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APPROVED 8/2/00

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' REGULAR MEETING

Harris Hall Main Floor

June 28, 2000

Harris Hall Main Floor

 

Chair Peter Sorenson convened the meeting at 9:12 a.m. with Bill Dwyer, Bobby Green Sr., Anna Morrison and Cindy Weeldreyer present.  Recording Secretary:  Leslie Barrett.

 

1. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

 

Two items of Emergency Business:

 

a. Item delegating authority to County Administrator to sign a contract with HACSA for law enforcement services provided by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Item from Lane County Public Works Commenting on Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Program Priorities to the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC)

 

And an addition for Commissioners’ Business:

 

c. Anna Morrison added an oral report on the Roadless issue, item 6-b.

 

2. PUBLIC HEARING

 

a. PUBLIC HEARING AND ORDER 00-6-28-1 Adopting the FY 1999-00 Supplemental Budget #3, Making, Increasing and Transferring Appropriations.

 

The public hearing on the Supplemental Budget #3 was opened by Sorenson at 9:17 a.m., and as there was no public comment, the public hearing was closed at 9:18 a.m.

 

MOTION:  Approval of Order 00-6-28-1.  Dwyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.  VOTE:  5-0.

 

3. PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Mike Carmickle, 1708 Grove Street, Eugene, Oregon, President of the Lane Coos Curry Douglas County Buildings Trade Council, commented in support of Hyundai’s plans to expand, as unanimously voted on at their May meeting.

 

James Mattice, 3490 Chambers, Eugene, Oregon, member of the Lane County Human Rights Affirmative Action Advisory Committee (HRAAAC) read a letter drafted by the HRAAAC at their Monday night meeting, commenting in favor of the resolution on workplace justice.  They indicated their support of:  1) the spirit of the resolution to support efforts of working people in our community who wish to organize; 2) serve as a stepping stone to greater worker protection; and 3) point out instances that can further human rights.

 

Steven Deutsch, 1784 Skyline Boulevard, Eugene, Oregon, commented in support of the resolution on workplace justice.  Deutsch spoke as 34 year resident of Lane County, and as a father and grandfather who cares about the future and bringing up those at the bottom of the economic ladder.  He said Eugene-Springfield has been listed as the third least affordable housing area in the country due to the relatively high cost of housing and  relatively low wages.  He also said he had been appointed as a member of the Eugene Human Rights Commission by the Eugene City Council.

 

Charles Spencer, 4355 Pinecrest, Eugene, Oregon, supported the resolution on workplace justice.  Spencer thanked the Commissioner for a way to articulate concerns and move forward.  He mentioned a central concern to focus on would be the “de facto” ability of workers to form a union, with only 30% of organizing efforts succeed in getting a first contract.

 

Paul Holvey, 468 E. 34th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon, was also in support of the resolution on workplace justice.  Holvey represented the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 1273 in Eugene, and the Lane County Labor Council.  He said the community has had workers who have voted to organize and be represented by a union in the collective bargaining process, and are met with opposition, and don’t get the first contract, even after unfair labor practices are upheld.  He mentioned the benefits of medical coverage for entire families, pensions and retirement.  Holvey said that this is a family and community issue, not just a union issue.

 

Seth Quackenbush, 476 W. 23rd Avenue, Eugene, commented in favor of the resolution on workplace justice.  Quackenbush stated he is a student at the University of Oregon who has worked with fellow students on “sweatshop issues.”  He said it had become clear to him that in other countries the right to organize had become systematically undermined, keeping workers in perpetual poverty. 

 

Roscoe Caron, 840 West 22nd, Eugene, also spoke in support of the resolution on workplace justice.  Caron said he would like to focus on two areas:  1) reality of life on a picket line, having been on many lines as a member of ESSN over the past fifteen years.  He said many of those battles have been lost because “playing field is so uneven, “ with fear in the workplace being rarely addressed, but is also very real; and 2) what goes on in a classroom.  Caron said he was a teacher, and in this area it is normal to have 50% of the kids living under the poverty level.  The price to families in terms of struggling to survive, holding down multiple jobs, not being able to have the time or energy to attend to needs of the kids, support them in their academic pursuits, the emotional price of living in an “economic pressure cooker” are things that he sees everyday in our community.  He stressed that justice, not charity, is the solution.

 

Dan Dubach, 77 Braeburn Drive, Eugene, Oregon, a Youth Services employee, commented in support of the right to unionize.   As a non-represented employee of Lane County, Mr. Dubach felt that there really wasn’t an appeals process for complaints filed against supervisors. 

 

Dubach spoke on the history of Juvenile Counselors who had attempted to unionize a couple of years ago, but the effort was voted down by the employees. He stated his perception that people have a “fear” they think they are doing something wrong by organizing.  Dubach said he would like to see the County take a more proactive role in assisting employees get beyond a “climate of fear.”

 

4. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

 

To be held later.

 

5. RESOLUTIONS

 

a. RESOLUTION 00-6-28-2 Adopting a Resolution Respecting the Rights and Duties Arising from Federal and State Collective Bargaining Laws.

 

Commissioner Weeldreyer gave the Commissioners a revision to the resolution previously distributed in Board packets.  The original version had been drafted by County Administrator Bill Van Vactor and Commissioner Morrison.  The revision had been written by Weeldreyer, with input from a committee who felt that some of the language was not strong enough.

 

Dwyer appreciated hearing about livability issues from members of the community.  He shared his support of the resolution, stating that he would like to support the original version, but for a compromise, he would like to move approval of the version that Commissioner Weeldreyer had distributed.

 

MOTION:  Approval of Order 00-6-28-2 (revised version).  Dwyer MOVED.  

 

Sorenson read the revised version of the Order distributed by Weeldreyer into the record for purposes of clarity on what had been proposed, as the revision had just been distributed.

 

Weeldreyer SECONDED. 

 

Extensive discussion followed comparing the language between the two versions.  Discussion centered on where the versions differed in substantive ways.

 

Green concurred with Dwyer that he preferred the language of the original version, but would support the second version as a compromise.

 

Morrison indicated that she would be voting against the motion due to concern about the process, and the appearance of County government making decisions on what takes place in the private sector.

 

Weeldreyer stated her appreciation of the Board’s honesty and their ability to work through a lengthy debate to come to a decision on the issue.

 

Sorenson voiced his support of the motion, and the vote was taken.

 

VOTE: (on the revised motion distributed by Commissioner Weeldreyer, Resolution 00-6-28-2).  The motion carried 4-1, with Morrison in dissention.

 

6. COMMISSIONERS’ BUSINESS

 

a. ORDER 00-6-28-3 Transferring Appropriations From the Y2K Contingency Fund to Various Departments for FY 99-00 Y2K Expenses.

           

MOTION:  Approval of Order 00-6-28-3.  Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.  VOTE:  5-0.

 

b. Roadless Issue – to be presented by Commissioner Morrison later in the meeting.

 

7. COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

a. ORDER 00-6-28-3 Awarding a Non-Cash SAVE. Award to Phil Guyette, Fleet Services Supervisor, Public Works Department.

 

Jackie Mikalonis reviewed the history of the SAVE Awards, indicating that non-cash awards were being given today in the presentation of additional time management.  A discussion followed on the non-cash awards, and whether the sale of time management was still an option for the recipients.  The time management sale option was available.

 

MOTION:  Approval of Order 00-6-28-4.  Dwyer MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.  VOTE:  5-0.

 

Phil Guyette was presented a SAVE Award for his recommendation to the Waste Management Division on using longer refuse trailers and reversing the direction the refuse trailers were entering the Glenwood Central Receiving Station, saving the County approximately $3,225 per year.

 

ORDER 00-6-28-5 Awarding a Non-Cash SAVE. Award to Dennis Eickhoff, Engineering Tech II, Public Works Department.

 

MOTION:  Approval of Order 00-6-28-5.  Dwyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.  VOTE:  5-0.

 

Dennis Eickhoff was presented a SAVE Award for the implementation of his recommendation regarding certified mailing procedures in the Right-of-Way section of the Engineering Division at Public Works.  His proposal included coordinating with the River Road Post Office for the on-site collection box at Delta, rather than sending staff to the Post Office, saving the County 1,560 vehicle miles traveled ($639) and 156 hours of staff time annually.

 

8. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

 

a. Announcements

 

Peter Sorenson announced that Cindy Weeldreyer had been invited by Senator Gordon Smith to attend a function on the South Coast during the next Board day, and that she would not be at the July 5 meeting.

 

Sorenson ascertained that there would be a quorum present at the July 5 Commissioners meeting.

 

Bill Dwyer stated that sometimes the Board “absences” were really not absences, but a time when the Commissioners might be conducting County business at different locations in their capacity as elected officials.

 

9. PUBLIC WORKS

 

a. ORDER 00-6-28-6 Appointing a Rural Waste Hauler to the Resource Recovery Advisory Committee.

 

MOTION:  Approval of Order 00-6-28-6.  Weeldreyer MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.  VOTE:  5-0.

 

Garland Burbach was appointed to serve a four year term as a member of the Resource Recovery Advisory Committee.

 

b. ORDER 00-6-28-7 Amending Chapter 60 of Lane Manual to Make Adjustments to Existing Fees and to Add new Fees for County Solid Waste Services (LM 60.875) Effective August 1, 2000.

 

Ken Sandusky, Manager of the Waste Management Division,  presented an amendment to Lane Manual Chapter 60, which would adjust the existing fees and add additional fees for Solid Waste Services.  Sandusky stated that two changes were actually decreases, and four new fees were proposed that were expected to generate an additional $10,000 annually.

 

MOTION:  Approval of Order 00-6-28-7.  Weeldreyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.  After further discussion, VOTE:  5-0.

 

RECESS:  The meeting recessed from 11:08, reconvening at 11:17 a.m. with Commissioners Dwyer, Weeldreyer, Sorenson and Green present.  Commissioner Morrison arrived at 11:25 a.m.

 

c. SIXTH READING AND DELIBERATION Ordinance PA 1141 Amending the Rural Comprehensive Plan to Redesignate Land from “Agricultural” to “Rural,” Rezone that Land from “E-40/Exclusive Farm Use” to “RR-5/Rural Residential,” Adopting an Exception to Statewide Planning Goals 3 and 4; and Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses (file PA 98-2230; Doak).

 

Jerry Kendall, Land Management Division, reported that a citizen named John Tyler had petitioned that he did not receive adequate notice on submittal of testimony on Ordinance PA 1141.  It was found that Tyler was not mailed a notice, but had been present and given testimony at a previous public hearing where the timelines had been announced.

 

Discussion followed regarding options of re-opening the timeline for submission of additional evidence by Mr. Tyler, or whether he had received adequate notice by his presence at the public hearing where timelines had been discussed.

 

MOTION:  Approving a procedural change providing an opening of the record on the matter of Ordinance PA 1141, without holding an additional public hearing; timeline for submittal of additional material by Monday, July 10, allowing final rebuttal by applicant by July 24; setting a seventh reading and deliberation on August 2; and an eighth reading on August 16.  Dwyer MOVED, Green  SECONDED.  VOTE:  5-0.

 

Jerry Kendall will prepare a new ordinance.

 

d. THIRD READING AND DELIBERATION Ordinance PA 1148 Amending the Rural Comprehensive Plan to Redesignate Land from “Agricultural” to “Rural,” Rezone that Land from “E-25/Exclusive Farm Use” to “RR-2/Rural Residential,” Adopting an Exception to Statewide Planning Goals 3 and 4; and Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses.

 

This item was deferred until the afternoon session.

 

e. THIRD READING AND DELIBERATION Ordinance PA 1150 Amending the City of Florence Comprehensive Plan to Redesignate Land from “Residential” to “Commercial,” Rezone that Land from “RA/Suburban Residential” to “CT/SR” (“Tourist Commercial with Site Review”); and Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses (File PA99-6090; Driftwood Shores.

 

Jerry Kendall introduced Ordinance PA 1150.

 

MOTION:  Approval of Ordinance PA 1150.  Morrison MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

f. THIRD READING AND SETTING FOURTH READING AND DELIBERATION Ordinance PA 1107 Amending the West Eugene Wetlands Plan by Adopting New or Revised Wetland Designations for Various Sites Within the Plan Boundary and Related Policy and Text Amendments, and Adopting a Severability Clause (Fourth Reading:  August 2, 2000).

 

g. THIRD READING AND SETTING FOURTH READING AND DELIBERATION Ordinance PA 1109 Amending the West Eugene Wetlands Plan by Adopting New or Revised Wetland Designations for Various Sites Within the Plan Boundary and Related Policy and Text Amendments, and Adopting a Severability Clause (Fourth Reading:  August 2, 2000)

 

h. THIRD READING AND SETTING FOURTH READING AND DELIBERATION Ordinance PA 1109 Amending the West Eugene Wetlands Plan by Adopting New Wetland Designations for Site HG, Referred to as the Hyundai Site, and Related Text Amendments, and Adopting a Severability Clause (Fourth Reading:  August 2, 2000)

 

Sorenson read items 9. f., g., and h. and reported they were third readings and setting fourth readings only, that deliberation would take place on August 2.

 

MOTION:  Approving 9-f-g-h as read, and setting the fourth readings as indicated.  Dwyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.  VOTE:  5-0.

 

10. CONSENT CALENDAR

 

A. Approval of Minutes: 

 

March 29, 2000, Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m.

May 31, 2000, Joint BCC/Eugene City Council, 6:00 p.m.

 

B. Children and Family Services

 

1) ORDER 00-6-28-8 Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Execute Two Contract Amendments in the Amount of $13,170 Each, for the Total of $26.340, with the Following Family Resource Centers:  South Lane and Bethel.

 

C. Health and Human Services

 

1) ORDER 00-6-28-9 Authorizing the County  Administrator to Sign an Amendment to a Contract with Eugene Rehabilitation

 

2) ORDER 00-6-28-10 Appropriating an Additional $10,260 in Revenues and Expenditures in Fund 286 in the Department of Health and Human Services (34) for Services to Individuals with Alcohol/Drug Abuse Problems (FAGA 20-001, RGA 33 & 35).

 

D. Management Services

 

1) RESOLUTION AND ORDER 00-6-28-11 Receiving Unanticipated Grant Funds for Handicapped Accessibility Improvements and Increasing Appropriations in the Amount of $300,000 in Revenues and Expenses in the Capital Improvement Fund, in FY01.

 

2) ORDER 00-6-28-12 Authorizing the County Administrator to Execute a One Year Lease Renewal Agreement with the Housing Authority and Community Services Agency as Lessor and Lane County as Lessee for the Lane Stabilization and Rehabilitation Center Located at 2222 Coburg Road, Eugene with Annual Rent of $167,702.

 

E. Public Safety

 

1) ORDER 00-6-28-13 Approving Primary and Standby Communications Tower Site Lease Agreements with Silke Communications, Inc.

 

F. Public Works

 

1) ORDER 00-6-28-14 Accepting a Deed of Land to be Used as a Public Road Easement for county Road No. 323 (Central Road).

 

MOTION:  Approval of Consent Calendar.  Green MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.  VOTE:  5-0.

 

11. COMMISIONERS’ BUSINESS

 

a. Roadless Issue – Public Lands

 

The Board returned to Item 6-b.  Anna Morrison introduced the topic and commented that a packet had been distributed to everyone previously.  The state AOC had requested that counties go on record in support of AOC and NACo on roadless issues in public lands.  After some discussion, Morrison said that she would draft a letter in support of the AOC and NACo and bring it to the Board the following week.

 

12. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

a. PUBLIC HEARING, RESOLUTION AND ORDER 00-6-28-15 Holding a Public Hearing to Reduce Appropriations in the Department of Health and Human Services (Fund 286) by $365,080.

 

Sorenson opened the Public Hearing on Order 00-6-28-15 at 11:54 a.m.  As there was no one present to speak on the item, he closed the Public Hearing at 11:55 a.m.

 

MOTION:  Approval of Order 00-6-28-015.  Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.  VOTE:  4-1, with Sorenson dissenting.

 

b. ORDER 00-6-28-16 Increasing a .75 FTE Developmental Disabilities Specialist Position to a 1.0 FTE Developmental Disabilities Specialist Position in the Department of Health and Human Services.

 

MOTION:  Approval of Order 00-6-25-16.  Weeldreyer MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.  VOTE:  5-0.

 

The meeting was recessed at 11:55 a.m. for a lunch break, to resume at 1:30 p.m.

 

Leslie Barrett, Recording Secretary

 

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