July 14, 1999
REGULAR MEETING - BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Harris Hall Main Floor - 1:30 p.m.
Commissioner Peter Sorenson presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Anna Morrison and Cindy Weeldreyer present. Bobby Green, Sr. was excused. Assistant County Counsel Steve Vorhes and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
Sorenson noted there were adjustments to the agenda, a request to add Public Comment and two emergency business items.
2. PUBLIC COMMENT
John Davidson, 87868 Lost Valley Lane, discussed the need to provide universal library services to Lane County residents. He said he lives outside of Dexter and he and his neighbors don't have access to the library. He noted the need for universal coverage for people of all income levels to libraries in Cottage Grove, Springfield and Eugene, or opening new branches in the outlying areas. He reported there are 92,500 people in Lane County who lack free access to public libraries and he asked the Board to keep working on this problem.
Joachim Schulz, 1511 Bennett Creek Road, Cottage Grove, stated he served on the Board of the Relief Nursery in Cottage Grove. He was present to speak about the protest of the award. He said they thought the process was seriously flawed. He said if the resolution supported Van Vactor, he would strongly support it because it would give all parties time to look at the request for proposal, awards process and iron out inequalities. He asked to create a process where nurseries from outlying areas could have a voice in addressing ideas on how the application forms could be improved, and suggested a forum to address the concerns. He spoke against a process that forces relief nurseries to fight each other.
Lori Britain, Program Director, Relief Nursery, 1720 W. 25th Avenue, echoed Schulz's comments and emphasized that the concept of having replicated sites compete for funding was counterproductive to increasing work that will prevent child abuse and neglect.
2. PUBLIC HEARINGS
a. SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING Ordinance No. 3-99 Amending Chapters 10, 11, and 12 of Lane Code to Implement the Jurisdictional Transfer of the Glenwood Area, Adopting a Severability Clause and Declaring an Emergency (LC 10.600, 11.025, 11.026, 12.205). (Third Reading and Continued Public Hearing: July 28, 1999, 1:30 p.m., Harris Hall Main Floor)
b. SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance No. 1130/In the Matter of Rezoning Lands in the Unincorporated Portion of the Metro Plan Glenwood Area from Eugene Zoning Districts to Springfield Zoning Districts, Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses and Declaring an Emergency. (Third Reading and Continued Public Hearing: July 28, 1999, 1:30 p.m., Harris Hall Main Floor)
Mike Copely, Land Management, reported this was looked at by the board's agenda committee last month and it was determined that it would be better to conduct the hearing and take action on July 28, 1999. He continued that by that time, notice had been sent out, so the Board consented to meet today for purposes of rolling the item over and announcing it to those who are interested, to prevented re-noticing. He reported that staff recommended the Board proceed with the continuation of the Public Hearing to July 28.
Commissioner Sorenson opened the Public Hearing.
Greg Mott, Planning Manager, City of Springfield, 225 Fifth Street, Springfield, stated he was present if the Board had any questions.
Sorenson asked if there was any opposition to this that was not heard previously.
Mott stated he was not aware of any. He reported nine people testified at a meeting and most of the testimony was to clarify problems with their properties, rezoning from the Eugene zoning district to Springfield. He added there were three mapping errors from the Eugene zoning to Springfield zoning, but all testimony was in support of the zoning.
Weeldreyer requested as part of the supplemental material on July 28, that Bert Rukker's letter be addressed.
MOTION: to continue Ordinance 3-99 and Ordinance 1130 to July 28, 1999 at 1:30 p.m. in Harris Hall.
Morrison MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.
3. EMERGENCY BUSINESS
a. Protest Relief Nursery, Cottage Grove
Steve Vorhes, Assistant County Counsel, reported the Board had a file note that was prepared by County Counsel Terry Wilson that outlined what they are looking at today. He added they received a copy of the decision of the County Administrator to overturn a bid award and that decision will become final unless the Board takes action today, electing to review the decision. He noted the decision of the Board is whether or not to review the decision of the County Administrator. He said if the Board elects to review the decision, then the record and all materials developed will be made available for review, and they will set another agenda item for discussion and do the substantive review. He added if the Board wanted to review and disagree and take another action, a review is necessary to get to that point. He said if they agree and see no reason to change the decision, not electing to review will get the Board to that result and the decision of the County Administrator is final.
Dwyer stated he was in agreement not to award and to resubmit.
Weeldreyer noted the intensive family services portion of the Commission on Children and Families budget (and the purpose of the request for proposal) is to reduce high risk, helping to improve parenting skills and enhancing healthy child development by intervening with families and providing effective education and support. She added intervention strategies for effective child abuse prevention includes education and training for at risk parents, developmentally appropriate activities for their children and opportunities for supervised parent-child interaction as a means of teaching positive parenting skills. She noted the Family Relief Nursery in Eugene was created as a model that had been effective at addressing some of the types of activities. She noted the Eugene Relief Nursery had pioneered a model and it had been touted as the best practice in Lane County and across the country. She said Eugene successfully replicated a family relief nursery in South Lane County and would be in support of approving the County Administrator's direction in allowing the process to go back to the department to more clearly define what the criteria would be for an agency providing services.
Sorenson stated it was agreed by the Board to have the County Administrator reopen the request for proposal project.
b. ORDER 99-7-14-1 Supporting and Encouraging Participation and Attendance at the Conference Entitled Cultivating Partnerships: Best Practices in Juvenile Firesetter Intervention
MOTION: to approve ORDER 99-7-14-1.
Weeldreyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.
5. COMMISSIONERS ANNOUNCEMENTS
Weeldreyer reported that Green and Van Vactor are in Washington, D.C. to ensure there is stabilized funding for the timber guaranty. She commended Mike Moskovitz for his brochure on the challenge faced with timber revenues. She announced that the County received a national recognition for its public information department and its improvement. She added she and Morrison are planning on attending the National Association of Public Information Officers' award banquet in St. Louis to receive the award and add it to the wall of awards. She thanked Mike Moskovitz for his work.
Dwyer noted that tomorrow he is meeting with the Oakridge City Council on public safety issues.
Sorenson stated he gave each commissioner the 1998 annual report of the Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority.
There being no further business, Commissioner Sorenson adjourned the meeting at 2:10 p.m.
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