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Approved 5/16/00

February 23, 2000


Harris Hall Main Floor  - 1:30 p.m.

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


a. THIRD READING AND DELIBERATION Ordinance PA 1145 Adopting an Update to the Eugene Airport Master Plan, a Refinement Plan of the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area General Plan (Metro Plan); Amending the Metro Plan Diagram to Redesignate Property Consistent with the Airport Master Plan Refinement Plan Diagram; Rezoning City of Eugene Property to Airport Operations Use/Commercial Airport Safety Combining (AO/CAS); Amending the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area Transportation Plan and Public Facilities Plan to Add the Green Hill Road Realignment Project; and Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses.

Mike Copely, Land Management, reported the matter came from a Joint Elected Officials meeting with the city councils of Eugene and Springfield on January 19. He noted that the Eugene City Council had adopted the proposal on February 14, with two amendments. He added that the Springfield City Council is scheduled to take action on March 6. He requested that the Board take action to continue the matter to a Fourth Reading and Deliberation for adoption on March 8. He explained the Fourth Reading is due to new material. He reported that the memorandum from himself to the Board dated February 17, 2000 contained a memorandum from Jan Childs, City of Eugene, with correspondence and two amendments that were from the Eugene City Council. He noted that the amendments had been reformatted and provided as Amendment 1, to Exhibit A, Ordinance PA 1145 and Amendment 2 to Exhibit A, Ordinance PA 1145. He explained that one was as an additional appendix to the Airport Plan Update (Appendix D) on property acquisition. He added the second is text introduced by Eugene City Councilor David Kelly. He recommended incorporating the additional amendments into Ordinance PA 1145.

He said changes to the ordinance might make it necessary to go back to the City of Eugene. He suggested if the Board accepts it the way it has been presented, it would be scheduled for a Fourth Reading and Deliberation on March 8 for adoption.

Green asked if anything had changed from the last presentation by the airport management staff.

Childs responded that it is substantially the same. She said the two amendments the City Council approved were both presented at that hearing and there were no additional amendments.

MOTION: to approve a Third Reading and Deliberation Ordinance PA 1145 and setting a Fourth Reading and Deliberation for March 8, 2000.

Dwyer MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.


Weeldreyer reported that last night there was a meeting of 50 people in the Mohawk High School Library to discuss the motocross track on Eric Rogers’ property. She said by March 15, (when the matter comes back to the Board) they will have a variety of recommendations for the Board. She reported that a vast majority stated that noise was their primary concern, and if it could be mitigated through mufflers and insulated buildings, it would be better. She added most said they could live with that. She continued that the neighbors didn’t want the activities on Rogers’ property to take away the beneficial use of their property and destroy the peace and tranquility of the valley. She said there were concerns about degradation of property values because the track was in the neighborhood. She noted they still have a civil remedy. She reported some neighbors were happy the meeting happened. Her biggest frustration was not being able to get short- and long-term resolutions for community involvement in problem solving. Her biggest disappointment was that it would take less than five acres to take the Rogers’ motocross track and move it to public land that could be managed and developed as a private concessionaire from the BLM. She stated the BLM represented they did not have the flexibility to add this track, while a plan amendment would take too long.

Weeldreyer reported she hosted ten town hall meetings with mixed participation. She said she met with the Lowell, West Fir and Coburg City Councils and will be bringing back to the Board issues that came up for discussion. She noted that Coburg was interested in the Board acting on the Country Squire, the RV Park, and Industrial Way and Roberts Road. She wanted to take County staff to a work session with the City of Coburg.

Sorenson announced a few people talked with him during his open office hours about Strategic Planning. He noted that next Thursday will be the Public Interest Law Conference and he will be doing a presentation on the Human Rights Measure and educating people on how to work with local government decision makers.

Morrison announced that on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Roseburg Fairgrounds, there will be a state meeting around salmon issues. She noted her town meetings were successful and people were receptive to the ideas of the Strategic Plan. She added there was concern about consolidation issues with metro policing. She said the citizens of Florence reported that the insert in the newspaper was too vague for them to respond. She announced that tonight at 6:00 p.m. is the starting of the Meet and Greet at the Hilton for the Logging Conference.

Green announced that this Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. is the Multicultural Celebration at the Westmoreland Community Center sponsored by the Emerald Valley Boys and Girls Clubs. He reported that he and Commissioner Morrison met with the members of the Editorial Section of The Register-Guard about the Strategic Plan.

Dwyer announced there is a Roads Advisory Committee meeting tonight to discuss the County Transportation Improvement Program.

Weeldreyer announced that she attended Lynn Burditt’s farewell party on Friday night at the Springfield Elk’s Lodge. She read a resolution about Burditt that will be passed by the Board.



There being no further business, Commissioner Sorenson adjourned the meeting at 2:30 p.m.

Melissa Zimmer
Recording Secretary

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