minhead.gif (11357 bytes)APPROVED Approved 8/24/99

June 30, 1999

REGULAR MEETING - BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Harris Hall - Main Floor - following HACSA

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.

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

Green noted there is a time certain for W 8. c), and two emergency items.

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

Keith Crocker, 27147 Stow Pit Road, Monroe, stated he owned the farm south of the Short Mountain Dump. He said the food processor he grows vegetables for refuses to take the product from the property because of the possible contamination from water and wind blown contaminates. He added he had been trying to sell the property for the past ten years but has had problems due to contamination. He said it had become a financial burden on their farm operation. He said he would like Lane County to purchase the property so they will be the buffer between the dump and the neighbors to the south. He stated the matter needs immediate attention.

Nancy Lee Sobottka , 90521 Upper North Fork Road, Florence, reported that her agency, the Siuslaw Women's Center in Florence had contracted with Lane County for 10 years. She said it was her understanding that Commissioner Morrison requested (at a recent meeting) that their contract be pulled for further review. She noted that Morrison never entered the Siuslaw Women's Center (except for one time within the past seven years) or requested information about their services or provided any support. She reported the Siuslaw Women's Center provides a wide variety of services to homeless and low income families in West Lane County. She said they are a partner with eight organizations with Lane County and have over 53 volunteers. She added they are annually audited and have been found to be in good shape and have met every County requirement on time. She said she does not understand on what basis Morrison had requested their contract to be pulled.

David Force, P.O. Box 10972, Eugene; Greg Selliger, 31365 Fox Hollow Road, Eugene; stated they were present because the matter he represents Mr. Selliger in regards to, is appropriately considered by the Board in an Executive Session. He added they had indicated unless the Board designates Mr. Selliger's position as being a police officer position within the meaning of PERS, that they intended to seek a declaration in Lane County Circuit Court. He said there is litigation contemplated between the parties over this issue and added that it is a personnel matter. He stated he was told this couldn't be dealt with in Executive Session so they are asking the Board to give them a decision within a week as to whether they will consider Mr. Selliger's request. He reported that Selliger had been a special deputy sheriff employed in the Mental Health Division for many years, taking into custody persons under involuntary civil commitments. He added he acts like a police officer in every way, he is not an employee of the sheriff, but a deputy of the sheriff and is empowered to act as a police officer. Force noted Selliger wanted to retire early under the PERS system and if it is done, it would save Lane County money under the money match system. He said that is what they are asking the Board to do.

Wilson responded that it was the first time she was aware of Force's statement (that he intends to seek a declaratory judgment). She said she understood they wanted to address the Board in Executive Session about Selliger's request to be designated as a member of the police force for purposes of PERS. She added it did not fall within any statutory exemptions for Executive Session.

Sorenson noted that Cynthia Beal could not stay for public comment and read her statement for her into the record regarding Y2K.

Weeldreyer asked about following up on the Crocker property.

Van Vactor recommended talking with John Goodson and Ken Sandusky about acquiring the property.

3. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sorenson stated that Art in the Vineyard will take place this weekend and the Bach Festival is continuing. He noted the Y2K Steering Committee will be meeting tomorrow, July 1.

Morrison said she is the new Vice-Chair of the OCZMA. She said she attended the Fern Ridge Community Coordinating Council on children and family youth issues and they will be starting a peer court.

Weeldreyer apologized for missing yesterday’s Work Session as she was ill. She said she gave two presentations on fiberoptics. She reported that the Cottage Grove City Council did vote unanimously to join the Fiber South Consortium. She said that last night she attended an economic development meeting in Florence and they were excited about fiberoptics coming to Western Lane County.

Green reminded the Board about the Joint Elected Officials meeting at 5:30 p.m. He said it was an update for all the joint elected officials, PSCC members, small city mayors and school superintendents on the PSCC and the proposed recommendation from their finance committee. He added that he attended the AOC Legislative Committee meeting on Monday talking about transportation and the end result was reaffirming their position about the six cents gas tax, and weight-mile.

Weeldreyer recalled that she and Anna met with Bob Warren, Regional Development Officer for OEDD and Stephanie Schulz, and Schulz is working on a plan for the nested region concept.

4. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS

a. PRESENTATION AND UPDATE Saturday Market and Farmers Market.

Bill Goldsmith, General Manager, Saturday Market, 76 W. Broadway, Eugene, asked the Board to help in forming a public market task force along with the City of Eugene, Saturday Market and the Lane County Farmers Market. He said the goal would be to review the current site and infrastructure needs of the market and to make recommendations for their growth and development over the next decade. He gave a presentation on the history of the market. He noted the Farmers Market grew out of the Saturday Market in 1982 and in 1989 the Lane County Farmers Market was formed. He said they have operated as sister markets, coordinating their activities and sharing resources. He wanted to convey to the Board how important it is to create a public market task force.

Gwendolyn Ellen, Director, Lane County Farmers Market, reported they are going into their 20th season of having the Farmers Market alongside the Saturday Market. She said they allow the farmers to sell what they grow. She added they are run as a non-profit organization and have a six member Board who are all farmers. She said the Saturday Market has grown 9 to 11% and Tuesday and holiday market experienced a 30% growth over the last years, and this year it is following the same trend. She reported that the growth has resulted in crowding in terms of sales and space for new vendors. She stated the Lane County Extension Service has offered them space in the parking lot adjacent to their building. She said this gave them the idea to come up with strategic planning to address this proposal and where they want to be in the future. She stated by developing a task force, these problems could be worked out. She said they need electricity as they still accept food stamps and with electricity, they could run the WIC cards and lighting the area would help when it is raining. She added they also need on-site storage, possibly using the butterfly lot. She said the task force would be made up of city and county public officials working together to address and develop solutions of the growth issues for both of the public markets and aid them in the development of the important partnerships with the city to negotiate short and long term solutions to the growth issues. She said they are willing to accept fiscal responsibility for the solutions and the task force would give them the opportunity to address the issues at a community and policy level.

Van Vactor commented that both the Farmers and Saturday Market have been excellent to work with and from a staff perspective, is supportive of them. He encouraged the Board to participate in a task force as it is a good opportunity.

Sorenson recommended to follow Van Vactor's discussion and proposed a seven or eight member work group from the county, city, the public and the markets, with the idea that it wouldn't be a permanent enterprise but a work group coming back with recommendations.

Weeldreyer stated she was interested in doing a community development block grant about microbusiness, helping people start their own businesses. She added it would grow Lane County's economy.

Green commented that it would be important that Lane County participate in this with the growth of the markets.

Dwyer stated he would like to see everyone's viewpoint when trying to have a consensus on this.

Morrison said the Board needs to be involved in the process as it is County property and it may not always be available. She added the time involvement should be short term due to staff's involvement.

Sorenson said when there is public process and money involved, the task force should be open to the public. He agreed with Morrison to make this a short-term project. He said it is his idea to get a group of people to form a work group and come back to the Board with a formal structure.

Green said Sorenson, Weeldreyer and David Suchart will be on the committee.

b. RESOLUTION AND ORDER 99-6-30-1 Adopting a Resolution Supporting Development of a Coordinated Growth Management Strategy for the Southern Willamette Valley Region (Central Lane County).

MOTION: to approve the Resolution and Order 99-6-30-1.

Dwyer MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

VOTE: 4-1 (Morrison dissenting)

5. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

None.

6. COMMITTEE REPORTS

a. Legislative Standing Committee Report.

Roy Burns, Legislative Representative, expressed his appreciation for the Board response for contacts to the Democratic minority on the budget issue. He noted they had reidentified the $5 million for Assessment and Taxation.

Green announced that Roy Burns was retiring after 33 years of service with Lane County. Green presented him with a recognition award.

Burns noted there would be a meeting on July 6 in Salem with the salmon issue. He said a presence there is needed because there are implications for the County.

Morrison stated she would be going to represent the Board.

7. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

a. Announcements

Van Vactor stated the Board took Rockstroh's emergency item because the State had funded Department of Human Resources and the contract could be done for the next biennium. He noted the same did not take place for the Commission on Children and Families. He said he received an E-Mail from Pat Rogers indicating there is Senate Bill 5546 that is a continuing resolution that would enable the state and county operations to continue after June 30, where it was possible to withdraw up to 25% of the funds. He said it was an unusual circumstance where funds may need to be advanced.

b. UPDATE/Y2K.

Rick Schulz reported that the County has 18 applications programmers working exclusively on Y2K and the cost is approaching $2 million in personnel costs. He added they spent $10 million on the new financial and Assessment and Taxation systems. He said committees that were formed are meeting on regular schedules. He discussed the Y2K Status Report (copy in file). He reported that Mike Moskovitz would be working on a summer version of the Y2K update plan that will be ready for the fair in August.

8. PUBLIC WORKS

a. FIRST READING AND SETTING 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) (Second Reading & Public Hearing: July 14, 1999, 1:30 p.m., Harris Hall Main Floor).

MOTION: to approve First Reading and Setting Second Reading and Public Hearing.

Morrison MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

b. FIRST READING AND SETTING SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING Ordinance PA 1130 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 (Second Reading & Public Hearing: July 14, 1999, 1:30 p.m., Harris Hall Main Floor).

MOTION: to approve First Reading and Setting Second Reading and Public Hearing.

Dwyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

c. ORDER 99-6-30-2 Designating the Use of $171,261 in County Road Funds for Construction of Road Fund Eligible Improvements to Assist the Ash Meadows Affordable Housing Development.

Green reported this project had been approved and endorsed by the Housing Policy Board and had gone back to their Board for reaffirmation because of the way the money will flow. He said a portion of the funds remaining from the original allocation of the road funds will be used to fund this project. He added it came as a recommendation and endorsement from the Housing Policy Board.

Betty Mishu, Public Works, stated they are asking the Board to secure the remaining balance from the original $1 million allocation and the additional $80,000 from the new allocation.

MOTION: to approve ORDER 99-6-30-2.

Weeldreyer MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

Morrison said she will be opposing this because of road fund dollars that will be lost, that should be going to Lane County roads. She said she has a problem spending dollars that she is not sure will be available later.

Sorenson said he was concerned about spending down the road road fund dollars but was supportive of this project.

Dwyer declared a potential conflict of interest because he is a developer of low income property that doesn't receive any government subsidies. He said he was supportive of this.

Weeldreyer reaffirmed that the Board made a policy commitment to being a partner in developing affordable housing in Lane County. She said the benefit will provide rental units and give first-time homeowners an opportunity to become self-sufficient and said it would be a good investment for Lane County.

Green stated he was in support of this.

VOTE: 4-1. (Morrison dissenting)

9. CONSENT CALENDAR

A. Approval of Minutes:  May 25, 1999, Work Session, 9:00 a.m.

B. Health and Human Services

1) ORDER 99-6-30-3 Awarding a Contract in the Amount of $120,000 to Northwest TPA Services, Inc. and Authorizing the County Administrator to Sign the Contract.

C. Public Works

1) ORDER 99-6-30-4 Vacating the Public Alleys Connecting to Commercial Place, Located in Block 118, 119, 120, and a Portion of Block 117, of Second Amended Plat of Fern Ridge, as Platted and Recorded in Book 6, Page 28, Lane County, Oregon Plat Records, Without a Public Hearing, and Adopting Findings of Fact (16-05-35-31).

2) ORDER 99-6-30-5 Awarding a Requirements Contract to EGR & Associates for Water Quality Monitoring Services in the Amount of a Minimum $5,000 Per Year and Authorizing the County Administrator to Execute the Contract.

MOTION: to approve the Consent Calendar.

Weeldreyer MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

10. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

a. RESOLUTION AND ORDER 99-6-30-6 Awarding Contracts to the Siuslaw Area Women's Center in the Amount of $151,690 for Human Services for the Period 7/1/99-6/30/2001 and Delegating the County Administrator to Sign the Agreement.

Rob Rockstroh, Health and Human Services, this contract is through the Human Services Commission, which is part of Health and Human Services. He said his understanding is that everything is passing fine and he has no concerns about the request for proposal process.

Morrison stated she will be opposing this motion as she had concerns about how dollars are being spent. She said she had contracts in the past with them and that is where concerns had been raised.

MOTION: to approve Resolution and Order 99-6-30-6.

Dwyer MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

Sorenson stated that this appears to be a model and didn't see any reason not to approve it.

VOTE: 4-1. (Morrison dissenting)

11. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

a. ORDER 99-6-30-9 Accepting the 1999/2001 Grant Award, #20-001 in the Amount of $51,709,402 With the State Mental Health and Developmental Disability Service Division and Authorizing the County Administrator to Sign the Agreement.

MOTION: to approve ORDER 99-6-30-9 .

Dwyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

b. ORDER 99-6-30-8 Transferring Between Funds Within the FY 98/99 Budget.

Green reported this is to approve the Order authorizing the transfer between funds for FY 98-99. He noted there were more dollars that came in than anticipated and Dave Garnick, Senior Budget Analyst, requested authorization to find a placeholder for the dollars.

MOTION: to approve ORDER 99-6-30-8.

Dwyer MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

c. ORDER 99-6-30-10 Appointing a New Member to the Lane County Human Rights Advisory Committee.

Green noted there was a resignation on the Human Rights Committee, Kellie F. Coleman-Johnson, and Linda Wagner wanted to resume her position.

MOTION: to approve ORDER 99-6-30.

Weeldreyer MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

12. OTHER BUSINESS

Van Vactor noted that regarding the David Force issue, that staff needs to have an Executive Session discussion.

Green noted that Sorenson, Weeldreyer and Suchart will work with the Saturday and Farmers Market Program.

Van Vactor noted for John Goodson and Ken Sandusky to report back on the Crocker suggestion.

There being no further business, Commissioner Green recessed the meeting to the afternoon session at 12:00 p.m.

Melissa Zimmer
Recording Secretary

 

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