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M I N U T E S
CITY-COUNTY COMMON
Friday, January 19, 2001 - 8:45 a.m.
County-City Building - Room 113


County Commissioners Present:  Bob Workman, Common Chair; Kathy Campbell,
Larry Hudkins and Linda Steinman

City Council Members Present:  Jon Camp, Common Vice Chair; Coleen Seng,
Annette McRoy and Jerry Shoecraft (arrived late)

Others Present: Russ Shultz, Weed Control Superintendent; Dave Knopick,
Gould Evans Goodman & Associates; Ray Moe and Everett Bacon, LSA
Associates; Kathleen Sellman, Kent Morgan, Mike DeKalb, Steve Henrichsen
and Mike Brienzo, Planning Department; Kerry Eagan, County Chief
Administrative Officer; Ann Harrell, Mayor's Office; and Cori Beattie,
County Board Secretary


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Hudkins moved approval of the minutes from the November 17, 2000 Common
meeting; seconded by Campbell.  Roll call vote.  Ayes: Campbell, Steinman,
Hudkins, Seng, McRoy, Camp and Workman.  Nays: None.  Motion passed 7-0.


ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Seng nominated Camp as City-County Common Chair for 2001; seconded by
Campbell.  Roll call vote.  Ayes: Workman, Campbell, Camp, McRoy, Seng,
Hudkins and Steinman.  Motion passed 7-0.

Hudkins nominated Steinman as City-County Common Vice Chair for 2001;
seconded by Campbell.  Roll call vote.  Ayes: Campbell, Camp, McRoy, Seng,
Hudkins, Steinman and Workman.  Motion passed 7-0.


DISCUSSION OF FUTURE MEETING SCHEDULE

Workman said it seemed that the survey Common members recently completed
indicated a desire to alternate future meetings between Mondays and
Tuesdays perhaps over the lunch hour.  In reference to meeting frequency,
Campbell indicated that she would rather continue meetings on a monthly
basis.  Then, if there are no agenda items, the Chair has the discretion to
cancel the meeting.  Camp said he and Steinman can converse and decide what
to do regarding the schedule.

Seng said she agrees that the meetings should continue on a monthly basis,
but that it would not be convenient for the City Council to meet Mondays at
noon because of their weekly meeting.  Hudkins added that there may be some
merit to meeting in the morning, versus over lunch.  Campbell said the
alternating schedule would be good.  Camp suggested that when meetings are
held on Monday, they could be worked into the morning pre-council schedule. 
Campbell added that Council Members and Commissioners may want to discuss
any potential Monday or Tuesday morning conflicts and forward this
information to Camp.  Camp asked each body to filter this information
through their respective staff in the next 10 days, after which a schedule
will be set and adopted.
                              

CITY COMBINED WEED REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Shultz reported that the combined weed program takes care of the City's
abatement ordinance which is a height regulation of 6".  Noxious weeds are
designated by the State Department of Agriculture.

A total of 6,236 inspections were done on 2,731 sites.  Hudkins noted that
there seemed to be a cluster of violations in the north central part of the
City.  Shultz indicated that this is due in part to the area being more
open.

The following statistics were presented:
1.  1,265 inspections of noxious weeds on 645 sites (While most
    violations were musk thistle, there was also Canada thistle
    and leafy spurge present.);
2.  1,852 violations on 1,400 acres; and
3.  94% of violations were cut by the owner (in the past, the
    percentage of City cut violations was as high as 15%).

Shultz noted that Purple Loosestrife is now a noxious weed.  This
designation will increase inspection workload within the City limits by at
least 1,000.  It will also require a strong awareness effort on behalf of
the public.  He added that an exchange program is being sought.  Omaha has
taken the lead on a grant application for an environmental trust fund which
would allow people to exchange Purple Loosestrife for another plant at
local nurseries.  The nurseries would incur half the cost and the grant
would make up the difference.  If the grant is not awarded, a program may
still evolve where nurseries would offer a discount for replacement plants. 
Seng asked why Purple Loosestrife was designated a noxious weed.  Shultz
said the plant is a very aggressive invader of wetlands, therefore, not
good for wildlife and water fowl.  It can also cause problems with
irrigation.

In regard to multiple violations on weed abatement, Brager Construction was
involved in a tremendous number throughout the City.  While the company has
been responsive, Shultz will meet with them in an attempt to speed up the
process.  McRoy asked who's responsible for cutting weeds on City-owned
property with violations.  Shultz said the agency who oversees the property
would be responsible.  In the past, City agencies have been very quick to
respond when a complaint is received and brought to their attention.

Shultz offered more statistics:
1.  1,184 total violators with 1,852 violations;
2.  994 violators with single violations;
3.  190 multiple violators with 858 violations; and
4.  9 multiple violators with 10 or more violations each (362 violations).

Shultz said there will be a big effort to work with these multiple
violators to try to reduce this problem.  Camp asked how these numbers
compare to previous years, especially with Home Real Estate and Brager
Construction.  Shultz said Brager Construction has had more violations this
year than in the past but they do own a great deal of property throughout
the community.  Camp said he would be interested in seeing if there is a
trend with certain companies.  Shultz noted that violations by Steve
Champoux have really decreased compared to past years.  Owners simply have
to work at keeping these properties clear.

Natural areas were addressed.  Shultz said there is an impression that
these areas do not require any restoration or maintenance.  This is not
true.  Areas which are distributed or contain undesirable vegetation need
to be addressed and a plan needs to be implemented regarding future
intentions for such areas.

Shultz recommended that developers be clearly informed about restoration
and maintenance requirements and that the Weed Control Authority be made
aware of  designated natural areas.  He also suggested that a seasonal
person be used to help developers design natural areas.

In regard to the future, Shultz said there were about 6,000 inspections in
the City and 2,677 in the County during 2000.  He anticipates an increased
workload since Purple Loosestrife has been designated a noxious weed.  The
program costs for 1999-2000 were $87,094 for the City and $120,234 for the
County.  Costs for 2000-2001look to be approximately $88,188 for the City
and $134,730 in the County.  He said the Weed Authority's future budget
will definitely need to be reviewed.


COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE

Sellman said the Comprehensive Plan is up and running.  Eight community
meetings have recently taken place with 234 community participants.  She
added that today's presentation will cover the status of where things are
in the process, including comments from the consultants.  The goal remains
to have the project completed with a draft to officials by December of
2001.

Morgan distributed the following materials (copies on file):
1. Comprehensive Plan Element Status Briefing (See Exhibit A);
2. Planning 101 - An Introduction to the Comprehensive Plan
   (See Exhibit B);
3. 2000 Public Opinion Survey of Planning and Development Issues in
   Lincoln and Lancaster County (See Exhibit C);
4. Comprehensive Plan 2025 Comment Form (See Exhibit D);
5. Natural resources Geographic Information Systems Summary Report
   Themes (See Exhibit E);
6. Comprehensive Plan Future Road Improvement in County (See Exhibit F);
7. Improvement for Future Road Network 1-25 Year Program
   (See Exhibit G); and
8. South Beltway Corridor NRHP Eligible Sites (See Exhibit H).

NOTE:  Color copies of Exhibits F, G and H can be obtained by contacting
the Planning Department at 441-7491.

Morgan commented that the Comprehensive Plan has a one-year time frame with
four major task elements.  The first element is to develop and evaluate
goals and assumptions.  The expectation is to have this finalized by
the end of March.  The next big public event will occur somewhere at the
beginning of the plan alternatives process.  Hopefully, there will
be quarterly workshops held throughout the area as a means of collecting
the public's input. Alternatives refinement will take place from
June to September with the plan preparation and review done this
fall.  The ultimate goal is to have a draft document for review by the end
of the year.

There will be many opportunities for the public to participate, including
workshops, a website, email and mobile displays.  Morgan added that radio,
television and the print media have done very well for the project. 
Efforts are being made to assure everyone feels part of the process.  For
example, plans are underway to print materials in Spanish, Bosnian,
Cambodian, Vietnamese, Russian and Arabic.  The public meetings have also
had interpreters for the hearing impaired. 

Consultant Dave Knopick said his major task is to work with Morgan on
parallel projects to assure the Comprehensive Plan addresses these items
and brining things together.  He introduced Ray Moe, Transportation
Consultant, who is working on the long-range transportation component. 
Knopick commented that consultants will be meeting with officials on a
periodic basis to obtain feedback and guidance.

In regard to the recent public meetings, Knopick said he was very surprised
by the attendance.  A very diverse group of people took part with
approximately 30 attending per meeting.  He added that as Morgan previously
mentioned, there will be a number of ways for people to offer their
comments other than the meetings.

Knopick observed the following during the first-round meetings:
1.  Re-verification of the attitudinal survey indicating traffic to be a
    big problem
    a.  Particular streets/intersections were mentioned, providing a
        benchmark for observation.
    b.  Concerns were raised about cross-town traffic.
    c.  Idea of selecting a corridor, doing it correctly and moving through
        the process.
    d.  Skepticism regarding decision to do a project and then pull it
        away.
2.  Divisive key items such as corridor needs versus neighborhood
    preservation.
3.  Environment and New Growth
    a.  Needs to be basic amenity package regarding quality of 
        environments being built.
    b.  Connectivity of place; not having developments as isolated 
        pockets.

Moe said one comment seemed consistent from meeting to meeting, that was
"don't mess it up."  From the transportation perspective, there were
comments about the difficulty in north-south travel.  And while people
raised this concern, they also recognized that some sort of balance is
necessary.  Neighborhood impacts were also discussed.  People questioned
who would be responsible for payment.  Long-range transit choices were
mentioned, i.e., how can people get from their neighborhood to a shopping
center in the future (pedestrian or bicycle trails).  Other key issues such
as Stevens Creek and the beltway were brought up.

Morgan commented that on the whole, the environment at the meetings was
very positive.  Comments tended to reinforce the results of the community
survey.  He added that credibility must also be relayed to the public that
this project is a community plan and everyone is encouraged to be part of
the process.  Knopick said the historical issue of "north-south split" was
brought up at a few of the meetings.

(Shoecraft left the meeting at 9:40 a.m.)

Workman said he attended the meeting in Davey where the issues seemed to be
very local.  Residents were not concerned about the beltway but amazingly,
the  north-south split was a point of discussion.  He suggested alternating
meeting spots throughout the County.  Morgan said that was the intent.
  
Seng stated she was concerned when not many people attended the meeting at
Huntington Elementary but was happy to hear that a total of 234
participated community-wide.  Knopick said this number is a definite
momentum builder.  Seng asked if in the future, it may be possible to plan
the community meetings around the array of other governmental meetings. 
Knopick noted that Lincoln is a very active community, and he was very
pleased with the level of turnout at this week's meetings.

Knopick asked if there were any issues or goals officials would like to
discuss.  Hudkins noted that there seems to be a lot of concern about
building in floodplains such as S. 14th Street and W. South Street. 
Knopick said there were some comments at last night's meeting regarding
floodplains.  Moe added that there was also a lot of mention about
floodplains, environmental protection and endangered species at the
meetings he attended.  Knopick commented that the FEMA's potential
remapping of the community was a concern.  Some people are very sensitive
to the floodplain issue.  Hudkins added that the Lincoln Realtors
Association also voiced their concerns to him at a recent meeting.

Camp stated that in looking at the broad growth of Stevens Creek and other
areas, there will need to be a balance between efficient use of the land
and the economics as a means of helping to keep lot prices down.  Perhaps
using this land for recreational use, i.e., soccer fields, would be an
option.  Keeping our entryways attractive is another consideration.  He
noted that the community must look in a global perspective as to attract
good businesses and economics for people.

Knopick said comments were received about amenities for new development,
though, costs for these amenities were never discussed.  The economic
development component of the plan due next month will hopefully provide
some direction with regard to this issue.  

In regard to transition planning as Lincoln and even surrounding villages
grow, Campbell said while the County Board and City Council have tried to
work cooperatively at these efforts in the past, it may now be time to
develop some guidelines and criteria.

Workman stated that there are land use concerns in the northeast part of
the County, as well as concerns regarding smart growth and the right to
farm.  The residents are counting on elected officials to help figure out
these things.  Knopick said he is hopeful that in working with the plan's
alternatives, people will better understand these issues. 

Knopick said future updates will be scheduled at Common meetings.  He asked
officials to bring forward honest criticism as oftentimes, the consultants
will not be privy to these concerns.  Public meetings are tentatively
scheduled on a quarterly basis with the next being mid to late April.  It
was noted that this schedule may change in an attempt to coincide with
Common meetings. 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:00 a.m.

Submitted by,

Cori R. Beattie
County Board Secretary

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