September 1, 1999
HOUSING AUTHORITY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES AGENCY
Harris Hall Main Floor - 10:00 a.m.
Commissioner Bobby Green, Sr., presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Anna Morrison, Peter Sorenson and Cindy Weeldreyer present. Acting County Administrator Tanya Heaton, Assistant County Counsel Stephen Vorhes and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
1. PUBLIC COMMENTS
2. REGULAR BUSINESS
a. ORDER 99-9-1-1H Approving an Agreement with the Lane County Sheriff to Provide Community Policing at All Agency Complexes.
Don Williams, HACSA, reported that for the last several years, HACSA had been working with the Springfield Police Department in McKenzie Village. He added they had success in reducing crime. He noted that Lane County will be policing all of HACSAs complexes, and they will no longer have a contract with Springfield. He said the reason they are moving with the sheriff is that the Springfield Police Department covers Springfield, and they do a good job. He added they are trying to have the ability to move a community policing officer to areas throughout Lane County where there may be a problem. He said they will continue to police Springfield and have the jurisdictional ability to move throughout the County.
Morrison asked if they would be patrolling Laurelwood, as she had a 21 page complaint delivered to her office by tenants to the Housing Authority (about activity within Laurelwood) and there had not been any response. She also wanted to know what HACSA does to enforce their own contracts.
Williams responded because of issues of confidentiality, they cannot report on the actions they will be taking. He said the Sheriff will establish relationships in Laurelwood and could be more responsive to problems in that way. He noted they would be moving the officer around to where the hot spots are and it allows flexibility to move across jurisdictions throughout the County. He reported that Sheriff Art West has accepted the position.
Dwyer asked if a work plan was developed for this position.
Williams responded in the contract itself, it specifically says the two agencies will develop a plan together. He noted there were forms already in place and they get daily reports of the Sheriffs activities. He added they didnt expect to obtain the same results with one officer throughout Lane County as they had with one officer in Springfield. He said they now have the ability to move the Sheriff to the hot spots.
MOTION: to approve ORDER 99-9-1-1H.
Dwyer MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.
Green stated it would be helpful to have an educational component so the people will know what the expectations are.
Williams reported the Community Police Officer will be attending all of the complexs committee meetings. He said family housing was involved previously, and now elderly housing will become part of this. He added there is a Public Housing Advisory Committee that is a steering committee and the Sheriff will be working to train staff on how to work more effectively with tenants.
Green gave direction to keep the educational piece ongoing.
3. CONSENT CALENDAR
a. Approval of Minutes: August 4, 1999, 9:00 a.m.
MOTION: to approve the Consent Calendar.
Morrison MOVED, Weeldreyer, SECONDED.
There being no further business, Commissioner Green adjourned the meeting at 10:20 a.m.
Melissa Zimmer, Recording Secretary
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