APPROVED 11/1/00

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2000

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' REGULAR MEETING

9:00 a.m.

Commissioners' Conference Room

 

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

Senate Bill 1608 will be discussed under Commissioners Announcements.

 

2. PUBLIC COMMENTS

Charles Cook, 95349 Highway 99E, Junction City, reported on the realignment of Lingo Lane and Norton Road onto Highway 99E at Lancaster.  He said there was a public meeting on October 2, where 66 people showed up including representatives from the county and state.  He said that he had lived at his address for 34 years and had seen three deaths from accidents on Highway 99E.  He noted there are two intersections off Highway 99 and neither one comes off at a 90 degree angle from speeds up to 70 miles per hour.  He said there should be pressure on the state to put a turn lane in and it should be done at the same time the County will do their work.  He noted there are three walnut trees that keep frost on the road and need to be pruned.  He suggested painting a double line on the highway so no one could pass at the intersections.

 

Morrison noted that she, Mike Russell, and Ollie Snowden from Public Works met with people there.  She said there are five proposals that will go to the Roads Advisory Committee at their next meeting.  She added the biggest issue is that ODOT does not have money, but Public Works has a temporary solution that could work. 

 

Bill Goldsmith, P.O. Box 51083, Eugene, reported that small businesses are struggling to be successful in a world where larger businesses are dominating.  He added many of the businesses are located in distressed rural and urban areas.  He said the Micro Enterprise Development is an economic development tool (as well as a community development tool) that could create opportunities for low-income individuals to start, operate or expand their own businesses.  He said in the future, the Board would review a grant proposal from Lane Micro Business.  He noted the proposal has a strong focus on youth development and computer skill training through a partnership with the Northwest Youth Corps.  He added it is a project that provides job creation through entrepreneurial training, using Internet technology both as media and training focus.  He urged the Board to give the small business rural district learning project full support as a priority for the regional investment and rural investment fund.

 

Weeldreyer reported she sent a letter of support on her letterhead.

 

Natalie Whitson, Northwest Youth Corps, 2621 Augusta Street, Eugene, stated the Northwest Youth Corps is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of young people through education and job training.  She noted it is the oldest and largest youth corps program.  She said their enrollment had been growing by 14% and last year the number of work projects increased by 16% to 129,567 hours of service.  She reported that three years ago they moved into the Laurel Hill Valley Elementary School, but have reached capacity.  She added in order to increase the number of young people who could provide service to Lane County, they want to build permanent headquarters for the Northwest Youth Corps.

 

Paul Vaughn, 108, E. 8th Avenue, Eugene, stated with regard to the Heceta Water District request, he did not have much to add.  He said the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s letter regarding no endangered species fish runs in Clear Lake is significant.  He submitted a letter that proposed a compromise position. He proposed modeling current pumping levels that had not had any adverse effects on the lake.  He said they were proposing a water withdrawal limitation that could be increased, depending on need.  He suggested for the peak demand, a cap of 1.6 million gallons per day average withdrawal, and for the balance of the year, 700,000 gallons.  He said an important consideration was that in order to justify the type of capital expenditure required to build a plant, the district needs to have a 20 year projection of what they will need.

 

Mike Kendoll, P. O. Box 10424, Florence, stated there is a strong desire to resolve this.  He said at the property owner’s request, the district moved the treatment plant and a new reservoir to a site away from the lake, reduced the plant size from 4 million gallons per day to 2 million gallons and mediated through the federal court system.  He said the Heceta Water District had tried to resolve it diplomatically.  He added the district needs the utility easement so they can build a treatment plant that is federally mandated.  He said without filtration, clean water is on borrowed time.  He urged the Board to grant the easement so they could go on with the project.

 

Dale Riddle, P.O. Box 851, Eugene, stated that Vaughn discussed the issue of wanting to put a limit on Clear Lake.  He agreed and said that anything over one million gallons had caused the lake to dry up.  He noted almost every year that Heceta had sold water to Florence that had been over a million gallons, it caused the lake to dry up.  He said Heceta uses about 600,000 a day for its own people.  He urged the Board to look at the real facts.

           

3. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

To take place after the meeting.

 

4. PUBLIC WORKS

 

a. DISCUSSION Update on Region 2050 Study: Creating a Growth Management Strategy for the Southern Willamette Valley and Appointment of Two Commissioners to Serve as a Policy Advisory Board Member and an Alternate.

 

Kent Howe, Land Management, requested the Board appoint a policy advisory board member and an alternate to serve on the Region 2050 Regional Policy Advisory Board.

 

Carol Heinkel, LCOG, gave a presentation on the Region 2050 Study. (Copy in file.)  She noted it is a collaborative effort by local, state and federal stakeholders to create a growth management strategy for the Southern Willamette Valley.  She said the goal was to provide Lane County a tool for planning.  She noted the formal participants are the Regional Policy Advisory Board and the Regional Technical Advisory Committee and planning staff from the 11 local governments.  She said the stakeholders and general public were writing foundation grants to develop public outreach tools to engage a wider audience into the process.

 

Dwyer stated that growth was one of his major concerns and he would like to be involved.

 

Weeldreyer noted many communities already had profiles that were listed on the website of the Economic Development Department.  She asked how this process was different.

 

Heinkel responded they were aware of the profiles and were able to use some of the information. She said they are developing a profile that is current to June 2000.

 

Morrison asked what would happen if they didn’t receive additional grant money by June 2001.

 

Heinkel replied the regional problem-solving was mandated in state law.  She said there is a commitment with the current staff that they will be requesting additional funds for the next biennium.  She added they submitted a transportation and community preservation federal grant for $500,000.  She noted that Congressman DeFazio sent a letter to the head of the highway administration in support of the grant application.

 

Morrison said they don’t know where the dollars are coming from and there is duplication of effort.  She asked when they get the plan, where the money would come from to implement it.  She also asked what would happen if there was not total agreement with Phase 2.

 

Heinkel responded those were good questions for the Policy Advisory Board to answer.

 

MOTION: to appoint Bill Dwyer to the Advisory Policy Board.

 

Sorenson MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

MOTION: to appoint Peter Sorenson as an alternate.

 

Green MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

Howe noted a benefit was an update to the Lane County Geographic Information System for the areas within the region.  He added they received another grant from the state that will allow updating of the balance of Lane County so there would be a current update to 2000.  He said that Assessment and Taxation would be digitally maintaining an assessor’s map and he would utilize their process to maintain the geographic information system.

 

b. DISCUSSION Joint Agreement for Planning Coordination with the Cities of Coburg, Cottage Grove, Creswell, Florence, Junction City, Lowell, Oakridge, Veneta, and Westfir.

 

Howe reported that in 1998, the small cities and LCOG received a grant for transportation growth management to facilitate negotiations between the County and the cities in updating their joint planning agreements.  He noted the agreements were for coordination and referral of planning activities so each jurisdiction could be informed of what could be happening in their area.

 

Heinkel added that this was the process for getting the GIS updated.  She noted when the file is completed within the next two weeks, they will automate notices.

 

Dwyer asked why a boundary had to be defined.

 

Howe noted they worked with each of the small cities to identify an area that was a reasonable distance--taking into consideration topographic rivers and streams--to make a reasonable boundary to provide referral opportunities to comment about land use applications in those areas.  He added it was not to take on a future urban growth boundary or an urban reserve area.

 

Weeldreyer stated the community of Coburg had expressed concern on zone changes that were committed for Egge Sand and Gravel and for the Country Squire Inn and RV Park.  She said they have impacts on the residents of Coburg.  She added they want to be informed when the County was making decisions that relate to impacts in the nearby vicinity.

 

Heinkel said the nine cities took a straw vote which revealed they were in agreement.  She said they have a formal adoption for the Board.

 

Sorenson asked if the agreement was fair to Lane County.

 

Howe believed it was.  He said he worked on the language to identify the types of land use actions.  He noted there are plan amendments, hearings official approval decisions and partition and subdivision applications.  He said it would be limiting to the major type of actions that would have an affect on the cities.

 

Dwyer stated he didn’t like the contract language as it could only be modified by the written consent of both parties.

 

Sorenson asked why either side couldn’t terminate the contract.

 

Vorhes responded the provision is a modification by mutual consent.  He said the termination clause provides for termination by notice from one party to another.  He noted it was not an unusual provision for any agreement.  He stated a key point would be the agreement would not change until both parties agree to the change.

 

Sorenson stated the board generally was in support of the agreement.

         

5. COMMISSIONERS' BUSINESS

 

a. ORDER 00-10-11-1 Approving the 2000 Needs and Issues Inventory Sponsor Priority List for Certain Lane County Regional Investment Board Projects.

 

Peter Thurston, Economic Development, reported this item was about Lane County’s role in assisting and providing technical assistance and listing projects being funded through the state’s inventory process.  He noted a deadline of November 30 from the State of Oregon’s Economic and Community Development Department for all agencies. He added they are to be listed on a website in a new process, using technology to list the projects and make the information available.  He said he drafted three issues in the order as a starting point, upgrading the needs and inventory list from last year (Attachment A).  He noted the second page contained the newer projects. 

 

Thurston noted item 1 asked the Board if they wanted to adopt the needs and inventory list as their listing and submit the process at this time and if so, if they wanted to place any priority on any of the projects listed.  He said with regard to paragraph 2, (the types of technical assistance the Board directs the community and economic development staff) is a process preparing for the next round of listings.  He asked the Board at what level they wanted to participate and if they wanted this on an ongoing basis.

Green asked which projects were ready to go.

Thurston responded he had not received all of the projects.  He suggested not placing any priorities.  He suggested to state the Board welcomes additional input, recommends that people make listings as the process develops and remove the following:  “The following projects are the top priority projects.” And state:  “The Board of County Commissioners supports all projects.”

 

Morrison said she didn’t have a problem with just submitting them and not prioritizing.  She suggested that item two and three should be taken out of the order.

 

Van Vactor stated they had done these projects in the past and he didn’t know the role that Thurston had versus the role that LCOG plays.  He didn’t know if it was LCOG’s responsibility or Lane County’s responsibility.  He noted with prioritization, there should be a description of a process that is recommended.

 

Thurston responded that time did not permit that and there was no process in place. He recommended coming back and evaluating with LCOG the exact roles, bringing back something that is cohesive to the Board.

 

Cynthia Van Zelm, LCOG, explained there were two things taking place: a regional investment board process with specific money, (where projects will be determined by the regional investment board, due October 6) and the needs and issues inventory that the state had requested be put together.  She noted projects from Lane County needed to be prioritized projects from Lane County.

 

MOTION: to send the list without prioritization on ORDER 00-10-11-1.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

b. RESOLUTION 00-10-11-2 Support for Final Draft of the Northwest and South­west Oregon State Forests Management Plan.

Morrison reported that Lane County is one of the Council of Forest Trust Land counties and there are 27,000 acres in her district.  She noted the actual management of the lands was turned over to the State Board of Forestry to manage for the counties throughout the state.  She said the State Board of Forestry goes through a planning process on how the lands are to be managed every ten years.  She said they came up with an alternative plan that is to be adopted and presented at a public hearing that will be taken throughout the state at the end of the month.

 

Morrison stated the plan aims for the greatest permanent value of state forest lands to achieve economic, social and environmental benefits including predictable timber harvest, habitat conservation, water protection and recreation.  She added that all of the lands would be managed using an approach that maintains a range of old to young forest structures.  She noted an issue for the forest trust land counties on the coast range is the Swiss needlecast problem.  She added the overall impact to Lane County is not to the general fund as it is to all of the special districts.

 

MOTION: to approve RESOLUTION 00-10-11-2.

 

Weeldreyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

6. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

 

a. Announcements

 

None.

 

b. ORDER 00-10-11-3 Authorizing the Financing of the Mental Health Facilities and AIRS Project in a Principal Amount of $7,800,000, and Authorizing Reimburse­ment of Expenditures from Proceeds.

 

Wilson explained it was an order to culminate the process that was discussed about financing the AIRS project and the mental health facility.  She noted the order authorizes the county administrator and county treasurer to complete the financing documents.  She said there is a public notice of sale of the debt and the bids will come in on October 24 and they will know what the interest rate would be.  She added the debt service schedule that is attached is an estimated debt service schedule that was premised on a true interest cost of 5.61.  She said they are hopeful that they will get a better rate.

Van Vactor reiterated that this could lead a charge to the general fund.

Wilson explained that the AIRS plan is planned as a $10 million project.  She said of that, $4 million is Lane County’s share and of that, $1.6 million is eligible for financing. She added there would not be a prepayment penalty, but there would be a prepayment option allowed in 2010.

MOTION: to approve ORDER 00-10-11-3 with the caution of the general fund impact.

Dwyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.

 

Green asked if the motion included the caveat that Van Vactor suggested about the general fund impact.

 

Dwyer said it was part of the motion.

 

Wilson added that this was also financing the mental health facility at Skipworth and that is where the bulk of the money was going.

 

Morrison stated at the August 16 meeting, they made the commitment to go forward with this, knowing that they didn’t know what would happen with Senate Bill 1608.  She said they made the commitment that if there was a discrepancy it would be made up from the general fund.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

7. PUBLIC WORKS

 

a. FIFTH READING AND SETTING SIXTH READING AND DELIBERATION Ordinance PA 1108 Amending the West Eugene Wetlands Plan by Adopting New and Revised Wetland Designations for Site H2, Referred to as the Speed­way Site, and Related Policy and Text Amendments, and Adopting a Severability Clause (Sixth Reading: November 1, 2000). (NBA & PM 3/29/00, 4/12/00, 6/28/00 & 8/2/00)

 

Celia Barry, Land Management, reported that this item was known as the speedway site and is the final ordinance needed to adopt the proposed policy and text amendments to the West Eugene Wetlands Plan.  She noted the Eugene City Council made a recommendation to the original planning commission and those revisions were made for this meeting.  She added the city unanimously approved the revisions with councilors Farr and Meisner being absent.  She said because of the revisions, it was necessary for the Board to have an additional reading.  She recommended that the Board move the Fifth Reading and set the Sixth Reading for November 1.

 

MOTION: to approve the Fifth Reading and Setting Sixth Reading and Deliberation for Ordinance PA 1108  for November 1, 2000.

Dwyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

b. THIRD READING AND SETTING FOURTH READING AND DELIBERATION Ordinance No. 5-00 Amending Chapter 10 of Lane Code to Adopt a Revised and Updated Version of the Eugene Land Use Regulations for Application to the Urbanizable Lands Within the Eugene Urban Growth Boundary; and Adopting Savings and Severability Clauses. (4th Reading & Deliberation: 1/31/01) (NBA &PM 5/16/00 & 5/31/00)

Barry reported the Eugene Land Use Code Update was making progress through deliberations by the Eugene City Council.  She recommended that the Board move the third reading and set the fourth reading and deliberation for the regular meeting on January 31, 2001.

MOTION: to approve a Third Reading and Setting a Fourth Reading and Deliberation for Ordinance No. 5-00 for January 31, 2001.

VOTE: 5-0.

8. CONSENT CALENDAR

A. Approval of Minutes

September 26, 2000, Work Session, 9:00 a.m.

B. Assessment and Taxation

1) ORDER 00-10-11-4 A Refund to Seneca Sawmill Company and Thomas P.E. Herman, Representative in the Amount of $32,824.12.

 

2) ORDER 00-10-11-5 A Refund to Pierce Corporation in the Amount of $10,351.43.

3) ORDER 00-10-11-6 A Refund to Triad Machinery, Inc. in the Amount of $57,792.45.

4) ORDER 00-10-11-7 A Refund to Chiquita Processed Foods LLC in the Amount of $20,701.53.

C. Health and Human Services

1) ORDER 00-10-11-8 Awarding Contracts to Serve on the Lanecare Managed Mental Health Provider Panel and Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Sign the Agreements.

MOTION: to approve the Consent Calendar.

 

Morrison MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

9. COUNTY COUNSEL

 

a. UPDATE ORDER 00-8-30-13 Granting an Easement to the Heceta Water District on County Owned Property Identified as Assessor's Map #18-12-11 Tax Lots 100 and 201 for Use as an Access Road and Placement of Water Transmission Facilities.

 

Vorhes reported the Board had materials he distributed that had come to the Board (by Wednesday, October 4) and materials that had come in since then.  He noted it was up to the Board to decide how they wanted to proceed.

 

Morrison said that the parties were supposed to come back to the Board within 30 days with the additional modeling information that had been provided.  She reviewed the information and had concerns on how the information read.  She did an additional set up to see if it was consistent across the board on the different categories.  She also studied the growth potentials in the Heceta Water District itself.  She said the urban growth boundary (that the City of Florence could include from Heceta) decreases the number of patrons that Heceta would eventually have if and when the boundary is expanded.  She said the restrictions under the current land use law in the Heceta area are limited.

Morrison’s recommendation to the Board was that they go forward with the easement that is 60 foot wide down Taylor Road so the filtration plant could take place.  She said the primary concern is clean, drinkable water for the patrons of Heceta and the easement is limited to one million gallons per day.  She added  there should be a monitoring device placed on the pipeline for a five year period, and on a quarterly basis Heceta would deliver the reports to the Board, tracking the actual impact.  She noted the city is sure that they will not be dependent on Heceta next summer because expansion on their current well system will be complete and it will lessen Heceta’s demand.  She said the million gallons per day across the new easement on Taylor Road should meet the needs of the patrons of the Heceta Water District.

 

Weeldreyer asked what happens within the four-year monitoring request if there are ongoing problems.

Morrison stated if the water goes below the 99.0-foot level, then it demonstrates the lake can’t withstand the million gallons per day and it would have to be adjusted accordingly.

Van VanVactor noted that Heceta has an existing easement for one million gallons per day over Aaron Jones’ property.  He said that would continue to remain in existence.  He added there needed to be language that the easement could be revoked in five years if it goes below the 99.0 foot water level.

Sorenson reiterated if the limiting conditioners were not met, the County reserves the right to revoke the easement.

Van Vactor wanted to give County Counsel discretion on how it is written.

Vorhes noted if the easement was affecting the lake, Lane County could tell them to reduce it.  He said regarding the foot level of the lake (if it is part of an easement) they would be enjoined from withdrawing water that causes the lake to go down, rather than revoke the easement.

Sorenson reiterated that the County was granting a 60 foot easement across Taylor Road and county administered property with the following limitations:  1)  Limited withdrawal of one million gallons per day; 2)  There is a monitoring device for five years; 3) That the district report to the Board of Commissioners quarterly; 4)  That the lake level is maintained at 99.0 feet and if the conditions are not met, there would be actions the County could take to enforce, revoke it or otherwise protect the County’s interest.

Green asked who would be doing the monitoring.

Morrison responded she would take the responsibility.

Dwyer stated Morrison voiced his concerns exactly.

Sorenson stated the proposal is for an amended order to be brought back to the Board of Commissioners granting the Heceta Water District a 60-foot easement across Taylor Road and County administered property.  He added the easement would be limited by a requirement that no more than one million gallons per day be taken from the lake and that lake level shall be maintained at 99.0 feet.  He said the easement would continue for a five year period, a requirement that the district monitor the amount of water extracting from the lake, with a monitoring device and report quarterly to the Lane County Board of Commissioners on the amount of water and the lake level.  He added that requirement would only continue for a five year period.  He said that Vorhes would draft an enforcement clause to allow the County to enforce or revoke the easement to make sure the terms are complied with.

Van Vactor noted that this motion is tentative and this item gets put back on the consent calendar.  He noted that there is a different limitation taken from the lake as opposed to the amount of water that could flow.  He said if the easement is limited to one million gallons taken from the lake, they have impacted Heceta Water District’s other easement that goes across with Jones’ property.

Sorenson suggested inserting: “Not inconsistent with the existing easement.”

Morrison noted the gallons taken would be on the new easement.

Dwyer stated the Board’s intent was not to allow the lake to be impacted beyond 99.0 feet regardless of where the water is taken out.

Vorhes understood the limitation would just be affecting the new pipe with the new easement, not the existing easement that the County had already granted, as that is what was intended.

Dwyer asked Vorhes if he could examine the implications of a right to private action.

 

Sorenson noted the Board directed Vorhes to come back with the order for scheduling.

 

10. MANAGEMENT SERVICES

a. ORDER 00-10-11-9 Appointing Two Pools of Board Members Who May be Selected by the County Clerk to Sit on the Board of Property Tax Appeals.

Sorenson reported the Board was reappointing Don Moon Lee and Robert Taylor.  He added they would be reappointing the member pool, adding three more people.

Annette Newingham, Elections, stated they had increased the member pool to allow more flexibility in the event that they would need to have two boards.  She noted last year they had doubled the amount of appeals they received and they were able to do it with one board.  She said it was their intention to keep it to one board as much as possible.

Dwyer asked when they changed the per diem rate for the board members.

Newingham responded it had not been changed in a few years.

Dwyer asked what other counties were paying their Boards.

Newingham noted they had done a survey in the past, but would be willing to do another one with five other counties.

MOTION: to approve ORDER 00-10-11-9.

Morrison MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

b. DISCUSSION List of County Owned Real Estate.

Jeff Turk, Management Services, reported there were inquiries from Board members to determine the land the County owns.  He said he had been working with Brian Evans at Public Works and Bob Keefer, Parks, who have property under their management.  He said they were trying to create a database, entering pertinent facts regarding County owned real estate.  He explained they produced a list of County owned properties from the RLID Data Base.  He added since that time he had been working on the list breaking it down into various funds.  He asked for more direction from the Board as to how it should be broken down.

Dwyer stated it was a beginning and he wanted it broken down into departments and divisions.  He wanted to make sure that the land was still in use.  He noted there might be some lands in use and adjacent lands may need to be reserved as surplus.  He said there are pieces of land that are not developable that should go to the adjacent landowners.  He wanted those blocked out.

Morrison concurred with Dwyer that it was barely a beginning.  She noted that under the Strategic Plan under resources, it is the lands owned by Lane County that are targeted as a priority.  She asked for the date the land was brought in and the restrictions on the land.

Sorenson requested the percentage of the occupancy in Lane County.  He wanted them listed as office buildings or houses and the percentage of the occupancy rated.  He also wanted to see the value from rentals and sales.  He asked what projects Turk would be giving up to work on this project.

Turk responded that the requests take up time and money.  He noted a lot of the properties were road fund properties or parks properties and it would be labor intensive to find out information.

 

Morrison said the total market value on the list is $176,000,000.  She asked what the cost would be for this study.  She said they have to move forward with the strategic plan, to find out the costs and time.

Turk said costs have to do with staff time. He noted there are road fund properties that are not part of the right-of-way and are tax lots that would not have a value.

Green supported a scoping analysis.  His concern was going through the data for the Board, and what the Board intends to do with the data.  He asked what was currently in place that would reduce his effort to get the information he needed in a timely manner.

Dwyer suggested ascertaining what is marketable and the County would have no need for.  He said the money should be put into a strategic planning reserve so there is a revenue stream whereby the capital improvement needs could be met in the future.  He said the goal would not to be putting the money into the general fund, but to develop a strategy to manage the lands.

 

Sorenson noted the Board wanted Turk to return in three weeks to find out about how to get other departments involved, the cost and how long this would take.

Turk responded he will determine ownership by department, what may or may not be surplus, what is currently in use, what may be used in the future, the date of acquisition of the property and any restrictions that may inhibit the transfer of sale.

Van Vactor stated if Turk needed help with the project, to say so.  He suggested Turk make a report to the Facilities Committee and then report back to the Board.

11. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sorenson reported the U.S. House of Representatives passed the forest payments legislation and it goes to the President for his signature.  He noted the amount to Lane County would be between $9 million and $11 million.  He added it is limited in duration to six years.

Morrison noted a resolution was passed August 2, 2000 around the levy.  She said in the resolution it states: “It is further ordered that if Senate Bill 1608 or similar federal legislature is enacted, the Board of County Commissioners will use a public process including a public hearing, to determine the allocation of any unrestricted funds received under such federal legislation.”  She suggested thinking about how to move forward.

 

Green stated he intends to honor the language in the resolution.  He praised Morrison for keeping the Board focused on the legislation.

Dwyer was committed to having a hearing, identifying the allocation of money and the list of options that it could be used for.

Morrison commented it would be prudent to wait until the middle of November, after the election, for the public hearing.

Weeldreyer reported she took the Talgo train to Portland on Friday.  She noted during the Budget Meeting, the Sheriff’s Office offered an Environmental Deputy and she thought it was agreed that Public Works, the Parks Department and Solid Waste would continue that funding for one more year.  She said citizens told her that when they called to report abandoned vehicles, the Sheriff’s Department said they don’t deal with abandoned vehicles because of a budget cut.  She added that Public Works was explaining the same thing for garbage that was deposited in the road rights-of-way.  She recalled that this was a compromise and didn’t remember the budget cut.

Green recalled that it didn’t work out financially.

 

Morrison noted that she, John Goodson, and John Clague met about the issue and they are putting together something as neither one understood that as of July 1, there wasn’t any money.  She said they are discussing the issue and something will be brought to the Board within a couple of weeks.

12. EMERGENCY BUSINESS

None.

There being no further business, Commissioner Sorenson recessed the meeting at 12:20 p.m.

Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary

 

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