Lane County to Discuss Expansion of Event Center and Safe Sleep Sites

Here’s a roundup of what local elected officials will be talking about at this week’s town hall meetings.

Lane County Board of Commissioners

To look at: County meetings are streamed at bit.ly/LaneCounty-meetings.

To participate: Meetings of the Board of Commissioners begin at 9 a.m. at Harris Hall, located at 125 E 8th Ave., unless otherwise specified. Doors to Harris Hall open at 8:45 a.m.

Comment: When there is a chance to comment, people should register for the meeting to do so virtually. After registration, people will receive information on how to attend.

Those coming to the meeting in person should register on the attendance sheet located near the front door.

There will be instructions during the meeting to speak at public hearings and make public comments.

People can also email [email protected] with public comments by noon Monday. The subject line should include “PUBLIC COMMENT FOR MEETING DATE 8/23/2022”.

MORNING SESSION

When: 9:00 a.m. Tuesday

What: Commissioners will listen to and respond to comments from the public.

They will then review a consent schedule that includes intergovernmental agreements and contracts before voting on a $700,000 contract with St. Vincent de Paul for support services at the two city-funded Safe Sleep sites on Garfield Street.

Related:“We still have a lot of people on the streets.” Eugene extends Safe Sleep sites through 2024

Commissioners will also vote on $3 million in proposed grants from American Rescue Plan Act funds. According to a draft decree, the grants should be awarded to 17 organizations and range from $25,000 to $450,000. It’s set for 10 o’clock, certain time, which means that other items on the agenda could move to take account of this discussion and the vote.

The board will then discuss funding options for the potential mixed-use community facility at the Lane Events Center, which is proposed as the new home for the Eugene Emeralds. A draft ordinance would direct staff to prepare one or more ordinance to increase tourism-related tax rates, such as transient room tax and car rental tax, to support the project.

Read more:Officials approve condensed procurement process for Emeralds proposal at Lane Events Center

The council will also vote whether to send a letter commenting on proposed guidelines for using federal funds to help with recovery from the 2020 wildfires, including the Holiday Farm fire.

Register: us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3gnlMl1hT2yFL8Gux6e15w

Contact city government watchdog Megan Banta at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @MeganBanta_1.