December 4, 2003

1:30 p.m.

Commissioners' Conference Room



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








a.  SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance PA 1182/In the Matter of Naming an Unnamed Private Road, Spirit Valley Drive (18-04-32 & 19-04-05). (NBA & PM 10/30/02)


Bill Robinson, Land Management, reported the road had been applied to be called Spirit Valley Drive.  He stated they received no indication from anyone adjacent to the road that they opposed this.  He asked the Board for approval.


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


MOTION: to adopt Ordinance PA 1182.


Weeldreyer MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.






a.  CONTINUED DISCUSSION AND ORDER 02-11-13-6/In the Matter of an Appeal to a Director’s Report Denying County Maintained Road Status to Springhill Lane. (NBA & PM 11/13/02)


Betty Mishou, Public Works, stated this was an appeal to the director’s report denying a County maintained road status to Springhill Lane.  She said the item was originally presented to the Board on November 13 and at that time Legal Counsel had advised the Board to defer their decision on the appeal until all of the petitioners had been given written notification of their public comment session.  She said that was accomplished on November 19.  She stated given the information that was provided to the Board on November 13 and per Lane Manual 15.240, the Board must consider the petitioner’s appeal and either uphold the director’s report denying County maintained road status through Springhill Lane or accept by order the petition as appealed.


MOTION: to move to uphold the director’s report on ORDER 02-11-13-6.


Green MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.


VOTE: 3-2 (Morrison, Weeldreyer dissenting).


b.  ORDER 02-11-6-1/In the Matter of Appointing Four Members to the Vegetation Management Advisory Committee. (NBA & PM 11/6/02 and 11/26/02)


Sorenson recalled the Board is appointing four members of the Vegetation Management Advisory Committee.  He noted there were three recommendations by the VMAC Committee and staff that were the same.  He added that VMAC chose Sky Chamard as the fourth member and staff chose Molly Hoffer.  He made a motion at the last Board meeting that the Board consider not appointing Clements and instead appoint Jozef Zdzienicki.  He noted that Zdzienicki was a landscaper.  He stated that his motion did not pass and it was rolled until today.


Sorenson explained the reason he talked to everyone was that he was concerned because staff and VMAC did not talk to these people, but looked at the resumes. He thought someone should interview these applicants.


Weeldreyer stated the success of the integrated vegetation management program is they maintain an even balance on the committee from those who represent the interest of no spray at any time to those who advocate spraying as their right.


Green stated he didn’t support Sorenson’s recommendation.  He noted that Sorenson made no secret about eradicating spraying.  He saw Sorenson’s interview as a means to that end.  He thought staff’s recommendation was a broader perspective.


MOTION: to approve ORDER 02-11-6-2, to approve staff recommendations: 


Karen Bodner, Paul Clements, Molly Hoffer, Michael Kesling


Green MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.


Dwyer was against the motion.


Sorenson stated he made a motion to appoint a person who works for a business that is a commercial applicator of herbicides.  He interviewed the people because he didn’t think it was fair for people who didn’t have connections.  He added his motion was an attempt to blend the recommendation of all groups.


Weeldreyer commented it was important for the VMAC Committee to have a balanced perspective because people want to use legal chemicals that have been certified within the directions that are outlined.  She said with different professions there are different experiences that are reflected on the committee. She thought with all the work they are doing with road maintenance and road projects where they are installing fish culverts and are interfacing with the Forest Service on County roads that a Forest Service worker be included. She said for those reasons she thinks there is a legitimate voice to be represented at VMAC.  She said that diversity was a good thing and she would support staff’s recommendation.


VOTE: 3-2 (Dwyer, Sorenson dissenting).




Morrison announced that on December 13, Veneta is doing a dedication of their new bridge overpass.  She said there would be a fundraiser on Saturday, for Toys for Tots and they wanted elected officials to attend.


Green stated the Board had a small city meeting with the City of Lowell and there was a discussion about Region 2050.  He wanted a subgroup of youth to be involved in the planning.


Weeldreyer said they were looking to fund the Region 2050 through LCDC.  She suggested doing it and involving schools.  She said if they are going to fund education they have to reframe the Region 2050 as an education projection that has a community component where youth could be involved.  She said that she and Sorenson would do an op-ed piece on how they are going to accommodate the projected growth in population in the next 50 years.


Weeldreyer stated that last week she met with the new members of the Hazeldell Rural Fire Protection District.  She said the group had concerns about how this was represented to them and had concerns about the way the election department conducted the election. She announced she would be attending the State Telecommunications Council meeting in Salem.  She stated that on Monday she would be in Portland and she wouldn’t be able to attend the Performance Counts meeting.  She noted the Westfir Bridge lighting would be December 7.


Dwyer said the City of Lowell asked about the facility permit for tree lightings so the cities wouldn’t have to pay for facilities permits for those events.  He thought the best way to do it would be to earmark a portion of Video Lottery money for those types of events and have money that is available for the cities to apply.  He added it was related to economic development.




ORDER 02-12-4-11/ Authorizing an Employment Separation Agreement.


MOTION: to approve ORDER 02-12-4-11.


Morrison MOVED, Green SECONDED.


VOTE: 5-0.


There being no further business, Commissioner Dwyer adjourned the meeting at 3:40 p.m.



Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary