Sherman County eNews #38

CONTENT

  1. Sherman County Notice of Board Vacancy: North Central Public Health District Budget Committee

  2. Sherman County Notice of Board Vacancy: Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Committee

  3. Sherman County Court Notes, Feb. 1

  4. Program: Naomi Pike Schenck: Suvivor of the Ill-Fated Donner Party, Feb. 11

  5. Equine Mania presents Cows & More with Mary Jane Brown, May 20, 21

  6. 2-Man Ranch Advanced Sorting Clinic with Kristi Siebert, Aug. 12, 13

  7. Delivering the Truth

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


 1. Sherman County Notice of Board Vacancy: North Central Public Health District Budget Committee

NOTICE OF

BOARD VACANCY

Notice is hereby given that the Sherman County Court is accepting names of individuals interested in filling a vacant community position to represent Sherman County as a member of the North Central Public Health District Budget Committee. The appointee will be expected to attend meetings and be an active committee member.  Persons interested in serving should contact the Sherman County Court at P.O. Box 365, 500 Court Street, Moro, OR 97039, 541-565-3416 or lhernandez@co.sherman.or.us .


2. Sherman County Notice of Board Vacancy: Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Committee

NOTICE OF

BOARD VACANCY

Notice is hereby given that the Sherman County Court is accepting names of individuals interested in filling a vacant community position to represent Sherman County as a member of the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Committee. The appointee will be expected to attend meetings and be an active committee member.  Persons interested in serving should contact the Sherman County Court at P.O. Box 365, 500 Court Street, Moro, OR 97039, 541-565-3416 or lhernandez@co.sherman.or.us .


3. Sherman County Court Notes, Feb. 1

ShermanCoLogo~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

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This is a brief summary of topics addressed and is not official minutes. For official minutes and details, please see the official approved minutes posted after the February 15 court session on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us.

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The Sherman County Court met in regular session on February 1, 2017, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • reviewed the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy List for the county and prioritized public works and technical assistance projects; prioritized the following public works projects: 1. Biggs Service District water system project, 2. Workforce housing, 3. Fiber project, 4. South Sherman Fire & Rescue new fire hall, 5. Kent well, 6. Sherman County 911 call center; prioritized the following technical assistance projects: 1. Fair Board event center, 2. Giles French Park, 3. Sherman County truck stop, 4. City of Moro splash pad, 5. Grass Valley city beautification project;
  • heard quarterly reports from Georgia Macnab, Planner; Wes Owens, Sherman County School District Superintendent; Bryan Hunt, Tri-County Veterans Service Officer; and Marnene Benson-Wood, Community Transit;
  • met with MG Devereaux and Tom Peterson, Oregon State Parks, and property owner Aaron Lafky; MG explained during the Cottonwood Canyon planning process, one condition of approval of the master plan was limited development at Starvation Lane; Oregon State Parks is willing to restart that discussion, but it is necessary to make sure all land use procedures are followed; a Conditional Use Permit may be appropriate depending on the development decided upon; it may be necessary to reopen the master plan; Commissioner McCoy stated it is clear from public input and hours of previous discussion on the topic that a road needs to be constructed leading to parking, restrooms, and a take-out area in the north end of the park on state land; this solution would divert traffic into the park and would lessen the option for visitors to trespass on Aaron’s property; plans to develop the Gilliam County side are still under discussion; discussion was held about Bureau of Land Management land ownership to the river; the process of developing an additional takeout area will take time; Aaron stated the agreements originally entered into have not been followed and urged the court and State Parks to come to a land use agreement that can and will be enforced; he suggested placing a seasonal ranger station in the area to allow for better response to emergencies; MG stated the next step is for the county to issue a statement saying the agreement reached when the master plan was adopted is no longer in alignment with community needs and the county would like State Parks to reopen the discussion about development at the end of Starvation Lane;
  • entered into executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (e) Property to discuss a Sherman County applicant to the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Attainable Housing Revolving Loan Fund seeking resources through the Sherman County Rental Housing Incentive Program;
  • approved the Austen Martin Sherman County Rental Housing Incentive Program application for the amount of $5,000 per unit for the building of four rental units in two duplexes;
  • approved the Transit Periodic Report for the 2nd quarter of 2016-2017;
  • heard a fiber utilization report from Mike Smith, Frontier TeleNet; quotes are being gathered from companies to provide the fastest, most affordable connection to the courthouse and other local companies in Moro; the connection can be done in several ways, including wireless; discussed fiber hook-up in Arlington that could be duplicated in Moro; it is possible to hang fiber in city limits to businesses that are not 911 mission-critical; Mike has talked to Lightspeed Networks (LSN), Gorge Net, and another provider about hanging fiber, and spoke to Arlington TV about being an Internet Service Provider (ISP); the court would like a marketing plan to show how the county can get some return on the $2 million investment put into the fiber line; the fiber has many uses, but the primary purpose was hooking emergency services and other essential facilities to the digital switch to be able to sell the digital switch; the state is pushing for regional 911 services; fiber allows Sherman County to provide 911 services to other counties and to make some money from this; the relationship between Sherman County and Frontier TeleNet needs to be clarified; the county paid for the fiber, and the court asked what individual citizens will pay to access it; the Frontier TeleNet and Sherman County relationship is a middle-mile provider relationship; ISPs are beginning to communicate about using existing fiber to provide service; the wireless system needs to be upgraded; discussion was held about Frontier TeleNet possibly taking ownership of the wireless system to keep it upgraded; the court expressed Sherman County does not have the technical expertise to maintain the system, so it may make sense for Frontier TeleNet to take it over; the county will have to decide to maintain ownership of the system or to transfer ownership to Frontier TeleNet; the Frontier TeleNet Board would have to accept the decision to take ownership; provided service would not change, but the flow of funds would; Mike will talk with LSN about using the county’s fiber to provide internet to the school; Grass Valley fiber will be lit up soon; Mike will create a marketing plan with several options to present to the court at a future court session; in the meantime, he will continue to contact ISPs about using the existing fiber;
  • heard the final Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) Budget Comparison from Heath Gardner, Wenaha Group; Kirby Nagelhout, Construction Manager/General Contractor, submitted the bids as a public process and put together the GMP; the GMP includes pre-construction fees, the new building, and the existing courthouse remodel, and although the maximum price will be agreed on, there may be change orders; bids did not come in as well as hoped, although Kirby got good bid coverage; the budget number jumped up from the last bid estimate; in previous estimates, alternatives were listed, and the alternatives were bid but can be rejected or accepted; alternate ideas include painting the existing stucco addition (recommended by the project team), replacing the front sidewalks (recommended), deducting concrete seat walls outside the new facility (not recommended), installing skylights (recommended), upgrading existing restroom interiors (recommended), and installing a distributed antennae system (not recommended); if all recommended alternates and value engineering ideas are accepted, the final GMP total is $6,410,777; the GMP as proposed will leave only $188,000 in contingency, which the team recommends is not enough to move into construction with; best practice is to have a 5% contingency; the Steering Committee and project team recommend the County Court allocate another $132,000 to bring contingency back to 5%; the committee also recommended the court to authorize the signing of the GMP, allowing construction to move forward with the current proposed package; the court expressed when the original budget was created, not much was known about the process or the project, and the project team has done a great job managing the project in a conservative way; the court authorized raising the contingency by an additional $164,620 to raise the overall budget to 9 million, accepted the recommendation of the Steering Committee to accept the proposed GMP package, authorized Judge Thompson to sign the GMP price amendment once negotiations have been finalized, and issued a notice to proceed with construction;
  • met with Andy Anderson, City of Moro Mayor, about downtown improvement plans; the City of Moro has an approved downtown improvement program; the city has $15,000 to fund the program and requested matching funds from funds set aside by the county to start the first round of applications; the Budget Committee set aside $50,000 for downtown improvement plans; the court authorized the distribution of up to $15,000 to the City of Moro for the Main Street Improvement Program;
  • met with Mark Coles, Road Master, to hear a request for approval to add an additional position to the Road Department; interviews to fill a position opening at the end of February were held; many qualified candidates applied, and Mark would like to add another position to the department; the Road Department is behind with projects; after this rough winter, roads are in particularly bad shape; the crusher will need to run this spring on top of regular spring projects; the department has an extra grader it would like to keep active; currently, there are eight Road Department employees, which does not leave room to cover projects or shifts when employees need to take days off; the court authorized Mark to add another position to the Road Department, raising the total to nine employees;
  • appointed Commissioner McCoy to the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board;
  • appointed Judge Thompson to the Mid-Columbia Economic Development Board;
  • appointed to the North Central Public Health District Board of Health Commissioner McCoy for a term of two years to expire December 31, 2018, and Roger Whitley for a term of three years to expire December 31, 2019;
  • appointed to the Local Community Advisory Council Mary Corey, Barbara Seatter, and Sara Reser for a term of three years to expire December 31, 2019; Hayli Eiesland as Chair and Cindy Brown for a term of two years to expire December 31, 2018; and Melody Stafford for a term of one year to expire December 31, 2017;
  • appointed Commissioner Dabulskis to the Tri-County Community Corrections Board of Directors;
  • appointed Commissioner McCoy to the Mid-Columbia Community Action Council;
  • appointed Cris Patnode, Gilliam County Justice of the Peace, as pro tem Justice Court Judge for Sherman County for the 2017 calendar year;
  • appointed to the Sherman County Transportation Committee Henry Brown and Jeanne Kuttel (as alternate) for a term of four years to expire December 31, 2020;
  • approved the ESG Certification of Local Government Approval for Non-profit Organization Receiving ESG Funds from State Subrecipients for Mid-Columbia Community Action Council to receive approximately $31,000 of grant funding to provide homeless and rental housing assistance for low-income families in Wasco, Hood River, and Sherman County and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved the Amendment to Intergovernmental Cooperative Agreement to Provide Administrative Staff to Serve as the Coordinator for the Sherman County Local Community Advisory Council (LCAC) between North Central Public Health District (NCPHD) and Sherman County in which the coordinator will be Sherman County’s point of contact for the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization and coordinate grant opportunities for the Sherman County LCAC, Sherman County will reimburse NCPHD an additional $3,400 per year in quarterly payments, and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • authorized the expenditure of $2,500 as a scholarship donation to Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation in support of Sherman County students attending Columbia Gorge Community College;
  • added Commissioner Dabulskis to the Biggs Service District Bank of Eastern Oregon signature card and removed Mike Smith from the signature card;
  • approved writing a letter to the Oregon Public Utilities Commission regarding the November 2016 filing of Portland General Electric’s proposed Integrated Resource Plan and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved extending David Van’t Hof’s contract through Mid-Columbia Economic Development District up to $10,000 from renewable energy wind power development funding to allow Gorge wind power to be used to satisfy portfolio standards in the California Energy Market if the other entities involved also agreed to approve David’s contract and contribute equally to the contract cost;
  • approved the Sherman County Rental Housing Incentive Program for a first-come, first-served pilot program with incentive funds for six units total in which the county agrees to contribute up to $5,000 per new rental housing unit constructed in the form of a grant or subsidized interest rates; the county will also offer low-or-no interest construction loans to developers of rental housing (following guidelines established by Mid-Columbia Economic Development District) and agreed to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement with Mid-Columbia Economic Development District for administration of the incentive program for an hourly rate of $85 plus hard costs;
  • approved the Sherman County Ambulance Service Area Plan as revised;
  • approved the Secure Shredding Services Agreement between Iron Mountain and Sherman County for quarterly on-site shredding services for approximately $120.00 per visit and authorized Judge Thompson to sign electronically;
  • approved offering the position of Senior Center Kitchen Assistant to Angela Logsdon;
  • approved having the diesel tank at the Wasco Annex pressure checked;
  • discussed a Four Rivers Early Learning Hub grant opportunity; quarterly reports from Jan Byram, Senior Center Manager, Ron McDermid, Justice of the Peace, and Jessica Metta, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District; a thank you letter from Bethany Lohrey; a letter from the Justice of the Peace detailing his continuing legal education; a letter from South Sherman Fire & Rescue and a response letter from Shawn Payne, Emergency Services Director, about the correction of an inaccurate statement; the Wasco Annex furnace and fuel tank; and the Sherman Public/School Library roof leak;
  • heard reports from court members about regional board activities.

4. Program: Naomi Pike Schenck: Suvivor of the Ill-Fated Donner Party, Feb. 11

History programs resume at the Original Wasco County Courthouse this weekend.  Julie Reynolds presents the Feb. 11 program on “Naomi Pike Schenck:  Survivor of the Ill-Fated Donner Party.”  The Saint Cecelia window in Old St. Paul’s Chapel on Union St. is a memorial to the daughter of Naomi, who lived in The Dalles after escaping the 1846 tragedy in the Sierras.  The program begins at 1:30 p.m.  It is second in the 2017 Regional History Forum series that takes place Saturdays during February.  There is a TV monitor on the ground floor of the 1859 courthouse to serve those unable to climb the stairs.  Coffee and cookies will be served after the program.


5. Equine Mania presents Cows & More with Mary Jane Brown, May 20, 21

Equine Mania, LLC presents

Cows & More with Mary Jane Brown

 May 20 & 21,2017

Wheatacres Ranch, Wasco, Oregon

 $300 for the 2-day clinic,

Deposit of $100 required by May 1

Limited to 12 Riders

Mary Jane Brown has experience training horses in hunter, jumper, reining, trail, pleasure, versatility, roping, barrels & cutting.  She has judged at mountain trail horse competitions through out the Northwest. Her passion is helping riders be the best that they can be & teaching quality horsemanship to help people enjoy their animals to the fullest.

For entry forms or information contact

Equine Mania, LLC, Carrie Kaseberg, 69358 Wheatacres Road, Wasco, Oregon 97065

541-980-7394


6. 2-Man Ranch Advanced Sorting Clinic with Kristi Siebert, Aug. 12, 13

 

Equine Mania, LLC presents

2-Man Ranch Advanced Sorting Clinic

with Kristi Siebert

August 12 & 13, 2017

Wheatacres Ranch, Wasco, Oregon

$250 for the 2 day clinic,

Deposit of $100 required by Aug 1.

Limited to 12 riders

Dry camping & pens available

For entry forms or information contact

Equine Mania,LLC, Carrie Kaseberg, 69358 Wheatacres Road, Wasco, Oregon 97065

541-980-7394

Kristi Siebert is a full time horse trainer on a family run ranch in beautiful Goldendale, Washington. Rafter 2S Ranch is where she, her husband and two sons, Logan and Lane, run a breeding facility, raise, and train their own horses. She has a history in many disciplines from cutting, ranch horse versatility, sorting, to colt starting and much more. She teaches fundamental horsemanship, and believes that you can build a foundation that can stand firm in any discipline, and that a horse is only as strong and disciplined as their rider.


7. Delivering the Truth

We’ve all heard the saying “the truth hurts.” There is a lot of discussion these days about truths and falsehoods, both accidental and intentional. But today, let’s talk about truth in relationships, because while lying to protect someone else’s feelings may seem easier, it can be very damaging in the long run.

Lying to someone you love can be devastating and can undermine their trust in you for a very long time, once the lie is uncovered. On a personal level, how do you feel about this whole business of lying? Would you prefer that those around you keep unpleasant truths from you? Or, would you prefer to know the truth, no matter what?  (Your answers reveal quite a bit about how you see yourself.)

Once you have answers to these previous questions, then how would you like the truth told to you? Brutally, with no regard for your feelings? Or tactfully, with a gesture of affection and a few softening words, such as, “Remember, we said we’d be honest with each other, so here goes,” or “I’m no expert, but here’s what I think.”

The truth doesn’t have to hurt if it’s offered with a loving spirit. What hurts is feeling that we have to wear a mask over our true thoughts and emotions. This masking becomes a lie in itself, and we become less than who we really are. If we want our relationships to last and grow, honesty and truth must be our ultimate goals.

Sure, we will fall from the truth from time to time. We are only human. But we must put aside our ideas that deception of those closest to us is something we do for their own, or our own, good. Hiding the truth leads to living a life of lies. That’s a lot of work, and a lot of energy spent maintaining a web of lies that will inevitably fail. It’s a false foundation upon which to build a life.

It is lies, not the truth, that hurt and it is the truth that heals, whether in our personal relationships or within our organizations. ~ The Pacific Institute


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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeDisease-resistant roses http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2017/02/disease-resistant_roses_make_g.html

Faultlines, black holes and glaciers: mapping uncharted territories https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/07/faultlines-black-holes-glaciers-mapping-uncharted-territories

Who uses Obamacare in WA? People from Trump country http://kuow.org/post/who-uses-obamacare-wa-people-trump-country

The Superbowl commercial almost nobody caught  http://madlyodd.com/almost-nobody-caught-super-bowl-ad-see-will-leave-tears/ 

California State Senate Leader: ‘Half My Family’ Here Illegally”  http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/02/05/california-state-senate-leader-family-illegal-false-documents-deportation/


 

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