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March 19, 1997
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' REGULAR MEETING
Harris Hall Main Floor - Following HACSA

Chair Cindy Weeldreyer presided with Steve Cornacchia (arrived 9:34 a.m.), Ellie Dumdi, Bobby Green, Sr. and Peter Sorenson present. Zoe Gilstrap, Recording Secretary.

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

Bill Van Vactor, County Administrator, stated that there would be discussion of the possible public safety levy at 2:30 p.m.

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

Marcia Beltran, 6376 F Street, Springfield, stated she was here to speak on the issue of WIC bilingual services. She said she worked as a bilingual nutrition educator at WIC for two and half years and was not rehired by the County. Beltran remarked that she lives in an Anglo/Hispanic household, has lived in Mexico and does speak Spanish. Beltran noted that her ties with the Hispanic community in this area are very strong. She reported that the current bilingual CSW at WIC needs translation help daily. Beltran stated that contrary to Hector Rios' report, she has heard only complaints. She said she supports and advocates for the entire Hispanic community. Beltran noted that testimony from Centro Latino states clients were asked to bring translators with them to appointments. She stated that currently there is one inadequate bilingual CSW at WIC and when she is not available, they muddle through in English. She asserted that she was denied employment due to union activism.

Andrew McGuire, 2600 Wayside Lane, Springfield, said he is an organizer with the Oregon Public Employees Union and was here to speak on behalf of former employees in the WIC program who were treated unjustly in the County hiring process. He stated that these women were designated by other employees to be outstanding employees. McGuire stated that OPEU is concerned about unfair labor practices in refusing these women jobs. He said OPEU feels this is an injustice and has and will continue to stand by them until the end. McGuire asked that the Board take an independent look at the hiring process.

Charles Phillips, 1085 W. 18th Avenue, Eugene, responded to a question by Green regarding how the applicants felt about the interviews. Phillips stated that his wife felt very good after the interview and yet did not get the job. He said his wife knew of one woman who came out of the interview in tears and then got the job. Phillips remarked that there was corruption in the interview process. He said there were lies and believed it was rigged. Phillips noted that references were not contacted. He commented that the County has taken a protective stance on this. Phillips said it is the job of politicians to make sure the laws are just and correct and politicians involved in this issue are hiding behind the laws. Phillips reported that, after trying for months to avoid a lawsuit, one would be filed today.

Joe Dillon, 1348 Tyler Street, Eugene, stated that he was here to speak on the WIC issue. He remarked that he has been told many time throughout his 14 years that a child must respect his elders and superiors. He said, however, in light of this issue, he felt that the commissioners were not his superiors and do not deserve the respect that he had been told to give a person of their status and influence. Dillon stated he now has a far different opinion of them as elected officials and said the way they turned their back on the little kids who must pay for their ignorance with their well being is disgusting. He remarked that the Commissioners did not have the guts to speak out against this obvious injustice. Dillon stated that, as he looked upon the five of them today, he saw five fools that were acting blindly and have forgotten the true purpose of politics.

Kimberly Phillips, 1075 W. 18th Avenue, Eugene, stated that people have told her she was being manipulated regarding her viewpoints on the WIC issue. She remarked that she is not being manipulated and is trying to see both sides of the issue but that she happens to disagree with the Board. She stated that the Commissioners don't seem to be able to see what is right in front of them. Phillips said WIC employees were not rehired because they were union activists and that does not seem right to her nor does it seem right that the Commissioners are not doing anything about it.

Eric Wright, 3251 Coraly Avenue, Eugene, stated that Charles Phillips dropped the WIC issue when the Commissioners said they could not do anything. He said that it was the home schoolers who took this issue up by contacting various unions, radio and television stations and newspapers. Wright noted that they were having a picket later this afternoon and invited the Board to attend.

3. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Green announced he would attend the Presidential Summit in Philadelphia. He explained that 100 cities would be represented to deal with issues around children and mentoring. Green stated that President Clinton and former President Bush put this summit together with General Colin Powell appointed to spearhead the effort. Green noted that Lane County and the City of Eugene will have a local summit and Eugene may be the first city ever to do so. Green said the local summit will be June 12, 1997 and noted that he has talked to Mike Gleason about using the fairgrounds for this event.

Weeldreyer commented on the Children's Mental Health Group, noting that they have two federal grants, New Opportunities and Youth Intervention Network. She stated that the director's team of the Children's Mental Health Group has been invited to a national conference in Baltimore to discuss the success and monitoring of these grant programs. Weeldreyer announced that she, as a policy maker, was asked by the director's team to participate and will be in Baltimore for this conference April 7-9.

4. RESOLUTIONS

a. PROCLAMATION 97-3-19-1/In the Matter of Proclaiming March 20, 1997 to be Absolutely Incredible Kid Day.

Weeldreyer reported that this request came from the Wilani Council of Campfire Boys and Girls.

MOTION: Approval of the Resolution.

Sorenson MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

5. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

None.

6. COMMITTEE REPORTS

a. Legislative Committee Update.

Green stated that the only report today is that the committee will be meeting tomorrow. He referred to the list of bills provided to the Commissioners and requested that any concerns, questions or inputs be brought to him before tomorrow's meeting.

7. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

a. Announcements

Bill Van Vactor, County Administrator, announced that he will be on vacation next week and designated David Suchart as acting county administrator

b. ORDER 97-3-19-2/In the Matter of Applying for Disaster Recovery Funding From the Community Development Block Grant Program for Projects Resulting From the December 1995 Windstorm and the February 1996 Flood, and Authorizing the County Administrator to Sign the Grant.

Stephanie Schulz, Rural Development Coordinator, gave a staff report on this item (see material on file). She stated that the attached list was made up of all the needs that were submitted by the 13 entities that applied to this program. Schulz said she indicated to Oregon Economic Development Department that the recommendation to the Board would be to fund these projects from No. 1 on down as far as possible. She acknowledged that the need exceeds the award amount but if there was difficulty with any of the activities, OEDD would be able to just continue on down the list and substitute eligible projects.

MOTION: Approval of the Order.

Cornacchia MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

8. PUBLIC WORKS

a. ORDER 97-3-19-3/In the Matter of Appointing Two Members to the Lane County Planning Commission.

Dumdi stated that there were a number of applicants. She said they were recommending reappointment of Steve Moe and appointment of Carrie Ann Davis.

There was consensus that appointments in the future need to be made in a more timely fashion with direction given that the filling of appointments for October 1997 would be brought before the Board in September 1997.

MOTION: To reappoint Steve Moe and to appoint Carrie Ann Davis to the Lane County Planning Commission.

Cornacchia MOVED, Green SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

b. ORDER 97-3-5-4/In the Matter of Authorizing an Intergovernmental Agreement with L-COG to Provide Loan Administration Management Services for the County Economic Development Assistance Program.

John Goodson, Director, Public Works, referred to material in the packet (see material in file). He stated that the proposed loan program has been substantially revised since they last met. Goodson indicated that Debbie Wright, LCOG, had put a considerable amount of time into the changes, supporting materials and information included in the packet. He noted that the new items in the packet include a listing of key policy directions they received from the Board on February 5, 1997, description of the process for loan selection approval and costs, description of the flow of money and a draft intergovernmental agreement. Goodson explained that recommendations for projects would be made by the Eugene Metro Partnership or other third parties to LCOG. The LCOG Loan Administration Committee would review the application and make a recommendation to the Board and upon the Board's approval of a project, funds would be transferred to the LCOG investment pool. He stated that LCOG would then make disbursements to the borrowers and service the loan. Goodson explained that there is a 1.5% loan fee for the services LCOG would be providing and, of that amount, .5% would be paid at the time that the borrower makes the application for the loan with the final 1% collected at the time of closing with a 1% per year loan fee that would be included in the interest rate. He said loan repayments would be made to an escrow company which would be directed to provide the 1% loan servicing fee to LCOG with the principle and remaining interest to go to the County EDAP Revolving Loan Fund. Goodson commented that there were three issues that required direction from the Board (see material on file).

Cornacchia stated that he was pleased with this report and suggested that the Board go through the three issues.

1. Regarding Municipalities or private entities, there was consensus that projects should be limited to municipalities.

2. Regarding the termination clause for IGA with a proposed six-month written notice for cause, Steve Vorhes, Assistant County Council, suggested the Board may want to articulate what those causes might be or eliminate cause to give the Board entire discretion for budgetary reasons unrelated to how the program is operating. He stated that the language "for cause" would limit Board ability to do that. Cornacchia stated that he would like to see language in the agreement stating that if the Board should decide to reprogram monies for budgetary reasons, they could modify the agreement for that purpose. There was consensus to have a six-month written notice period with language to give the Board budget discretion.

3. Regarding criteria, there was agreement to keep the current criteria.

Goodson stated that changes are still needed to be developed to the Lane Manual and Lane Code and brought back to the Board. He and Vorhes would try to have that prepared for a First Reading in April.

MOTION: Approval of the Order.

Dumdi MOVED, Green SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

9. CONSENT CALENDAR

Weeldreyer pulled items C. 3) and 4), noting that the titles had been changed.

A. Approval of Minutes:

January 22, 1997, Regular Meeting, following HACSA
January 22, 1997, Fair Board Interviews, 1:30 p.m.
March 5, 1997 Regular Meeting, following HACSA
March 5, 1997 Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m.

B. Health and Human Services

1) ORDER 97-3-19-4/In the Matter of Appointing Designees of the Community Mental Health Director to Direct a Peace Officer to Take a Mentally Ill Individual Into Custody.

2) RESOLUTION AND ORDER 97-3-19-5/In the Matter of Appropriating an Additional $89,226 in Revenue and Expenditures in Fund 86 for Individuals With Developmental Disabilities (PAAFS 66 and 67 to the 1995-97 Intergovernmental Agreement 20-001).

C. Public Works

1) ORDER 97-3-19-6/In the Matter of Awarding a Contract to Eugene Sand & Gravel, Inc. for Base Rock Production at Various Stockpile Sites, Contract No. 96/97-07.

2) ORDER 97-3-19-7/In the Matter of Awarding Requirements Contracts to 20 Contractors for the Rental of Heavy Equipment to Supplement County Resources for Ongoing Operations and During Emergencies Caused by Floods, Windstorms, and Other Disasters, Contract FY96/97 FS-06.

MOTION: Approval of the balance of the Consent Calendar.

Cornacchia MOVED, Green SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

C. 3) ORDER 97-3-19-8/In the Matter of Amending the Public Works FY 96/97-FY 00/01 Five-Year Capital Improvement Program and the List of Public Improvement Program Projects for the Lane County FY 96-97 Budget Adding the emergency repair of Peninsula Road Slide Repair at MP 7.1.

4) ORDER 97-3-19-9/In the Matter of Exempting the Contracting for Repair of the Peninsula Road Slide located at Mile Point 7.1 from Formal Bidding Requirements and Authorizing the Department of Public Works to Utilize Alternative Procurement Methods to Contract for the Needed Emergency Repairs.

Weeldreyer read the corrected titles of items C. 3) and 4) into the record.

MOTION: Approval of Order 97-3-19-8.

Cornacchia MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

MOTION: Approval of Order 97-3-19-9.

Cornacchia MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

10. CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES

a. RESOLUTION AND ORDER 97-3-19-10/In the Matter of Accepting a Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Grant From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for $280,854, Increasing Appropriations in the Department of Children and Families (12) and Appropriating Revenues and Expenditures in Fund 24; Establishing 2.25 FTE Positions; and Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Execute Grant Documents.

MOTION: Approval of the Order.

Cornacchia MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

b. RESOLUTION AND ORDER 97-3-19-11/In the Matter of Accepting $58,766 in Youth Investment Funds and $101,350 in Family Preservation and Support Services Funds From the Oregon Commission on Children and Families, Increasing Appropriations by $160,116 in the Department of Children and Families (12) and Appropriating Revenues and Expenditures in Fund 24, and Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Execute Grant Documents, Contracts and Agreements.

MOTION: Approval of Order.

Cornacchia MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

11. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

a. RESOLUTION AND ORDER 97-3-19-12/In the Matter of Increasing Appropriations in Revenues and Expenditures in the Amount of $23,602 for Youth Intervention Network Assessments; and Establishing a 1.0 FTE Mental Health Specialist in the Department of Health and Human Services.

MOTION: Approval of Order.

Dumdi MOVED, Cornacchia SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

12. REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS

Planning Commission return with appointments in September 1997

13. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

None.

There being no further business, this meeting recessed at 11:05 p.m. to reconvene at 1:30 p.m.

 

Zoanne Gilstrap, Recording Secretary

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