Sherman County eNews #166

CONTENT

  1. Sherman County Family Fair, June 9

  2. Tee Time with Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, June 20

  3. Here it comes! #Eclipse2017 means we all have to be ready

  4. A Second-Hand Life

  5. Senator Wyden’s Rural Health Care Meeting, June 11

  6. North Central Education Service District Board Meeting Minutes, June 1

  7. Character is accurately reflected in one’s mental attitude

  8. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program Steering Committee, June 14

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


Re: Senate Bill 481  “Current law in Oregon specifies that governmental bodies must respond to requests for public records in a “reasonable amount of time,” but it doesn’t define what is meant by that. As a result, it sometimes happens that a governmental entity faced with a public records request it doesn’t much care for will do whatever it can to drag it out, for months or even years.” ~ Editorial, Albany Democrat-Herald, June 5, 2017 


1. Sherman County Family Fair, June 9

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Sherman County Family Fair

Friday, June 9th, 2017

4:00-6:30 pm

Moro Park

Come enjoy dinner,

many fun and free activities,

and live music by

The Junebug Boys!


2. Tee Time with Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, June 20

golf2Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, invites interested persons to join them Tuesday, the 20th, for 9:30 tee time at the Hood River Golf, 1850 County Club Rd., with prizes to be awarded.  Register for golf by calling Roy Nellermoe, 541-354-1007, and/or to make luncheon reservations by calling Frank Wall at 541-354-1505.


3. Here it comes! #Eclipse2017 means we all have to be ready

ODOT’s advice: Arrive early; stay put; leave late

Oregon will be the first state where you can view the total solar eclipse crossing America Monday, August 21. For about two and half hours, daytime will gradually yield to dusk—and to darkness for about two minutes—as the moon passes in front of the sun.

ODOT is planning ahead to keep Oregon moving, and we encourage you to do the same. An estimated 1 million visitors are coming to Oregon to view this celestial spectacle. That many people—about a quarter of the state’s entire population—will have a huge impact on highways, gasoline supplies and other basic needs. What you do to plan ahead will make or break your eclipse-viewing experience.

  • Expect delays. Traffic backups are inevitable. Preparation ensures a good time for visitors and residents alike.
  • Expect traffic changes. Normal travel paths may be disrupted. Communities may close streets to through traffic or ban left or right turns to keep traffic moving, especially around venues with many visitors.
  • Be prepared. If traveling, plan for your basic needs such as food, water, gas for the car and bathroom breaks in case you’re stuck in traffic. If friends or family are coming to visit, warn them to #DriveHealthy: Arrive early, stay put during the eclipse, and leave late afterwards, in case everyone else jumps on our highways all at once. Remember, all travelers have a shared responsibility to stay safe.
  • Stock up early. Food, prescription medications, water and gasoline may be hard to obtain if you don’t get them early. You’ll be ready and stores can restock for our visitors.
  • Do what you can to help. Can you work from home or flex your work schedule when your local roads are full? Avoid roads being used to get people in or out of a local event. Ride your bicycle when possible, to avoid congestion!
  • Look out for each other. This is a rare opportunity but it brings potential hazards. We all must do our part to be prepared. You may see travelers unfamiliar with the area. Be friendly, helpful and patient!

For more information on the eclipse, visit http://traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/oregon-stories/eclipse/ and https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/. To see the eclipse path, view NASA’s video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX7AxZhPrqU.


4. A Second-Hand Life

How do you know when something is good? The answer may not be as simple as it seems, so let’s talk about it. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a work of art, a movie, a restaurant or a new direction for the workplace – how do you decide that something is “good”?

Many people decide what is good by listening to so-called experts. They will praise a painting they care nothing about because it is hanging in a museum, or the artist’s work was favorably reviewed by a fashionable art critic. They will rave about a new restaurant because it is trendy and they will go to see movies that have received good reviews or their friends have enjoyed.

Often people’s personal behavior is based on second-hand values too. They observe certain conventions of manners and they follow certain rules because some authority figure told them to do it, but they never looked further.

Living a life based on second hand values is not living your own life at all. To really live, you must trust your own instincts and take the risk of stepping out of line now and then.

Perhaps, what you might want to do is question your values to understand how you got them and whether they are based on what someone else believes or on your own standards. In other words, take accountability for your own experiences.

When you like something, think about the reasons. When you dislike something, do the same, without making a value judgment. Then, instead of saying something is “good,” say that you like it, and explain why. This increases your communication skills, as well as raising the respect of those around you. ~The Pacific Institute


5. Senator Wyden’s Rural Health Care Meeting, June 11

flag.starsWe’re working to put together a Health Care meeting at 10 am Sunday morning June 11 in Condon with Sen. Wyden.  Hollie with S. Gilliam Health Center has graciously offered to host the meeting.

The Senator has held a series of rural health roundtables this year.  Many folks want to talk about threats to Medicaid funding, and this would be an opportunity to do so.  He’s been pretty forthright about his concerns in protecting Medicaid and the very good things we’re seeing happen in Oregon.  Also, it’s an opportunity for you all to share some of the challenges you see in offering health care in counties with low populations and no hospital.

I hope you can make it to this meeting.  I realize the timing isn’t optimal, but the Senator will be in Condon and wanted to take the opportunity to meet with those who are available.

If you’re interested, here’s an Op-Ed he wrote about his earlier health care meetings.  http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/columnists/20170504/wyden-rural-oregon-wants-health-care-solutions

Again, I hope to see you Sunday.  Please let me know if that works for you.  And if you can make it, it’d be great if you could bring examples or stories of what’s working and what you think Ron could be working on.

Thanks!

Kathleen Cathey,

Field Representative for United States Senator Ron Wyden

105 Fir Street, Suite 201, La Grande, OR  97850

Office 541-962-7691  Fax 541-963-0885  Mobile 541-786-8396


6. North Central Education Service District Board Meeting Minutes, June 1

NORTH CENTRAL ESD REGULAR BOARD MEETING

June 1, 2017

The North Central ESD Board of Directors met in regular session in the NCESD Conference Room,

Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Attending                                

A—Amy Derby, Chair-June 2019

A—Jim Doherty-June 2017

P—Geremy Shull-June 2017 – Via Phone

P—Kristen Neuberger-June 2019

P—Sarah Rucker-June 2017

P—Jeff Schott -June 2017                                                      

P—Robert Waltenburg, Superintendent

P—Kim Domenighini, Bus. Mgr.

Visitors:

Greg Greenwood – Via Phone

Budget Hearing:

Budget Open: 6:06 pm

No discussion regarding the budget.

Budget Closed: 6:07 

CALL TO ORDER

Sarah opened the Board Meeting at 6:07 p.m.

Public Input: None

MINUTES

The minutes from the May 4, 2017 regular board meeting were distributed for review via email May 11, 2017.

Motion—Kristen, seconded Jeff, to approve the minutes.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.

REPORTS

Fiscal Receipts and Claims

The financial report detailing revenue and expenditures for the period ending May 31, 2017 was distributed for review. 

Motion—Kristen seconded Jeff, to approve the financial report.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT

  • Robert has been working with Stacy Shown and Natalie Irzyk, Union Representatives, with the 2017-2019 Union Contract.
    • Negotiations are complete.
    • Settled with a two year contract.
    • 0% on CPI for 2017-18.
    • The contract has two openers for the 2018-19 year, Cost of Living and Health Insurance Cap.
    • If the SSF comes in at 8.3 billion the union would like to negotiate having an increase in salary and health insurance for 2017-18.
    • The staff have seven personal days, three of the days could be bought back at 70% of their hourly wage.
    • Personal Days will be figured on each employees FTE.
    • Classified will be on an hourly basis and will need to turn in a timesheet each month.
  • The Joint Ways and Means Education Subcommittee passed for an $8.2 Billion for SSF and a 49/51 split for the biennium. The bill will head to the full Ways and Means Committee but the hearing has not been scheduled.
  • The ESD may have rent space available as of July 2017.

OLD/UNFINISHED BUSINESS

FLN Trailers

  • Robert sold one trailer for $5,000. He is still waiting on a gentlemen to see if he is interested in the two trailers. Robert will contact him next week to verify.

Policies

  • Robert went through policies CBG, GBMA, GCBDA/GDBDA.

Motion—Jeff, seconded Kristen, to accept CBG, GBMA, GCBDA/GDBDA.

VOTING—Unanimously approved

Building Improvements

  • Rusty Rutherford, Sheetrock Contractor, will complete the building improvements from the water and ice damage this winter.
  • Pacific Crest Roofing will begin the new roof second week of July, 2017.

NEW BUSINESS:

Adopting Budget Resolution 1617-03-04-05

Motion—Jeff, seconded Kristen, to accept 1617-03 Resolution in Adopting the Budget.

VOTING—Unanimously approved

Motion—Jeff, seconded Kristen, to accept 1617-04 Resolution Making the Appropriations.

VOTING—Unanimously approved

Motion—Jeff, seconded Kristen, to accept 1617-05 Resolution Imposing and Categorizing Taxes.

VOTING—Unanimously approved

Superintendent Position

  • Robert stated that there are two viable candidates. The board discussed the two candidates and how best they would fit the ESD needs.
  • Robert will talk with Columbia Gorge ESD regarding the .40 position as superintendent and how they see it working the North Central ESD.
  • The board would like to meet in a work session June 7th or 13th with the CGESD.

Kim will send out an electronic copy of Grant ESD Contract to all board members.

Next meeting: June 22, 2017 6:00pm

ADJOURNMENT
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:34 p.m.


7. Character is accurately reflected in one’s mental attitude

Without a strong foundation built on positive character traits, success will not long endure. It is virtually impossible to fake good character. Phonies are quickly spotted because they haven’t the substance and determination to maintain the charade. Developing good character begins with a positive attitude. Your desire to be a good, decent, honest, considerate person must first take place in your mind. When you make the decision to become a person of character, you will also find that you are much more willing to do the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do. ~Napoleon Hill


8. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program Steering Committee, June 14

The Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s next Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday June 14th, 2017 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.


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

bird.owl.limbCows Fed Flaxseed Produce More Nutritious Dairy Products http://aginfo.net/index.cfm/report/id/Land—Livestock-Report-37287

9 Things That Make You Unlikable http://www3.forbes.com/leadership/9-things-that-make-you-unlikable/?utm_campaign=things-that-make-you-unlikable&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=referral

Linn’s Stamps, Choose Your Sport, Have A Ball – Round Stamp  http://www.linns.com/news/us-stamps-postal-history/2017/may/choose-your-sport-new-united-states-have-a-ball-round-forever-stamps-issued-june-14-us-open.html

Editorial: A possible win for open records http://democratherald.com/news/opinion/editorial/editorial-a-possible-win-for-open-records/article_58eb998d-a182-5538-8459-57e0c8b9f438.html

Re: Senate Bill 481  “Current law in Oregon specifies that governmental bodies must respond to requests for public records in a “reasonable amount of time,” but it doesn’t define what is meant by that. As a result, it sometimes happens that a governmental entity faced with a public records request it doesn’t much care for will do whatever it can to drag it out, for months or even years.” ~ Editorial, Albany Democrat-Herald, June 5, 2017

National Pollinator Week June 19-25 https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/national-pollinator-week-secretary-proclamation.pdf

Roman City of Londinium Around AD 200 http://brilliantmaps.com/londinium-200/


 

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