Sherman County eNews #11

CONTENT

  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update, Jan. 16, 17, 19 & Feb. 2

  2. Basketball Game Concessions Opportunities, Jan. 27 & Feb. 6

  3. Mitten Tree, Giving Tree: Hats, Gloves, Mittens & Blankets

  4. Library Book Club, Jan. 18

  5. Bridal Show, Feb. 18

  6. Sherman County Court Notes, Jan. 4

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


1.Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update, Jan. 16, 17, 19 & Feb. 2

sports.basketball.netHigh School Basketball

January 16, 2017 – Sherman vs Perrydale in Portland at The David Douglas High School (GV at 3:00, BV at 4:30), bus departs at 11:45

February 2, 2017 – Sherman vs Sunnyside Christian at Sunnyside High School (GV at 5:00, BV at 6:30), bus departs at 2:15

Middle School Basketball

January 17, 2017 – Sherman vs St. Mary’s is CANCELLED due to Finals Week

January 19, 2017 – Sherman vs Horizon Christian is CANCELLED due to Finals Week


2. Basketball Game Concessions Opportunities, Jan. 27 & Feb. 6

dollars.coins*Urgent Need!! There are two concession slots open: High School game on Jan. 27 and Middle School game on Feb. 6 Please contact Ree Ella at rvonborstel@sherman.k12.or.us or call 541-565-3500, Sherman County School.

 


3. Mitten Tree, Giving Tree: Hats, Gloves, Mittens & Blankets

thanksThank you Sherman County Community members and School District staff and students, for turning Sherman County Public/School Library’s Mitten Tree into a beautiful giving tree. Our school and community donated 80 hats, 64 pairs of gloves and mittens, 7 scarves, 2 pairs of socks, 8 ear warmers, 1 pair of boots, and 11 blankets to the Sherman County Food Bank. Your generosity is sincerely appreciated! ~ Marylou Martin, Sherman County Public/School Library


4. Library Book Club, Jan. 18

books.loveSherman County Public/School Library Book Club will be meeting Wednesday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m. Please join us for tea, dessert, and discussion of our January Book, “Big Stone Gap” by Adriana Trigiani.

 

 


5. Bridal Show, Feb. 18

weddingrings“The Dalles Civic Auditorium is pleased to partner with Discover Rentals and The Dalles Wedding Place again this year for the Columbia River Gorge Bridal Show February 18th, 2017 from 11-4. We will have over 25 exhibitors and three bridal fashion shows. There is a $5.00 admission fee, with the first 100 brides receiving a swag bag. Come connect with the professionals that will make your wedding day perfect! See you at the Civic!”


6. Sherman County Court Notes, Jan. 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 January 18 court session on the Sherman County website at http://www.co.sherman.or.us)

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on January 4, 2017, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard quarterly reports from Shawn Payne, Emergency Services Director; Brad Lohrey, Sheriff; and Dan Aldrich, Building Maintenance Technician;
  • received an update on the Biggs Service District Water Improvements Project from Brad Baird, Anderson Perry & Associates; the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) application and Environmental Report are finished and will be sent out when finalized; the court authorized Judge Thompson to sign the USDA application for the Biggs Service District Water Improvements Project; the total project cost will be $2,112,100; the Conditional Use Permit for the reservoir site is signed and will be submitted to the Planning Department; test pits and access road earthwork need to be completed; design work is 85% complete and will be finished this month; the project will consist of two contracts to be bid out, and advertisements for the bids will go out after funding is received; Brad asked about the bonding authority process and the county’s bonding attorney contact; Brad asked if the court preferred revenue or general obligation bonds; the court would like a revenue bond, which will be supported by water rates; the district doesn’t currently have a mandatory hook-up, but the court approved of putting one in place for this project for all users in the district;
  • opened 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;
  • heard from Will Carey, County Counsel, in the past the court decided to transfer a Way of Necessity case to Circuit Court; the ordinance only transferred one case, not all Way of Necessity cases, so the most recent Way Of Necessity case was dismissed because the Circuit Court did have not jurisdiction over it; if the county transfers jurisdiction of Way of Necessity cases to the Circuit Court and wants jurisdiction back in the future, another ordinance can be passed to transfer jurisdiction back to the county; no public comment was heard, and the hearing was closed; the court adopted 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;
  • opened a public hearing regarding the Ordinance Repealing Ordinance No. 29-2005, Defining Procedure for Mass Gathering Permit Application, and Declaring an Emergency; Judge Thompson explained the court would make no decision on the ordinance during this court session and was looking for feedback to fine-tune the ordinance; Will Carey, County Counsel, stated the ordinance was modeled from one taken from the internet and is an example of a standard mass gathering ordinance; he stated he heard comments the ordinance has rules and restrictions for more populated counties and should not have so many for less populated Sherman County; Will stated Sherman County is unique in that the primary productive entity is the growing of wheat, and because of that, certain times of year bring the concern of fire danger; major fire catastrophes have happened in the past; the Planning Director will give input to Will about the draft; discussion was held about the interpretation of Oregon Revised Statute 565.230 regarding management of county fairs and the use of the Sherman County fairgrounds; Talik Eichinger, SHIFT Festival, stated the ordinance’s intent is to target the SHIFT Festival and other festivals, exempting events that are already in place; he stated a letter submitted to the court from South Sherman Fire & Rescue (SSFR) states the racetrack has a significantly higher fire risk than the SHIFT Festival; Shawn Payne, Emergency Services Director, stated it is true the racetrack is going to cause fires, but the racetrack has crews on standby during those events to address this issue; unless standby crews have been planned for, SSFR has four people at most who would be available to fight a fire caused from an event; Talik stated in other counties, permission from the head of all departments involved (like fire, emergency services, and law enforcement) are responsible for reviewing the event plan and determining if appropriate measures are being taken to make the event safe; he stated the wording of the ordinance is very specific and limits activities, including weddings; Georgia Macnab, Planner, explained weddings and other similar events fall under a different category than mass gatherings; Josh Mouifi, SHIFT Festival, asked which requirements the racetrack has to meet to allow its events; Georgia explained the park has a masterplan outlining allowable activities; the track also is required to have emergency services, fire personnel and prevention in place for events, for which it contracts with SSFR; Sheriff Brad Lohrey stated when he reviewed the draft ordinance, he was looking at all possible events, not just SHIFT; mass gatherings are good for the community and bring potential revenue and exposure; Brad explained he would like security personnel Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) certified because if one of his deputies has to arrest someone at an event, the county is left without police personnel for hours; DPSST certified security personnel will report all law violations at the risk of losing their certification if they do not; Brad prefers the ordinance be strict on security measures because he can review a plan and determine if the security personnel can be lowered depending on the event; Talik stated the ratio of 1 security personnel to every 50 people was higher than expected but is not unreasonable; discussion was held about banning mass gatherings between June and October; Talik explained the fire precautions taken at the SHIFT Festival last year; he suggested reviewing events on a case-by-case basis and requiring stricter regulations depending on the time of year and the type of event; discussion was held about a mass gathering event also applying for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) if it will be held on the same property year after year; the court will consider allowing events between June through October if the event has a CUP in which fire danger has already been addressed in a responsible way; Josh suggested redrafting the alcohol section of the ordinance; no further public comment was heard, and the hearing was closed until further continuation in February;
  • heard a presentation from Claire Ranit, Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) Grant Project Director; Claire gave the background of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, which asks ten questions about events between ages 0-18; the questions cover topics about abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction; a higher number of ACEs leads to decreased life expectancy and economic toil; Claire defined trauma and resilience; the MARC Grant spreads knowledge on ACEs, trauma theory, and resilience, and supports teaching trauma informed ways of interacting; MARC is present in the Columbia River Gorge, including the Trauma & Resiliency Summit, a justice sector event, and trainings on models of trauma informed practice; Claire explained the sanctuary model is a trauma informed operating system that shifts thinking from “What’s wrong with that person?” to “What happened to that person?” and helps build community and resilience skills; Claire discussed how ACEs impact work performance and the relationship between ACEs and indicators of worker performance; trauma informed practices help foster a healthy culture for staff and clients; at no cost to Sherman County, the MARC Grant will support Sanctuary Model trainings and implementation of the Sanctuary Model; this model is geared towards professionals engaging with people with trauma; prevention is important to prevent children from gaining ACEs, but the Sanctuary Model addresses adults who already have them; Sheriff Brad Lohrey suggested having police personnel and emergency services personnel train using the Sanctuary Model;
  • appointed Debbie Hayden as Budget Officer for a term of one year to expire December 31, 2017;
  • appointed Forest Peters, Roger Whitley, and Bryan Cranston to the Planning Commission for a term of four years to expire December 31, 2020;
  • appointed the following to the Sherman County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) as recommended for a one year term to expire December 31, 2017: Amber DeGrange, Teri Thalhofer, John Folliard, Alyssa Winslow, Barbara Seatter, Shawn Payne, Gary Thompson, Wes Owens, Wade McLeod, and Katie Paul;
  • appointed Commissioner Joe Dabulskis to the Ambulance Service Area Plan Advisory Committee to serve as Sherman County Court liaison;
  • approved an offer to transfer ownership of the Wasco Annex and the surrounding property to the City of Wasco with the transfer taking place June 30, 2017; if the City of Wasco agrees to take ownership of the Annex, the county will provide the city with payments of $50,000 in each of the next six years to help operate the Annex; the payments would start in the 2017/2018 fiscal year and end in the 2022/2023 fiscal year; in addition, the county will provide the city with $250,000 to be used to repair and restore the Annex; before this transfer agreement with the city is signed, the Sherman County Budget Committee must approve a schedule showing how much of the $250,000 will be available in each of the next six years;
  • approved of Kari Peters, Heart To Sole Foot Care, LLC, using a room in the Wasco Annex to provide senior foot care one day per month for a six-month trial period to end June 30, 2017, for a cost of zero/month during the trial period;
  • approved the Helion Software Licensing Agreement, the Client Software Support Services Contract, and the Personal Services Contract for Computer Services between Sherman County and Helion Software for the Clerk’s Office Recording System and authorized Judge Thompson to sign pending approval by County Counsel;
  • discussed County Court boards and committee assignments and Prevention Coordinator advertisement wording;
  • heard reports from court members about regional board activities.

 

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