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APPROVED 8/2/00

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ REGULAR MEETING

June 28, 2000

1:30 p.m.

Harris Hall Main Floor

 

Chair Peter Sorenson convened the meeting at 1:33 p.m. with Bill Dwyer, Bobby Green Sr., Anna Morrison and Cindy Weeldreyer present.  Recording Secretary:  Leslie Barrett.

 

Sorenson announced that the Board would continue with items from the morning session:  Items 9. d., 12. a., Executive Session, and two items of Emergency Business.

 

9. PUBLIC WORKS

 

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 (File PA 98-1240; Stauffer).

 

Jerry Kendall, Land Management, introduced Ordinance PA 1148.  Kendall stated that this item dealt with 13+ acres of land West of Creswell.  He stated that there were two areas that needed attention, along with a listing of seven other items.  Kendall commented on revised findings:

 

The average parcel size was below 3.5 acres.  It was found that the average was slightly higher at 3.5076, but would round down to 3.5, bringing it mathematically closer to a RR-5 designation.

 

Goal 14 – Urbanization contained a concern regarding on-site water.  Kendall stated that the goal had not been adequately addressed.

 

Seven Miscellaneous Concerns – Kendall referred to a list of concerns on page three of the agenda packet that had not been addressed, stating the items were found deficient in the original findings.

 

MOTION:  Denying request of Ordinance PA 1148, and instructing staff to draft an order with appropriate findings for final action.  Dwyer MOVED, Morrison seconded.  Weeldreyer questioned whether the applicant had been given an opportunity to correct the findings.  Kendall responded that the applicant had been given time.    A brief discussion followed.

 

VOTE:  4-1, Weeldreyer dissenting.

 

12. MANAGEMENT SERVICES

 

a. ORDER 00-6-28-17 Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Enter Into Professional Services Contracts in Accordance with the Programs Recommended by the Joint Labor/Management Benefit Review Committee for Employee Term Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, Voluntary Life, Short Term Disability Administration and Long-Term Disability.

 

Charlie Van Deusen, Human Resources Manager, introduced Order 00-6-28-17, stating that the current contracts end on June 30, and that the order was a result of a bid process involving the participation of Jerry Eisland, the County’s Agent of Record, and a joint labor management team.

 

MOTION:  Approval of Order 00-6-28-17.  Morrison MOVED, Weeldreyer.  SECONDED.  VOTE:  5-0.

 

13. COMMISSIONERS’ ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Weeldreyer announced that she had gone with members of CVALCO and Public Works staff, reviewing the chip seal operation and oil problem by Fern Ridge.  This is an area where the rock didn’t bond, leaving a very rough surface.  She also rode in the Hill Road/Mohawk area. 

 

She said she felt this was a very productive meeting, that gave participants a better understanding of what challenges are involved in road maintenance.  Weeldreyer indicated the Commissioners may be hearing from the cycling community about having more interest in Road Maintenance Operations.  She said she heard Doug Putschler say that they would be willing to work with them, recognizing that roads need to be designed that are safe for school buses, as well as for cyclists.  There are multiple road users, and a middle ground will need to be found within our fiscal constraints.  Weeldreyer felt that future communications would be more positive, as some misunderstandings had been worked out.

 

Morrison reported that the Junction City jail inspection tour went very well, and they are in compliance required by statutes. 

 

Morrison indicated that she, Sorenson and Green had participated in a Contact 2000 breakfast.  A summary report was given of the visitations that had been made in the latter part of April and the first part of May. 

 

Some of the disadvantages that participating businesses identified as problems were:  regulations, workforce, and the cost of doing business.  Morrison expressed concern that when the Board takes actions they should consider some of those areas.  When trying to create family wage jobs or economic development opportunities, it is important to ensure that the environment is conducive for a business to stay or move here.  She said that she felt the results were pretty interesting, and that the number one issue is finding labor with necessary skills.

 

In addition, Morrison announced that the Florence Fred Meyer had opened this morning, with a long line of people.  Morrison stated that she was glad to have Fred Meyer in the Florence community.

 

Dwyer commented on the Ferry Street Bridge resurfacing problem where bags that were supposed to dissolve into the new concrete mixture didn’t dissolve, creating problems in the newly finished lanes.  He voiced his concern that patching the problem areas would not fix the problem, and that taxpayers might end up paying for new repaving.

 

Sorenson commented further on the Contact 2000 report and visits sponsored by the  Metro Partnership and the Eugene and Springfield Chambers of Commerce.  He thought it was interesting that overall the business climate, as reported by the manufacturers surveyed by Contact 2000, had a very positive outlook on the community in terms of being a good place to do business, and to live. 

 

The main speaker was William Scott, the Director of the Oregon Department of Community and Economic Development.  Sorenson said that Scott commented on the positive atmosphere, but also pointed out the difficulties of work force as being the number one issue.

 

Sorenson further announced that he would be attending the Lane Workforce Partnership Board Meeting scheduled for the next day where customer service and other workforce issues would be on their agenda.

 

He also mentioned that this was a time for community events.  Upcoming were the Lane County Vietnam Veterans picnic on July 1, the Country Fair on July 7-9, Bach Festival is in full swing, and the annual Maude Kerns Art Center “Art in the Vineyard” this weekend.

 

Weeldreyer added that the McKenzie Chamber was sponsoring a familiarization tour on June 29 to try to get scenic byway status for the McKenzie Highway.  She had been invited to go along, and planned to attend.

 

Sorenson indicated another important event was the deactivation ceremony for the Oregon Army National Guard company that had been in the Middle East.  July 8 is the day for that event, he had further information.  He was going to try to attend to have the County represented.

 

14. 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. 

 

Sorenson assigned Order number 00-6-28-18 to this item.

 

MOTION:  Approval of Order 00-6-28-18; delegating authority to County Administrator to sign a contract with HACSA for law enforcement services provided by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.  Dwyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.  VOTE:  5-0.

 

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

 

Sorenson assigned Order number 00-6-28-19 to this item.

 

Tom Stinchfield, Transportation Planning, introduced this item.  After some discussion concerning the options outlined on the memorandum, MOTION:  Approval of Option #1, of Order 00-6-28-19.  Weeldreyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.  VOTE:  5-0.

 

15. REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS

 

Bill Van Vactor reviewed the following assignments:

 

a. Anna Morrison will be drafting a letter for the next meeting on the roadless issue for Public Lands.

 

b. Tom Stinchfield will send a letter to the Oregon Transportation Commission on the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

 

c. Jerry Kendall will be drafting a revised Ordinance on the Stauffer land issue.

 

16. EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Sorenson announced that the Board was recessing into Executive Session in the Board Conference Room pursuant to ORS 192.660, convening at 2:30.

 

The Public Session adjourned at 2:12 p.m.

 

 

Leslie F. Barrett, Recording Secretary

 

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