Sherman County eNews #123

CONTENT

  1. Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, May 29 & 30

  2. Livestock Group Sponsors 2 Scholarships

  3. Oregon Revised Statute, County Court – Board of Commissioners

  4. Sherman County Court Notes, May 4

  5. Sherman County Court Meeting Notice & Draft Agenda, May 18

  6. Sherman County Commissioners & Regional Services

  7. To Succeed in Human Relationships

  8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do


 

“We’ve stigmatized the blue-collar existence. And that’s a terrible disservice because it’s a key part of what moves us forward. ‘Made in America’ requires a deeper understanding of what it really takes to make stuff. To me, it’s also about community. I love it when something is made in a place I recognize – by a community I’m part of.”

~ Adam Savage, co-host of TV’s MythBusters.


1. Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, May 29 & 30

boy.hear   ABC Huskies Child Care will sponsor the 33rd annual Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, Sunday and Monday, May 29th and 30th, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at North Sherman Rural Fire Hall located at 411 Yates Street in Wasco. The menu includes ham, eggs, hotcakes and choice of drink for $7.00. Proceeds will be dedicated to operational costs at the child care site which has recently expanded to include a preschool program.          ABC Huskies is governed by the Sherman County Child Care Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, providing quality, state certified child care services. For additional information, please visit our website at www.abchuskiesdaycare.com .


2. Livestock Group Sponsors 2 Scholarships

graduation2The North Central Livestock Association announced today that they are sponsoring two new scholarships for graduating seniors in Wasco and Sherman Counties. The Association was formed by the combining of the Sherman County Cattlemen and the Wasco County Livestock Association in 2013.

The scholarships are for $500, offered one in each county to a graduating senior who is advancing their education in an ag related field. The scholarship may be applied to studies at any two year or four year school.

Applications form are now available at each high school’s scholarship councilor and need to be completed and returned by a postmarked date of no later than Friday May 20, 2016. Awards and presentations will be at the respective County Fair of each winner.


3. Oregon Revised Statute, County Court – Board of Commissioners

https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/Pages/ORS.aspx


4. Sherman County Court Notes, May 4

ShermanCoLogo~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

(A brief summary of topics addressed – not official minutes. For details, please see the official approved minutes posted after the May 18th Court session on the Sherman County website at http://www.co.sherman.or.us)

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on May 4th, 2016, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard from Rod Asher, Weed District Director, a Drone Use Policy is being developed; Matt McGowain, PayneWest Insurance Advisor, explained CityCounty Insurance Services (CIS) will offer drone coverage starting July 1, 2016, at $750 per drone; this would offer $250,000 of liability coverage; Matt recommended the county invest in a full pollution policy for $1 million for spraying operations; the annual premium is $2331.07; the policy would cover any pollution damage up to $1 million per occurrence and $2 million per year;
  • authorized purchasing $250,000 of drone coverage and increasing pollution coverage up to $1 million per occurrence and $2 million aggregate, for the Weed Department to add an additional cost into spray bills to cover pollution liability coverage, with coverage effective on June 1st, 2016, and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved the drone use policy;
  • heard asphalt oil price quotes from Mark Coles, Road Master; Blue Line’s bid is $325/ton, while Albina Asphalt’s bid is $360/ton; Blue Line will transport the asphalt for $35/ton and spread it for $225/hour; accepted Blue Line’s bid for asphalt;
  • met with Paul Sather, resident of Kent, about Starvation Lane and access to the John Day River; the Court received complaints from landowners about trespassing on private property near the river, camping on the river, and an excessive amount of motorized vehicles on the road and in the area; the Court has engaged in conversation with Oregon State Parks and the landowner, and State Parks offered to put up fencing to show the division of private and public land; the Court understood the fence would allow for a turnaround, and a combination lock gate at the boat pullout would allow locals to gain access but discourage extra use of the area; the fencing put in place is not what the Court agreed to, as there is not adequate room for a grader to turn around; discussion was held about the placement of the fencing to give adequate room; the Court emphasized it is opposed to closing the road, and this is not an option; a plan of action includes not putting a fence on the south side of the road and using the existing fence instead, asking State Parks to mow the grass up to the old fence to prevent fire, and approaching State Parks about putting a take-out spot up river on state property to attract people away from Starvation Lane; signage presence at Starvation Lane was discussed; alternative take-out locations were briefly discussed;
  • approved Judge Thompson contacting Oregon State Parks to inform them not to install a gate on the river at this time, to not put up a fence on the south side, to use the existing fence to allow for a large enough turn around, and to recommend State Parks mow the grass;
  • heard from Dan Pehlke, City of Rufus Mayor, that the City of Rufus is in debt; the road to the Gorge Vista development was not paved; the City of Rufus is asking the county to fund the paving of the road and to add the cost to the end of the loan Rufus currently has with the county; discussion was held about possible buyers for the property; Dan asked the Court to grant Rufus two bi periods on the annual Gorge Vista payment; Jeff Holliday, City of Rufus City Manager, reviewed the original agreement between the City of Rufus and Sherman County and noted the City of Rufus is granted the right to defer two payments, thereby extending the note for one year for each deferral elected by the city; Jeff will approach Rufus City Council about the option to skip the Gorge Vista payment;
  • heard a quarterly report from Marnene Benson-Wood, Community Transit Coordinator; the Court approved the Transit Periodic Report for the 3rd quarter for 2016;
  • met as Biggs Service District Board of Directors; Rene’ Moore, Biggs Service District Administrator, read the budget message out loud, highlighting the district’s contract with CH2M Hill (OMI), the district’s loan with Infrastructure Finance Authority for the 1998 sewer system, work being done with Anderson Perry Engineering, and the allowed $4.0061 per $1,000 tax rate; Rene’ reviewed revenues and expenditures; the proposed budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year totals $2,459,835; the Court approved the total taxes by permanent rate of $4.0061 and approved the budget as presented to be presented to the Budget Committee; heard a Right of Entry form needs to be filled out to give permission for Oregon Department of Transportation to complete surveys in Biggs; authorized Judge Thompson to sign the Right of Entry form for surveys; the Budget Hearing Meeting will be held June 1st at 1:00 p.m.;
  • entered into Executive Session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (d) Labor Negotiations; approved the final Hennebery Eddy Contract pending approval and any changes recommended by legal counsel;
  • agreed to offer to pay up to $600 for each of the cities to install a bicycle fix-it station, to be taken from the infrastructure fund, with the cities to cover the rest of the cost;
  • declared as surplus the 1998 Chevrolet Ambulance;
  • approved the Justice Reinvestment Grant Amendment No. 1 for grant funds in the amount of $97,000 and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved the transfer of $5,000 of Justice Reinvestment Grant funds to HAVEN for victim services per Amendment No. 1 and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved and supported the letter opposing reallocating Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Intervention funds to a center and authorized Judge Thompson and Commissioner Smith to sign;
  • approved the Day Wireless quote in the amount of $1,950.00 for Cisco ASA firewalls for Sherman Jr/Sr High School and Sherman Elementary;
  • declared the week of May 15-21, 2016, as Emergency Medical Services Week and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • discussed a retirement bench, the Opportunity to Recycle Report, a Highly Rural Areas Transportation Grant Report, Sherman County Community Outreach in the Wasco Annex, courthouse generator planned maintenance renewal, and a daycare fund consideration request;
  • approved a contribution in the amount of $500 to be put towards the purchasing cost of a custom made bench in honor of the services of Sandy Macnab;
  • heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.

5. Sherman County Court Meeting Notice & Draft Agenda, May 18

 Agenda May 18 2016


6. Sherman County Commissioners & Regional Services [adapted from 2009 eNews]

County commissioners serve on governing boards of regional agencies that are formed by contracts between the state and two or more counties to centralize and economize the receiving and administering of shared state- and federally-funded programs. With staff, they determine program priorities and outcomes within the constraints of state law, regulations, funding and the contracts.

Sherman County’s commissioners and the county judge assume a share of assignments to these regional boards based on their interests or experience where they represent Sherman County citizens. Typically, commissioners rotate chairmanships on regional boards, taking a turn, so to speak, depending on their workloads and experience. During the Sherman County Court’s twice-monthly meetings, they report on regional board activities.

In a few examples for this year, Commissioner Tom McCoy represents us on the governing boards of Mid-Columbia Council of Governments and Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility. Commissioner Mike Smith represents us on North Central Public Health District and Mid-Columbia Economic Development District boards. County Judge Gary Thompson represents us on Mid-Columbia Housing Authority, Lower John Day/Area Commission on Transportation, and wind energy-related agency boards.

Multi-county agencies serving Sherman County include, but are not limited to, Mid-Columbia Housing Authority, Mid-Columbia Community Action Council, Mid-Columbia Council of Governments, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, North Central Public Health District, Tri-County Mental Health (Center for Living), Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facilities, and several partnerships with Gilliam and Wheeler counties.

In some cases, this representation involves talking to legislators and newspaper editors, prioritizing regional interests and making sure that Sherman County receives its share of appropriate services. Regional and statewide views are important to all of us — the bigger picture that affects us in a multitude of ways.


7. To Succeed in Human Relationships

A good fisherman goes out of his way to bait his hook with what the fish prefer — which might not be a bad tip for those who wish to succeed in human relationships.

Just as in a conversation it’s a good idea to listen more than you talk, it is also wise in relationships to think about the well-being of others more than you think about your own wishes and desires. When you constantly strive to treat others in the same way you would like them to treat you, you become a person whom others like to be around, one who commands their respect, confidence, and loyalty. When you learn to manage emotions and your ego, and when you learn to always consider the needs and desires of others, it is inevitable that you will “bait your hook” with kindness and consideration, and catch more friends than you can count. ~ Napoleon Hill


8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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Just a Common Soldier  https://www.youtube.com/embed/eEs4ke7cdNQ?feature=player_detailpage%22

The Lives of American Soldiers, Before and After War – the photographer Platon http://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/the-lives-of-american-soldiers-before-and-after-war?mbid=social_facebook_aud_dev_kwaprsubamericansoldiers&kwp_0=140273

Sherman County Childcare Foundation www.abchuskiesdaycare.com

What life would actually be like without any processed food?  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article76318407.html#fmp

Mountain View Cattle Company http://www.mountainviewcattle.com/

How well do you know the world’s countries?http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/destinations/by-state/know-your-countries-quiz.htm?mkcpgn=6040585351964&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=hswaccount

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