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Approved 6/7/00

May 16, 2000
REGULAR MEETING - LANE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'
Harris Hall Main Floor - 1:30 p.m.

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

11. PUBLIC HEARINGS

a. SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance No. 2-00 Amending Chapters 2 and 15 of Lane Code to Remove Provisions Pertaining to the Economic Development Assistance Program Revolving Loan Fund and Dissolving that Fund (LC 2.500 and 15.642).

John Goodson, Public Works, reported that this is to enact Ordinance 2-00, amending Lane Code to remove provisions for the Economic Development Assistance Program from the Lane Code and to resolve the revolving loan fund provision in the Lane Code. He noted a new community development program would be created that would be a grant program instead of a loan program.

Goodson explained that the ordinance itself amends the Lane Code and the purpose of the new community development program is to promote development of public road infrastructure related to expansion or construction of new community development facilities that would provide a benefit to the community. He noted the eligible applicants for this new program would include cities, urban renewal districts, housing authorities, school districts, public utility districts, port districts or any other public entities. He added for unincorporated communities, the Board would be the sponsor for those types of projects. He noted that funding would be provided through the community development assistance program that is funded through federal timber receipts. He noted a change in the ordinance that would reflect the change made last week in the adoption of the public improvements program, would start the program at $2,860,000. He announced that the applications would be submitted to the public works director and they would be forwarded to the Community Development Subcommittee of the Roads Advisory Committee. He explained that it is a three-person committee and they would review the applications based on criteria that the Board had established. He added that the committee may request applicants to come in for interviews to present their proposal and the full Roads Advisory Committee would make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for projects to be funded.

Goodson said that an amendment to the agreement with LCOG for administration of EDEP has been executed. He added if the Board does approve the program, the final response date for applications will need to be chosen. He suggested a minimum of 30 days.

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

MOTION: to approve Ordinance 2-00.

Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.

Green requested a stipulation in regard to awarding grants, that the recipient of the grant recognize Lane County as a partner in making that project available.

Dwyer shared Green’s comments.

Goodson responded that the issue of recognition with Lane County could be included in the intergovernmental agreement with the cities as a requirement for the grant.

ROLL CALL VOTE: 4-0.

12. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

None.

13. OTHER BUSINESS

a.  ORDER 00-5-16-5/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 15 of Lane Manual to Remove Economic Development Assistance Program Provisions and Create the Community Development Assistance Program (LM 15.800-15.826).

MOTION: to approve ORDER 00-5-16-5.

Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.

Morrison stated she would be voting against this because of the unclear future with the federal payments bill. She voiced concerns about regular maintenance issues for road funds, and suggested holding this until they receive further information regarding the federal legislation.

Sorenson asked if the state gas tax dollars used in the road fund would also be eligible to fund this program.

Goodson replied that based on the road fund’s financial plan, the monies from gas taxes are prioritized for maintenance and they are not sufficient to cover all maintenance activities, which is why federal timber receipts are used for this program.

Wilson noted that with the language written, these projects must be road fund eligible and if they are not, they could not be funded with these funds.

Sorenson said that the Board is making a good choice in setting up this program. He said it is a good idea to be proactive in the use of road fund dollars to assist the community.

VOTE: 3-1 (Morrison dissenting).

Goodson asked what the date for applications for the first round should be.

Dwyer suggested that Goodson use his own discretion.

Goodson set the date for Friday, June 30.

There being no further business, Commissioner Sorenson recessed the meeting into Executive Session at 2:10 p.m.

Melissa Zimmer
Recording Secretary

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