Eugeneans Evenly Divided on City Hall Plan

Do you approve or disapprove of the City of Eugene plan to tear down the current City Hall building and build a new City Hall?

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Eugeneans Overwhelmingly Familiar with City Hall Plan

Familiarity with the City of Eugene’s City Hall plan can be seen here.

Civic Alliance Plan Approval

Do you approve or disapprove of the recent Eugene Civic Alliance plan to buy Civic Stadium?

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Visit one of the most picturesque places in Oregon…Buford Park. by Pat Farr

 

Visit Friends of Buford Park here...Then actually visit the park here

Mt. Pisgah and its associated park and preservation land are a regional gem...

Buford Park, Mt. Pisgah, Emerald Meadows and the associated park and preservation land are a regional gem…

Lane County will be conducting a prescribed ecological burn at the Howard Buford Recreation Area and the Nature Conservancy’s Willamette Confluence preserve on September 29 or 30, weather permitting. The ecological burn will help preserve and restore prairie and oak savanna habitat.

“Burning is a regular and natural part of the environment in these natural areas,” said Mike Russell, Lane County Parks manager. “We work closely with Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority and our River’s to Ridges partners throughout the area to make sure the burn is safe and will not disrupt the community.”

The ecological burn will be performed in the northwest corner of the park and include habitat on the Nature Conservancy’s Willamette Confluence property. Ecological burns are always dependent on weather. If postponed, an update will be provided to the community by notification to the media.

During the ecological burn, the following changes will be in place:

  • North trailhead and Trails 3 and 7 will be closed
  • Trail 17 from the west trailhead to trail 7 will remain open
  • Trail 3 south beyond the junction with trail 7 will remain open
  • The burn will not impact the west and east trailheads
  • Trails in the arboretum will not be affected
  • The west summit trail will remain open

Visitors to the park should be aware of possible smoky conditions and restricted access to the northwest portion of the park during implementation of the burn.

Lane County’s ecological burns are conducted in partnership with the Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah, the Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Why the County conducts ecological burning:

The ecological burn is being performed as a tool for the management of vegetation in the Spring Box Savanna to help re-establish historically native plant communities in these rare Willamette Valley habitats. The Willamette Valley was once dominated by savannas and prairies rich with diverse grass and wildflower species. This ecosystem requires regular disturbance like fire to maintain native species and to prevent conversion of open prairie to a closed woodland or forest. Historically, disturbance was provided through regular intentional burning by native people or ignition by lightning. Many of our native prairie plants, such as camas and the federally endangered Bradshaw’s lomatium, have evolved with fire for thousands of years and flourish after a site is burned.

Ecological burns in the park’s prairies accomplish several biological and fire safety goals including improved seed germination, removal of built up thatch, and short-term soil fertilization.  All of these factors help native, fire-dependent species thrive like the rare western Meadowlark, Oregon’s state bird, which nests in prairies (grasslands). In addition, controlled burns protect the open prairie structure, as well as reduce the future risks of wildfires to local residences through the removal of standing dead vegetation. The burns are also a training opportunity for the firefighting crews.

Familiarity with Civic Alliance Plan

Familiarity with the Eugene Civic Alliance Plan can be seen here.

Commissioners’ Strategic Plan is moving forward. by Pat Farr

 

A timeline is in place for continuing the development of and adopting a strategic plan for Lane County.  The process is remarkably similar to strategic plan development that I have participated in with Jerry’s Home Improvement Center, FOOD for Lane County, Oregon Food Bank and SELCO.

Board of Lane County Commissioners, Faye Stewart, Pat Farr, Sid Leiken, Jay Bozievich and Pete Sorenson

Board of Lane County Commissioners, Faye Stewart, Pat Farr, Sid Leiken, Jay Bozievich and Pete Sorenson

 

The Board of County Commissioners held its second public meeting on Strategic Planning last Wednesday September 10.  It followed a comprehensive initial meeting which had provided county administrator Steve Mokrohisky and county staff with Commissioners’ priorities for the upcoming plan.

A strategic plan should contain a clearly stated and universally understood mission or value statement and a small number of goal areas.  The goal areas should surround the organizational, operational and directional concerns of an organization and be crafted to remain constant throughout the life of the strategic plan.  The priorities should be supplemented with strategies to achieve the goals stated in the priorities and support the value mission.  Each strategy encompasses tactics which, unlike strategies, are flexible and dynamic and represent ongoing work plans and processes as well as respond to newly identified urgent and critical topics.

The Board is considering three “pillars” as the basis of the strategic plan. (You can see the draft strategic plan  here)  The proposed pillars or goal areas and accompanying strategies are:

1.  A Safe and Healthy County

2.  Vibrant Communities

3.  Infrastructure

Accompanying strategies for a Safe and Healthy County may include: Improve safety throughout our county; Improve the health of our communities; Ensure networks of integrated and effective services

For Vibrant Communities: Invest in a strong, diverse and sustainable economy; Support a vibrant natural environment

For infrastructure:  Maintain safe county-owned infrastructure, including roads, bridges, parks and buildings

The draft strategic plan lists some initial tactics beneath each of the accompanying strategies.

The next step will be an open house, to take place on Wednesday September 17 beginning with a regular board meeting at 5:00 pm in Harris Hall.   This will be an opportunity for open review of the draft plan.  Click here  to see the website containing the open house information.

 

Eugene Paid Sick Leave and Business Location Provision

Would you prefer the paid sick leave ordinance would exclude all employees who do some work in Eugene for businesses located outside Eugene or would exclude only employees who work in Eugene less than six weeks per year for businesses located outside Eugene?

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Eugene Paid Sick Leave and Business Size Provision

Would you prefer the paid sick leave ordinance would include all businesses of any size or would include only businesses with six or more employees?

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Charter Amendment Opposing Eugene Paid Sick Leave Gains

If the election were held today, would you support or oppose a City of Eugene charter amendment that would overturn Eugene’s Paid Sick leave ordinance?

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Eugene Paid Sick Leave Passed Too Fast

Do you feel the City of Eugene moved too fast, too slow, or just about right passing the ordinance?

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