May 19, 2004

1:30 p.m.

Commissioners' Conference Room

APPROVED 8/25/04


Commissioner Bobby Green, Sr. presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Don Hampton, Anna Morrison and Peter Sorenson 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 No. 9-04/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 11 of Lane Code to Expressly Incorporate the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code and Administrative Rules as Part of the County Building Code (LC 11.005-11.015) (NBA & PM 5/5/04).


Jeff Towery, Land Management, explained that this is a code change  would allow the County to assume the Electrical Permit Program from the State of Oregon.  He noted this had been before the Board previously.  He added in addition to the code change, the board order would establish the fees that the state currently charges.  He added there were issues pending the Board’s approval,  including an agreement between Lane County and the state that would result in a transfer of two employees who are currently providing inspection services for the state to Lane County.  He added it is in the negotiation stage and will come back to the Board for action before July 1.  He noted the other issue is an agreement between the County and the City of Florence that would allow the City of Florence to continue to sell electrical permits in the western portion of the County as they had been doing under similar agreement with the state.  He added that was within the County Administrator’s authority to execute.


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


MOTION: to adopt Ordinance No 9-04.


Dwyer MOVED, Hampton SECONDED.




b. ORDER 04-5-19-15/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 60 of the Lane Manual to Add Electrical Permit Fees (LM 60.855) (NBA & PM 5/5/04).


MOTION: to approve ORDER 04-5-19-15.


Dwyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.


Dwyer commented that these permit fees are lower than their other counterparts

throughout the state


VOTE: 5-0.




Sorenson noted the Board received a letter from the Oregon Department of Energy concerning the proposed West Cascade Energy Facility request for applicable substantive criteria.  He noted the letter went to Kent Howe, Steve Vorhes and other people.  He said they want to know the Board’s answer by June 15.  He asked if the agenda team should work on this.


Hampton wanted clarity on what the Board’s roll is.


Assistant County Counsel Stephen Vorhes indicated the Board could put this on their agenda.    He noted the Board is a special advisory group and it is a way the Energy Facility Siting Council handles land use issues and will look to the County for advice on compliance with the County’s land use criteria.   He said the Board could have a role to play in letting them know what they think it takes to comply with the County’s criteria.


Sorenson asked what the status was of the related issue of the facility permit on the County road.


Vorhes replied that it was similar, but it was not a land use issue.  He said if the site certificate the state agency issues includes that, Lane County is compelled to issue permits consistent with the site certificate.  He noted even if there is not compliance with Lane County’s substantive criteria, they ultimately make the decision if it complies with the statewide planning goals.


Green announced that he would be going to Salem on Friday. to attend a juvenile crime prevention meeting.  He noted that AOC was having a Spring Conference..  He asked Ethel to get a card signed for Bob Cantine.


Morrison announced she would be in Portland.








ORDER 04-5-19-16 Amending the Submission of Assessment and Taxation Grant Budget to the Oregon Department of Revenue


Van Vactor recalled that this is an order somewhat consistent with the tentative decision of the Budget Committee.   


Wilson stated this included an additional $189,700, the figure consistent with the amount that the Department of Revenue was willing to reduce.


MOTION: to approve ORDER 04-5-19-16.


Dwyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.


VOTE: 5-0.


There being no further business, Commissioner Green adjourned the meeting at 3:00 p.m.



Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary