SENATE COMMITTEE ON

TRANSPORTATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

March 19, 2003                                                                                                       Hearing Room C

8:00 AM                                                                                                                         Tapes 61-62

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Rick Metsger, Chair

Sen. Bruce Starr, Vice-Chair

Sen. Ryan Deckert

Sen. David Nelson

 

HOUSE MEMBERS:             Rep. Patti Smith, Chair

                                                Rep. Vicki Berger, Vice Chair

                                                Rep. March

                                                Rep. Monnes Anderson

                                               

GUEST MEMBERS:             Speaker Sen. Minnis

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Amy Joyce, Committee Administrator

Kim Medford, Committee Administrator

Annastasia Suess, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD: SB 441 – Public Hearing

                                                Informational - Joint Meeting with House -  Invited Testimony    

                                               

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 61, A

005

Chair Metsger

Calls the committee to order at 8:05 a.m. and opens a public hearing on SB 441.

SB 441 –PUBLIC HEARING

010

Ed Glad

Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters. Begins testimony in support of SB 441.

 

Glad

Continues testimony:

·         Boise Cascade

·         Prison Industries

·         Creation of a Quality Jobs Board

·         Proposed amendments to section two

·         Concludes presentation

180

Sen. Ted Ferrioli

District John Day. Provides a summary of SB 441 and elaborates on the definition of sustainability.

260

Ferrioli

Continues testimony:

·         Innovative Contracts

·         Coordination of research investment

·         Concludes testimony

280

Sen. Tony Corcoran

District 4. Provides testimony in support of SB 441.

310

Sen. Nelson

States that the Governor prefers boards of 5 at the most 7 members, and wonders if there will be an issue with a nine person board.

320

Sen. Ferrioli

Says that there will be discussion with the Governor about restructuring the board to meet his preferences.

325

Sen. Nelson

Asks how this will work with federal agencies since 52 percent of the land is federal lands.

330

Corcoran

Comments on the changes in the Bush administration, will allow for more partnerships and innovations coming from the state level.

340

Sen. Ferrioli

States that the goal is aimed at demonstration projects on smaller scale that will not typically attract large scale bidders.

360

Sen. Deckert

Comments on the creation of the board, and its coordination with the governor’s office.

370

Sen. Ferrioli

States that there will be coordination with the governor’s office as well as many state agencies.

390

Sen. Corcoran

Comments on the community solutions teams.

420

Vice Chair B. Starr

Asks for the definition of “the living wage”.

440

Sen. Corcoran

Defines the definition as ‘a net tax payer’. Offers an example of a family of four with an income below 33 thousand a year were basically beneficiary’s of the tax system and not contributors to the tax system. States that the definition is not minimum wage but rather living wage.

TAPE 62, A

020

Vice Chair B. Starr

Asks if it is possible for the living wage to vary depending on the area a person lives.

035

Sen. Corcoran

States there will need to be a very strong economic evaluation to determine the distinctions versus the variations for the living wage.

045

Sen. Ferrioli

Comments on the sustainability of jobs in Oregon.

065

Charles Spencer

Labor Co-Chair of the Restoration Jobs Working group of the Alliance for Sustainable Jobs and Environment, Lane County. Provides testimony in favor of SB 441.

125

Spencer

Concludes testimony.

148

Danny Scott

Western Council of Industrial Workers. Provides testimony in support of SB 441.

200

Scott

Concludes testimony.

205

Sen. Nelson

Asks how the infrastructure is going to blend together with the demonstration projects.

210

Glad

States that one of the amendments being proposed to SB 441 will create an action plan to be able to market the model contract templates as well as identify the work forces’ ability.

240

Sen. Nelson

Comments on previous infrastructures that are no longer operable and asks where the people will come from.

245

Scott

States that SB 441 will not put the people back to work, but rather test some models to do the work in restoration differently.

260

Spencer

States that the essence of the bill is innovation.

300

Jess McKinley

Oregon Economic and Community Development Department. Provides testimony in support of SB 441. States there are several components of the bill that are unclear. Encourages further dialogue of SB 441.

345

Chair Metsger

Asks if Mr. McKinley would be available to work with the proponents on the amendments to the bill.

350

Vice Chair B. Starr

Asks if there have been conversations with the governor’s staff on this issue and if the testimony today was a reflection of the governor’s staff.

360

McKinley

States there have been informal conversations and that the testimony was not a reflection of the governor’s staff’s standpoints.

375

Chair Metsger

Closes the public hearing on SB 441 and welcomes House Economic Development Committee. Opens an informational hearing.

JOINT MEETING WITH HOUSE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE - INFORMATIONAL HEARING

420

Chair Metsger

Introduces the Gresham Springwater Community Industrial Land Project as an example on a community that moving forward rapidly in economic development.

430

Rob Fussell

Community Economic Development Director. Introduces the staff that will testify and provides written materials (EXHIBIT A).

440

Charles J. Becker

Mayor of Gresham. Provides a summary of the Springwater Urban Growth Boundary Proposal.

460

Terry Vanderkooy

New communities and Annexation Manager. Begins discussion on the Springwater Industrial Land Project.

TAPE 61, B

030

Vanderkooy

Continues discussion:

·         Springwater Phase 1

·         State Impact

·         Making Springwater Happen

075

Shelly Parini

Economic Development Manager. Begins discussion on Springwater’s economic potential.

125

Parini

Continues testimony:

·         Oregon Science and Technology Partnership (OSTP)

·         OSTP Site opportunities

·         Proposed OSTP Alliances

·         OSTP Education Alliances

·         Gresham’s Economic Tools

·         Gresham’s success stories

158

John Dorst

Transportation Manager. Begins discussion on Springwater’s transportation and infrastructure preparedness.

200

Dorst

Continues testimony:

·         185th Project

·         262nd & Orient Project

·         Civic Neighborhood

·         Gresham’s “green development” goal

·         Wastewater

·         Water reservoirs

270

Fussell

Begins discussion on Springwater partnerships and next steps.

320

Chair Smith

Asks how the agriculture lands to the east of Gresham will be protected.

330

Fussell

States that Gresham partners with Multnomah to create an IGA with the county.

333

Chair P. Smith

Asks if there will be partnership with Clackamas county

335

Fussell

Confirms.

340

Dorst

States that transportation design will assist in the protection of the lands.

350

Chair P. Smith

Asks how Gresham will expediate the permitting process.

360

Fussell

States there is a Rapid Response team that is in place to handle the expediation of the process.

370

Speaker Karen Minnis

Commends the Rapid Response team’s ability to outreach to the community.

400

Vice Chair B. Starr

Asks if the Oregon Department of Land Conservation will be funding the  600 thousand dollars.

406

Fussell

States that currently the ground work is being laid with the state during the concept planning, and that there have not been any signs that the LCD will be funding the project.

425

Vice Chair B. Starr

Asks if the 600 hundred thousand dollars would be for a period of three to four years.

430

Fussell

States that the Phase 1 will be completed in another three to four months and that 50 thousand dollars are earmarked for this Phase. States that all three phases will be completed by the end of 2004. The 600 hundred thousand will be needed in approximately 6 months from now.

450

Vice Chair B. Starr

Asks for clarification that the money would be needed this year.

TAPE 62, B

005

Fussell

Confirms.

015

Vice Chair B. Starr

Asks if the implementation dates of January through December 2004 to complete major infrastructure include the interchange as well.

028

Fussell

Confirms. States that the interchange will be needed to complete the Springwater project.

035

Vice Chair B. Starr

States that it is hard to believe that moving an interchange through the process in less than a year could be possible.

040

Dorst

States that the commitment needs to be made, while the construction is in process.

050

Vice Chair B. Starr

Asks if this area is served by rail.

053

Dorst

States there is no heavy rail in this area.

055

Robin Roberts

Community Solutions Office.  Elaborates on the time line and funding. States that the entire 17 million in funds will not be set prior to construction, but alternative solutions are being looked into.

060

Rep. Monnes Anderson

Commends the proponents of the bill on the hard work and effort put into this bill.

065

Sen. Nelson

Asks for clarification on the amount of acreage in the project.

070

Fussell

States that amount is 1,400, not 14,000 acres as stated in the testimony.

075

Sen. Nelson

Asks for clarification on the urban growth boundary, and if the project is in the boundary.

085

Fussell

Clarifies and states yes, the phases are in the urban growth areas.

090

Sen. Nelson

Asks if the vision is for campus type industries.

095

Fussell

States the vision is a technology campus.

120

Dorst

Elaborates on the area and states that Phase 1 is 1,400 acres and Phase 2 is 2,200 additional acres.

125

Fussell

States that a partnership with Clackamas is in process as well.

130

Rep. March

Inquires about the Johnson Creek Watershed and the 210 acres that have been set aside, and asks what sort of a buffer along the creeks and trail  will be provided.

140

Dorst

Comments on the Johnson Creek Watershed buffer planning.

145

Rep. March

Inquires about whether there is future consideration for moderate to low income housing in the Village.

150

Fussell

States there is the vision of urban housing elements that will deal with affordability.

155

Rep. Monnes Anderson

States that Gresham does not have a multitude of high end housing, and that with the growth of industry, the need for higher end housing will be necessary to keep higher salary workers from commuting from West Linn or Lake Oswego.

180

Chair Metsger

Comments on the hard, aggressive actions taken by Gresham and commends the coordination of the project.

185

Chair Metsger

Closes the informational hearing and adjourns the committee at 9:45 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Informational, written materials, Rob Fussell, 37 pp