Sherman County eNews #342

CONTENT

  1. Notice. Sherman County Court, Jan. 4

  2. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Online Dec. 7 and Agenda, Jan. 4

  3. Sherman County Court Draft Agenda, Jan. 4

  4. Sherman County Court Notes, Dec. 21

  5. Sherman County Senior & Community Center January Meal Menu

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


A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye,
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I’ve played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
~Edgar Guest


1. Notice. Sherman County Court, Jan. 4

ShermanCoLogoThe link to the draft agenda for the Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039, may be seen here: http://www.co.sherman.or.us/.

During the January 4 court session, the Sherman County Court will hold a public hearing regarding the Ordinance Transferring Jurisdiction Over Establishment of Ways of Necessity to the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon for Sherman County, Repealing Ordinance No. 02-2014, and Declaring an Emergency at 11:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

During the January 4 court session, the court will hold a public hearing regarding the Ordinance Repealing Ordinance No. 29-2005, Defining Procedure for Mass Gathering Permit Application, and Declaring an Emergency at 11:15 in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.


2. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Online Dec. 7 and Agenda, Jan. 4

Approved minutes for the December 7 Sherman County Court session and the draft agenda for the January 4, 2017, Sherman County Court session are now available on the county website at www.co.sherman.or.us. Agenda updates will continue to be posted on the website.


3. Sherman County Court Draft Agenda, Jan. 4

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4. Sherman County Court Notes, Dec. 21

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 January 4 court session on the Sherman County website at http://www.co.sherman.or.us)

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

  • heard from Christa Rude and Amber Degrange, Four Rivers Early Learning Hub, several contracts and funding recommendations have been approved by the Early Learning Hub Board; Christa explained the court was presented with the documents to create a record of the agreements so they can be referenced for accounting purposes; Christa suggested the court have county counsel review legal agreements to ensure the county’s interests are met; Commissioner McCoy expressed he does not feel the court should re-approve all documents the Early Learning Hub Board has already approved, and the court should accept the actions of the board; Amber explained Sherman County is the financial backbone of the Hub, and the finance director would like the court to approve any funds being sent out; a format similar to the Commission on Children and Families could be used, which would allow the court to review all documents and have the chance to ask questions; the court expressed it did not wish to approve contracts the board has already approved and would only like to be notified if a problem occurs; instead of having Sherman County counsel review the contracts, Commissioner McCoy suggested the Hub’s counsel should review them; Sherman County counsel reviewed and approved the original Hub agreement contract; the court does not want to review specific allocations the Early Learning Hub Board has already approved; the court can sign off on allocations and be made aware of contracts, but the court trusts the board’s decision; if a problem occurs, the board and the court will discuss the issue; if Sherman County’s county counsel reviews a contract and the county incurs an expense, Sherman County will be reimbursed from the Hub for this expense; only documents legally required to be reviewed will be reviewed by county counsel; the court requested a simple one-page summary spread sheet showing how funds are being distributed and briefly detailing the Early Learning Hub Board’s actions; Amber and Christa will look into which documents require legal review; the court approved the amendment to the Early Learning Hub Intergovernmental Agreement Sherman County has with the State of Oregon and authorized Judge Thompson to sign pending approval by county counsel;
  • heard from Cindy Brown and Bryan Tuck, Sherman County Extension Office, Oregon State University is working on filling Sandy Macnab’s position; the position will focus on dry land crops and hopefully will be filled within the next year; Bryan explained he would like to look into the opportunity of having an open campus in Sherman County; this would link Extension with Oregon State University and work with families to help direct kids into high education; Cindy reported she is working on end-of-the-year reports; 4-H begins in January; she continues to partner with the afterschool program to provide afterschool cooking once a week; Cindy attends various meetings as a representative of Sherman County;
  • heard from Katie Paul and Julie Davis, Sherman County Community Outreach, that Local Public Safety Coordinating Council Coordinator interviews were held; LPSCC is trying to decide where to locate the coordinator when working in Sherman County; funding was provided from the State of Oregon for three years for the position; the employee will work full-time between Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler counties; Association of Oregon Counties will provide the employee with a car and laptop; the Wasco Annex has space to house the employee, but Katie and Julie will look into using an empty judge’s chamber or the jury room; when the new courthouse facility is built, the employee can use the flex space;
  • held a public hearing regarding the Sherman County Mass Gathering Ordinance; Judge Thompson opened the hearing and explained the hearing would be continued to allow for further public comment; the court discussed the time frame during which mass gatherings should be prohibited due to fire danger; prohibiting mass gatherings from June through October was discussed; the court would like the fairgrounds to be exempt from the ordinance; Georgia Macnab, Planner, explained the fairgrounds and racetrack are automatically excluded from the ordinance as long as their events are fair and racetrack related; any private entity wanting to use either venue for an event would not be excluded from the ordinance; Judge Thompson explained, according to the ordinance, an event must  continue in excess of 48 hours, including set-up and clean-up, to be considered a large or mass gathering; Georgia stated the hour limits are determined by state statute; the court emphasized it would like to prohibit all festivals in Sherman County during fire season; even fireless festivals bring fire danger with smoking, cooking, and vehicles; Georgia suggested discussing the June through October time frame with county counsel; she also suggested expanding the time frame required for application from 45 to 90 days before the event to allow for paperwork and processing; Judge Thompson stated 120 days prior to the event would be better because if there are any complications in the application process, there will be adequate time to resolve them; the court specified a large or mass gathering would be more than 250 persons at any time during the gathering; Shawn Payne, Emergency Services Director, suggested the sheriff and other emergency personnel have the chance to look at the ordinance for feedback or suggestions; the hearing will continue on January 4;
  • determined it needed more information about the RV Park laundry building roofing estimate and the proposal to upgrade the RV Park receptacles; Jennifer Zimmerlee, RV Park Host, will explain each proposal to the court at the next court session;
  • approved the Memorandum of Agreement for Building Inspection Program between the Building Codes Division through the Department of Consumer and Business Services and Sherman County to allow Mid-Columbia Council of Governments to administer the building inspection program for Sherman County and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • re-appointed Jennifer Zimmerlee and Rick Jauken to the Fair Board, as recommended by the Fair Board, for a term of three years to expire on December 31, 2019;
  • appointed to the Sherman County Ambulance Service Area Plan Advisory Committee for a term of two years to expire December 31, 2018: Rick Whitaker representing Sherman County Ambulance; Renee’ Heidy, representing Frontier Regional Dispatch; Jeff Holliday, representing Rufus; and Bryan Cranston, representing Wasco;
  • corrected the September 7, 2016, motion offering up to $200 to North Central Education Service District for the purchase of a refrigerator and freezer to read, “Motion to approve offering up to $250 to North Central Education Service District for the purchase of a refrigerator and freezer for use for events at the Wasco Annex”;
  • discussed a network technology discovery survey by solutions IT in The Dalles; reviewed a letter of concern about the solutions IT proposal from Debbie Hayden, Finance Director; solutions IT has done excellent work for Mid-Columbia Council of Governments; if a proposal for a network technology audit is over $10,000, the proper Request for Proposal process will be followed; the initial assessment is free of charge; solutions IT will present findings from the assessment and give the court a proposed quote if further network assessment is needed; after the initial assessment, the court will consult with Debbie and Ron McDermid, Justice of the Peace, on the decision to move forward; the court agreed solutions IT is a reputable firm and agreed to trust the company to do the initial assessment; the court authorized solutions IT to perform an initial network discovery for no charge in order to get a complete picture of technology used by the county, to recommend solutions to any problems found, and to formulate a quote based on the size and complexity of the network assessment needed;
  • authorized budget transfers/payments, including $57,905 from General Fund, $69,950 from Renewable Resources, $1,477,187.14 from Community Service Fees Fund, and $5,259,189 from SIP Additional Fees Fund for a total of $6,864,231.14 as recommended by the Finance Director and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved writing a letter to the insurance company of McDonald’s in Biggs to explain why water service went down between November 28, 2016, and December 1, 2016, and authorized Judge Thomson to sign;
  • discussed a Cottonwood State Park Planning Department request, consideration of referral of transferring Way of Necessity cases to Circuit Court, and a Wasco Annex proposal;
  • heard reports from court members about regional board activities.

5. Sherman County Senior & Community Center January Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Meal Menu

January 2017

We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at #565-3191, the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $7.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & UP $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2 3 4 5 6
Closed for New Years Baked Potato Bar/Chili Chicken Oriental Beef Stew Pizza/loaded w/meat
Veggies Rice Pilaf Biscuits & Veggies Veggies
Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
9 10 11 12 13
Hamburger w/Gravy Quiche Lorraine Meatloaf Mac & Cheese w/ham Chili w/cheese & onion
Mashed Potatoes Veggies Roasted Red Potatoes Veggies Cornbread
Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Ice Cream
16 17 18 19 20
Closed for MLK Jr. Day

 

Oven Fried Chicken Lasagna Turkey Gravy/Biscuits Potato Soup
Potatoes/Gravy & Veggies Veggies Veggies Reuben Sandwich
Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
23 24 25 26 27
Chicken Strips Sweet & Sour Meatballs Roast Pork w/gravy Spaghetti w/meat sauce Chicken Divan
Tater Tots Rice & Veggies Veggies Veggies Veggies
Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Ice Cream
30 31 Menu subject to change due to availability

ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.

Beef & Bean Burrito Chicken ala King
Tortilla Chips Biscuits & Veggies
Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit

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

bird.talkOSU Research, The Evolution of Barley, Malt & Beer Flavor https://www.brewersassociation.org/industry-updates/evolution-barley-malt-beer-flavor/

Early stripe rust (in wheat) raises researchers’ concerns http://www.capitalpress.com/Nation_World/Nation/20161223/early-stripe-rust-raises-researchers-concerns

Random Thoughts, Looking Back  http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_thomas_sowell/random_thoughts_looking_back

Card Trick: Pray for Paris https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/xh9GaDgRWX4?rel=0 

“Around the World from 80 Countries” Exhibit http://www.gazettetimes.com/albany/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/visual/around-the-world-from-countries-exhibit/article_ccfcb40a-7927-5e2b-9fe1-7fdbaa006159.html

Holocaust Encyclopedia  https://www.ushmm.org/learn/holocaust-encyclopedia


 

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Sherman County eNews #341

CONTENT

  1. Sherman County Swearing-in of Elected Officials, Dec. 29

  2. U.S.G.S. Quadrangle Maps for Sherman County

  3. Maryhill Museum of Art Seeks Teachers for Art Exhibitions in 2017 

  4. Oregon Public Meetings Law

  5. Reputation & Character

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


A New Year’s Plea
Lord, let me stand in the thick of the fight,
Let me bear what I must without whining;
Grant me the wisdom to do what is right,
Though a thousand false beacons are shining.

Let me be true as the steel of a blade,
Make me bigger than skillful or clever;
Teach me to cling to my best, unafraid,
And harken to false gospels, never.

Let me be brave when the burden is great,
Faithful when wounded by sorrow;
Teach me, when troubled, with patience to wait
The better and brighter to-morrow.

Spare me from hatred and envy and shame,
Open my eyes to life’s beauty;
Let not the glitter of fortune or fame
Blind me to what is my duty.

Let me be true to myself to the end,
Let me stand to my task without whining;
Let me be right as a man, as a friend,
Though a thousand false beacons are shining.
~ Edgar Guest


1. Sherman County Swearing-in of Elected Officials, Dec. 29

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Sherman County Swearing-in

of

Elected Officials

9 o’clock

Courthouse

December 29, 2016.


2. U.S.G.S. Quadrangle Maps for Sherman County

compass.roseQuadrangle maps may be purchased through specialty outlets, Powell’s books and USGS. A quadrangle map shows a tract of the country and is one of a series of map sheets produced by the U.S. Geological Survey.

If one were to look at all the USGS quadrangles that cover some portion of Sherman County, the following maps, in geographical order below, would be included. The number shown with some of these is the percentage of the quadrangle showing some of Sherman County. You may need to widen the window to allow the names of the quadrangles to take the rough geographical shape of the county.

Wishram Quadrangle shows the mouth of Deschutes, for instance. Summit Ridge has less than 5%, a small part of Deschutes River. Maupin quad shows the lower end of Buck Hollow, Sundale NW has a little of John Day River, and Turner Butte quad has part of the eastern-most section of the John Day River.
            Wishram 5%           Biggs Jct.       Rufus           Quinton 60     
                                                                                    Sundale NW 5

 

            Emerson 15          Locust Grove    Wasco           Klondike       
                                                                    McDonald 80        Turner Butte 5

 

            Summit Ridge 5      Erskine         Moro            Harmony        
                                                                                            Esau Canyon 10

 

Sherar’s Bridge   Sinamox 80          Grass Valley    Rosebush        Indian Cove 80

 

Maupin 5    Dead Dog Canyon 30     Bronx Canyon    Kent            Horseshoe Bend 80
                                                                                            Shoestring Ridge 15

 

                                        Macken Canyon     Bath Canyon 25     
                                                                                                            Chimney Spr 5  

 US Department of the Interior, US Geological Survey http://www.usgs.gov/    and http://www.geology.usgs.gov/gq-maps.html

A search engine for land patents, US Gov Land Office  http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/search.asp?s=24

Maps

http://mapquest.com

http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads


3. Maryhill Museum of Art Seeks Teachers for Art Exhibitions in 2017 

(GOLDENDALE, Wash., December 19, 2016) – Maryhill Museum of Art, working in partnership with Washington Art Education Association and Oregon Art Education Association, wants to showcase teacher talent.

As part of this new initiative, educators from both states are invited to participate in juried exhibitions in Maryhill Museum of Art’s MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center during 2017.

Washington educators will be featured in an exhibition on view March 15 – April 26, 2017, with submissions accepted between January 4 and January 28, 2017.

An exhibition featuring Oregon teachers will take place October 6 – November 15, 2017, with submissions accepted from August 13 to September 3, 2017.

In order to apply, teachers must be current members of either Washington Art Education Association or Oregon Art Education Association. Interested teachers can download submission guidelines and further information at: www.maryhillmuseum.org/2013/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Teacher-Call-for-Submissions.pdf.  Questions? Contact Lou Palermo at 509.773.3733 x. 25 or via email at louise@maryhillmuseum.org


4. Oregon Public Meetings Law – selected sections 

ORStateFlag~ www.leg.state.or.us  [ORS – Oregon Revised Statute]

192.610 Definitions for ORS 192.610 to 192.690. As used in ORS 192.610 to 192.690:

(1) “Decision” means any determination, action, vote or final disposition upon a motion, proposal, resolution, order, ordinance or measure on which a vote of a governing body is required, at any meeting at which a quorum is present.

(2) “Executive session” means any meeting or part of a meeting of a governing body which is closed to certain persons for deliberation on certain matters.

(3) “Governing body” means the members of any public body which consists of two or more members, with the authority to make decisions for or recommendations to a public body on policy or administration.

(4) “Public body” means the state, any regional council, county, city or district, or any municipal or public corporation, or any board, department, commission, council, bureau, committee or subcommittee or advisory group or any other agency thereof.

(5) “Meeting” means the convening of a governing body of a public body for which a quorum is required in order to make a decision or to deliberate toward a decision on any matter. “Meeting” does not include any on-site inspection of any project or program. “Meeting” does not include the attendance of members of a governing body at any national, regional or state association to which the public body or the members belong. [1973 c.172 §2; 1979 c.644 §1]

192.620 Policy. The Oregon form of government requires an informed public aware of the deliberations and decisions of governing bodies and the information upon which such decisions were made. It is the intent of ORS 192.610 to 192.690 that decisions of governing bodies be arrived at openly. [1973 c.172 §1]

192.630 Meetings of governing body to be open to public; location of meetings; disabled access; interpreters. (1) All meetings of the governing body of a public body shall be open to the public and all persons shall be permitted to attend any meeting except as otherwise provided by ORS 192.610 to 192.690.

(2) No quorum of a governing body shall meet in private for the purpose of deciding on or deliberating toward a decision on any matter except as otherwise provided by ORS 192.610 to 192.690.

(3) A governing body shall not hold a meeting at any place where discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin or disability is practiced. However, the fact that organizations with restricted membership hold meetings at the place shall not restrict its use by a public body if use of the place by a restricted membership organization is not the primary purpose of the place or its predominate use.

(4) Meetings of the governing body of a public body shall be held within the geographic boundaries over which the public body has jurisdiction, or at the administrative headquarters of the public body or at the other nearest practical location. Training sessions may be held outside the jurisdiction so long as no deliberations toward a decision are involved. A joint meeting of two or more governing bodies or of one or more governing bodies and the elected officials of one or more federally recognized Oregon Indian tribes shall be held within the geographic boundaries over which one of the participating public bodies or one of the Oregon Indian tribes has jurisdiction or at the nearest practical location. Meetings may be held in locations other than those described in this subsection in the event of an actual emergency necessitating immediate action. This subsection does not apply to the Oregon State Bar until December 31, 1980.

(5)(a) It shall be considered discrimination on the basis of disability for a governing body of a public body to meet in a place inaccessible to the disabled, or, upon request of a hearing impaired person, to fail to make a good faith effort to have an interpreter for hearing impaired persons provided at a regularly scheduled meeting. The sole remedy for discrimination on the basis of disability shall be as provided in ORS 192.680.

(b) The person requesting the interpreter shall give the governing body at least 48 hours’ notice of the request for an interpreter, shall provide the name of the requester, sign language preference and any other relevant information the governing body may request.

(c) If a meeting is held upon less than 48 hours’ notice, reasonable effort shall be made to have an interpreter present, but the requirement for an interpreter does not apply to emergency meetings.

(d) If certification of interpreters occurs under state or federal law, the Oregon Disabilities Commission or other state or local agency shall try to refer only certified interpreters to governing bodies for purposes of this subsection.

(e) As used in this subsection, “good faith effort” includes, but is not limited to, contacting the Oregon Disabilities Commission or other state or local agency that maintains a list of qualified interpreters and arranging for the referral of one or more such persons to provide interpreter services. [1973 c.172 §3; 1979 c.644 §2; 1989 c.1019 §1; 1995 c.626 §1]

192.640 Public notice required; special notice for executive sessions, special or emergency meetings. (1) The governing body of a public body shall provide for and give public notice, reasonably calculated to give actual notice to interested persons including news media which have requested notice, of the time and place for holding regular meetings. The notice shall also include a list of the principal subjects anticipated to be considered at the meeting, but this requirement shall not limit the ability of a governing body to consider additional subjects.

(2) If an executive session only will be held, the notice shall be given to the members of the governing body, to the general public and to news media which have requested notice, stating the specific provision of law authorizing the executive session.

(3) No special meeting shall be held without at least 24 hours’ notice to the members of the governing body, the news media which have requested notice and the general public. In case of an actual emergency, a meeting may be held upon such notice as is appropriate to the circumstances, but the minutes for such a meeting shall describe the emergency justifying less than 24 hours’ notice. [1973 c.172 §4; 1979 c.644 §3; 1981 c.182 §1]

192.650 Written minutes required; content; content of minutes for executive sessions. (1) The governing body of a public body shall provide for the taking of written minutes of all its meetings. Neither a full transcript nor a recording of the meeting is required, except as otherwise provided by law, but the written minutes must give a true reflection of the matters discussed at the meeting and the views of the participants. All minutes shall be available to the public within a reasonable time after the meeting, and shall include at least the following information:

(a) All members of the governing body present;

(b) All motions, proposals, resolutions, orders, ordinances and measures proposed and their disposition;

(c) The results of all votes and, except for public bodies consisting of more than 25 members unless requested by a member of that body, the vote of each member by name;

(d) The substance of any discussion on any matter; and

(e) Subject to ORS 192.410 to 192.505 relating to public records, a reference to any document discussed at the meeting but such reference shall not affect the status of the document under ORS 192.410 to 192.505.

(2) Minutes of executive sessions shall be kept in accordance with subsection (1) of this section. However, the minutes of a hearing held under ORS 332.061 shall contain only the material not excluded under ORS 332.061 (2). Instead of written minutes, a record of any executive session may be kept in the form of a sound tape recording, which need not be transcribed unless otherwise provided by law. If the disclosure of certain material is inconsistent with the purpose for which a meeting under ORS 192.660 is authorized to be held, that material may be excluded from disclosure. However, excluded materials are authorized to be examined privately by a court in any legal action and the court shall determine their admissibility. [1973 c.172 §5; 1975 c.664 §1; 1979 c.644 §4; 1999 c.59 §44]

192.660 Executive sessions permitted on certain matters; procedures; news media representatives’ attendance; limits. (1) Nothing contained in ORS 192.610 to 192.690 shall be construed to prevent the governing body of a public body from holding executive session during a regular, special or emergency meeting, after the presiding officer has identified the authorization under ORS 192.610 to 192.690 for the holding of such executive session. Executive session may be held:

(a) To consider the employment of a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent. The exception contained in this paragraph does not apply to:

(A) The filling of a vacancy in an elective office.

(B) The filling of a vacancy on any public committee, commission or other advisory group.

(C) The consideration of general employment policies.

(D) The employment of the chief executive officer, other public officers, employees and staff members of any public body unless the vacancy in that office has been advertised, regularized procedures for hiring have been adopted by the public body and there has been opportunity for public input into the employment of such an officer. However, the standards, criteria and policy directives to be used in hiring chief executive officers shall be adopted by the governing body in meetings open to the public in which there has been opportunity for public comment.

(b) To consider the dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent, unless such public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent requests an open hearing.

(c) To consider matters pertaining to the function of the medical staff of a public hospital licensed pursuant to ORS 441.015 to 441.063, 441.085, 441.087 and 441.990 (3) including, but not limited to, all clinical committees, executive, credentials, utilization review, peer review committees and all other matters relating to medical competency in the hospital.

(d) To conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations.

(e) To conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to negotiate real property transactions.

(f) To consider records that are exempt by law from public inspection.

(g) To consider preliminary negotiations involving matters of trade or commerce in which the governing body is in competition with governing bodies in other states or nations.

(h) To consult with counsel concerning the legal rights and duties of a public body with regard to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed.

(i) To review and evaluate, pursuant to standards, criteria and policy directives adopted by the governing body, the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member unless the person whose performance is being reviewed and evaluated requests an open hearing. The standards, criteria and policy directives to be used in evaluating chief executive officers shall be adopted by the governing body in meetings open to the public in which there has been opportunity for public comment. An executive session for purposes of evaluating a chief executive officer or other officer, employee or staff member shall not include a general evaluation of an agency goal, objective or operation or any directive to personnel concerning agency goals, objectives, operations or programs.

(j) To carry on negotiations under ORS chapter 293 with private persons or businesses regarding proposed acquisition, exchange or liquidation of public investments.

(k) By a health professional regulatory board to consider information obtained as part of an investigation of licensee or applicant conduct.

(L) By the State Landscape Architect Board, or an advisory committee to the board, to consider information obtained as part of an investigation of registrant or applicant conduct.

(2) Labor negotiations shall be conducted in open meetings unless both sides of the negotiators request that negotiations be conducted in executive session. Labor negotiations conducted in executive session are not subject to the notification requirements of ORS 192.640.

(3) Representatives of the news media shall be allowed to attend executive sessions other than those held under subsection (1)(d) of this section relating to labor negotiations or executive session held pursuant to ORS 332.061 (2) but the governing body may require that specified information subject of the executive session be undisclosed.

(4) When a governing body convenes an executive session under subsection (1)(h) of this section relating to conferring with counsel on current litigation or litigation likely to be filed, the governing body shall bar any member of the news media from attending the executive session if the member of the news media is a party to the litigation or is an employee, agent or contractor of a news media organization that is a party to the litigation.

(5) No executive session may be held for the purpose of taking any final action or making any final decision.

192.670 Meetings by means of telephonic or electronic communication. (1) Any meeting, including an executive session, of a governing body of a public body which is held through the use of telephone or other electronic communication shall be conducted in accordance with ORS 192.610 to 192.690.

(2) When telephone or other electronic means of communication is used and the meeting is not an executive session, the governing body of the public body shall make available to the public at least one place where the public can listen to the communication at the time it occurs by means of speakers or other devices. The place provided may be a place where no member of the governing body of the public body is present. [1973 c.172 §7; 1979 c.361 §1]


 5. Reputation & Character

Your reputation is what people think you are; your character is what you are.

You want your reputation and your character to match, but concentrate on your character. You may be able to fool others about the kind of person you really are for a time, but it seldom lasts for long. The surest way to make sure your character and your reputation are the same is to live your life in such a way that nothing you do would embarrass you if it were printed on the front page of the newspaper. Good character means not ever taking ethical shortcuts, even though everyone else may be doing so. You build good character by doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.   ~ Napoleon Hill


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

classifieds.boyTerminal 1 to be sold to Lithia Motors for $12.5 million  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/337595-217739-terminal-1-to-be-sold-to-lithia-motors-for-125-million 

Commentary. A newspaper is not a PR service for government http://www.bendbulletin.com/opinion/4916408-151/erik-lukens-column-a-newspaper-is-not-a

Union Pacfic agrees to changes, in wake of Mosier oil train disaster  http://katu.com/news/local/union-pacfic-agrees-to-closer-rail-inspections-in-wake-of-mosier-oil-train-disaster

 Black Slaveowners: A Review http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/12/emblack_slaveownersem_a_review.html 

The President and First Lady wish everyone a Merry Christmas http://time.com/4617678/president-obama-michelle-christmas-address/

Water Rights ESA Decision, Dec. 21, 2016. Klamath Irrigation, et al, and John Anderson Farms, Inc, et al, Plaintiffs, v. United States, Defendant, v. Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, Defendant-Intervenor. Water Rights; Physical vs. Regulatory Takings; Endangered Species Act; Motions in Limine.  https://ecf.cofc.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2001cv0591-474-0