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October 8, 1997
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' REGULAR MEETING
Harris Hall Main Floor - following HACSA

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

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

Item 9. a. will be at 9:30 a.m. in the BCC Conference Room.

11:00 a.m. for recognition of the Major Crime Unit regarding the Forest Service worker who was kidnaped earlier this year.

10:00 a.m. time certain for Health and Human Services.

#2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

None.

3. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Green said the Joint Elective Official Meetings last night was productive and provided a good opportunity for individuals from different jurisdictions in Eugene and Springfield to express views.

Green noted that the Youth Summit was this Friday.

Dumdi provided information about a conference on October 27, entitled "We’re Not In Kansas Anymore," which is about governing communities in turbulent times.

Dumdi announced there is a conference in Hood River from October 20-22 sponsored by the Oregon Economic Development Department. This year’s theme is "Challenge of Change." She said topics at the conference will impact rural Lane County communities. (See materials on file.)

Bill Van Vactor, County Administrator, urged Peter Thurston, Economic Development, to draft a letter for the conference.

The Board agreed to have Thurston draft a letter on Lane County’s position on rural economic development.

Sorenson thanked Weeldreyer for convening the meeting last night with the elected officials from Lane County Government and the Cities of Eugene and Springfield.

Weeldreyer commented on the meeting in Salem with the AOC (Association of Oregon Counties), Human Services and Public Safety Committee. She said discussion was on the structure of AOC.

On another subject, Weeldreyer said constituents were calling her on the new court house procedures, with most concerned about items like pocket knives. She noted that in Washington, D.C. there are cubbyholes to place items that are not allowed through the metal detectors. She asked for direction on how to answer her constituents.

Van Vactor noted this issue is the state’s responsibility and individuals should direct their concerns to the presiding judge.

Green stated that volunteers who work at the information desk should not be expected to hold items that are not permitted through metal detectors. He encouraged those with concerns about the metal detector to contact David Factor, presiding Judge Administrator.

Van Vactor stated there are security problems with lockers and that is why the judge refuses to allow lockers for items that are not permitted beyond the metal detector.

Weeldreyer presented a packet of information provided by David Piercy, Eugene 4J school District, regarding a support letter for Ballot Measure 52. (See materials on file.)

4. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS

a.  Lane County Legislative Delegation Invited to Attend BCC Meeting.

Weeldreyer stated that this meeting was to recap the 1997 session and discuss ways to strengthen the partnership between the Board and Lane County legislative delegates. Weeldreyer noted she would like to discuss the New Realities component of the AOC’s (Association of Oregon Counties) campaign.

Present were: Senator Bill Dwyer - Springfield (District 21); Representative Tony Corcoran - Cottage Grove (District 8); Representative Cynthia Wooten - Eugene (District 41); Senator Susan Castillo - Eugene (District 20); Representative Lee Beyer- Springfield (District 42).

Weeldreyer suggested that each legislator comment on their accomplishments and frustrations with the last session.

Beyer said his observation was that this was a "bread and butter" session. He said the session was budget-driven and a major accomplishment was equalization on school funding of grades K-12. He added that another accomplishment was carrying out the health plan. Concerning missed opportunities, Beyer cited the parks issue and lack of action on the transportation plan. He noted this will be the third session in a row where no action has been taken. He said he was surprised at the neglect of county issues by the legislative leadership, and suggested that Lane County was late with solutions to the problems.

Castillo said the session was frustrating for those interested in transportation, adequate funding for schools, helping local governments and expanding the health plan. She said there will be a "piece-meal" approach to transportation. Castillo noted the impacts of Measure 50 and said property tax reduction may only be a 5-8% savings rather than 17%.

Wooten said she was impressed with Lane County’s presence in Salem, and the Board was vigilant, had clear ideas and a good plan. She noted that it started too late, but was glad to see AOC had taken the lead from Lane County in a program of education and advocacy before the next session. Wooten voiced agreement with Castillo and Beyer’s comments. She said a failure of the session was not addressing long term tax reform, and that Measure 47 and 50 demand a thoughtful approach. She noted that it effects local governments, with the state gaining more control over school funding. Finally, she said means need to be developed to work with the public to develop a consensus about the legitimate role of government and basic service provisions, and the will of the taxpayers to support services in a meaningful way.

Corcoran stated that adequate school budget funding was exchanged for an attack on school teachers. He said a transportation plan was not developed because of opposition to a charter school system that would have robbed public education and supported private religious institutions. Corcoran said Lane County did an admirable job of educating legislators on the ramifications of Measures 47 and 50. He added that AOC’s solution was late was because Measures 47 and 50 were late. Corcoran advocated for tax reform and said it will become a major issue next November.

Dwyer thanked Lane County for maintaining a presence at the capital during the session. He noted that the information Lane County presented was late, but if each county had embarked on the same process regarding "New Realities," results may have been more effective. Dwyer said he was disappointed to see the legislature wasting time trying to undo things people had done by initiative, and that it spent a lot of time linking initiative petitions to sound public policy. Dwyer stated, "It becomes disheartening in the process when you feel sometimes that you add more to the process by being absent than you do by being there because your absence denies a quorum." He said he was frustrated by a lack of care for immigrants and others, and was disgusted at the fiscal role of the legislature with emphasis on policy rather than alternatives.

Regarding Dwyer’s and Corcoran’s comments on Lane County’s "New Directions," Wooten added that despite the County plan being late, it was in a difficult position because of the politics of consequences.

Dumdi noted that the message the County received in November was that counties and cities were on their own, and this was the message "New Directions" tried to present to legislators.

Green thanked the legislators for attending and for their openness when the Lane County delegation came to the capital. He disagreed that the County was late with its "New Directions" proposal.

Cornacchia said the lateness issue was irrelevant. He added that even if the proposal was on time, the outcome would have been similar because there was a reluctance to understand local government and its needs. He declared that the County’s efforts will start the learning curve of informing the public about County services. He emphasized he was interested in individuals who would go to legislators, regardless of party affiliation, and express what is important to their community. Cornacchia stated he appreciated the legislators’ response today and their willingness to listen.

Sorenson expressed appreciation for the legislators’ presence. Regarding lateness of the County’s legislative proposal, Sorenson said that state legislative leaders Brady Adams and Lynn Request were completely and totally unresponsive to local government. He rejected the idea the County was late, and noted that Dumdi and Green met within a week of convening the legislature to discuss these concerns. Sorenson remarked that his biggest frustration as a citizen occurs when the largest corporations in the state receive a rebate on state taxes while $2.5 million will be taken out of public safety to be spent on children in Lane County.

Dumdi voiced appreciation for the legislators and agreed that tax reform should be a primary issue in the next session.

Wooten commented she had viewed Board meetings on Channel 11 and was impressed.

Green said he would like to have more opportunities to communicate with legislators prior to and during the session if time permits. Regarding tax reform, Green said he wants to know what the legislators feel is the role of local government in addressing this issue.

Weeldreyer said her biggest frustration with the session was that partnership was put on the back burner, but she was pleased to see the Governor meet with AOC and the League of Oregon Cities. She added that an unprecedented agreement was signed to be partners going into the session and as the session evolved it became unclear what the partnership meant. She said another frustration was the number of decisions that came from behind closed doors. Weeldreyer said she would like the AOC membership to look at ways to do more political lobbying, raising funds and perhaps participate in the incentive game.

Dumdi distributed information on "The Challenge of Change," a conference sponsored by the Oregon Economic Development Department. She announced that the small unincorporated communities around the state that get short-changed will be discussed. She emphasized the importance of representing the entire state regardless of the size of the community.

Weeldreyer thanked the Legislative Delegates for attending and recessed for 10 minutes to reconvene in Harris Hall.

5. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

None.

6. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

a.    Announcements

Van Vactor informed the Board of a memo sent last week on the Eugene Growth Management study. He suggested that the Board be given a brief presentation on this item. The Board agreed.

7. PUBLIC WORKS

a.  FIRST READING AND SETTING SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance No. PA 1101/In the Matter of Amending the Lane County General Plan Policies (an Element of the Lane County Rural Comprehensive Plan) Goal One Citizen Involvement, Policies 4 & 5, and Goal Two Land Use Planning, Policy 5, to Combine the Lane County Planning Commission with the West Lane Planning Commission and Adopting a Savings and Severability Clause. (Second Reading & Public Hearing: October 21, 1997, 6:00 p.m., Harris Hall Main Floor)

MOTION: Approval of First Reading and Setting Second Reading and Public Hearing.

Dumdi MOVED, Cornacchia SECONDED.

Sorenson asked if this involved the composition of the Lane County Planning Commission or just combining the two groups.

Dumdi responded that this addresses future planning. She stated that there may have been information stating there would be no reduction; however, there may be a reduction later.

Sorenson asked if this matter involved changing the membership and size of the Lane County Planning Commission.

Dumdi said the proposal is that two members from the West Lane Planning Commission would become part of the Lane County Planning Commission, making it a nine-member body for at least a year or two.

Van Vactor said that ultimately the composition of the Planning Commission will change.

Sorenson asked if the public hearing is a combination of the two, rather than membership of the Lane County Planning Commission.

Cornacchia said if the Board approves this there will be a new Planning Commission of 9 members, not a new Planning Commission of 15 or 16.

Dumdi agreed with Cornacchia.

Green indicated the goal was to consolidate.

Diane Burch, Chair, West Lane Planning Commission, stated there will be a membership of seven individuals, and that two will come from the coast. She said there are three individuals who serve on the West Lane Planning Commission, but in order to have a good commission, two more are needed.

Responding to Sorenson’s question, Cornacchia stated that the composition of the commissions will not change, they will be combined at first and when their term ends, that person will no longer be a member.

Sorenson directed his question to Kent Howe, Land Management. Howe responded that as far as the existing members on the Planning Commission are concerned, the answer is no, all existing members will remain on the Planning Commission. He noted there will be a carryover of members on the West Lane Planning Commission and when positions expire, the Board will determine whether or not to start the attrition to a seven-member commission.

Steve Vorhes, County Counsel, noted that this ordinance would amend the rural comprehensive plan to deal with combining the two planning commissions into one. He added that the Board will have the opportunity to review Lane Manual and the bylaws which provide detail on how the Planning Commissions are composed.

VOTE: 5-0.

b.  FIRST READING AND SETTING SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance No. 12-97/In the Matter of Amending Lane Code Chapters 1, 10, 14 and 16 to Revise the Definitions of "Lane County Planning Commission," "Planning Commission," and "West Lane Planning Commission" to Combine the Lane County Planning Commission with the West Lane Planning Commission (LC 1.010, 10.020, 14.015 and 16.090). (Second Reading & Public Hearing: October 21, 1997, 6:00 p.m., Harris Hall Main Floor)

MOTION: Approval of first reading and setting second reading and public hearing.

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

8. CONSENT CALENDAR

A.  Approval of Minutes:
September 3, 1997, Regular Meeting, following HACSA
September 3, 1997, Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m.
September 10, 1997, Regular Meeting, following HACSA
September 10, 1997, Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m.

B.  Children and Family Services

1) ORDER 97-10-8-1/In the Matter of Approving a Six-Month Interim Budget for the Lane County Commission on Children and Families and Giving Authority to the County Administrator to Execute Six-Month Amendments to Contracts.

C.  Health and Human Services

1) ORDER 97-10-8-2/In the Matter of Accepting Amendment #2 and Amendment #3 to the Intergovernmental Agreement #C6CA19 with the Oregon Health Sciences University Child Development and Rehabilitation Center; Appropriating an Additional $1,052 in Revenue and Expenses in Fund 86 for Public Health Services and Authorizing the County Administrator to Sign the Agreement.

2) ORDER 97-10-8-3/In the Matter of Awarding a Subcontract to Prevention and Recovery Northwest in the Amount of $85,656, and to Willamette Family Treatment Services in the Amount of $124,912 for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Services, and Authorize the County Administrator to Sign the Subcontracts.

D. Human Resources and Management Services

1) ORDER 97-10-8-4/In the Matter of Award of Bid LCP 97/98-06 for Courthouse Security Project Phase 3.

2) ORDER 97-10-8-5/In the Matter of Authorizing the County Administrator to Execute a Purchase Option/Sale Agreement with Thomas D. Wong for the Sale of Surplus County Owned Real Property (Map #19-03-28-00-00300, Adjacent to 82052 Mahr Lane, Creswell).

E. JTPA

1) ORDER 97-10-8-6/In the Matter of Increasing a Program Services Coordinator Position at the Southern Private Industry Council, JTPA Department 07 in Fund 49.

F.  Public Works

1) ORDER 97-10-8-7/In the Matter of Awarding a Contract in the Amount of $78,054 to Modular Concepts Inc., for Purchase and Installation of a Modular Office Building at the Central Receiving Station.

MOTION: Approval of Consent Calendar.

Green requested a correction of the September 10, 1997, Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m. minutes, Commissioners’ Announcements. He quoted: "Sorenson stated that he and Green had met with University of Oregon student Melissa Risso and had agreed to accept her as an unpaid student intern during the fall school term." Green said the sentence implies that he and Sorenson had agreed to accept Risso when in fact it was just Sorenson who had agreed.

VOTE: 5-0.

The Board recessed for 10 minutes and reconvened at the BCC Conference Room for the 9:30 a.m. time certain item 4. a.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1997 - REGULAR MEETING (Continued)

9. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

a. RESOLUTION AND ORDER 97-10-8-8/In the Matter of Proclaiming October 1997 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Susie Kent, Public Works, thanked the Board for focusing on Breast Cancer Awareness. Kent said Breast Cancer affects approximately 40 women weekly in Oregon, and 32 of those had no family history of Breast Cancer. She said the two greatest risks of Breast Cancer are being a woman and getting older, but early detection allows a majority to live beyond that diagnosis. She said it is the goal of Lane County Breast and Cervical Cancer partnership to increase awareness for preventive self-care by monthly self exams and a regular mammogram after 40.

Kent introduced thanked Pat Dames, coordinator in Lane County, and Brooks Duffs, Executive Director, American Cancer Society, for helping to publicize Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Weeldreyer read the proclamation (Order 97-10-8-8).

MOTION: Approval. Dumdi MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

Weeldreyer acknowledged the spirit of partnership in addressing this serious health issue.

VOTE: 5-0.

b. RESOLUTION AND ORDER 97-10-8-9/In the Matter of Appropriating Revenue and Expenses in the Amount of $8,756,433 for Managed Mental Health Care; Establishing Five 1.0 FTE Mental Health Specialist, One 1.0 FTE Senior Mental Health Specialist, One 1.0 FTE Administrative Assistant, One .5 FTE Nurse Practitioner, One .5 FTE Administrative Analyst Position, and One .5 FTE Office Assistant; Awarding the Contract to Peace health for Administrative Services; and Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Sign the Contract.

Rob Rockstroh, Director, Health and Human Services, said this item and one which will be presented next week will become companions. He said this is part of the shift by the Oregon Health Plan toward managed care. (See materials on file.)

Weeldreyer asked County Counsel if there were any concerns.

Teresa Wilson asked Rockstroh if postponing this for a week created a problem because it authorizes hiring staff.

Rockstroh said a one week delay may cause some problems, but he would rather provide a fuller explanation if needed.

The Board consented to table the order until next week.

10. REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS

To be held later in the meeting.

11. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

Recognition of Major Crimes Unit.

Lynn Burdett, Ranger, Blue River District, U.S. Forest Service, thanked the Board for an opportunity to make the presentation. He introduced Richard Simmons, Deputy Forest Supervisor and Sue Oleson, Public Affairs Officer, USFS.

Burdett reported that in August an employee, Teresa Garcia, was kidnapped, she was found on August 25, and the suspect was arrested. He said that during this challenging situation there was an opportunity to observe the cooperative work of a number of individuals, including friends and family of Garcia, community members, local businesses, Neighborhood Watch, and many throughout Lane County. Burdett said that two simultaneous efforts were undertaken, one a search and rescue, the other a criminal investigation. Burdett presented plaques to the Junction City Police Department, Cottage Grove Police Department, Oakridge Police Department, Florence Police Department, Oregon State Police, Cobourg Police Department and Lane County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Earl McMullough, Sheriff’s Department, expressed appreciation for the search efforts and the teamwork in finding Garcia.

Burdett announced that a separate presentation will be held for the Search and Rescue Group on Thursday, October 23, 1997.

Weeldreyer voiced the Board’s appreciation for the team work in locating Garcia.

There being no further business, this meeting adjourned at 12:00 p.m.

 

Tarra Withers, Recording Secretary

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