BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'
August 12, 2003
Commissioners' Conference Room
Commissioner Peter Sorenson presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Bobby Green, Sr., and Tom Lininger present. Anna Morrison was excused. County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
15. PUBLIC HEARINGS
a. PUBLIC HEARING AND ORDER 03-8-12-7/In the Matter of Approving a Letter to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Regarding Draft Criteria for the 2006-2009 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
Tom Stinchfield, Public Works, explained the packet includes a letter to ODOT staff in response to a mailing on July 3 from the STIP Stakeholders Group. He added that a cover letter was signed by Stewart Foster, the OTC chair, asking for comments on the criteria that are being discussed for use in the 06/09 STIP process that will begin next year. He proposed a draft letter and MPC would also be considering a similar letter on Thursday. He noted the draft MPC letter expresses support for the County’s letter as well. He e-mailed the Board the draft of the MPC letter on Friday. He explained the stakeholder’s group at the state level will consider the input they receive that is due by August 15 at their September meeting and they will forward on the criteria and a recommendation for the Transportation Commission to consider in October. He indicated that their letter concentrates on the relationship of the development part of the STIP for getting projects through environmental and preliminary design processes so they are ready for construction funding. He thought it was a good step in trying to make the process as workable as possible so local governments and the state could move projects forward.
Commissioner Sorenson opened up the Public Hearing. There being no one signed up to speak, he closed the Public Hearing.
MOTION: to approve ORDER 03-8-12-7.
Green MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.
Green appreciated the items spelled out from a local perspective.
b. SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance No. 7-03/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 6 of the Lane Code to Add a Provision Prohibiting Violation of Posted Restrictions of Use on Other Public Land (LC 6.040).
Sergeant Mark Reese, Active Lieutenant for Special Operations for the Sheriff’s Office, explained in March the Forest Service came to the Board asking for support for their ban that went into effect in May for alcohol on the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. He asked for a change to the Lane Code so that the deputies that also patrol and enforce laws have the ability to write the violations of the alcohol ban under Lane Code. He noted that currently the ban is only enforced by a code of federal regulations that their deputies can’t write on. He added the way the language is written to change Lane Code, it will also include fireworks violations and they would have the ability to have proactive enforcement for fire suppression if anyone is in possession of fireworks.
Lininger supported the effort to give Sheriff’s Deputies more authority. He was concerned about applying resources because the department was already spread too thin.
Commissioner Sorenson opened the Public Hearing.
Roger Geeding, Law Enforcement Officer, Florence, noted the current federal ordinance on alcohol at the Dunes only applies to less than 43% of the area. He added it is only for those areas that are managed for off road vehicles. He stated it doesn’t prohibit someone in the other half of the Dunes to have alcohol. He said the issue is efficiency and services to the public. He stated that if a Lane County officer stops someone and they can’t take care of the situation immediately, they might have to call a federal officer and it could take over an hour for backup. He indicated they are trying to operate in unison, a united front to the public to get their message across. He said the areas could apply to any public land, but it is only if the land managers are posting it. He noted it would enable the County to address some of the other issues that they run across. He added they couldn’t go out independently to do anything. He explained if anything changes in the future that the land manager could address, the County would already be on Board.
There being no one else signed up to speak, Commissioner Sorenson closed the Public Hearing.
MOTION: to adopt Ordinance No. 7-03.
Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.
ROLL CALL VOTE: 4-0.
16. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS
Green explained there is a reduction in the Juvenile Crime Prevention budget. He said it was coming from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. He noted the subcommittee of Ways and Means passed a new budget. He said it was previously $7 million and it passed yesterday at $5.5 million. He indicated what it means for Lane County is that they go from $1.5 million to $391,571 for the biennium for 2003/2005 or a 74% reduction in the Juvenile Crime budget. He attended the City of Eugene meeting last night and the City Council admitted the transportation fee was a tax.
Sorenson announced that Morrison was recovering from her illness. He noted that tomorrow is Senior Pie Day at the Lane County Fair. He thanked Lininger for his service on the Board.
Dwyer concurred with Sorenson about Lininger. Dwyer announced that September 3 was Good Neighbor Day. He said they needed to get a proclamation to declare it Good Neighbor Week.
Lininger thanked everyone on the County staff, as everyone had been great to work with.
17. OTHER BUSINESS
There being no further business, Commissioner Sorenson recessed the meeting into Executive Session at 2:30 p.m.