Sherman County eNews #349

  1. Notice: Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting & Agenda, Nov.5
  2. Sherman County Public/School Library presents Fun Family Night—A Maker Open House for All Ages, Nov. 12
  3. State Fire Marshal Urges You to Test Your Smoke Alarms When Turning Back Your Clock, Nov. 1
  4. ODOT Road Construction Update | Moro to Madras, Week of Nov. 2
  5. The Power to Create Your Own Reality
  6. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 21
  7. Links: explore ~ investigate ~ search ~ probe ~ examine ~ research ~ study ~ think 

(NOTE: New or Corrected items will appear in red)


1. Notice: Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting & Agenda, Nov. 5

Public Meeting Announcement 

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Special Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2015. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman Jr./Sr. High School/Public Library.  Please find the agenda attached. 

Sherman County School District
Board of Directors Meeting
Public/School Library
65912 High School Loop
Moro, Oregon 97039

AGENDA
November 5, 2015
6:00pm Special Meeting

SPECIAL MEETING
1.0          CALL MEETING TO ORDER
1.1          Pledge of Allegiance

 2.0         COMMENTS FROM VISITORS
(The Sherman County School District Board of Directors welcomes and encourages public comment and communication regarding District programs and policies.  If you wish to speak, please place your name and the specific topic you wish to comment on prior to the meeting on the signup sheet on the counter near the entrance.  Because time available is limited, there may be a time limit placed on each person who wishes to speak. The Chair has authority to keep order and to impose any reasonable restrictions necessary to conduct an efficient meeting. The Board reserves the right to delay discussion on any item presented until later in the meeting or at a subsequent meeting. Objective criticism of operations and programs will be heard but not complaints concerning specific personnel. Thank you.)

2.1          Audience Communications (Testimony related to agenda items.)

3.0         UNFINISHED BUSINESS
3.1          Guaranteed Maximum Price for Phase II Construction (Action Item)

4.0          FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS, CLOSING COMMENTS AND NEXT STEPS

5.0         NEXT MEETING
5.1         Next regular board meeting, November 9, 2015

ADJOURNMENT

The Board of Directors of Sherman County School District may address other matters as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.

If necessary, an Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660

The Sherman County School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups.  It is the policy of the Sherman County School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veterans’ status, genetic information or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment.

American with Disabilities Act: Please contact the district office at (541) 565-3500 if you need accommodation to participate.  Please telephone at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting date.  Thank you.


2.  Sherman County Public/School Library presents Fun Family Night — A Maker Open House for All Ages, Nov. 12

Thursday, November 12    6:00 p.m.

Let’s make something! Come experience the Maker Movement. Children and adults can participate in hands-on experiences at different Maker Stations. What shall we make? Culinary arts, Fiber Arts, and 3D prints. How are things made? Take things apart at the take-apart table. For more information contact the library at 541-565-3279 or email shermanlibrary@sherman.k12.or.us


3. State Fire Marshal Urges You to Test Your Smoke Alarms When Turning Back Your Clock, Nov. 1

Sunday, November 1st marks the end of daylight saving time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. The Office of State Fire Marshal is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries.

“Smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with 10-year batteries and some are tamper-resistant,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “So, I encourage residents to test their alarms before changing the battery.”

Oregon law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are solely battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery. Because of this technology, the national slogan “Change your clock, Change your battery” may not apply to Oregon residents who have these ionization-only smoke alarms.

Other types of alarms are also being sold with either a 10-year battery or a standard-life battery.

“Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family’s safety from a home fire,” adds Walker. “Also, be sure to replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older.”

To test your alarm properly we recommend you:

1) Push the test button to be sure the battery is working.
2) When replacing batteries, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct battery type to use.
3) Always retest alarms after installing new batteries.
4) Replace any alarm that fails to operate after installing a new battery.
5) Inspect your alarms to determine if they are 10 years old or older, and replace any smoke alarm 10 years old or older. Look for a date on the back of the alarm. If there is no date, your alarm is more than 10 years old and should be replaced.
6) Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for regularly cleaning your alarms of dust and cobwebs.

Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, which increase your chances of survival. Additional safety tips:
* Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area (hallway).
* Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
* Use the smoke alarm’s hush feature to silence nuisance alarms.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with family members.

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire department or visit
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Pages/CommEd_SA_Program.aspx

Follow the OSFM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateFireMarshal and Twitter @OSFM.


4. ODOT Road Construction Update | Moro to Madras, Week of Nov. 2

US 97: Moro to Madras

KERR Contractors will be replacing 29 miles of pavement on U.S. 97 between Grass Valley (MP 27.1) and Shaniko (MP 56.7). The project also includes the construction of passing lanes between MP 43.8 and MP 45.4, installation of new highway signs between Moro and Madras, and adding ADA compliant sidewalk ramps in Grass Valley. 

During the week of November 2nd the contractor will continue to reduce US 97 to a single lane at MP 43 to MP 46. The contractor will be winterizing the construction zone of the new passing lane work. Flagging and pilot cars will be utilized to facilitate lane closures. Traffic can expect 15 minute delays Sunday 7pm through Friday 3pm.

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION4/Pages/US97-Moro-Madras.aspx


5. The Power to Create Your Own Reality

~ The Pacific Institute

Do you believe that you create your own reality? Or do you believe that reality is something “out there” over which you have no control? 

As adults, we generate our experiences in life. While we can’t control everything that happens to us, we can control how we respond. We can take responsibility for the results we experience in life. And when we do this, we grow enormously. 

Television newsperson Dan Rather once said that John Kennedy became a true leader when he stood before the American people and said that the Bay of Pigs was an atrocity that never should have happened, and then took full responsibility for it. He was transformed from a promising young politician into a great leader. 

The same is true for you and me. If we take responsibility for our lives – our reality – then we have the power. If we avoid it, then we have lost that power. 

Who is responsible for the quality of your life? If you say someone else, you are trapped unless, or until, circumstances change. If you say, “I am,” you give yourself the power to change things, if you choose to do so. 

You see, the power to change resides where it has always resided – inside you. Take charge of your life, and you give yourself direction and purpose that probably has been missing. Will you be taking risks? Yes, you will, and you will probably make some mistakes. We all do. And if you can find a person who has never made a mistake, then you have probably found someone who hasn’t really lived.

Life is yours to be lived. Live it fully!


6. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 21

~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

(A brief summary of topics addressed – not official minutes. For details, please see the official approved minutes that will be posted after the November 4 Court session on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us)

 The Sherman County met in regular session on October 21, 2015, and in conducting the business of the county,

 ~ held a public hearing for the 2015 Transportation System Plan; heard the goals of the plan are mobility and connectivity, economic development, and safety, and outcomes include projects, programs, policies, pilot projects, and studies; heard concerns from Steve Back, owner of The Craftsman Inn Moro, about the speed at which traffic flows through Moro as well as the signage present; heard the process of creating the 2015 Transportation System Plan; heard near and long-term project cost estimates; heard specific changes to the county’s ordinances include amending the Comprehensive Plan to adopt the Transportation System Plan as Goal 12 and replace the previous Transportation System Plan and amending the Land Development Ordinance to adopt the roadway design standards and clarify the language for the traffic study requirement;

~ approved the Ordinance in the Matter of the Comprehensive Plan Amendment to Repeal and Delete the 2003 Transportation System Plan and Adopt the 2015 Transportation System Plan and Declaring an Emergency;

~ approved the Ordinance in the Matter of the County Zoning, Subdivision Partitioning and Land Development Ordinance of 1994, as Amended by Ordinance #22-05, an Amendment to Repeal and Delete the 2003 Transportation System Plan Standards and Adopt Updated Standard to Implement the 2015 Transportation System Plan and Declaring an Emergency;

~ heard a quarterly report from Jan Byram, Senior Center Manager;

~ heard a quarterly report from Sandy Macnab, OSU Extension;

~ heard a quarterly report from Marnene Benson, Treasurer/Community Transit Coordinator;

~ approved the ODOT Public Transit Division Agency Periodic Report for the first quarter of the 2015-2017 biennium as presented;

~ met in executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660. (2) (i) Personnel  to discuss personnel issues;

~ heard a quarterly report from Amber DeGrange, Juvenile Director;

~ approved the Intergovernmental Agreement for Focus Childcare Network Services between Sherman County and Columbia Gorge Community College Childcare Resource and Referral and authorized Judge Thompson to sign pending final approval of County Counsel;

~ approved the Intergovernmental Agreement for Regional Early Learning Hub Coordinator between Sherman County and Columbia Gorge Education Service District and authorized Judge Thompson to sign pending final approval of County Counsel;

~ heard a quarterly report from Ron McDermid, Justice of the Peace;

~ heard a quarterly report from Georgia Macnab, Planning Director;

~ heard a quarterly report from Beth McCurdy, Fair Board Secretary;

~ heard a quarterly report from Jessica Metta, Economic Development Project Manager; met Jacque Shei, who will be covering all Sherman County projects while Jessica is out on maternity leave; saw a draft housing proposal for a partnership model between Mid-Columbia Producers, Sherman County School District, and Sherman County; heard city design master plans for Grass Valley, Moro, Wasco, and Rufus are complete, and the next step is reaching out to each city to explore the creation of a committee to prioritize projects; heard updates about Philippi Park and a Mack’s-to-the-mouth trail;

~ heard from Heath Gardner, Wenaha Group Project Manager, about architect selection process results; heard eleven proposals were received, but after interviewing and scoring three top-scoring candidates, Hennebery Eddy Architects stood above the rest; heard the recommendation that Sherman County Court move to award to Hennebery Eddy Architects;

~ approved the Facility Advisory Committee’s recommendation to award a contract to Hennebery Eddy Architects and authorized Wenaha Group to coordinate the Intent to Award followed by a Notice to Proceed barring any formal protest and authorized Judge Thompson to sign any required documentation;

~ met as the Biggs Service District Board to hear that  Biggs Service District needed an Administrator immediately due to bills that need to be paid as well as clients in the Biggs area who need to be invoiced for sewer, including reissuing of checks; asked Moro City Administrator Rene’ Moore, who previously served as Biggs Service District Administrator, if she was interested in taking over the position;

~ hired the City of Moro to provide administrative services to The Biggs Service District for $5,000 pending approval by County Counsel and acceptance by Moro City Counsel;

~ added Rene’ Moore to the Biggs Service District bank signature card from the Bank of Eastern Oregon with a spending limit of $300.00;

~ accepted the bid from Richard Byram in the amount of $22.50 for used pavers from the Sherman County Senior & Community Center landscape project;

~ approved advance payment in the amount of $1,431.00 for the Kent Water District Streetlights on Hwy 97/Dobie Point and Hwy 97/4th St and payment to cover the monthly cost of street lighting service;

~ accepted a letter of resignation/retirement from Lee Langston, Building Maintenance Technician, effective October 31st, 2015;

~ accepted a letter of resignation/retirement from Melva Thomas, Administrative Assistant, effective November 30th, 2015;

~ approved the Intergovernmental Agreement between Sherman County and Gilliam County for reciprocal services regarding Board of Property Tax Appeals (BOPTA) for the 2015 BOPTA year;

~ met in executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660. (2) (i) Personnel to discuss personnel issues with County Counsel;

~ discussed Governor Brown’s executive order 15-09 regarding reduction of non-essential water consumption by state agencies; 2015 Financial Projections created by Commissioner McCoy; an agreement between Biggs Service District and Terry & Teri Sanderson for reservoir and well site access; Wasco Annex Rent Amount for Mid-Columbia Center for Living; 2015 Levy Certification; and the annual SAIF Dividend;

~ heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.


7. Links: explore ~ investigate ~ search ~ probe ~ examine ~ research ~ study ~ think 

Wasco House B&B http://www.wascohouse.biz/

Just Us Inn | “You can sense the dead in Wasco, Oregon”
http://thoughtcatalog.com/amy-venezia/2015/09/you-can-sense-the-dead-in-wasco-oregon-especially-at-the-just-us-inn/ 

Bienniel Report – State Highway Commission – Sherman County
https://books.google.com/books?id=sz0lAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA347&lpg=PA347&dq=Sam+Hill+Good+Roads+Wasco+Oregon&source=bl&ots=9X0apQRhYd&sig=mLofVsN3A39OUyW1hcwv0osYilQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CBwQ6AEwADgKahUKEwjcy5aYiqDIAhXJmogKHelMAd8#v=onepage&q=Sam%20Hill%20Good%20Roads%20Wasco%20Oregon&f=false 

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a chemical compound that illuminates cancer cells under near-infrared light.
http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2015/10/glowing_cancer_cells_marks_adv.html

 Wolves http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2015/10/state_biologists_recommend_rem.html

Beekeepers http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/business/agriculture/article41564067.html

Food Plaza | Preventing Food-borne Illness http://www.freshplaza.com/article/148248/University-helping-farmers-prevent-foodborne-illnesses

Barley Varieties and Genetics with Dr Pat Hayes, OSU Professor | Barley Breeding http://beersmith.com/blog/2015/10/29/barley-varieties-and-genetics-with-dr-pat-hayes-beersmith-podcast-114/

 Ceasefire Oregon http://www.ceasefireoregon.org/

What does an Oregon Gun Control Group Want? http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2015/10/what_does_oregon_gun_control_g.html#incart_river_home

Gun Control with Bill Whittle https://www.youtube.com/embed/pELwCqz2JfE?rel=0&autoplay=true

 Five things to know about the budget deal http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/fixgov/posts/2015/10/28-budget-deal-reynolds?utm_campaign=Brookings+Brief&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=23297921&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8QINQCIjwT5in_bK_1vmnIt98FfTFTFloHXwm0El_uLWPNTgikvbLEp-fuL7qgepFyoMEy70d1sGgJP2PMIGcRWHaDOw&_hsmi=23297921


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