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Approved 3/15/00

January 26, 2000

PUBLIC HEARING - BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

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, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.

1. PUBLIC HEARING Draft Strategic Plan.

Jay Smith, Public Knowledge, Inc., gave a presentation of the Strategic Plan.

Commissioner Sorenson opened up the Public Hearing.

Chuck Stoslig, stated he was a member of a public group that met on the Future Focus Program. He said half of the group had an interest in how mental health services are provided in the County and that was absent from the report. He said mental health services in the county are limited and there should be a more aggressive approach regarding the patients.

Sky Chamard, 445 Palomino Dr., Eugene, said he recommended a strategic plan for the County when he was with the City Club. He said the strategic plan needs to be ongoing. He said what was missing on the plan were short term goals. He suggested having short term goals and dates for next year and every year after. He said the plan was a good one.

Gretchen Pierce, 31434 Fox Hollow, Eugene, said she was pleased with this process and hopes it is a continuing process. She added it is not clear that it is not an action plan, that it looks more like a plan to do instead of defining real strategies. She said the Future Focus Task Force was hoping the strategic plan would include a definition of core services and how they would be funded under different types of scenarios. She said it was troubling that the first dialogue in the plan is revenue development and there is little information about what is to be developed. She stated this type of a plan is difficult to interpret. She added that measurements and criteria need to be set up with benchmarks and a way to communicate those results.

Karen Rikhoff, 2060 Grand Dr., Eugene, stated she is the president of the League of Women Voters of Lane County. She noted her members were interested in Lane County finance, and they have been studying it for two years. She noted that from February 7 to 11, they will hold meetings to discuss the current state of Lane County. She said the strategic financial plan is important to the general public.

Jim Hale, 1715 Linnea, Ave., Eugene, commended the County for moving in this direction. He said there should be a discussion of future County services. He spoke about what the vision of Lane County should be. He said law enforcement should be a mission of Lane County, providing service to the community. He suggested consolidating all police departments under the sheriff’s management. He said there needs to be a level of service for law enforcement that needs to be funded. He added law enforcement is an importance piece and should be the first action. He also suggested combining all the courts.

Jack Radabaugh, 1361 Luella St., Eugene, stated a money strategy is a difficult problem but user fees could be utilized. He recommended tax free federal land in Lane County that would be disconnected from timber. He noted that losing funds of that magnitude will be a serious problem and there will need to be a strategy for cuts. He noted with city strategies, there is a competition among them. He said that Lane County needs a strategy to get along with Springfield and Eugene and look for repetition of services. He said there should be a strategy for integrating the three planning departments. He said County government owes a service to Eugene and Springfield and suggested that LCOG could handle planning integration. He discussed trust and lauded the commitment of public servants. He said that distrust for Lane County is overrated. He said there needs to be a strategy to deal with the problems that exist in the rural areas for the future, to make Lane County a better place.

Paula Stout, 3540 Pearl Street, stated her main concern was about consolidating services and the process. She said the Health Department building condition is awful and the Health Department needs to be in a place that is more visible. Her greatest concern was the sunset clauses on grants for the Health Department. She said she would like to see the document be more qualitative with quotes from citizens and programs that the public think are viable.

Don Leslie, Mental Health Advisory Committee, said Lane County is a great County. He said with regard to planning, there is a large population that has substance abuse, mental illness and it is difficult to deal with that population.

Van Vactor reported that the Management Team recognizes there could be more things in the plan than are in it now with core services. He noted they have agreed as a team that two weeks from Monday to develop draft concepts for what core services could be and bring them back to the SPEC.

Dwyer said there needs to be a goal and plan to consolidate police services.

Morrison recommended starting with the resource planning strategy. She said the funding revenue development should be put as number three and the service improvement piece should be the second. She agreed there is a lot of duplication of services within smaller cities. She said she wanted to see resource planning focused on and getting the action piece moving.

Green stated that there was support to keep this going. He agreed that short term goals should be developed with measures and outcomes. He said the County is on the right track and establishing a timeline is critical.

Sorenson said consolidating government services could be done with the court environment. He added the public was willing to accept a greater boldness in the plan. He did not favor delaying the process, but wants the plan to have greater detail.

Weeldreyer reported she could not attend tonight’s meeting as she was representing Lane County by attending the Cascade West’s Annual Dinner. She said that everyone is being brought along in the adoption and the support of making the strategic plan successful. She added everyone was in a hurry to get the plan completed and Public Knowledge, Inc. has condensed the process into a shorter one. She said there have been a number of conflicting elements within the environment they worked to create. She wanted more input from the public to keep moving forward.

There being no one else signed up to speak, Commissioner Sorenson closed the Public Hearing.

Sorenson stated Kent Howe and Ollie Snowden were asked to put together a letter stating that Lane County will provide in-kind contributions--$3,685.60--of one week of work from Lane County Public Works Engineering and Lane County Land Management. He said it meets Board direction.

MOTION: to send letter to OWEB, dated January 26 on behalf of the Board for some showing of in-kind contributions for the Eugene/Springfield Metropolitan Endangered Species Act Coordinating Team.

Morrison MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

2. ANNOUNCEMENTS - COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

None.

3. ANNOUNCEMENTS - BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Green announced that on January 24th, the State of the City of Springfield took place.

Morrison reported that she conducted the Census Meeting in Florence last Thursday and there were 12 participants. She said with regard to Highway 101, it will continue to be closed and there will be impacts to Lane County’s roads.

Sorenson announced that he attended the U.S. Census Bureau’s open house. He noted that seven people attended his census meeting of senior citizens and the census. He announced that Leslie Weinstein will be helping him and he is from Job’s Plus.

Weeldreyer reported that last Friday, two AOC steering committees met, the Community Building Infrastructure Committee that focuses on transportation, land use and economic development. She noted the communications public outreach and education had also met. She said the committees met jointly to consider proposals. She said the purpose of the meeting was to refine legislative priority requests that will be forwarded to the legislative committee next Monday in Salem.

There being no further business, Commissioner Sorenson recessed the meeting into Executive Session at 3:15 p.m.

Melissa Zimmer
Recording Secretary

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