Sherman County eNews #52


  1. Sherman County Photography Club, Feb. 27

  2. Sherman County Court Notes, Feb. 15

  3. Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon

  4. Mud Springs Gospel Band to Perform at Kent Baptist Church, Feb. 26

  5. Oregon State Police’s new “CAR CARE PROGRAM”

  6. Imagination

1. Sherman County Photography Club, Feb. 27

camera. photographThe Sherman County Photography Club will meet on Monday, February 27,
7-9 p.m. at the Sherman County Public/School Library. Presenter, Jeremy Lanthorn, will show how to get the most out of editing your RAW file photos. If you got a new camera for Christmas or you are just tired of being stuck in the house this winter, come on out and join the fun. Guests and new members are always welcome.

2. Sherman County Court Notes, Feb. 15

ShermanCoLogo~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

(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 March 15 court session on the Sherman County website at

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on February 15, 2017, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard quarterly reports from Jenine McDermid, Clerk, and Nate Stice, Regional Solutions;
  • discussed Philippi Park emergency services with Sheriff Brad Lohrey; historically, Sherman County has provided emergency services for Gilliam County at the park during summer months on weekends; Sheriff Lohrey is not interested in entering into a contract with Gilliam County to provide services because if a major crime happens, resources will be taken away from Sherman County; the Sheriff’s Department will handle day-to-day problems and will assist Gilliam County deputies with getting to the park by boat, but Gilliam County should be responsible for any major crimes or events that take place;
  • heard from Amber DeGrange, Juvenile Director, seventeen students will take part in HAVEN’s Healthy Teen Relationship Summit; in the past, Prevention funds have been used to provide transportation to the event; Amber will see if the county’s bus will work for transportation, but if it does not, she will use Mid-Columbia Bus; the court approved using up to $500 of Prevention funds to provide transportation to the Healthy Teen Relationship Summit if necessary;
  • heard from Christa Rude, Four River’s Early Learning Hub (4RELH), fiscal activity for the hub will be reported to the court through a summary listing the agreements, the amounts, and where the money is allocated; the court would not like to manage the allocations but would like a simple overview of activity to stay informed; Christa asked for the authority to sign fiscal agreements as approved by the Governance Board; she will provide the court a summary of the agreement and how it is tied to the hub budget; an alternative to Christa signing agreements is having Amber DeGrange, 4RELH, or Debbie Hayden, Financial Director, sign them; there is no set monetary amount for agreements required for legal counsel to review; Will Carey, County Counsel, did review the original agreements and contracts; the court expressed it does not want to manage the 4RELH Board; if Christa is given authority to sign contracts, she will bring any contracts between Sherman County and the State of Oregon to the court for review; Amber stated there are many layers and safe guards when it comes to the hub agreements, and Christa pointed out the bylaws outline a specific written process the county can take if the court disagrees with any of the allocations or actions taken; Will suggested the court set a threshold for agreements to be reviewed over a certain amount; the court would like to hear complaints from other counties if the hub is not working properly but would not like to oversee or manage the hub, so a simple summary sheet is sufficient; the court supported the recommendation to give authority to Christa to, with the 4RELH Board’s approval, sign agreements on behalf of the hub for which Sherman serves as a backbone organization; Christa explained the contract Sherman County has with the state to be the backbone organization of the hub requires that all ‘first tier’ contracts between the county and any entity conducting work on behalf of the hub carry liability insurance; the state is in the process of developing a waiver system for this requirement; Christa recommended until the county is waived from this requirement, it contract with Columbia Gorge Education Service District (CGESD) to subcontract the necessary hub funds as directed to the smaller entities who are not able to meet the liability requirements; CGESD is a government entity and relieved of the requirement; Sherman County acting as the backbone entity is not exempt; the court approved Christa pursuing a subcontract with CGESD to distribute Preschool Infrastructure Grants and the Responsive and Innovative Funds;
  • opened a public hearing continuance regarding the Ordinance Repealing Ordinance No. 29-2005, Defining Procedure for Mass Gathering Permit Application, and Declaring an Emergency; County Counsel Will Carey reviewed changes to draft three, including removing the section about small gatherings and fixing typos; the amount of days required to submit an application prior to the event will be 90 days; the ordinance references the Sherman County noise ordinance, and Will will check to see if a noise ordinance exists; if not, one can be created; discussion was held about the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) process; applying for a CUP in addition to applying for the mass gathering permit will be necessary if the event is to be held during the fire season specified in the ordinance; the hours defining a gathering will match the Oregon Revised Statutes defining a mass/outdoor gathering as an event above 250 people that will reasonably continue for more than 120 hours in a three-month period; the county mass gathering threshold will remain 250 people; the mass gathering application will go through the County Court and all CUP applications will go through the Planning Department; discussion was held about amending the public safety section to require 1 security personnel for every 100 people; at the last public hearing, the sheriff requested 1 security personnel per every 50 people; Will will contact the sheriff about this before making a permanent change and will make changes to the draft and send it out before the next public hearing; a continuation of the hearing will be held at the next court meeting, and if no further feedback is received, the court may sign the ordinance;
  • heard an annual report from Kayla von Borstel, Sherman County Area Watershed Council Coordinator;
  • met with Jennifer Zimmerlee, RV Park Host, about upgrading the receptacles at the park; it is more user friendly to have 20/30/50 amp receptacles, but to upgrade them, the current receptacles will need to be removed from encased concrete and reinstalled; Jennifer suggested removing five of the 30 amp receptacles, replacing them with 50 amp receptacles, and purchasing five adaptors to have on hand for those with 30 amp RV’s; the court approved the proposal from Seven Peaks Electric in the amount of $650.20 to replace five 30 amp RV receptacles with five 50 amp receptacles, including breakers, wire, and receptacles; the old bathrooms need repair, as the sinks are loose, and the roof now has a hole in it, which may have caused damage to the structure; the court approved having the roof repaired at the restroom/laundry building at the RV Park with composition roofing and sub roof repair; future rates may be adjusted if upgrades like re-graveling the road and improving the Wi-Fi can be done; additional landscaping is needed;
  • met with Cindy Brown and David Skakel, Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program, to discuss Sherman County’s hazardous waste collection; the collection is funded by surcharge through the landfill in Wasco County; the program has expanded into recycling education and outreach; each year, Sherman County benefits from the program, though much of the county’s waste goes to Arlington; Sherman County has always been assessed a fee equivalent to individual household waste in Wasco and Hood River counties to help pay for the program; in recent years, the volume of materials has gone up significantly; in 2011, the gap in Sherman County’s contribution to the program was $7,200, so the county has been paying this in addition to a one time annual payment to make the program whole; the 2016 collection event brought in enough Sherman County hazardous waste to cost $10,000, though the county contributes less than that to the program; David suggested holding two events per year to better serve the county; he also asked the court to consider increasing the amount the county contributes by approximately $5,000, making the total contribution approximately $12,000; this request will be discussed during Budget Committee;
  • heard from Rod Asher, Weed District Director, a letter will be sent out regarding a weed ordinance violation, and he would like the court’s full backing; at a recent Weed Board meeting, discussion took place including Rod and Will Carey, County Counsel, and direction was given to enforce state weed laws involving noxious weeds; the court stated Rod has the support of the court to send the letter after County Counsel reviews it; Rod reported he received a resignation letter from Paul Dornbirer, Cooperative Weed Management Area Deschutes River Project Coordinator;
  • heard from Brad Baird, Anderson Perry & Associates, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding application is ready to be signed and submitted; the USDA requires mandatory hook up clauses; the Conditional Use Permit for the reservoir site was submitted, and a hearing is scheduled for February 27 at 5:30pm; in the future, bids will go out for the well, and once the well is drilled and the yield is known, the rest of the project can be bid; a cultural resources evaluation may need to be done; site test pits need to be dug, and after the cultural evaluation, road earthwork can begin; depending on when funding arrives, the project can be bid and started; ideally, the well will be up and running by this time next year; Judge Thompson signed the USDA funding applications;
  • appointed Julia Hubbard and Dana Haner to the Sherman County Ambulance Board for a term of two years to expire December 31, 2018;
  • approved Amendment No. 1 to PSU Agreement #398573 between Portland State University and Sherman County to extend work on the South Sherman Fire & Rescue District income survey to June 30, 2017, to allow for the completion of scope and services;
  • authorized budget transfers/payments, including $60,500 to the County General Fund, $404,000 from the County General Fund, $16,000 from the Ambulance Fund, $8,745.52 from the Prevention Fund, $2,500 from Court Security, and $30,00 from the General Road Fund and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved the grant submittal form for the Special Transportation/5310 Grant Application for Biennial Grant Period 2017-2019 and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • authorized payment of the regular monthly bills from listed line items within the appropriate funds;
  • discussed Giles French Park, a Potlatch Food Service Inspection Report, a thank-you letter from Richard and Nancy Simpson, and Sherman County Website Updates;
  • heard reports from court members about regional board activities.

3. Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon

grandparents.3When you are looking for information about services to address aging or disability needs, the Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon can help you learn about public and privately paid options in your local community.  The ADRC has trained professional staff who can help you and your family with immediate needs, or help you plan for the future.

The ADRC of Oregon is a statewide resource for everyone, regardless of income level, and can be reached by a calling a toll free number, visiting a website or by contacting a local ADRC office.  The Mid-Columbia Council of Governments – Area Agency on Aging (AAA) now has an ADRC – Center for resources and multi-use.

A part time Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) participant will be joining our AAA in March to help us as a “Senior Outreach Specialist” or SOS.  We are very pleased to be a part of this Older American’s Act program as a host site.  I hope you will join me in welcoming Kitty Schmidt to our team. 

4. Mud Springs Gospel Band to Perform at Kent Baptist Church, Feb. 26

music-notesThe Mud Springs Gospel Band will be performing at Kent Baptist Church this Sunday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend for the concert and cookies afterward!

5. Oregon State Police’s new “CAR CARE PROGRAM”

car.blueIn an effort to improve public safety and assist the communities we serve, the Oregon State Police (OSP) is proud to announce a partnership with Advance Auto Parts/Carquest Auto Parts on our new “Car Care Program.”

OSP Troopers will be offering drivers stopped for a minor equipment violation a voucher that provides a discount on automotive parts purchased at any Advance Auto Parts or participating Carquest Auto Parts store.

According to OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton, “When an OSP Trooper stops a vehicle for an equipment violation, they understand some individuals defer maintenance on their automobile to pay for other necessities instead, such as groceries and rent. The Car Care Program allows us in a small way to assist individuals and families with improving the safety of their vehicle and our highways. Every OSP Trooper understands they can influence the trajectory of a person’s life, which is why ‘Compassion’ is a core value of our agency.”

“We’re pleased to partner with the Oregon State Police on the ‘Car Care Program,'” said Advance’s chief marketing officer, Walter Scott. “Advance is passionate about serving our customers and communities and our team members are always ready with the parts and advice that customers’ need to keep their vehicles running safely.”

Starting February 21, 2017, the Oregon State Police will start distributing these vouchers statewide. In 2016, the Oregon State Police issued over 20,000 warnings/citations for equipment violations. Seventy-seven percent of these violations were due to ORS 816.330 – Operating without Required Lighting. Required lighting includes all external vehicle lighting such as blinkers, headlights, and tail lights. These violations directly affect the safety of all vehicles on our roadways.

6. Imagination & Visualization

Are you using visualization to help ensure the results you want in the future? If you don’t, perhaps you could give it a try.

How good is your imagination? Now, when asked that question, most people invariably say that they have an active imagination. If that’s true for you, too, then you should certainly be using visualization techniques to help you get the results you want in the future.

Why? Well, because if you do it right, it works. How do we know this? Here at The Pacific Institute, in all of our offices around the world, we see evidence of it every day. Do some research of your own. Log on to your favorite search engine and see what you come up with regarding visualization. You’ll find more than enough to keep you busy for quite a while, and almost all of it will point to the same thing.

The imagination is a powerful tool that, when used properly, can enhance the results you get. High-performance athletes know more about this than most of us. In fact, you might want to start your research with the May 1985 Psychology Today and an article called “Visualization by Athletes.” Thirty-plus years later and the information still holds true, as we have found in our work with athletes around the world.

What you will find may amaze you. You see, one thing that separates human beings from other forms of life on this planet is the power of forethought. We can look forward and imagine, plan and goal-set, and “see” this imagined future just as real as where we are standing today.

Just remember that visualization isn’t solely for athletes. It is for anyone who wants to improve performance, in any endeavor. Since we are one month and a bit into the New Year, most resolutions have already been broken, re-started and broken again. Now might be the best time to get your imagination into training.

Visualization techniques are not difficult to learn. In fact, you already use them all the time. It’s simply a matter of bringing conscious control to the process. ~ The Pacific Institute