-national corporation. She said she believed only small businesses should receive such benefits. She questioned whether Hyundai would pay for water pollution, health problems, street, and utility costs it created.
Moshe Immgrman, 3455 Onyx Place, Eugene, stated that he did not believe Hyundai Corporation should receive additional Enterprise Zone tax abatements when local governments were in financial crises and corporate profits were at an all-time high. He said there was no contractual basis for continuing the program and estimated that the total tax and other special benefits to Hyundai Corporation was equal to $611 for each area resident.
Beth Medler, 441 Fox Hollow #6, Eugene, stated that she had recently returned from travel in Asia and was a student of public policy, providing her a basis to provide a broad view of issues related to the impacts of modern industrialization. She said she did not believe Hyundai Corporation was concerned about issues raised by area citizens, but that its paid "lobbyists" did because their "jobs were on the line." She said there was evidence that Hyundai Corporation had not kept its agreements in other locations and could not be trusted to make voluntary contributions for the public benefit.
Dave Houser, 2168 Elk Horn Drive, Eugene, referred to material in a notebook entitled "Hyundai Resource Book" which he provided for the consideration of commissioners.
Determining there were no other persons wishing to speak, Weeldreyer closed the public hearing.
Weeldreyer reported that a telephone conversation with Cornacchia had determined that he did not wish to participate in deliberations of the commission regarding the Enterprise Zone program and would trust the judgment made by members.
Dumdi referred to a document entitled "Alternative Option for West Eugene Enterprise Zone" distributed to members. She noted the document outlined her position on issues related to the Enterprise Zone program. She said she had a concern that the large number of public officials recommended to participate in the proposed Enterprise Zone Committee could require public meetings which did not encourage negotiation among participants. She also suggested that local criteria identify public benefit contributions as voluntary, not mandated.
Green stated that he was concerned that the draft resolution prepared by Eugene and Lane County counsel suggested that decisions regarding public benefit contributions were to be made by the proposed Enterprise Zone Committee without final approval by elected governing bodies.
Sorenson reminded commissioners that it was time to decide whether to extend the West Eugene Enterprise Zone program and that failing to make a decision would automatically extend it. He said he believed the proposed resolution regarding not applying for continuation of the program and setting local criteria for participants eligible for continued tax abatement was the simplest and easiest possible solution. He suggested that approval of the proposal was in the public interest.
In response to a request from Weeldreyer, Van Vactor explained changes to Lane County taxing authority which had resulted from passage of Ballot Measure 50. He said the county previously had a tax-base system in which exemptions and abatements increased rates for all taxpayers, but that such effects were no longer applicable. He said that Ballot Measure 50 controlled tax rates and not the tax-base.
Dumdi commented about issues related to the Enterprise Zone program, as follows:
State law provided for procedures for continuation of participation in the Enterprise Zone program before and after the establishment of the Memorandum of Understanding between Hyundai Corporation and area governments.
She did not sign the Memorandum of Understanding, but did certify a decision of the Board of County Commissioners regarding use of County Road Funds in connection with the Hyundai development.
If the property which was being developed by Hyundai Corporation had continued to be unused, there would be no taxes realized from it and the value of area property would not have increased.
The proposed criteria regarding the Enterprise Zone should include provision for negotiations with affected companies.
Development in the Portland Enterprise Zone was only beginning.
Some who object to Enterprise Zones seem to favor smaller government, except when it can be used to enforce personal agenda.
The local area needs diversity of business.
The proposed Enterprise Zone criteria need additional development.
Weeldreyer stated that she had been opposed to the "job cap" initially proposed by the Eugene City Council and was pleased to see it eliminated in the latest criteria suggestions. She said that future government stability would be enhanced by Enterprise Zone development and that agreement between the city and county would provide benefits for citizens. She said she shared the concern of Green that elected officials should make final determinations regarding public benefit contributions and that she favored such contributions being made voluntarily.
Green stated that a long-range perspective showed that the Enterprise Zone program had grown out of a need to provide a way to recover from an economic depression/recession in the area in the early 1980's. He asked if it would be possible to schedule additional time for the commission to deliberate regarding Enterprise Zone issues. He recommended that any local criteria be stated clearly and simply. He suggested that the Eugene City Council would likely not accept further compromise in its position regarding the issues. He referred to a book entitled "The Promise Book" and shared examples of innovative corporate contributions made to local area government programs.
Sorenson referred to proposed local Enterprise Zone criteria and said he appreciated that they did not include reference to a "job cap. He said he thought the proposed criteria were universally agreed upon and provided opportunity for public involvement. He said he favored changing public benefit contributions to be voluntary, that they should be identified as being "up to 25 percent" of tax abatements, that they needed to be stated even more clearly, and that provision for increased public participation should be developed.
Green said that using public hearings to provide input on Enterprise Zone public benefit contributions seemed to be an unwieldy mechanism.
Weeldreyer suggested that commissioners attempt to schedule a joint meeting with the Eugene City Council to consider issues related to the West Eugene Enterprise Zone.
Green suggested additional time was required to make contact with businesses involved in the zone.
Sorenson suggested that rushing into a decision regarding Enterprise Zones was not a wise idea.
Ms. Wilson stated she believed that changes to proposed Enterprise Zone criteria were minor and included the following issues:
Describing public benefit contributions as "up to 25 percent . . . "
Considering whether public hearings should be used in the process of determining amount and utilization of public benefit contributions.
Whether the City Council and/or the Board of County Commissioners should be the final determiners of public benefit contributions.
Determining whether public benefit contributions should be mandatory or voluntary.
Dumdi stated that she was also concerned about the size of the proposed Enterprise Zone Committee. She said she favored including area government administrators in determinations regarding public benefit contributions and was concerned that public hearings could not be a productive tool for public involvement in determining such contributions.
Weeldreyer said she favored having elected officials make final decisions regarding public benefit contributions.
Weeldreyer declared the meeting to be in recess until 1:30 p.m.
Weeldreyer reconvened the meeting at 1:45 p.m. and noted that Green was absent because of a previously announced commitment.
6. OTHER BUSINESS
ORDER 97-6-25-20/In the Matter of granting the County Administrator the Authority to Approve and Execute an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Oregon Judicial Department in the Amount of $291,006 for the Operation of a Pretrial Supervision Program in Lane County for the 1997-99 Biennium.
Circuit Court Presiding Judge Kip Leonard described the role, function, and advantages of the Oregon Release Assistant Officer program known in Lane County as the Office of the Custody Referee. He explained that the order under consideration was to provide funding for the program from Community Corrections Act which had been approved by the Public Safety Coordinating Council. He reported that approach had also been made for additional funding for the Office of the Custody Referee in the State Judicial budget. He said that there was some assurance that the funding would be provided as part of concluding actions of the legislature.
Sorenson said he believed it was in the public interest to be more aggressive about pre-trial supervision of persons accused of crimes. He said the proposed use of Community Corrections Act funds was an efficient use of tax money.
Custody Referee Kelly Brink presented statistics which indicated that supervision by the Office of the Custody Referee reduced failure to appear for court hearings from 81 percent for those released through the Lane County Jail matrix system to 23 percent. She said victim and community safety were significantly enhanced through the program.
Weeldreyer stated that she had been informed that the Lane County pre-trial supervision program was the most innovative and successful in the State and thanked Ms. Brink for her work.
MOTION: to adopt Order 97-6-25-20 granting the County Administrator the authority to approve and execute an intergovernmental agreement with Oregon Judicial Department in the amount of $291,006 for the operation of a pretrial supervision program in Lane County for the 1997-99 Biennium.
Dumdi MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED. VOTE: 3:0.
7. PUBLIC HEARING
SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance No. 9-97/In the Matter of Amending Lane Code Chapter 4 to Permit the Board to Redirect Car Rental Tax Revenues for FY 97/98.
Weeldreyer opened the public hearing on Ordinance No. 9-97.
Weeldreyer determined there was no one who wished to testify and closed the public hearing.
MOTION: to adopt the Ordinance No. 9-97.
Dumdi MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED. VOTE: 3-0.
County Council Wilson polled the members and determined all present had voted in favor of adopting Ordinance No. 9-97.
8. COMMISSIONERS BUSINESS
ORDER 97-6-25-3/In the Matter of Appointing Members to the Lane Regional Workforce Committee.
Commissioners commented on the positive import of Senate Bill 917 and the potential merging of the Lane Regional Workforce Committee and the Southern Willamette Private Industry Council.
MOTION: to adopt Order 97-6-25-3, appointing the following persons to serve as private sector representatives on the Lane Regional Workforce Committee:
Michael A. Carmickle
Rebecca Grace Smith
Louis L. Willcox
Dumdi MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED. VOTE: 3-0.
9. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION
A. Transfers Between Appropriation Levels, Departments, and Funds
ORDER 97-6-25-3/In the Matter of Transfers Between Appropriation Levels, Departments and Funds.
Garnick explained that Order 97-6-35-3 was required to transfer authority to spend from one fund to another and to comply with State Budget Law.
MOTION: To approve Order 97-6-25-3 authorizing transfers between appropriation levels, departments and funds.
Dumdi MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED. VOTE: 3-0.
Van Vactor expressed appreciation for the work of employees involved in preparation of the fiscal year 1997-98 Lane County Budget. He acknowledged that a similar expression from the would was also appreciated.
Van Vactor stated that it had been reported that the Eugene City Council had requested that a joint meeting with commissioners regarding Enterprise Zone issues be scheduled for 9 a.m. on Monday, June 30.
Weeldreyer suggested that commissioners schedule a special meeting of their own on Friday June 27 to enable members to reach consensus on zone issues.
Ms. Wilson said that she was concerned that if commissioners determined policy positions in advance of a joint meeting with the Eugene City Council, it would be difficult to conduct negotiations regarding issues.
Dumdi pointed out that if consensus was not reached by the two bodies regarding Enterprise Zones, the program would automatically be extended without alteration.
Sorenson reported that 1995 changes in Oregon Public Meeting Laws permitted two public bodies meeting to hold the gathering outside the jurisdiction of one of the participating groups. He also reported that information developed by the intergovernmental work group on Enterprise Zones was available for study by commissioners.
Weeldreyer stated that she was willing to schedule a special meeting of the commissioners to facilitate additional briefing on Enterprise Zones on June 27.
Van Vactor stated that lead county staff would not be available for a meeting of the commissioners on June 27.
Dumdi stated that she was willing to attend a special meeting of commissioners on June 27, but that she felt the joint meeting would be adequate.
Weeldreyer stated that she feared that time for participants to state their positions could be limited at a joint meeting. She stated she would poll Commissioners Cornacchia and Green about their interest in a special meeting of commissioners on June 27.
10. PUBLIC WORKS
A. Oregon Department of Transportation Funds Exchange
ORDER 97-6-25-4/In the Matter of Entering into a Funds Exchange Agreement with Oregon Department of Transportation for the Marcola Road Reconstruction Project.
Dumdi observed that the Order was an example of tax-saving intergovernmental cooperation.
MOTION: to adopt Order 97-6-25-4 authorizing an agreement with Oregon Department of Transportation to Exchange Federal Surface Transportation Program funds in the amount of $449,247 for State funds in the amount of $422,292 to be used for the Marcola Road Reconstruction Project and authorizing the county Administrator to execute the agreement.
Dumdi MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED. VOTE: 3-0.
B. Equipment Rental and Services Revenue Agreement
ORDER 97-6-25-5/In the Matter of Entering into an Equipment Rental and Services Revenue Agreement with Oregon Department of Transportation.
Weeldreyer stated that she commended the Lane County Road Maintenance Manager Douglas Putschler and other Public Works employees for their leadership and entrepreneurial spirit in developing intergovernmental cooperation in the use of equipment and services.
MOTION: to adopt Order 97-6-25-5 authorizing an equipment rental and services revenue agreement with Oregon Department of Transportation and authorizing the County Administrator to execute the agreement.
Dumdi MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED. VOTE: 3-0.
C. Fuel, Maintenance, and Repair of Oregon Department of Transportation Vehicles and Equipment
ORDER 97-6-25-6/In the Matter of Entering into an Intergovernmental Agreement with the State of Oregon, Department of Transportation for Providing Fuel, Maintenance, and Repair of Oregon Department of Transportation Vehicles and Equipment.
Public Works Support Services Division Manager Dale Wendt stated that Lane County began providing fuel and equipment maintenance services to the Oregon Department of Transportation in 1992 and that Order 97-6-25-6 was a renewal of that agreement. He said the arrangement was beneficial to the State and County.
Wendt said that Lane County had been able to provide fuel for State vehicles during a period of time when its underground fuel storage tanks in the area were being replaced. He added that the State had recently taken on providing services for the US Bureau of Land Management, further reducing overhead costs to the County.
In response to a question from Weeldreyer, Wendt said that other agencies involved in the maintenance agreement included Lane Council of Governments, Lane Community College, Lane Education Services District, Lane Countys Housing Authority and Community Services Agency, and the city of Coburg. He added that County services were recognized as a warranty repair provider by a number of vendors, expediting needed repairs.
Weeldreyer stated that the agenda setting team had designed the Public Works items for public consideration because of their illustration of intergovernmental cooperation, saving tax resources. She said the Board of Commissioners appreciated and supported the entrepreneurial spirit in Fleet Services evident in pursuing such cooperative agreements.
MOTION: to adopt Order 97-6-25-6 authorizing an intergovernmental agreement with the State of Oregon, Department of Transportation for providing fuel, maintenance, and repair of Department of Transportation vehicles and equipment from June 30, 1997, through June 30, 1999, with option to continuously renew the agreement for periods of two additional years.
Dumdi MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED. VOTE: 3-0.
D. Changes in Recycling Contracts
Recycling Program Manager Kenneth Sandusky reviewed the Agenda Cover Memo regarding changes in recycling contracts distributed with the agenda of the meeting. He pointed out that fiscal year 1997-98 would see a General Fund expense for recycling for the first time, resulting largely from reductions in the price of paper.
Commissioners discussed recycling decision making processes, the positive value of eliminating General Fund expenses, and the revenue produced for the General Fund by recycling contracts in the past.
Van Vactor determined there was consensus among commissioners to continue Rural Recycling and Office Paper recycling contracts, and stated that attempts would be made to mitigate General Fund impacts through alternative allocation methods.
11. CONSENT CALENDAR
A. Approval of Minutes: April 30, 1997, Regular Meeting following HACSA
April 30, 1997, Regular Meeting 3:15 p.m.
April 30, 1997, Joint Public Hearing/BCC and Regional Strategies Board, 2:30 p.m.
B. County Counsel
1) ORDER 97-6-25-7/In the Matter of Authorizing an Amendment to the Contract with Harrang, Long, Gary, Rudnick, PC in Olson v. Cornacchia, et al..
2) ORDER 97-6-25-8/In the Matter of Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Execute Contracts to Implement Public Works Projects Covered by the 5-Year Capital Improvement Program.
C. Health and Human Services
1) ORDER 97-6-25-9/In the Matter of Accepting PAAF #5 of the 1997-99 Intergovernmental Agreement #20-001 With the Oregon Mental Health and Development Disabilities Services Division in the Amount of $25,255,187; and Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Sign the PAAF (Services to Individuals With Developmental Disabilities).
2) ORDER 97-6-25-10/In the Matter of Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Sign a Two-Year Contract with Eugene Rehabilitation and Speciality Care in the Amount of $90,000.
3) RESOLUTION AND ORDER 97-6-25-11/In the Matter of Accepting PAAF #03 to the 1997-99 Intergovernmental Agreement #20-001 With the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Services Division in the Amount of $14,527,854; and Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Sign the PAAF.
4) RESOLUTION AND ORDER 97-6-25-12/In the Matter of Appropriating an Additional $43,735 in Revenues and Expenditures in Fund 86 for Services to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.
5) ORDER 97-6-25-13/In the Matter of Accepting Revenues in the Amount of $1,276,408 From the Cities of Eugene and Springfield; to Approve the Intergovernmental Agreement Between Lane County and the Cities of Eugene and Springfield; and to Delegate Authority to the County Administrator to Sign an Intergovernmental Agreement for FY97/98 Attached as Exhibit A, and Two-Year Subcontracts as Listed in Attachment A for Fiscal Years 97/99 in the Department of Health and Human Services.
D. Human Resources and Management Services
1) ORDER 97-6-25-14/In the Matter of Accepting a Proposal and Award of RFP LCP 96/97-11 to Diamond Parking Inc. for Parking Facilities Administration of County-Owned Parking Lots.
2) ORDER 97-6-25-15/In the Matter of Increasing the Change Fund for the Solid Waste Division of the Lane County Department of Public Works.
3) ORDER 97-6-25-16/In the Matter of Authorizing the County Administrator to Execute a 56-Month Agreement With Eugene Civic Building (Lessor) for Office Space for the Family Mediation Program.
4) ORDER 97-6-25-17/In the Matter of Authorizing the Director of Huyman Resources and Management Services to Effect an Interfund Loan to the Capital Projects Fund in an Amount Not to Exceed $1,000,000.
5) ORDER 97-6-25-18/In the Matter of Authorizing the County Administrator to Execute a One-Year Renewal of the Agreement With the City of Oakridge for Management by the City of the Willamette Activity Center and Further authorizing the County Administrator to Notify the City of Oakridge of the Countys Intent to Terminal the Lease Agreement for the Willamette Activity Center.
6) ORDER 97-6-25-19/In the Matter of Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Sign a Lease Renewal Agreement with the Housing Authority and Community Services Agency of Lane County in the Amount of $129,980.
7) ORDER 97-6-25-23/In the Matter of Accepting PAAF #004 to the 1998-99 Intergovernmental Agreement #20-001 With the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Services Division; and Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Sign the PAAF.
E. Public Works
1) ORDER 97-6-25-21/In the Matter of Award of Contract to Durbin Construction for Installation of Interim Soil Cover and Lagoon Sludge Removal at the Short Mountain Landfill and Authorizing the County Administrator to Execute the Contract (WM 97/98-11).
2) ORDER 97-6-25-22/In the Matter of Modifying Facility Permit Conditions for Road Construction on Spencer Hollow Road for James Groat.
MOTION: Approval of Consent Calendar.
Dumdi MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED. VOTE: 3:0.
14. COMMISSIONERS ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dumdi reported that she had met with Bill and Mary Rogers in Gold Beach, Oregon.
Sorenson reported that he had attended a briefing on livability in the Willamette Valley organized by Lane Council of Governments. He also reported that the On Your Toes Dance Studio of Eugene was participating in a national competition in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dumdi reported that the Oregon Bach Festival would begin on June 28 and continue through July 12, 1997.
Weeldreyer stated that she would circulate a card of condolence for commissioners to sign to be sent to the Frohnmayer family on the death of Kirsten.
Van Vactor reported that Cornacchia had determined that he would be unavailable to attend a special meeting of commissioners on June 27.
Weeldreyer stated that she would call no special meeting of commissioners on June 27.
Weeldreyer announced that a representative of the Sheriffs Office was willing to meet with commissioners individually or as a group to discuss procedures which had been developed to deal with concerns raised about the Oregon Country Fair by area residents.
15. HUMAN RESOURCES AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Diversity Analyst Hector Rios-Zavala stated that he had been asked to provide information about problems of non-English speaking clients of the Women Infants and Children program. He said he believed the program met or exceeded all expectations of providers of equivalent services. He noted that all classes and forms were printed bilingually. He reported that his survey of clients revealed only positive feedback about the program.
Weeldreyer expressed appreciation for the report and complimented the staff of the Women Infants and Children program.
There being no further business, Weeldreyer adjourned the meeting to Executive Session at 3:05 p.m.
C. Daniel Lindstrom, Recording Secretary
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