BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' REGULAR MEETING
May 10, 2000
Harris Hall Main Floor
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. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
Sorenson reported on a memorandum from Ollie Snowden who had noticed that item 8. D. 1) was on the Consent Calendar and requested that it be moved to 1:30 p.m., to be taken off the Consent Calendar. Sorenson requested moving this item until after Snowdens presentation of the public works five-year capital improvement plan.
Weeldreyer requested taking item 7. a. immediately after public comment.
Van Vactor noted there would be a board order on the Claussen property, authorizing a sheriffs sale.
2. PUBLIC HEARINGS
3. PUBLIC COMMENTS
Steve Burskovitch, 91082 Leeshore Dr., Vida, thanked Anna Bogus for her commitment to a safe boat landing site on the McKenzie. He said their mission was to develop a safe board ramp. He said as a community, they were able to see the safety and ease of entering and existing onto Highway 126. He said safety at the site is important and needs to be practiced. He added appropriate signs need to be placed reminding adults to monitor childrens activity at the site.
Don Abblett, 90978 Leashore Dr., Vida, stated their community found a place that will replace Ikes and that is the Riverside Inn. He said at that site it was not necessary to compromise safety or to jeopardize lives in order to replace Ikes. He noted the Riverside site has a 40 miles-per-hour zone and the Goodpasture site is a 55-mile per-hour-zone with a blind curve. He noted wildlife habitat would be completely destroyed at the Goodpasture site. He said a majority of the residents at the Goodpasture site would be affected while there would be minimal impact on residents at the Riverside Inn. He said they recommended a safe, viable functional facility to replace Ikes landing.
Bob Grafton, 91040 Leashore Dr., Vida, showed a video on highway safety. He said the Goodpasture site was unsafe. He said the community is convinced that no amount of money or improvements (such as a left turn lane) could make the Goodpasture site safe. He noted there was a safe stopping distance at the Riverside site. He said as much as they would like to have a boat landing in their neighborhood, they would rather have no landing than one that compromises safety on the highways.
John McWade, 385 S. 38th Place, Springfield, stated he is the Chairman of the Lane County Parks Advisory Committee. He said they became aware two years ago that Ikes landing would be lost and another boat landing would be needed. He noted after a year of studying the situation, the advisory committee made the unanimous decision to recommend the Goodpasture site for the boat ramp.
Ken Robinson, 91820 Honeybee Lane, Marcola, stated he is a volunteer and President of the McKenzie River Guides Association. He noted that everyone agrees a new boat landing is needed to replace Ikes Landing. He said there is widespread support for the Goodpasture site. He noted the funding for the Goodpasture site is there and the Marine Board has $300,000 to build it. He said it is a great opportunity for Lane County residents. He said now the Board should recommend the Goodpasture site.
Chris Doddaris, 168 W. 6th Ave., agreed that the Goodpasture site was good. He said it would improve recreational opportunities.
Aaron Helfridge, 2605 Harvest Lane, Springfield, stated this had been a long process. He noted there was no perfect site but all studies agree that the Goodpasture location was the best. He said impact to the neighbors could be reduced with a dark-to-daylight gate and a reduction in the speed limit. He said with the rare funding opportunity offered by a private trust, and ODOTs desire to close the Ikes site acquisition, this had become timely. He asked the Board to use the funding opportunity and recommendations from the experts and committees to acquire the Goodpasture site.
Jim Goodpasture, 45311 Goodpasture Road, Vida, said he had farms across from the Riverside Inn. He noted if Lane County cant depend on staff and the agencies that provide information, then there is no one else. He said the Goodpasture site should be selected. He urged the Board not to postpone the decision.
Steve Shaeffers, 47685 McKenzie Highway, stated he was on a task force and the Goodpasture site was recommended. He read quotes from different people regarding the Goodpasture site.
Al King, State Representative District 44, stated there are two strong proposals in front of the Board. He thought Charlies site was the safest and urged the Board to go forward and make the best decision.
Jeff Calvan, 90944 Leashore, Vida, declared that Highway 126 is very dangerous. He noted that the Goodpasture site will cause safety problems. He recommended Charlies site.
George Morris, 45252 Goodpasture Road, said his house is the first house down river from the Goodpasture Bridge. He noted the Goodpasture Bridge site had been in the works and urged the Board to go forward with it.
Bill Goodpasture, 45241 Goodpasture Road, gave his testimony yesterday. He passed around pictures of the ramp from 1927.
John Roselli, 27543 Fruitway Lane, Junction City, reported he serves on the Parks Advisory Committee. He noted the advisory group came to a unanimous decision. He asked the Board to make a decision.
Dana Burwell, 44387 McKenzie Highway, stated he lives within a mile from the boat ramp. He urged the Board to listen to the experts because they had recommended the Goodpasture site. He noted there was no funding for Charlies while the Goodpasture site was fully funded. He added the land at Charlies is not available because three-fourths of it is ODOT land. He said if they delay theie decision, they will have the same decision in two years. He urged the Board to make the decision today.
Natalie Inouye, 1115 W. 8th, Eugene, thanked the Board on behalf of CVALCO and the Rural Lane County Network for proclaiming Lane County tourism week. She said they appreciated the Countys support of tourism marketing and infrastructure. She reported that last year the industry brought $426 million to Lane County and supported 6,500 jobs.
Rich Herring, 365 E. 49th, Eugene, was in favor of Goodpasture over the Riverside site because it was safer for boaters. He noted visual impact from the river would be less. He said the Goodpasture site was better because it was fully funded. He was concerned about the implication that Lane County was a lousy neighbor.
Ed Kemp, 38708 Natures Garden Street, Cedar Flat, stated he is the President of the McKenzie Chamber of Commerce, which reached consensus that a ramp is needed. He said he is concerned that the Riverside site gets flooded regularly and the County will have to rebuild it. He urged the Board to favor the Goodpasture site.
Arthur Newcomb, 45114 McKenzie Highway, said the entrance of his house is less than 700 feet from the Goodpasture site. His concern is safety. He noted in the past three weeks his vehicle had almost been rear-ended by a large truck. He said if the Goodpasture site is selected, traffic westbound will be stopped trying to turn into the lane and trucks will not have time to stop. He questioned risking a life by choosing Goodpasture when another place was safer.
Darlene Klein-Dolby, 3820 Monroe, said she was past president of the Northwest Steelheaders Association. She said she sent an E-mail to the commissioners. She believed the Guides choice of the Goodpasture site was best because of river safety.
Roy Richardson, 45485 McKenzie Highway, stated he lives across the Charlies site. He said the 40 mile-per-hour zone in Vida doesnt work. He said the Goodpasture site works best.
Barbara Kinney, 90996 Leashore Dr., said she had lived in the area for 27 years. She was concerned that a ramp at the Goodpasture site will take out several hundred trees and have more impact than the Riverside site.
4. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660
5. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS
a. ORDER 00-5-10-1 Approval of Oregon Business Development Fund Project Proposal by Heli-Trade, Inc.
Steve Dignam, LCOG, reported the state required the local governmental authority move forward with their loan to use this particular loan product. He requested the Boards approval on this resolution for Heli-Trade, Inc.
Dwyer stated this was a good use of these resources.
MOTION: to approve ORDER 00-5-10-1.
Dwyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.
6. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION
Van Vactor noted that Arlene Marshall requested Intergovernmental Relations position interviews be held at 8:00 a.m.
7. PUBLIC WORKS
a. ORDER 00-5-10-2 Directing the Parks Division to Pursue Acquisition and Development of a Boat Landing to Replace Ikes Landing in the Vicinity of the Goodpasture Bridge on the McKenzie River.
Bob Keefer, Director, Parks, reported they are trying to be proactive in a situation that had created controversy in the Goodpasture community. He said it was their intent to see about replacing Ikes landing. He declared that it was not totally the Countys responsibility, but they had taken a proactive role.
Keefer reported that, from a boating safety standpoint, the Goodpasture site was better. On traffic safety he said there was conflict on which traffic study was correct. He recommended the Board petition the state to reduce the speed through the whole corridor to 40 miles-per-hour. He noted there was less residential impact near the Riverside site. He said the Goodpasture site was best from a boating and floating standpoint.
With regard to land, Keefer said the Wessinger Foundation was willing to purchase the land and donate it to Lane County. He added the site is eligible for Marine Board funding and the match could be used from the donation of the land against the grant, thus not spending County funds on development. He noted there is 2.9 acres of land at the Goodpasture site and of that, the boat landing would impact 1 acre, with the remaining left in a natural state. He reported at the Riverside site, there is 1.5 acres and if they developed it as recommended, they would be taking up a larger portion of the land. He noted if there was a need to expand, the Goodpasture site provides an opportunity.
Keefer noted the engineering costs involved to develop a site at Riverside would be more than at the Goodpasture. He said under the Marine Board program, they could assist Lane County with maintenance by providing money for motorized boat sites at $3,500 per year. He said the Riverside site would not be eligible for those funds.
Keefer reported the Oregon State Marine Board said the Goodpasture site was the best. He said the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, didn't support one site over the other. He noted that ODOT said the Goodpasture site could work if they used the west entrance as much as possible. He added the Goodpasture site was the best from a traffic management standpoint. He reported that Lane County Public Works Traffic Engineering Section stated Goodpasture was the best site. He said the Concerned Citizens thought the Riverside site was the best site. He recommended the Goodpasture site in accordance with the McKenzie River Guides and the Lane County Parks Advisory Committee.
Weeldreyer asked about additional property acquisition costs at the Riverside site.
Don Errick, ODOT, District Manager, stated use of the site could be permitted either through a permit or easement for the County. He noted that purchase of the land would require reimbursement to the State Highway Tax Fund.
Sorenson asked if ODOT wished to give up the property.
Errick stated that ODOT did not prefer to give up or sell the property. He believed they could arrange for use of it, subject to site development and permit of the access. He said they would probably be able to permit use of it. He noted he looked at both sites but was not involved in the process. He said they were neutral because both sites had advantages and disadvantages. He said the Riverside site has a lower speed limit but it is small and they would be concerned about adequate parking off the right-of-way. He said both sites would require a left-turn pocket on the highway.
Sorenson asked about lowering the speed limit.
Errick noted the process was regulated by ODOT. He said, based on the Countys study, it would work against lowering the speed limit. He explained they want the highway operated at what a prudent person feels comfortable doing.
Sorenson asked where funding would come from for the Riverside site.
Keefer stated if the Board chose the Riverside site, there may be funding available for acquisition, but he was not aware of funding for development available or any grant funds.
Marc Kardell, Assistant County Counsel, explained the order was to pursue acquisition to negotiate and return to the Board with an agreement to be approved. He believed this action would not be considered by LUBA to be a land use action.
Keefer wanted to talk to the Wessingers about concerns about appeals. He recommended putting time limits on this. He noted it was their intent for a boat landing.
Dwyer stated his first responsibility as a public official was highway and water safety. He said he would not support the Goodpasture site because of contamination of the drinking water for the valley. He said he plans to petition the Marine Board to prohibit motorized boats, with the exception of search and rescue. He added this was not totally the Countys responsibility. He did not want to contribute to the communitys discourse. He didnt want to vote to put it in either place.
Green concurred with Dwyer about the boat landing. He said he would choose the Goodpasture site based on testimony and expert information.
Morrison was disappointed that the community did not come together. She said she chose the Goodpasture site previously and that was what she wanted.
Sorenson noted the problem was traffic speed and danger from trucks. He suggested that ODOT change the speed limit. He added that public access to the river is important. He preferred the Goodpasture site.
Weeldreyer said that the public needs another boat landing on this stretch of the Willamette River. She said that Ikes Landing is unsafe. She noted the traffic safety issue is very important to everyone. She said she met with different groups on different occasions and floated down the river to get that perspective on proposed sites. She noted that Ikes is steeper and graveled, so even four wheel drive cars have a hard time pulling out. She declared it is a tragedy waiting to happen and someone will have to bear the cost of replacing the landing. She said whatever speeds are posted, they are irrelevant to people who travel the highway. She noted the posted speed at the Riverside site is 45 miles-per-hour and 55 miles-per-hour at the Goodpasture site. She added there would not be a win-win situation.
Weeldreyer noted when she floated down the river, the Riverside site had a steep drop off while the Goodpasture site had a gentler one. She stated she spoke with different people and the best recommendation was the Goodpasture site. She agreed with Keefer that both sites have good points and disadvantages. She said the Goodpasture site had more opportunity.
Weeldreyer stated if they cannot get a left turn lane and lower the speed level they should not go any further in developing the Goodpasture site. She recommended tentatively proceeding with the Goodpasture site as recommended by the Parks Department and the Parks Advisory Committee. She added if it becomes apparent they could not get a left turn lane and a lower speed limit, then the site not be developed as a boat landing
MOTION: to move that the Board of Commissioners direct the Parks Division to pursue acquisition and development of a boat landing to replace Ikes Landing in the vicinity of the Goodpasture Bridge on the McKenzie River contingent upon a lower speed limit and a left turn lane to accommodate the site.
Weeldreyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.
Keefer recommended getting a copy of the access engineering traffic study and provide it to Public Works traffic engineers to make sure conflicts are taken away. He suggested speaking with the Wessinger Foundation to see if they were willing to proceed with this site under the specified conditions. He also suggested meeting with ODOT to discuss the issues to get an official determination about the capabilities of left turn lanes and traffic speed in an official way. He added he would also include the community and other stakeholders on the final design to minimize impacts to the neighbors.
Sorenson stated the Board should have the right to influence speed issues on the highway. He noted the decision does not mean that there wont be other decisions. He stated he intended on communicating with all of the interested parties to make sure their perspective is heard and respected.
VOTE: 3-2 (Dwyer, Morrison dissenting.)
8. CONSENT CALENDAR
A. Approval of Minutes
B. Assessment and Taxation
1) ORDER 00-5-10-3 A Refund to McKenzie Forest Products LLC and David L. Canary, Attorney, in the Amount of $49,908.55.
2) ORDER 00-5-10-4 A Refund to Swanson-Superior Forest Products, Inc. and David L. Canary, Attorney, in the Amount of $52,894.64.
3) ORDER 00-5-10-5 A Refund to Willamette Industries, Inc. in the Amount of $248,907.83.
C. Health and Human Services
1) ORDER 00-5-10-6 Approving the Submission of a Supportive Housing Program Grant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the Amount of $2,828,801; and Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Sign Grant Documents.
2) ORDER 00-5-10-7 In the Matter of Accepting Revised Grant Award #30 to the 1999-2001 County Financial Assistance Grant Award #20-001 with the Oregon Mental Health and Developmental Disability Services Division in the Amount of $670,290; Awarding Amendment #7 for Those Funds to the Subcontract with Willamette Family Treatment Services; Authorizing the County Administrator to Sign the Documents; and Appropriating an Additional $95,753 in Revenues and Expenditures in Fund 286 in the Department of Health and Human Services (34) for Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Problems.
D. Public Works
1) ORDER 00-5-10-8 Amending the FY 99/00-FY 2003/2004 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), Amending the FY 99-00 List of Public Improvements, and Awarding a Contract to Western Oregon Excavation, Inc. in the Amount of $158,000 for Grading, Basing, Paving and Structure Rhododendron Drive Culvert (Bridge No. 18-12W-22), Contract No. 99/00-08.
2) ORDER 00-5-10-9 The Alteration of Portions of County Road No. 667 and 1141 (Commonly Known as North 19th Street) and County Road No. 840 (Commonly Known as Yolanda Street), Being Located Near 19th Street and Yolanda Street, and Being Within Sections 24 And 25, Township 17 South, Range 3 West of the Willamette Meridian.
3) ORDER 00-5-10-10 Constructing Improvements to Coburg Road Between Mile Post 3.27 and Mile Post 4.02, Including Assessments and Notice of Pending Lien Against Adjacent Properties.
4) ORDER 00-5-10-11 Accepting a Deed of Land to be Used as a Public Road Easement for Maple Lane (16-02-24).
5) ORDER 00-5-10-12 Accepting a Deed of Land to be Used as a Public Road Easement for Place Lane (16-05-31).
6) RESOLUTION AND ORDER 00-5-10-13 Setting a Public Hearing on the Proposed Surrender of a Portion of County Road Number 452 (South 57th Street) to the City of Springfield (Public Hearing: July 12, 2000, 1:30 p.m., Harris Hall Main Floor).
7) RESOLUTION AND ORDER 00-5-10-14 Setting a Public Hearing on the Proposed Surrender of Portions of County Road Number 294 (Camas Swale Road) and 615 (Butte Road) to the City of Creswell (Public Hearing: July 12, 2000, 1:30 p.m., Harris Hall Main Floor).
MOTION: to approve the balance of the Consent Calendar, without 8 d.1.
Dwyer MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.
9. COUNTY COUNSEL
a. FIRST READING AND SETTING SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING Ordinance No. 6-00 Amending Chapter 9 of Lane Code to Correct a Reference Regarding Violations of Lane Code 9.135 Regarding Operation of a Solid Fuel Space Heating Device During Red Advisory Declarations (9.990). (Second Reading and Public Hearing: May 31, 2000 at 1:30 p.m., Harris Hall Main Floor)
MOTION: to approve the First Reading and Setting Second Reading and Public Hearing on Ordinance No. 6-00.
Dwyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.
10. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS
11. EMERGENCY BUSINESS
There being no further business, Commissioner Sorenson recessed the meeting at 11:55 a.m.
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