minhead.gif (11357 bytes)APPROVED Approved 6/2/99

May 12, 1999

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS' REGULAR MEETING

Harris Hall Main Floor - 9:00 a.m.

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

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

Green stated that item 7. a. had been moved to follow the Public Comment period.

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

Bob Shaul, 91015 Leeshore Dr, Vida, said this boat ramp had been planned without public process and they hired a land use attorney to start the rezoning. He said a grass roots group of over 60 concerned citizens for the McKenzie River-Goodpasture Bridge was formed and they circulated a petition and collected over 200 signatures, asking for a task force to look for alternative locations. He added that he was part of the task force group and their task was to find a location between Helfrich Landing and the Leaburg Dam (as a replacement for Ike's Landing) to help reduce the congestion at Helfrich. He noted they looked at seven sites: Old McKenzie Fish Hatchery, Waterboard Park, Goodpasture, DSL Slide, Charlie's (by the Riverside Inn,) Bennetts and WhiteWater Park. He said they judged the sites on a 14 point criteria and when the site rating was finished, the scores were averaged and showed that Whitewater Park and the Old McKenzie Hatchery came in as the top two choices. He noted that three members chose Goodpasture as the worst location due to impacts on the environment and the community. He said the site is 2.9 acres and is in a flood plain deemed too small for future expansion. He said due to special interest pressure, Bob Keefer chose Goodpasture site as his recommendation. He said public meetings held afterward showed the community getting behind two choices, Old McKenzie Hatchery and Whitewater Park. He said the vote the Board takes today may set a precedent for how future developments on the McKenzie are proposed. He urged the Board to table Weeldreyer's recommendation as not representative of the community.

Gary Hatfield, 45146 McKenzie Hwy, said he was shocked at how this had been handled. He said he lives next to the proposed site and it is about what is best for everyone and their effort to come together as a group. He noted that what Weeldreyer stated in her letter shows a disconnection and misunderstanding of what the real facts are. He said they had been fighting for the opportunity to explain the facts. He said the Goodpasture Bridge is a small piece of property in a flood plain area and lends itself to a residence. He said making this into a boat ramp is to pinch the whole community. He said neighbors should not be fighting, they should be working together as friends. He added there is noise impact and crime next to the proposed site. He said there had been an underlying agenda and that is why they are concerned. He said as a community, they want to come together and have the common good in mind. He added it is environmentally wrong and not right for the area.

Bob Grafton, 91040 Bayshore Dr., Vida, noted a number of concerned citizens and frustrated people had taken time off work and their lives to be here today. He stated he was wearing the logo of the McKenzie River Fish Hatchery, which his group and the community supports. He added his community was not notified early on of the planning. He said they circulated a petition to get community input and demanded a place in the planning process. He said they requested that a task force be formed and it was formed but not listened to. He said community consensus had formed around the hatchery as a good site for the community. He apologized to people that may have been offended during the process. He said the guides are fighting for what they want, and the advisory groups are also fighting for what they think is a good plan. He said the problem was they did not have time enough as a community to hash out the differences. He added that time is needed. He said the boat landing should have wide community support and it is a decision that they will have to live with for many years to come. He added they do support finding a new boat landing and bringing Marine Board monies into the community to develop it. He said they encourage the Wessinger Foundation monies and appreciate the generosity they have shown investing in the community and hope they will consider another site. He added they support the guides to preserve the Goodpasture site as a riparian and wetland sanctuary. He said they support Bob Keefer in the expansion of the Helfrich Landing and a new boat landing at the fish hatchery. He said they do not support any development at the Goodpasture site or the Waterboard site. He asked the Board to: 1) reject Keefer's recommendation regarding development of the Goodpasture site; 2) deny Keefer's request to seek State Marine Board money for the Goodpasture site; 3) recommend and approve a non-specific site request for funds from the State Marine Board for the Leaburg Lake area; 4) direct Keefer to aggressively pursue the community's interest in the Old Fish Hatchery and getting a landing in that location and 5) consider their community's rekindled dream of a recreation site in the Old Fish Hatchery area that will serve all users of the McKenzie River area and be a source of pride for all of the citizens of Lane County.

John Horrillo, 45590 McKenzie Hwy, Vida, stated he uses the river and has the same interests as the others, protecting the beauty of the river. He added he was non-committal about a choice of a landing site. He said they are in favor of the revised Goodpasture boat landing site because the other sites were not functionable and are not acceptable and the Old Fish Hatchery is over impacted with fishing boats and auto traffic. He said the spot of the Goodpasture landing makes sense and he is recommending the site.

Aaron Helfrich, 2605 Harvest Lane, Springfield, stated he is the Vice-President of the McKenzie River Guides and a task force member. He commented that Bob Keefer had done an excellent job trying to involve the public, so the task force was formed. He added numerous sites were evaluated and every site brought to his attention was given consideration. He said there is no better site than the Goodpasture site as it is the best location and best for traffic safety, is an available property and will benefit the entire County while impacting very few. He said the McKenzie River Guides urged the Board to support Bob Keefer's recommendation for the Goodpasture site.

David Jenson, 47818 McKenzie Hwy, said he lives three or four miles above any of the sites. He said the opposition focuses on "not in my backyard." He said staff did a good job in considering the pluses and minuses in all of the locations. He noted the reason that Whitewater Park can't work is the access requires going past the Goodpasture Bridge. He added that Whitewater Park would be the only true boat landing in Lane County that would only be a landing. He said the problem with the McKenzie Hatchery is that it would be another problem like Ike's, people would be driving rigs and boat trailers across the highway where there are curves on both sides. He said the Goodpasture site could and should be developed in a way that is sensitive to the area.

3. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sorenson said it was National Historic Preservation Week and one of the events is the Open House at the Wayne Morris Ranch, on Sunday, May 16 from 1:00 to 3:00. He reported he will be attending a U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on May 20 in Washington, D.C. He added that yesterday he attended the Willamette Valley Livability Forum in Salem.

Morrison reported that she and Bill Dwyer were in Salem on Monday and attended the subcommittee of AOC on natural resources. She said she will be in Washington, D.C. on May 20 to attend the Women in Timber Consortium.

Green announced that the AOC Legislative Committee met and the report he made was the Human Services and Public Safety Committee (which he chairs) made a recommendation to the legislative body to endorse Senate Bill 555-10 (Juvenile Crime Prevention Partnership.)

4. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

To take place at 11:30 a.m.

5. COMMITTEE REPORTS

a.  Legislative Standing Committee Recommendations.

Dwyer reported that things were starting to move, but not in the direction that he would like them to go.

MOTION: to approve the balance of the Legislative Committee Recommendations.

Dwyer MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

Morrison stated in regard to HB 3203, she is not in the opposition but in support.

VOTE: 4-0.

Morrison said when the Legislature met this time under the new federal guidelines to have more control over impacts, the County is meeting the welfare reform direction from the federal government and she questioned whether they had really done that in the past and whether they accomplished what the intent was. She added this is a method where Lane County could be better guaranteed that people would be off of the welfare roles, and that is why she is in support of HB 3203, instead of taking the opposition stand.

Dwyer noted that Lane County would lose local control and that it is welfare for the corporations. He said the Board would be better off in opposition to this bill. He added it was unanimous (with the exception of Morrison) that they oppose the bill with a Priority 1.

MOTION: to approve recommendation from staff and the committee and oppose to this bill.

Dwyer MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

VOTE: 3-1 (Morrison dissenting).

Van Vactor reported that Bill 722 is becoming the PERS bill and it passed out of committee by a 4-3 vote. He added it has some good and bad provisions in it. He said next time the Legislative Committee meets, he will be able to see what has transpired and to come to the Board with a recommendation.

b. UPDATE Y2K Status.

Rick Schulz, Budget Analyst, reported on the two page handout that was given out (copy in file.) He said he will be returning in two weeks with status reports on all phases of the project and cost detail. He said he wanted to make sure the Board understood the project. He added they are making progress on the inventory, (gathering compliance statements from vendors and suppliers) and departments are working on their service continuation plans. He stated there will be non-critical systems that will not be completed by 12/31/99. He said they will be working on those systems into the year 2000. He said Lane County will be ready but there will be non-critical systems that will not get done and will not be compliant.

6. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

a.  Announcements

Van Vactor reported that at 4:30 p.m. on May 14, there will be an exercise of emergency preparedness and the power will go out.

7. PUBLIC WORKS

a.  ORDER 99-5-12-1 Authorizing the Parks Division to Apply for Three (3) Oregon State Marine Board Boating Facility Grants for FY 00 and Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Sign the Grant Applications.

Dwyer stated he could support some of the grant applications, but not all. He said if they are all put together, he will have to vote against them.

Bob Keefer, Parks, stated they want to apply for two State Marine Board grants, one for the West Lane County Boat landing improvements and for boat landing improvements at Armitage Park on the McKenzie.

Keefer said that 18 months ago he expected to come to the Board with a positive and exciting proposal for a new boat landing to replace Ike's. He added the County could receive three acres of prime river frontage on the McKenzie at no financial cost. He said a private foundation had offered to buy the parcel for $180,000 and donate it to the County for a new boat ramp. He noted the site would be strategically located to allow for State Marine Board grants, which is the primary funding mechanism for boating facilities in the state. He said the donation of land could be used as a match for the grant funds with minimal cost to the County. He noted they tried to bring this forward on a shoestring budget to minimize costs, but not until they had enough information about the site. He added they did not gain everything they wanted until December of 1998. He said they received concerns and comments from the community that wanted to be involved. He said Weeldreyer took a lead role and asked to take a step back and meet with the community. He said they agreed to take the time to look at other sites because they officially did not do that. He added they listened to the task force and the technical team in making the adjustments in the proposal. He said he understands the concerns of the neighbors. He noted at first they looked at a facility that impacted the lower riparian forest with a 32 car parking lot, and were looking for a flush or vault toilet at that site. He said based on the public comments they received, they reviewed what was good for the area and looked at Whitewater Park because of its location. He determined it was not a good replacement for Ike's. He also looked at Waterboard Park and had reservations about crossing the one lane bridge across the dam. He stated he looked at the Old Hatchery site and expressed what his reservations were (including the unsafe road access, the complexity and cost of the project and the habitat impacts for the Chinook salmon and lack of ability to mitigate) if ODOT was having a problem and lack of parking space at the Hatchery. He said he brought forward the Goodpasture recommendation with the concept that they need to minimize the impact to the habitat and the neighbors and downsize it by one-half. He said they did move in that direction and did not receive consensus from the task force or the community. He said based upon the safety issues, location of the site and Lane County's ability to mitigate the impacts on site of dealing with the habitat and the neighbors, Goodpasture is his priority recommendation. He said he could look for multiple sites and try to write a grant for them, or take no action.

Sorenson said in the past Keefer had tried to work with various youth groups to get the work done by young people and if any money obtained under the grants could be used for Northwest Youth Corps or any other people involved in doing the work to improve the boat landings.

Keefer responded that they have been successful in receiving additional grants from the Marine Board in a cooperative project with Looking Glass to hire summer youth at the marine-type facilities. He said he anticipates some involvement on the other projects, but they would be minimal.

Green asked if the site was the preferred site, or would the foundation consider other sites.

Keefer noted he spoke with Anna Bogus, a spokeswomen with the foundation and her comment was that they would consider another location (within the general area of the Goodpasture area) to assist Lane County in acquiring another site.

Keefer stated the reason the Bennett site did not come up for Keefer's consideration was because the purchase of the property is at $300,000 and outside the realm of what Lane County had available, and there were similar neighborhood issues.

MOTION: to approve the Parks Division to apply for two Oregon State Marine Board Boating Facility Grants for FY 00 and Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Sign the Grant Applications for the Triangle Lake, Bender, Munsel Lake and Armitage Park applications.

Sorenson MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.

Green said that Sorenson was separating the original order and making a motion for two of the grants.

Dwyer said it was a good way to expedite the process because they are non-controversial.

VOTE: 4-0.

Green asked the Board for support in going forward with the grant application for the Wessinger Landing, but have it non-site specific.

Dwyer stated he was in support of that.

Sorenson responded that he would be interested in observing the deadline of May 21 in applying for applications to the Marine Board. He said he was disappointed that they haven't been able to come to an agreement as a community and would be hesitant to identify a particular site in light of the controversy.

Morrison said by applying for the funds and not specifying a site, Lane County would probably not receive any funding. She said for Lane County to apply is a waste of time.

Green noted that there is a possibility that the Marine Board will like the concept but to work it out at the community level. He said he would be supportive of going forward. He said he is not interested in spending staff resources if the community is still divided after a period of time. He said at that point he would ask staff to walk away from it. He said it is not good to have a community divided. He said he was supportive of going forward with the grant application with the request that the community be involved in the process. He said he did not hear anyone say that a boat landing wasn't needed.

Sorenson favored going ahead with the grant application but believes there is sufficient flexibility on the part of the Wessinger Foundation. He said they want to provide a memorial to Mr. Wessinger and they don't want to divide the community. He said they want to provide money for a living, lasting memorial, to protect the river and make it available to the public. He said eventually they may have to agree on a site that will not make everyone happy, but it is clear from the public comment that there are a lot of people who want to have further involvement in this issue. He suggested to make an application to the Marine Board within the time line of their grant, as it does preserve the opportunity that Lane County may receive some money from the Marine Board during the cycle. He said it allows the process to move forward and staff to keep working with the community and the foundation to try to get a boat landing.

MOTION: to give staff direction to go forward with the grant application but on a non-specific site basis and to keep the task force going.

Sorenson MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

VOTE: 3-1 (Morrison dissenting).

8.CONSENT CALENDAR

A.  Approval of Minutes: March 31, 1999, Regular Meeting, 9:00 a.m.

B.  District Attorney's Office

1)  ORDER 99-5-12-2 Applying for a $70,204 Grant From the Oregon Department of Justice to Continue Three 0.5 FTE Victim Advocate Positions in the Victim Services Program.

C.  Health and Human Services

1)  RESOLUTION AND ORDER 99-5-12-3 Approving Submission of a Grant Application to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) for $150,000 per Year for Two Years.

D.  Public Works

1)  ORDER 99-5-12-4 Approving a List of Public Improvement Projects for the Lane County FY 99/00 Budget.

2)  ORDER 99-5-12-5 Improvements to Coburg Road (County Road Number 1043) Between MP 4.02 and MP 4.84 Including Assessments and Notice of Pending Lien Against Adjacent Properties.

3)  ORDER 99-5-12-6 Improvements to South River Road (County Road 295) Between MP 0.00 and MP 0.29 Including Assessments and Notice of Pending Lien Against Adjacent Properties.

4)  RESOLUTION, NOTICE OF HEARING AND ORDER 99-5-12-7 Setting A Public Hearing Date for the Proposed Vacation of a Portion Of County Road Number 108, Pine Grove Road, From Silver Crest Drive, Thence Northerly 1,050 Feet, More or Less, Located Primarily in the Northwest Quarter of Section 25, Township 18 South, Range 5 West, of the Willamette Meridian (18-05-25) (Public Hearing: June 23, 1999; 1:30 p.m. Harris Hall Main Floor).

Morrison stated she wanted 8. b. 1 and 8. c. 1 pulled.

MOTION: to approve the balance of the Consent Calendar.

Dwyer MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

VOTE: 4-0.

Morrison commented that 8. b. 1 was tied into the budget process last night. She wanted the Board to realize that this was one in the same and she had no problem with it.

Morrison noted that 8. c. 1 is a grant that Lane County is applying for to continue the community safety piece because the new opportunities grant is expiring at the end of June. She said she is concerned that the right people are at the table to make this happen and accomplish the goal. She said she wants documentation to show that they did it.

MOTION: to approve 8. b. 1 and 8. c. 1.

Morrison MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

VOTE: 4-0.

9. CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES

a.  ORDER 99-5-12-8 Appointing Four (4) New Members and Reappointing Four (4) Current Members to the Commission on Children and Families.

Lynn Burditt, Vice Chair, Children and Families, noted that the Board had in the packet a proposal for recommending four new members for the Commission on Children and Families and reappointing four members. She stated they had a membership committee to fill the vacancies, they advertised for the vacancies and then interviewed all of the candidates who applied for the positions. She said they looked at achieving a gender balance on the commission, a mix of life experiences, and socioeconomic diversity. She stated the current commission has eight women and four men (nine lay members and three professionals) four rural members and two County commissioners. She added with this proposal, the committee increase to ten women, six men, eleven lay and five professional members. The members being recommended include Laura Foss, Lay Person; Dave Perez, Professional; Bruce Abel, Professional; Blaise Adkinson-Stevens, Youth Rep; Ray Broderick, Professional; Lynn Burditt, Lay Person; Don Crist, Lay Person; Aisha LuVert, Youth Rep. She said they are recommending to the Board that they adopt the order as proposed.

MOTION: to approve ORDER 99-5-12-8.

Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.

Sorenson stated he had a concern that in an effort to get people who know what they are talking about, the candidates tend to be internal. He said the issue is how to get people to help put together the systemwide strategic planning. He suggested to get other people who were not necessarily involved specifically in an agency or an occupation.

Burditt responded it was something they had been talking about for the last six months, working towards systemwide approach. She noted there were a number of lay citizen-type volunteers and they looked for the balance of having an adequate level of professional understanding of some of the issues, but professional expertise to bring a coalition together. She said the commission had been in transition over the five years it had been in existence, and in making these recommendations, the people had some linkages and skills that they could bring that would help achieve that. She said it was her understanding if the Board wanted to move forward with the appointments, anyone who is a County employee would have to submit a written statement to the County Administrator who would make a recommendation on whether or not to put it into place.

Morrison said in looking at the recommended appointments, she sees overlaps as far as the PSCC is concerned. She hoped the collaboration would happen. She requested that minutes of the commission meeting delivered to her personally. She said she would like to see for the last two years the actual attendance of the people who are on this particular committee. She requested to remove Grandma Brown from the list of future applicants as she had passed away.

VOTE: 4-0.

10.    EMERGENCY BUSINESS

None.

Commissioner Green recessed the meeting into Executive Session at 11:30 a.m.

 

Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary

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