EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Board of Commissioners rang in the new year Monday with the annual State of the County Address.
Commissioner and Board Chair Sid Leiken spoke before the crowd in Harris Hall, reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future.
“Probably the biggest accomplishment was the passing of the jail levy and getting the confidence of the voters to fund the jail and get our youth services up to speed,” said Leiken.
While reflection can be key to a better future, the board emphasized an element of time often overlooked — the present.
The meeting began with a performance of the Van Halen song “Right Now,” and it was a theme of the address.
“As we look forward, as your leaders, we will be focused on the vital services of the county and we are focused on what the citizens need right now from their elected leaders,” said Leiken.
Leiken says some of those goals include maintaining and improving upon the community’s public safety plan, and creating more living wage jobs.