Sherman County eNews #251


  1. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2016 Fall Grant Cycle Deadline, Sept. 30     
  2. Sherman County Court Notes, Sept. 21
  3. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications
  4. Big Tobacco Targets Youth                                    
  5. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Steering Committee Meeting, Sept. 28
  6. Cemetery Association of Oregon Conference, Oct. 28-29
  7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2016 Fall Grant Cycle Deadline, Sept. 30

BeeSherman County Cultural Coalition
2016 Fall Grant Applications

Sherman County Cultural Coalition Fall Grant Applications are available. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups and need not be legally recognized non-profits.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2016

Awards up to $1,500 will be granted in support of local Sherman County activities and events which promote Culture, Humanities, Heritage and the Arts in Sherman County.

Mail or email requests for Grant Guidelines and Grant Application to:

Sherman County Cultural Coalition
P.O. Box 23
Moro, OR 97039 or

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

2. Sherman County Court Notes, Sept. 21

~ 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 October 5 Court session on the Sherman County website at

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court met in regular session on September 21, 2016, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard from Rod Asher, Weed District Director, the highest possible expense was budgeted for the new Lower Deschutes Cooperative Weed Management Area Coordinator, but health care and PERS expenses are lower than estimated which generated a savings of $19,148; Rod requested to use these funds to purchase additional equipment for the Lower Deschutes Project (LDP), including a Polaris Ranger, a 14’ trailer, a 50 gallon sprayer, and a storage basket; the Court approved the request to spend $19,135 of Lower Deschutes CWMA Coordinator cost savings to purchase additional equipment for the LDP; Rod reported the LDP has been offered an additional $10,000 as part of in-lieu-of-tax money funneled through the Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District; these funds need to be spent by November 15, 2016, and Rod requested to use them to purchase a computer and mapping software, to stock up on supplies like backpacks and sprayers, and to stock up on herbicides; the Court approved the request to spend the additional funds provided by Wasco County for the Weed Department for a computer, software, and additional supplies and herbicides; the Weed Department is in the market for another surplus vehicle;
  • heard from Rod he obtained three quotes for hazardous tree limb removal and tree maintenance at DeMoss Park; twenty-seven trees have significant damage; Luciano’s Tree and Maintenance Service quoted $13,500 total, $500 per tree; Columbia Tree Service quoted $3,500 per day and estimated three days; Trees Company LLC quoted $12,500; the trees will be trimmed, and there are no plans to remove any, though if it becomes necessary for safety reasons, Rod will be notified before a decision is made; the Court accepted a quote from Columbia Tree Service in the amount of $10,500 for tree trimming in DeMoss Park and will verify if funds are available in the Parks and Recreation fund;
  • heard a quarterly report from Mark Coles, Road Master; the Road Department is looking for another dust control unit to use at the rock pit; the Court recommended the purchase of two DV 30 sprayers up to $48,000, providing the funds are available in the Equipment Reserve;
  • heard from Shawn Payne, Emergency Services Director, the Ambulance Service Area (ASA) Plan was revised in 2015 and reduced the ASA committee to six positions; in the past, this restructure was approved by County Court and the Oregon Health Authority; Commissioner Smith suggested the ASA committee should come together and approve of changing the structure of the board as a group; Shawn will call an ASA committee meeting so this can be addressed;
  • heard from Katie Paul, Sherman County Community Outreach, Ron Webber will be providing Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), an evidence-based cognitive behavioral program, to referred Sherman County Tri-County Corrections clients; the Wasco Annex will be adequate space for the program; the Court approved the Consulting Services Contract between Sherman County and Ron Webber to perform work for Sherman County Community Outreach to expire June 30, 2017, and authorized Judge Thompson to sign pending approval by County Counsel; the Court also approved the Lease of Business Property between Sherman County and Sherman County Community Outreach to use a room at the Wasco Annex at a cost of zero dollars for a term to end on June 30, 2017, and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • heard from Shandie Johnson, Prevention Coordinator, and Darian Davis, Oregon Youth Conservation Corps (OYCC) Crew Member, a report on OYCC activities; Shandie stated she was impressed by how well the team worked together and how they overcame issues; work credits are available for crew members, and Shandie will send letters to parents to notify them; the OYCC end of year report has been submitted but has not yet been approved;
  • Shandie discussed the setup of the Prevention Coordinator; a part-time positon allows for the majority of funds to be used for direct programs like Swim Bus, Missoula Children’s Theater, and more; part time is challenging, however, because attending trainings and finding time to obtain the Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) certification was difficult; if the position were to expand to ¾ time, the coordinator could devote more time to forming a coalition, attending trainings, and obtaining the CPS certification, but this would affect the amount of funding allocated to support programs; discussion was held about the possibility of expanding the coordinator position to ¾ time and the county offering additional funds to help support direct services through the Prevention Program; discussion was held about the possibility of contracting the position out to another entity, though the Court feels strongly the employee needs to be physically based in Sherman County to be effective; contracting with another agency like Mid-Columbia Center for Living or North Public Central Health District would allow the county to access more resources and to complete tasks that are difficult for a single employee to do; the Court will explore opportunities to contract before advertising for the position;
  • approved the contract renewal offer from Otis Elevator Company to accept a five-percent discount on the current maintenance price for five years in exchange for a five-year extension to the existing maintenance contract term and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved paying for the cost of an income survey on behalf of South Sherman Fire & Rescue District up to $5401.50 to assist with pursuing a Community Development Block Grant to support construction of a new fire hall;
  • approved a letter of resignation from Shandie Johnson, Prevention Coordinator, to be effective September 30, 2016;
  • approved a Memorandum of Understanding between Oregon Affordable Housing Assistance Corporation and Sherman County to provide foreclosure prevention and community housing stabilization through direct assistance to homeowners and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • entered into Biggs Service District Board of Directors; hired Anderson Perry & Associates to write a United States Department of Agriculture grant application for $10,000 and to perform an environmental study for $15,000 for a total of $25,000;
  • discussed Philippi Park grant funding, a thank you letter from the Wasco School Centennial Celebration Committee, an Eastern Oregon Counties Association Invoice, the Notice of Depositions for unfunded mandate litigation, a student funding request, the Wasco Annex article for the Reporter, and a fiber update;
  • heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.

3. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

BeeSherman Development League (SDL) grant application forms for projects and/or programs in Sherman County are now available. Grants can be applied for by 501(c)(3) and other non-profit organizations. Organizations that have received a grant from SDL are not eligible to apply until their current grant requirements have been met. Revolving loan funds are also available to for-profit entities and businesses.

Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2016, and grants will be awarded by February 1, 2017.

To receive appropriate grant/loan application forms, please submit a letter of request which includes:

Ø A brief description of your project.
Ø State if the project is a capital expenditure, one-time program or pilot project, emergency assistance or a loan request.
Ø Identify the type of organization requesting funding.

Mail or email requests to:

Sherman Development League, Inc.
P.O. Box 11
Moro, OR 97039

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

4. Big Tobacco Targets Youth

• The use of nicotine during adolescence can disrupt the formation of brain circuits that control attention, learning, and susceptibility to addiction. According to Oregon Health Authority e-cigarette use has increased at alarming rates, especially in young people in Oregon. In Oregon alone, e-cigarette use among high school youth has more than tripled from 5.2% in 2013 to 17.1% in 2015.

• 90% of smokers started before the age of 18. Department of Health and Human Services reported out of middle and high school students who used tobacco products in 2014, more than 60% smoked flavored tobacco. Kids are being attracted to e-cigarettes who would otherwise not be attracted to tobacco products because of appealing flavors such as watermelon, bubble gum, chocolate and more.

• In 2015 a study from The Journal of The American Medical Association reports minors successfully placed 75 orders with 23 unsuccessful purchases from 98 different online vendors. Only five were rejected for age verification, concluding that 93.7% of e-cigarette vendors failed to properly verify their customers’ ages.

Want to quit smoking?
1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-748-8669) or
1-800-DEJELO-YA (Espanol)

Tobacco Prevention and Education Program
North Central Public Health District

 5. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Steering Committee Meeting, Sept. 28

recycle.blwhThe Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s Steering Committee will be meeting Wednesday September 28th, 2016 from 8:30-11:30 am at the Wasco County Planning Department, located at 2705 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon. Representatives from the member agencies of the counties of Wasco, Sherman and Hood River, and the cities of The Dalles, Hood River, Cascade Locks, Mosier, Dufur and Maupin will hold their meeting to discuss approval of minutes, fiscal & progress reports, lead agency, budget, status of facilities, staffing, grants and other miscellaneous items.

The nine governments signed an intergovernmental agreement in November 2003 to build and operate two permanent household hazardous waste collection facilities in Hood River and The Dalles, and conduct satellite collection events throughout the region. Wasco County is the lead agency. The facilities and events collect hazardous wastes from households, businesses and institutions which are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators, as well as pesticide wastes from farmers and ranchers.For more information: Call Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program at (541) 506-2636.

6. Cemetery Association of Oregon Conference, Oct. 28-29

Join the Cemetery Association of Oregon (CAO) at their annual fall conference in Lincoln City, Oct. 28-29. Registration for the conference can be found on the CAO website here. As a courtesy to Oregon Historic Cemeteries the CAO will waive the conference fees to Oregon historic cemeteries (excluding lodging, the social hour, Saturday dinner, and golf). You have a historic cemetery if your cemetery has at least one burial of a person who died before February 14, 1909. Make sure to mark this on your registration form with the name and date of burial of the decedent in your cemetery to qualify. The CAO will be hosting a cleanup day at Eureka Cemetery on Oct. 28th, a list of conference activities and speakers can be found here on the CAO website. If you have any questions reach out the CAO at

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

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