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October 29, 1997
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' REGULAR MEETING
Harris Hall Main Floor - 1:30 p.m.

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

15. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Referring to his comments on the ETC issue heard in the morning session, Green said he had mentioned that, as a city councilor, he was always interested in how the county addressed particular issues, but he neglected to say that whenever he asked this question he was informed the county was actively participating and was a player in the arena, regardless of the issue.

Weeldreyer announced she had attended two conferences since the last board meeting. One conference was held in Colorado and addressed the issue of rural telecommunication. Weeldreyer stated she would like to structure an informational work session in January and invite the University of Oregon, City of Eugene, Lane Community College, and others of the local networking community. Weeldreyer said she would put together a letter expressing this idea with the Board’s direction. The Board gave approval.

The other conference Weeldreyer attended was at the Hilton in Eugene on the topic of governing communities in turbulent times. Weeldreyer stated the conference, "We’re Not In Kansas Anymore," was sponsored by the City County Insurance Services. Weeldreyer noted Sorenson and Dumdi attended the conference.

16. PUBLIC HEARINGS

a. PUBLIC HEARING AND FINAL ORDER 97-10-29-24/In the Matter of The Vacation of an Alley in the Plat of Portola as Platted and Recorded in Book 4, Page 105, Lane County, Oregon Plat Records (17-06-29-30).

Bob Ezell, County Surveyor, stated that the vacation of the alley in Noti is a petition wherein the primary petitioner has provided 50% of the adjoining owners.

Weeldreyer opened the public hearing.

Patricia Johnson, P.O. Box 405, Noti, presented arguments against the Board’s approval of the order (see materials on file). Johnson expressed concern about an altercation between her son and the petitioner’s son. Johnson inquired about resurveying her property because she feels she is paying a higher tax rate than required.

Aside from her testimony, Sorenson asked Johnson how she felt about the vacation of the alley.

Johnson stated that the extra 10 feet was a bonus considering so much of the property in front of her house had become encroached upon by the highway.

Karen Smith, 22124 highway 126, Noti, stated she was the petitioner requesting vacating the alley. Smith noted that the altercation with Johnson’s son and her son was a result of a disagreement at a bar; but she could not elaborate because she was not there. Smith also noted Johnson was not at the incident.

Ezell commented he could review Johnson’s tax lot record and description card and determine if the assessor should exempt any areas out of the taxes. Ezell said that the county does not commonly survey property at a citizen’s request.

Weeldreyer closed the public hearing and turned to the Board for deliberation.

MOTION: Approval of the Order.

Dumdi MOVED, Green SECONDED. VOTE: 4-0.

b. PUBLIC HEARING AND FINAL ORDER 97-10-29-25/In the Matter of The Surrender of a Portion of Game Farm Road, County Road Number 209, and a Portion of Deadmond Ferry Road, County Road Number 90, to the City of Springfield.

Weeldreyer opened the public hearing. There was no one present to comment.

Weeldreyer closed the public hearing and turned to the board for deliberation.

MOTION: Approval of the Order.

Green asked if Springfield would maintain these roads.

Ezell stated they would.

Dumdi MOVED, Green SECONDED. VOTE: 4-0.

17. OTHER BUSINESS

None.

There being no further business, this meeting adjourned at 2:20 p.m.

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