BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'

WORK SESSION/PUBLIC HEARING

December 5, 2000

6:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m. PUBLIC HEARING

Harris Hall Main Floor

APPROVED 4/11/01

 

PRESENT:  Commission Chair Peter Sorenson presided with Commissioners Bobby Green, Anna Morrison and Cindy Weeldreyer present. Commissioner Bill Dwyer excused.  Also present were County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, and County Counsel Teresa J. Wilson.  Zoe Gilstrap, Recording Secretary.

 

Senate Bill 1608/House Bill 2389 (Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000).

 

Sorenson opened the meeting.  He noted that Dwyer was excused and that Green will be excused at 7:15 p.m. and would return as soon as possible.  Sorenson stated that the public hearing is to hear public testimony on the passage of the federal forest legislation.

 

Van Vactor gave his presentation (see material on file).  He acknowledged and thanked Congressman Peter DeFazio for his role in the passage of the federal forest bill and Senators Wyden and Smith.  Van Vactor also thanked the various groups that went to Washington, including Commissioners Sorenson, Green and Morrison, who worked numerous hours to get this bill passed. 

 

David Garnick, Senior Management Analyst, explained that Lane County will not receive this money until the next fiscal year.  He explained that this is a six-year plan. Garnick stated that the Act will require Lane County to take 15-20% off for projects that benefit federal lands.  He further explained that 25% of national forest receipts is for the county school fund and 75% dedicated for road fund purposes.  He said the formula for the 75/25 split is set by the state and can be changed at any time by the state.  Garnick said this would leave between $4 and $5 million for the general fund.

 

Van Vactor explained Titles II and III.  He stated that authorized Title II uses are for funds held by the federal government and have a complex approval process. Van Vactor stated that this is only a six-year bill with one year to finish up the projects, noting that if projects are not completed, the money goes back to the federal government.  Van Vactor said that Title III money is held by the County and that the list of uses is broader.  He said the process that Lane County will go through to pursue Title II and Title III money has not yet been written but it was very important for Congress to keep the connection between the federal forest lands and the counties.  Van Vactor stated that if counties do all their projects through Title III and not Title II, it would not look like much of a partnership.  He emphasized this opportunity for Lane County.

 

Sorenson opened the public hearing.

 

Sheriff Jan Clements, 125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene, stated that government is to provide public safety, public services, roads and other infrastructure for Lane County citizens.  He said money should be designated for Lane County projects with federal projects as a last resort.  He discussed his priorities, which included the Forest Work Camp, reducing the matrix rate at the jail, infrastructure problems and a new communications network.  Clements submitted letters (see material on file). 

 

Brett Freeman, 125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene, Deputy Sheriff, discussed the 1980 cuts and destruction of the infrastructure.  Freeman asked to use some of the federal forest money for infrastructure, noting that without HVAC they don’t have a jail.  He also said there have been communication failures in primary radio channels.  He said Title III gives specific provisions for Search and Rescue and taking that service out of the general fund will allow them to divert general fund money.

 

Steve Davis, 125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene, spoke in support of the Forest Work Camp.  He explained that inmates are learning and working while in the Forest Work Camp.  He said the work they perform saves public and private dollars.  Davis noted that the camp is ready to run and has the capacity to keep offenders off the street.  He said the Commissioners can provide funding to maintain and expand the Forest Work Camp.

 

Duane Toman, 125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene, Deputy Sheriff, spoke in favor of reactivating a deputy program for federal lands.  He said the Sheriff’s Office is responsible for safety on rural lands, which includes federal lands. Toman stated that deputies are familiar with the area and respond to emergency services. He said aircraft, vehicle and industry related accidents often occur in very rural areas and the ability to respond quickly can make a difference.

 

Mike Gleason, 1502 Lorane Hwy, Eugene, commended the Board for holding this public hearing.  He spoke as a member of the Public Safety Coordinating Council (PSCC) and stated that one of major charges given to the PSCC is to look for efficiencies around public safety.  Gleason said that providing more support to the funding of the Forest Work Camp will have an effect on the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire Lane County area.  He said the FWC was an idea of the commissioners and provides a public service for restitution.  Gleason said he would like to see Title II and Title III money utilized.

 

Sergeant Dornath, Oregon State Police, spoke on behalf of the Oregon State Police.  He stated that they have had six recent fatalities of youth, noting that Highway 58 is one of the most dangerous roads in Oregon.  Dornath stated that they can only be reactive. He said it is time to get a resident deputy back to Oakridge because having a deputy in the forest service lands will be proactive. He stated there is no backup.

 

Mayor Sid Leiken, 225 N.5th Street, Springfield, discussed road funds and acknowledged the long history of using a share of the road fund within the cities.  He stated that economic development opportunities have been enhanced with road funds. Leiken stated that providing this money to the cities is appropriate, noting that Springfield’s most urgent road need is money to operate and maintain existing roads.  Leiken said the County and City have a good partnership that has not been one sided.  He urged the Board to use a portion of the forest money to return to the 1996-97 level of $5 million dollars for their share of road funds.

 

Lyle Hatfield, Springfield City Councilor, 225 N. 5th Street, Springfield, noted that most County funded road improvement projects consummated from the county to the cities. He said when the partnership was implemented, cities accepted 42 miles of county roads.  Hatfield stated that two cities carry this responsibility and there was an understanding that the partnership would continue.  Hatfield stated that when these funds were cut over the years due to County funding problems, it came out of their budget.  Hatfield encouraged the County/City road partnership funds be returned to $5 million.

 

Maureen Weathers, distributed and read a letter on behalf of Mayor Weathers, City of Lowell (see material on file).

 

Jan Wellman, City Administrator for the City of Veneta, spoke in support of the County/City road partnership program.  He urged the Commissioners to return funding to FY 96-97.  Wellman stated that this money will help with maintaining road systems.  He noted that they helped to secure these federal timber monies.

 

Ray Walter, 37893 Shenandoah Loop, Springfield, retired engineer, spoke of the demands and needs required to maintain current road systems.  He stated that the County/City funding was decreased from $5 million to $2.5 million.  Walter stated that the funding from timber receipts has declined only slightly and with the addition of $6.3 million, it will be in excess of what they had in the partnership.  He said it is not justifiable not to return to $5 million.

 

Dan Eagan, Director of Springfield Chamber of Commerce, spoke in favor of restoring road funds to pre-1997 levels. He said he has talked to people coming to the area, businesses looking to relocate and people.  Eagan stated that road conditions are the first impression and without restoring these funds, it will result in deceased appeal to new businesses and homeowners.

 

Jennifer Solomon, Eugene Budget Committee, distributed and read a letter (see material on file).

 

Howie Bonnett, Eugene Budget Committee, distributed and read a letter (see material on file).

 

Craig Wanichek, Eugene Budget Committee, distributed and read material (see material).

 

Terry Connolly, Eugene Chamber of Commerce, spoke in favor of restoring the road partnership fund.  He said the Chamber’s mission is to promote a healthy economy, noting the need to move people, goods and services throughout Lane County.  He stated that it is critical not to overlook maintaining the current roads system.  Connolly urged the Board to go back to $5 million funding.  He said wise investment is in best interest of economy and quality of life.

 

Mayor Jim Torrey, 777 Pearl, Eugene, spoke in favor of road funds.  He recognized the effort by the commissioners to get this legislation passed.  Torrey urged the Board to return the city allocation to $5 million.  Torrey suggested bringing the agencies together for an urban transition review. 

 

Debbie Knox, 4J School District, discussed funding for school-based health centers for the Eugene School District. Knox spoke of the numbers of students that do not qualify for the Oregon Health Plan or any other insurance plan.  She explained that the summer clinic is open to all kids from birth to 20, noting of the 484 clients last summer, 93% had no or very poor insurance.  Knox said this was the first time some of the kids had any kind of preventive care.  She encouraged the County to continue the program.

 

Sandy Karsden, LCOG Senior and Disabled Services, program manager for Meals on Wheels, supported the recommendation of the Human Services Commission (HSC) to restore funding to the 1995 per capita level.  She said that as a member of HSC, Meals on Wheels receives part of their funding through them.  Karsden stated that they have grown 22% since 1994 while funding has not.  She said they have a waiting list because they are unable to meet all the needs and noted they cannot service the McKenzie Valley or Lowell.

 

Laurie Cracraft, LCOG Senior and Disabled Services and member of the Human Services Commission, recommended that Lane County restore funding to the 1995 funding level.  She stated that if an agency is cut from HSC funding, some residents go without.  Cracraft stated they serve 2,800 people a year in eight communities and without complete funding for next year, they would have to close offices in the outreaching communities.

 

Patti Little, Lane County Public Guardian Conservator, discussed the need for guardians or conservators for incapacitated persons. Little said a conservator can mean the difference between receiving medical care and having a home or living in a state institution.  She stated there are more needy people since the closures of some of these institutions. Little explained that once an individual is appointed a guardian, he or she would not be using public services.  She said that a committee has secured pledges for two-thirds of the costs of the program and are asking for County funding for the remaining one-third.

 

Galen Phipps, Looking Glass, stated that he would like to see HSC funding restored to the 1995 per capita level. He said in 1995, the HSC allocation was $335,000 and in 1999-2000 it was $300,000 with no cost of living adjustment and an 8% increase in population in Lane County. Phipps said that needs for human services in Lane County continue to go unmet.  He said that as problems are left unattended, there are cost increases to public safety and other county services, and the livability of Lane County declines.  Phipps stated that with a little bit of aid, remarkable things can happen to children and families and for adults, who can be productive members of this community.

 

Jennifer Blatner, on behalf of Looking Glass, stated that for the past five to six years, she has been on her own due to family issues. Blatner said she has been at Station 7 off and on for years and spent time at the Juvenile Justice Center.  She said she got her GED at New Roads, is now working and doing well due to the help of Looking Glass agencies.

 

Tim Omachi, Lane County WIC, stated that he is a proud worker at Lane County WIC.  He said he works hard.  He gave a brief description of his job duties.  Omachi stated that while he works at WIC, he qualifies for their service because he is not earning a living wage.  He asked that the Board reconsider its position in the negotiations, especially in the area of medical coverage.

 

Jackie Lucas, Lane County WIC program, said she is a dietician and the program service approximately 8,000 clients monthly.  She said she sees one family every 30 minutes.  Lucas stated that she sees new families struggling with poverty and failure to thrive.  She invited the Board to observe her work.  Lucas said they would value her service and pay a family wage.

 

Jeannie Benson, Catholic Community Services, stated that she wanted to reiterate what others have said regarding restoring funding to HSC.  She said that as dollars have decreased, needs have increased.  Benson stated that in the past year, they distributed between 1,000 and 1,400 food boxes every week.

 

Tony Meyer, Health and Human Services, Parole and Probation, stated that there have been new projects and programs in Lane County while Lane County isn’t taking care of its own employees.  He said that 30% of the children in Lane County don’t have adequate, if any, health coverage.  Meyer said Lane County wants to reduce medical benefits.  He said that until Lane County can take care of its employees, it shouldn’t consider new projects and programs.

 

Phil Costaggini, Member of Admin Pro Union, stated he has been with the County since 1995.  He said after a long period of cooperation between the Lane County and the unions, the County now seems to be against them.  Costaggini stated that before 1997, he experienced a sense of cooperation with a mutual working relationship toward the good of Lane County.  He said now they are adversarial.  Costaggini stated they were asked by the Board to help in 1997 due to the PERS obligation and they obliged.  He said there is more money and it is time to give back.

 

Cindy Mazikowski, Health and Human Services, Parole and Probation, stated that their unmet needs include higher COLAS, a 7-step pay scale and health care.  She said the County’s bargaining offer by email gave an extra incentive to new Lane County employees, which insulted her. Mazikowski invited the Commissioners to spend a day with Parole and Probation, Animal Control or WIC.

 

Jim Kiely, Health and Human Services, Parole and Probation, AFSCME Rep as Chief Steward,  discussed the  importance of people over infrastructure.  He said employees need care and maintenance just like the buildings.  Kiely stated that there is a $30 million dollar surplus this year.  He noted they are as close as $100,000 away from a settled contract.

 

Gary Borgstahl, Health and Human Services, Parole and Probation officer in Cottage Grove, referred to tonight’s comments on building.  He wanted to emphasis that it is the employees that make Lane County what it is and said their children deserve medical care.  Borgstahl stated that they deserve a fair settlement.

 

Kitty Leonard, Health and Human Services, Lane County Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Offenders’ Program, stated that these monies need to go to the employees of Lane County.  She said she works at Mental Health and asked how they can facilitate mental health when they are devalued at work. Leonard said the Commissioners have given themselves raises.  She reiterated that the timber monies should be used to meet the union demands.

 

Damon Walker, Local 626, Waste Management, said that for the last four years, he has been in the heavy equipment rodeo contest in Oregon and has brought home a trophy each time.  Walker said he is the best operator in the state and wants a raise.

 

Brad Rusow, Local 626, stated that he hopes the money is not allocated to the Sheriff’s Office and the cities road fund since they spoke first tonight.  He suggested returning all wages back to the buying power of 1992.  Rusow said he has a hard time with benefit reduction.  He stated that the negotiations are so close he doesn’t understand why they don’t vote for it, noting that health insurance is not a significant amount of money.  Rusow stated that employees gave up more dollars in the last negotiating session than they received.  He urged the Board to take care of employees, forget the reduction and get negotiations over with. 

 

Ralph Wheeler, Local 626, stated that take home wages have declined for employees with children.  He said that without equity in the workplace there will be problems with trust and teamwork.  Wheeler also said the PERS issue needs to be addressed soon.

 

Judy Fitzgerald, 193 N. 9th, Creswell, president of AFSCME, stated they have been in negotiations since April 2000.  She said she was told they could not address COLAs until after the timber receipts legislation had passed.  Fitzgerald stated they lobbied in DC for timber money and have been on the streets for the levies and they believed their hard work would be returned.

 

Robert Prehm, Local 626, stated that he works on the road crew.  He said they are not asking for anything outrageous. He said they just want a fair wage, noting that they have given up a lot in the past.  Prehm stated that they have stood behind the commissioners and Lane County and now its time for them to get a piece of the pie.

 

Greg Schneider, Staff Representative, AFSCME, Spokesperson and council rep for AFSCME, stated that he has heard a lot about facilities and the need to maintain roads but has not heard much about maintaining quality service for employees.  He said they are not asking for much, COLAs equal to inflation and no concessions on insurance.  Schneider stated that Lane County workers are hard workers and should come first and be treated fairly.  He said they could wrap this up tomorrow.

 

Pete Krasen, Local 626, equipment operator, stated that they just want a good contract and are not asking for a raise, just for a decent cost of living contract.

 

Mika Singer, Birth to Three, 86 Centennial Loop, Eugene, stated that she is dedicated to parent education support so children can grow up healthy, strong and successful. Singer said they are very dependent on funding received through HSC.  She asked that the funding be restored.

 

Margie Kozeluh, AFSCME, District Attorney’s Office, stated that employees work with the public on complaints about roads and services.  She said they need the best possible health insurance because their jobs are highly stressful.

 

Carol Owen, 78 B Centennial Loop, AFSCME, stated that they have been there to support the commissioners and now she really needs them to support her. Owen explained her job, the hours she puts in and her dedication to the people she works with.  She asked for a family wage and stressed that the health benefits are very important. Owen said she is a single parent and is asking for their support.

 

Mary Stefansen, 510 Whiteaker, Cottage Grove, Public Health Nurse, stated that she has worked for Lane County for 22 years. She said she works in the rural area and wants them to maintain the building in Oakridge.  Stefansen stated that the nursing staff has gone from 44 nurses to 12 and said they are doing more with less help.  She noted that most of the work she does is in Spanish.  She was concerned that the nurses at the jail might get a 9% COLA while the other nurses only 3%.  Stefansen said she would like the Board to acknowledge the belt tightening they were asked to do.  She also asked for a 5% differential for employees doing their job in two different languages.

 

Michelle Clasen-Copely, 1415 Skyline Place Loop, Eugene, stated that she is a public health nurse. She said the children she works with have major medical problems and some are even dying.  She wanted a cost of living raise and no reduction in health benefits.  Clasen-Copely stated that people sometimes need counseling when they watch children die.  She said employees have given up a lot over 27 years to maintain health insurance.

 

Chris Smith, Local 626, Waste Management, stated that his buying power is down 17% over the last eight years.  He said insurance benefits should stay the same, the step program should go down and buying power should go up.  Smith wanted funding for the Forest Work Camp and Juvenile Justice Center.

 

Susan Beals, Health and Human Service, Parole and Probation, stated that in four years, they have lost seven staff to budget cuts while clients have increased.  She said they are supervising 278% more than ever.  Beals stated that since 1992, the cost of living in Eugene has risen 26.8%.  She said they want a three-year contract with cost of living to match the index and full benefits, not less.  Beals said they know the money is there.

 

Ed Daniels, 24008 Suttle Road, Veneta, Acting President of Admin Pro, stated that in 1993, members rolled over their existing contract with no COLA increase and did the same in 1994.  He said that in 1995 and 1996, they agreed to hold it to 2%.  Daniels read portions of letters from Steve Cornacchia, Jerry Rust and Bill Van Vactor, all recognizing their appreciation for the dedicated and hard workers who gave up any requests during hard times.  He noted that they did get a COLA but said they had to give up a lot to get it.  Daniels stated that the Board has asked them to help over the years, noting that last year the County asked them to help with the raising costs of insurance and PERS.  He said Lane County has asked and asked and asked of the unions who responded.

 

John Falzone, 78310 Swanson Lane, Cottage Grove, distributed a proposal for the Watershed Council Coordinators of Lane County (see material on file).  He discussed fish passage problems and requested that the Board consider expanding a policy for replacing damage culverts.

 

Steve Moe, PO Box 847, Springfield, stated that he also supports county employees and urged them to resolve this contract.  He stated that they need more deputies in Lane County and would like the 120 beds in the Forest Work Camp filled.

 

Joe Dalton, 409 Suburban Avenue, Lane County employee, stated that he has four-year old and one-year old daughter. He said that both he and wife work to support his family.  Dalton stated that he is outraged about the contract.  He said he is a hard worker and doesn’t complain about much but when backed into a corner he responds.  Dalton stated that they are not asking for an outrageous amount.

 

Todd Cooper, 165 E. 7th Avenue, #300, Eugene, Health and Human Services, Parole and Probation Officer, stated that he supports every unit in AFSCME.  He said he doesn’t have children and is double covered but supports the need not to cut health care.  He noted that when their program came from the state, they were not welcomed and lost wages because the County refused to give them the same raise as other County employees. Cooper said that they are overworked and not appreciated.

 

Brenda Booth, 05035 South Jetty Road, Florence, said that she has worked for Lane County for 16 years.  She asked for a COLA, which they haven’t had for several years.  Booth asked them not to take back any insurance and to eliminate the 14 steps.

 

Pat Dotson, 3936 Pam Street, Eugene, stated that he has been an employee since 1988.  He said he loves his job.  He urged them to settle the contract.  Dotson said they are very close on most issues. He said health insurance is still an issue because they shouldn’t be asked to start paying for it.  He also said the 14-step program was a bad idea and needs to be fixed.

 

Clay Robson, 51434 McKenzie Highway, Vida, stated that he represents Blue River development and wants to reestablish the rural resident deputies which declined from 1 ½ to zero. Robson noted that crime is up because enforcement is down.

 

Becky Von Stein, Lane County Animal Regulation, stated that she loves her job and is lucky to be a public employee.  She said this commission has the ability to direct the County negotiating team to settle.  Von Stein stated that they are all dedicated employees, care about their jobs and are asking for fairness.

 

Emily Heilbrun, PO Box 50127, Eugene, Lane County Violence Council, encouraged the Board to fund all programs for domestic violence at current levels.  She said she is not asking for new programs.  Heilbrun noted that the Council is concerned about Parole and Probation, the Alcohol and Drug Offender Program, the jail, the Forest Work Camp and the portion of the District Attorney’s office providing victims services.

 

Rick Daugherty, 2526 N. 34th, Springfield, asked that Lane County employees receive a COLA equal to the CIP for this year and the next two years.  He stated that in the last bargaining session, employees were forced to take 14 steps.  Daugherty stated that recruitment and ability to retain employees has been difficult and worsening since the last negotiation.  He stated that they do not want bus passes when they are being asked to pay for health benefits.

 

Susan Richards, 2893 Timberline Drive, Eugene, stated that in 1999, she would have been at the top of the range and it will take seven more years to get there.  Richards stated that she went from 5% merit increases to 2.5% over 14 years rather than seven, which is ludicrous.  She said she is aware that they also have been asked to increase their parking payments and that at this rate, they are not going to see any of the COLA.  Richards stated that employee morale has been greatly affected by the lack of desire to meet them on their reasonable request.

 

Michael  Connelly, W. 23rd Avenue, Eugene, stated that he is happy to be a part of this workforce.  He said when he was hired, promises were made such as health insurance.  He stated that this government has not upheld a single treaty.  Connelly said it appears that they don’t care about employees or the loss of services to the community.

 

Bob Richards, 2893 Timberline, Eugene, stated that he is a resident of Lane County and runs the Buckley Center.  He said he is upset that after several of his colleagues spoke in favor of restoration of funding for the Human Services Commission, members of audience said all they heard tonight was money for roads.  He said he hopes the Board has heard more. Richards discussed the needs of the individuals they serve.  He said that insufficient funding will result in inadequate services.  He asked the Board to support restoration of funding to the HSC.

 

Linda Hill, 842 Delmar Place, Eugene, stated that she is a Lane County resident, taxpayer and voter and has worked with the methadone treatment program since 1989.  She reiterated that workers are as important as infrastructure in Lane County.   Hill stated that negotiating a fair contract is a cost-effective way to maintain good relationships, loyalty and to attract and maintain quality employees.  She noted that they recognize the Board’s good work and that now employees should be recognized and compensated fairly for their good work.

 

Dorothy Sestrom, 3386 Loma Linda Drive, Eugene, stated she is here on behalf of the voiceless poor in Lane County.  She read verse and asked for help for the children and households in Lane County living in poverty.  Sestrom stated that hunger and poverty are year round.  She asked that HSC funding be restored to the 1995 per capita level.

 

Ralph Perkins, 37634 Wallace Creek Road, Springfield, spoke in favor of the East Lane Soil and Water Conservation District.  He distributed and read their proposal (see material on file).

 

Marshall  Peter, 2602 Agate Street, Eugene, Directions Service, spoke in support of the proposal for the Human Services Commission.  He urged an increase to funding back to the 1995 per capita level at a minimum. He stated that HSC invests in nonprofit agencies.  He said Directions Service depends on support from HSC, noting these funds are absolutely essential. 

 

Charles Wright, 2560 Harris Street, Eugene, stated that he was stunned to see all the County employees and is proud of them.  He supported the guardian/conservatorship program.  Wright stated that the task force has showed coordination between agencies and prepared a thoughtfully crafted proposal.  He said they are not asking for big bucks. Wright stated state law requires that County Commissioners set up the public guardianship / conservatorship program.

 

Gary Gillespie, 790 East 23rd Avenue, Eugene, asked for support for both the road fund and public employee benefits.  He hoped they will restore the road funding to cities back to the 1996 level.  Gillespie stated that the road fund has been an excellent cooperative agreement between Lane County and Eugene.  He also stated that he represents AFSCME 24 as their president and represents 623 members of the City of Eugene.  Gillespie stated that AFSCME stands with all bargaining unions.

 

Peg Waite, 34152 Del Monte, Eugene, wanted support to go to the Sheriff’s Department and to drug treatment and rehabilitation.  She said 80% of crime is drug related in one way or another and the financial cost in law enforcement alone is staggering. Waite stated that treatment is the most humane and economical way.

 

Johnny Sundstrom, Chair, Suislaw Soil and Water Conservation District, stated that the district would like to offer assistance to help implement federal projects  on federal land. Sundstrom stated that they are experienced in field of habitat restoration.  He explained their staff and services.

 

Cynthia Kokis, 2465 Jefferson Street, Eugene, spoke for funding for the Human Services Commission.  She said the income gap in Oregon is the second highest in the nation.  Kokis said the working poor are part of the reason for HSC services.  Kokis stated that the people of Lane County are subsidizing the wealthy.  She said Lane County should assure their employees COLAS and benefits and that HSC should be funded so families get assistance.

 

Ann Strahm, 38 N. Adams, Eugene, supported all Lane County unions.   She also said that she is chair of the Community Action Advisory Committee and asked that some money be given to the Human Services Commission.  She said needs have skyrocketed and today’s wages are less than the 1970 level. Strahm stated that nearly 20%, or one in five, children live in poverty and that nearly one in seven families live in poverty.  She stated crime is caused by poverty, not the other way around.

 

Marvin True, Creswell City Councilor, stated that he worked for Lane County for 15 years.  He said Creswell is one of the fastest growing communities on the west coast.  True stated that if they don’t start paying attention and treating employees with respect, they won’t get respect in return.  He stated that Creswell has not denied a raise for any of their employees and that will not change because they appreciate their employees.  True stated that negotiators are the biggest challenge. He asked that they live up to the word of the people that make them look good.

 

Todd Winter, 1440 Daugherty Avenue, Cottage Grove, Parks, supported the unions.  He commented that employees do so much more with less.  Winter said that he patrols parks and campgrounds, is a dedicated worker and so is everyone in the Public Works department.

 

Sorenson expressed his appreciation for everyone that spoke.  He stated that he has heard excellent testimony from dedicated employees. Sorenson also noted that it was good to hear from the community.

 

Sorenson closed the public hearing.

 

There being no further business, this meeting adjourned at 10:37 p.m.

 

Zoe Gilstrap, Recording Secretary

 

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