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February 24, 1999
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' REGULAR MEETING
Commissioners' Conference Room - 1:30 p.m.

Commissioner Bobby Green, Sr., presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Anna Morrison, Peter Sorenson and Cindy Weeldreyer present. County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.

13. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sorenson reported that while Van Vactor and Bobby Green will be at the United Front in Washington, D.C., there will be a large conference in Eugene that he will be speaking at: the annual University of Oregon Environmental Law Conference. He said he gave a talk to the Retired Officers Association of Lane County, officers who have served in the military service.

Morrison invited the Board and staff to attend the Meet and Greet for the opening of the Oregon Logging Conference. She said Women in Timber will be hosting the event.

Green reminded the Board that he and Van Vactor will be in Washington, D.C. to meet with Lane County's congressional delegates.

Weeldreyer reported she will be gone for a week. She said there are citizens concerned about the speed in which the Parks Division is moving on the proposed boat ramp located downstream from the Goodpasture Covered Bridge. She said the issue was raised about five months ago and she took it to the McKenzie Watershed Council. She said the citizens are meeting weekly and will be attending a meeting on March 5 to try to resolve the problems. She said with the telecommunications consortium, two things are coming to the Board: the Nested Regional Concept; and Lane County had been offered up to $20,000 from the governor's office to do the staffing and leg work required to make it happen. She added there will be a letter that they will bring to the Board regarding the concept.

Green asked that with regard to the Nested Regional Concept, that Weeldreyer and Morrison give a unified vision to the Board.

Sorenson said this was a well-run meeting. He said it was a long meeting, but more was accomplished than could have been accomplished in a day and a half or if it was moved to another date.

Weeldreyer stated the day was too hard for her, especially not putting any breaks into the day between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., the day before she left for a week trip.

Sorenson replied it was efficient use of the Board's time.

14. PUBLIC HEARINGS

a.  SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING Ordinance No. PA 1126 Renaming Fourth Avenue, East Fourth Street, and a Portion of Lake Street, in the Plat of Erhardt Acres to Seaview Lane (19-12-25).

Tom Dressler, Public Works, stated they received an application from landowners that wanted the Erhardt Acres subdivision to rename one of the roads in the development to Seaview Lane.

Commissioner Green opened the Public Hearing. With no one signed up to speak, he closed the Public Hearing.

Morrison stated she had no problems with the renaming of the street to Seaview Lane. She said you cannot see the sea at all from Seaview Lane. She added the neighbors had already put the street names on their mailboxes.

MOTION: to approve Ordinance No. PA 1126.

Morrison MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

ROLL CALL VOTE: 3-0 (Weeldreyer and Dwyer out of room).

b.  PUBLIC HEARING AND ORDER 99-2-24-15 Certification of Final Assessments for Improvements to Bluebelle Way Affordable Housing Project (41st Place South) and Setting Lien Values Against Adjacent Properties.

Don Maddox, Land Management, stated the project had been constructed and on January 27, the Board set a public hearing. He said notice went out and staff had received no correspondence for or against the project.

Commissioner Green opened up the Public Hearing. With no one signed up to speak, he closed the Public Hearing.

MOTION: to approve ORDER 99-2-24-15.

Sorenson MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.

VOTE: 3-0 (Dwyer, Weeldreyer out of room).

15. OTHER BUSINESS

a.  ORAL REPORT BACK Updating Lane Code and Lane Manual Regarding the Demonstration of Adequate Water Supply for Property Development Including a Presentation by Ralph Christensen, Geologist, of EGR & Associates.

Kent Howe, Land Management, reported that on October 27, 1998, the Board listened to a presentation by Ralph Christensen on the provisions of the Lane Code and Lane Manual as it dealt with groundwater and land development. He said the provisions that were adopted in the early 80's had been dealing with ground water adequacy issues. He said after two decades of code provisions and regulations, they are looking at bringing them into the 21st Century, updating them with current science and knowledge on groundwater. He added they are looking at recommending some changes by looking at other codes around the state, to see how they are dealing with groundwater issues. He said at the work session, the Board directed staff, Ralph Christensen and a group of consultant volunteers to put some effort and time into it. He added what is before the Board is the status of the work that had been done to date.

Ralph Christensen, Geologist, said a major concern that was voiced at that time that it was brought forward was that there would be a range of people involved from the consultant field. He said there is only one other consultant: Melia McKee. He said he had been in contact with her and Marion County, who had the most sophisticated water system. He said he and Melia McKee agree that it had some serious technical flaws. He indicated she would be a good contact on the technical side. He stated they have each taken a copy of Marion County's ordinance and are using it as a model. He added they are checking it over for its technical aspects. He said there are other aspects that deal with the land use process and they have the process started.

Christensen said there is a loose group of planning consultants that meet and it would include land use planning, Mike Evans and Jerry Betz, Harry Taylor, Hal Cooper, Mike Farthing and others. He stated they have all agreed to take pieces of the process. He said he will come back in about two months with an ordinance, and that they will write the best ordinance they know how. He said at that process it will go to the planning staff and they will make changes and present it to the public as process for adoption. He said their goal is for the planning process to be based upon good social planning.

Van Vactor reviewed assignments including: for Health and Human Services, to get the Board a written report with regard on the LIEAP funds, that they monitor low income housing assistance for people who qualify. He said the Board wanted an estimate on the Hawk's Point signs from Public Works. He added Public Works will also bring back a report about the roundabout. He said the McFarland Cemetery issue will come back to the Board when the costs are known, and the Y2K will be on the agenda in two weeks.

Green requested Teresa Wilson to review the information about the noise ordinance for the River Road area regarding the railroad noise.

Wilson responded she will look into the information. She said there is a noise ordinance and the sheriff is charged with the responsibility of enforcing it. She said she may push the EPA noise engineer to do something about the noise.

Van Vactor added he had a meeting with Jim Johnson of the City of Eugene scheduled and would discuss the issue with him.

There being no further business, Commissioner Green adjourned the meeting at 5:05 p.m.

Melissa Zimmer
Recording Secretary

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