Sherman County eNews #173

CONTENT

  1. Frontier TeleNet Budget Hearing, June 16

  2. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Notice & Agenda, June 16

  3. Frontier Digital Network Budget Hearing, June 16

  4. Frontier Digital Network Board of Directors Meeting, June 16

  5. An Invitation to an IF Table Gathering, June 19

  6. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County Court Special Session, June 19

  7. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County Court, June 21

  8. Oregon’s Highly Rural Transportation Program for Veterans


1. Frontier TeleNet Budget Hearing, June 16 

FRONTIER TELENET BUDGET HEARING

JUNE 16, 2017  10:00 AM

NORTH CENTRAL ESD CONFERENCE ROOM

135 SOUTH MAIN STREET, CONDON, OREGON

AGENDA

  1. Call Hearing to Order
  2. Roll call
  3. Review of Budget As Approved By Budget Committee
  4. Public Input
  5. Close Budget Hearing

2. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Notice & Agenda, June 16                                                     

Frontier TeleNet

                        Board of Directors Meeting Agenda and Notice

                         June 16, 2017  10:00 AM

                                   North Central ESD Conference Room

  • Call To Order
  • Director’s Changes/Additions To The Agenda
  • Public Input
  • Minutes

4.1       Review and Approval

  • Financials
    • Review and Approval

6.0     Resolution To Move Funds

7.0     Budget Adoption Vote

8.0     Discussion of Contracting and Procurement Rules

9.0     Discussion And Possible Adoption of Records Request Policy as Provided by Counsel

10.0   Wheeler County Town Hall Meetings and Wireless Project Update

11.0   Cottonwood Project Update

12.0   Discussion of LSN Contract Change and Work Request at Slatt Site

13.0   Request by Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Agency For Dispatch/9-1-1

Connectivity to Burns-Paiute Tribe

14.0   Audit Contract(s)

15.0   Discussion/Possible Vote and Approval of Compensation Increases

16.0   Future Meeting Dates

17.0   Public Input

18.0   Adjournment

FRONTIER TELENET RESOLUTION MOVING FUNDS

WHEREAS, Frontier Telenet has found it necessary to hire a Marketing Director, and

WHEREAS, this position was added in October 2016, and

WHEREAS, when the original budget was adopted in June 2016, this position was not included, and

WHEREAS, the personal services line in the Frontier Telenet Budget will need additional funds to accommodate this addition.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that $53,000.00 be transferred from Contingency to Personal Services.  Personal Services line item in the Frontier TeleNet Budget will now be $150,000.00 and Contingency $477,227.00.

Adopted this 16th  day of June, 2017.

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STEVE SHAFFER, FRONTIER TELENET CHAIRMAN

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ATTEST:  JEANNE E. BURCH, FRONTIER TELENET STAFF

The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n)(D).


4. Frontier Digital Network Budget Hearing, June 16

FRONTIER DIGITAL NETWORK BUDGET HEARING

JUNE 16, 2017  9:00 AM

NORTH CENTRAL ESD CONFERENCE ROOM

135 SOUTH MAIN STREET, CONDON, OREGON

AGENDA

  1. Call Meeting to Order
  2. Roll call
  3. Review Budget As Approved By Budget Committee
  4. Public Input
  5. Close Budget Hearing

4. Frontier Digital Network Board of Directors Meeting, June 16

FRONTIER DIGITAL NETWORK

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

North Central ESD Conference Room

135 S. Main Street

Condon, Oregon

June 16, 2017   9:00 AM

AGENDA

  • Call To Order & Director Roll Call
  • Public Input/Comment
  • Directors’ Changes or Additions to the Agenda
  • Previous Minutes

4.1 Review and Approval

  • Financials
    • Review and Approval

6.0     Discussion Motorola System Upgrade Agreement

7.0     Budget Adoption Vote

8.0     Other – General

9.0     Public Input/Comment

10.0   Next Meeting

11.0   Adjournment


5. An Invitation to an IF Table Gathering, June 19

Who? You’re invited to join the first “IF” table gathering.

Where? Sherman County Senior & Community Center in Moro.
When? Monday June 19th at 6:30 p.m.
What? It is a gathering of women interested in getting to know each other better and share their walk with Lord. This is non denominational group getting together to support and encourage each other.
We will provide dinner.  Bring a friend.
For more info on the “IF” table go to www.iftablegathering.com.
If you have questions call Ree Ella at 541-980-8678.


6. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County Court Special Session, June 19

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will be meeting in special session on Monday, June 19, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in the Office of the County Court. The purpose of the special session is to review submitted proposals for the website redesign proposal request. The court will select proposers to interview at a later special session. 


7. Public Notice: Sherman County Court, June 21

The Sherman County Court session is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

SCCOURT.Agenda June 21 2017


8. Oregon’s Highly Rural Transportation Program for Veterans

Oregon’s Highly Rural Transportation Program, a federal, state and local partnership that is helping meet the urgent transportation needs of veterans who live in extremely rural areas, has logged over 500,000 miles in its first two years of operation.

That’s farther than the distance to the moon and back.

Veterans who were served by this program did not fly to the moon, but they were transported all over the Pacific Northwest to see their doctors and receive medical care. Federally funded and administered by the state and its partner agencies in the 10 participating counties, the program is tailored to the needs of rural veterans, who often do not have adequate access to medical care in their communities.

Connie Guentert, Wallowa County manager for Community Connection of Northeast Oregon Inc., knows these challenges better than most. Community Connection is the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (ODVA’s) partner agency for the Highly Rural Transportation Program in both Wallowa and Baker counties, and Guentert and her dedicated staff grapple with the difficulty of serving highly rural veterans and other clients every day.

“We’re very remote out here,” she said. “We have very large land expanses, minimal medical facilities, and the only public transportation in the county is us. Our drivers face long winters, adverse weather and road conditions, rock slides, deer, elk, even bears on the road.”

The trips are rarely short. Because of the scarcity of services, Wallowa County veterans must travel to appointments in La Grande, Walla Walla, Boise, and even as far as Portland or Tacoma — a round trip of over 700 miles.

Funding comes in the form of annual grants from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A maximum of $50,000 may be awarded to any counties classified as “highly rural,” which means fewer than seven residents per square mile. Oregon has 10 such counties (Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Lake, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Wallowa and Wheeler), and since 2014, ODVA has received the maximum funding allotment for each participating county.

The impact has been remarkable. From October 2014 to September 2016, a total of 529,199 miles were logged — which accounts for about half of the nationwide total reported by Oregon and all the other states participating in the VA-funded program.

Oregon’s drivers also tracked over 9,000 trips, spent over 20,000 hours on the road and served 2,279 veterans during that same period.

Mitch Sparks, ODVA’s director of statewide veteran services, credits the program’s success to the ingenuity of the participating counties and transportation providers, who have used the funds to enhance new and existing programs in order to get the maximum value from each grant.

“This program’s success is directly due to the outstanding management of each county’s transportation system and their ability to creatively transport veterans by partnering with other transportation networks and overcoming weather, distance and other adverse circumstances,” Sparks said.

The program has made a real difference in reducing the strain on state and local safety net programs that would otherwise be responsible for bridging the gaps in serving vulnerable residents in highly rural areas.

Even so, the VA grants go only so far in meeting the high level of need that exists. Guentert said the grant funds last only about seven or eight months — not the full 12 for which they are intended. After that point, her organization has to begin to draw on other funds closer to home — like a biennial allotment they receive from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

“We truly appreciate the VA grant, and the veterans love it,” Guentert said. “It’s just that the need is so great.”

If you are a veteran living in one of the 10 participating counties and would like more information about the Highly Rural Transportation Program, please contact your local county or transportation office. A complete list of the appropriate contacts can be found on ODVA’s website at http://wp.me/p60SnD-Nf.


 

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