Sherman County eNews #284

CONTENTS

  1. Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals Board Openings

  2. Sherman County 2018 Primary Election Notice

  3. Frontier Digital Network Unapproved Meeting Minutes, Sept. 15

  4. Frontier TeleNet Unapproved Meeting Minutes, Sept. 15

  5. Do You Value Honesty?

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


“Guns didn’t change. Society did.” ~Spokane Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich sets the record straight. He says a culture that glorifies violence, not the availability of firearms, is the root of the problem.


1. Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals Board Openings

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals (BOPTA) has board openings for the 2017-18 tax year.  These positions are open to nonoffice-holding residents of Sherman County.  A nonoffice-holding resident cannot be: a member of the county governing body, a member of the governing body of any taxing district within the county, an elected official within the county, a person employed in or hired by the county or any taxing district within the county, a former county assessor, or any appointee acting in the place of the assessor that held the office or was appointed during the tax year subject to appeal to BOPTA, or a person previously employed in or hired by the office of the assessor during the tax year subject to appeal to BOPTA.   

Board members hear petitions for reduction of the real market, maximum assessed, specially assessed, and assessed value of property placed on the roll by the county assessor as of January 1, 2017.  The board will also consider requests to waive penalties assessed for the late filing of real and personal property returns.  

An initial training session is required for new members and for those members returning after a break in service.  Board members are required to attend training approved by the Department of Revenue at least every other year unless no petitions are filed.  The BOPTA board generally meets for one or two sessions during the year between February and June.  The one-year term ends on June 30, 2018.

If you are interested in being considered for the BOPTA board, please contact Jenine McDermid at 541-565-3606 or by email at:  countyclerk@shermancounty.net no later than Friday, September 29. Members of the BOPTA pool will be appointed by the county governing body on October 4, 2017.


2. Sherman County 2018 Primary Election Notice

Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 the Sherman County Clerk’s Office will be conducting the 2018 Primary Election by mail. Candidates may file for office from September 7, 2017 until the deadline of 5:00pm on March 6, 2018. The following county offices will appear on the ballot:    

PARTISAN OFFICE:

Major party candidates will be nominated for this office at the Primary and elected at the November 6, 2018 General Election:  

         County Commissioner, Position 2 – 4 year term (Current: Tom McCoy)

NONPARTISAN OFFICES:

Candidates for the following nonpartisan offices may be elected to office at the Primary:  

         County Judge – 6 year term (Current: Gary Thompson)

         County Assessor – 4 year term (Current: Ross A. Turney)

         District Attorney – 4 year term (Current: Wade McLeod)     

Candidates for the offices of County Judge and District Attorney are required to file   directly with the Oregon Secretary of State’s office.

Candidates for the following nonpartisan office will be nominated at the Primary and elected at the November 6, 2018 General Election:

         County Treasurer – 4 year term (Current: Marnene Benson-Wood)

LOCAL PRECINCT COMMITTEEPERSONS:

Precinct Committeeperson candidates may file for office between February 6, 2018 and 5:00pm March 6, 2018. These are 2 year terms and are elected at the Primary.

Forms and manuals are available on-line at the Oregon Secretary of State, Elections Division http://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Pages/laws-rules-publications.aspx.  Links to forms are also available on the Sherman County Clerk’s web page: http://www.co.sherman.or.us/govt_clerk.asp and forms are available at the Clerk’s Office which is located in the Courthouse at 500 Court Street, Moro, OR.  Please call 541-565-3606 if you have questions. 


3. Frontier Digital Network Unapproved Meeting Minutes, Sept. 15 

FRONTIER DIGITAL NETWORK

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

         The regular meeting of the Frontier Digital Network Board of Directors was called to order by Chairman, Judge Steve Shaffer at 9:45 AM.  This meeting held in the Conference Room of the Jeanne E. Burch Building, 401 Adams Street, Fossil, Oregon.

Directors Present:  Judge Steve Shaffer, Judge Gary Thompson and Judge N. Lynn Morley.

         Also Present:  Todd Cox and Ryan LeBlanc, Day Wireless System; Will Carey, Legal Counsel; Ron Spenser, Motorola; Rob Myers; Pat Shaw; Tom Wolf, Columbia Basin Electric Co-op; Mac Stinchfield, Times Journal; Jack Lyon; Lori Anderson; Rob Ordway, Wheeler County Commissioner; (and) Mike Smith and Jeanne Burch, Frontier Digital Network Staff.

         Public Input/Comment-None

         Directors Changes or Additions to the Agenda:  One addition to New Business, CIS Letter.

         Minutes:  Minutes of August 25, 2017 meeting reviewed.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve Frontier Digital Network August 25, 2017 minutes as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         Financials:  Financial Statement for Frontier Digital Network reviewed.  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to approve Frontier Digital Network financials as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         Public Hearing:  A public hearing to discuss an ordinance that merges Frontier Digital Network with Frontier TeleNet was called to order at 9:55 AM.  Will Carey explained that an ordinance to transfer all assets and obligations from Frontier Digital Network to Frontier TeleNet and dissolving Frontier Digital Network is necessary.  Judge Shaffer asked for comment from the public regarding this matter:  Judge Pat Shaw, Gilliam County stated that she supports this merger as it was necessary at the time Frontier Digital Network was formed because Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler Counties were the members.  Frontier TeleNet also has the three counties plus the North Central Education District and this made it necessary to have a separate ORS 190.  Mike Smith reported that he had received one request to have the proposed ordinance sent by mail and that has been done.  Having no more testimony the public hearing closed at 10:00 AM.

         Regular Board Meeting resumed at 10:02 AM.

         Frontier Digital Network Dissolution:  Moved by Lynn Morley, Seconded by Gary Thompson to approve an Intergovernmental Agreement Transferring and merging all assets and obligations from Frontier Digital Network (FDN) into Frontier TeleNet and after that dissolving Frontier Digital Network (FDN) and operating all requirements under Frontier TeleNet.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         Letter to City County Insurance:  A proposed letter from Frontier Digital Network Board of Directors to City County Insurance read.  This letter requests that the Frontier Digital Network insurance policy be canceled and all coverage be transferred to Frontier TeleNet.  Moved by Gary Thompson to approve a letter to City County Insurance as presented.  Seconded by Lynn Morley.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 10:15 AM.

         Respectfully Submitted

         Jeanne E. Burch

         Frontier Digital Network Staff


4. Frontier TeleNet Unapproved Meeting Minutes, Sept. 15

FRONTIER TELENET

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

         The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Frontier TeleNet was called to order by Chairman Judge Steve Shaffer at 10:10 AM.

         Directors Present:  Judge Steve Shaffer, Judge Gary Thompson and Judge N. Lynn Morley.

         Also present:  Todd Cox and Ryan LeBlanc, Day Wireless System; Will Carey, Legal Counsel; Ron Spenser, Motorola; Rob Myers; Pat Shaw; Tom Wolf, Columbia Basin Electric Co-op; Mac Stinchfield, Times Journal; Jack Lyon; Lori Anderson; Rob Ordway, Wheeler County Commissioner; (and) Mike Smith and Jeanne Burch, Frontier TeleNet Staff.

         Public Input-None

         Directors Changes or Additions to Agenda:  None

         Minutes:  Minutes of August 25, 2017 Board of Directors Meeting reviewed.  Two corrections were noted.  The spelling of CREA and the Statement by Tom McCoy regarding Inland Development Corporation payments from Sherman County removed.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve the August 25, 2017 Board of Directors Meeting as corrected.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         Financial:  Financial Statement for August 2017 reviewed.  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to approve August 2017 financial statement as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         Public Hearing:  A public hearing was called to order at 10:15.  The purpose of this hearing is to receive comment on proposed Public Contracting Rules for Frontier TeleNet.  Legal Counsel Will Carey explained that the Frontier TeleNet can adopt their own special Public Contracting Rules.  By adopting these rules an entity is exempt from following the Attorney General Rules.  Will Carey also stated that the law firm of Hoyt Speer, who prepared the rules, specializes in public contracting rules.  This gives the Board some discretion and also allows the Frontier TeleNet Board to become the Public Contracting Review Board.  Judge Pat Shaw spoke in favor of this Resolution and stated it makes it much easier to have these in place plus access to a law firm that keeps up to date on the rules. Mike Smith has been asked to send copy of these rules by email to an interested person.

         Hearing Closed at 10:20 AM.

         Frontier TeleNet meeting resumed at 10:21 AM.

         Public Contracting Rules: Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to adopt Public Contracting Rules Resolution No. 9152017-01 and to adopt the findings in Exhibit A of this document.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to adopt resolution no. 9152017-02, a Joint Resolution of the Board of Directors and Local Contract Review Board opting out of the Attorney General’s Model Public Contracting Rules and amending public contracting rules for Frontier TeleNet.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         Cottonwood Tower Update:  Mike Smith reported that there is continued progress on this project.  Ryan LeBlanc reported that the plan has been approved and that it needs to be approved by Region 43 which will meet on September 26, 2017.  Ryan explained that the Cottonwood project is just on the edge of Region 43 but he sees no problem with the approval. Everything should be ready to go in the next two weeks and it was noted that landowners, permits and other requirements are all in place.

         Wheeler County Wireless Project:  Lynn Morley reported that he is working out the final details on this project.  Governor’s approval and signature have been obtained and also approved by the Wheeler County Court.  It was noted by others in the room that this is a model project for a wireless system.

         AOC Assistance Contract:  Greg Wolf has met with several people regarding Frontier TeleNet and will conduct a few more to interview.  Greg will have a report in the next few weeks.  Greg suggested an audit of Frontier TeleNet Equipment might be helpful.  Reaching out to mission-critical partners to discuss costs.

         Website Update:  Mike Smith reported he had talked to Matt Sekora and project is being worked on.

         SUAII Motorola Service Contract:  Mike Smith reported the original cost of service contract was $360,000.00 and it has been negotiated down to $200,000.00 for the first year and $230,000.00 for subsequent years.  A discussion held on where the funds to pay this contract will come from.  Mike Smith reported he is working with an entity that might be interested in connecting to FTN Digital Switch as this saves them considerable money.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve System Upgrade with Motorola with a revised cost of $200,000.00 for the first year and $230,000.00 for subsequent years.  The first payment on this agreement will be in July 2018.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         Sherman County Fiber Optic RFP, Wasco to Rufus Update:  An RFP has not been advertised as legal counsel Jim Deason had expressed some concerns.  Mr. Deason is working with Will Carey on these concerns.  Centurylink is now showing some interest in this project.  The project has not progressed at the State of Oregon.

         Frontier 911-Burns Tribe Update:  Still waiting for a signature on documents.  Burns Tribe has a new executive officer and that is why it has taken some time for documents to be signed.

         Other Items for the good of the Order:  Steve Shaffer reported on a meeting with Giliam County, the City of Condon, Columbia Basin Electric Joe Fernel and City of Condon Consultant regarding the fiber build with Zayo Bandwidth. Steve stated they did not want Frontier TeleNet at the table.

         Ron Spenser representing Motorola presented Rob Myers with a plaque expressing Motorola’s appreciation of the years Rob has invested in Frontier TeleNet and Frontier Digital Network as General Manager.

         Public Input/Comment:  None

         Next Meeting:  October 20, 2017 at the Gilliam County Courthouse in Condon, Oregon at 10 AM

         There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 11:10 AM.

         Respectfully Submitted:

         Jeanne E. Burch

         Frontier TeleNet Staff


5. Do You Value Honesty?

Parents, if your kids had a class called “Honesty 101,” would they cheat to get a passing grade? Do kids today think of cheating as something everybody does, except nerds? Do they see it as a victimless crime that involves little risk and certain gain?

According to surveys of students and teachers across the U.S. and abroad, the answer is, unfortunately, yes. Fred Schab, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia who passed away in 2009, wrote that since 1969 when he began his study, cheating had been on the rise. An academic cheating fact sheet out of Stanford University states that while about 20% of college students in the 1940s admitted to cheating, surveys today show that between 75% and 98% of college students admitted having cheated in high school.

More kids think dishonesty is sometimes necessary and more parents are helping their kids avoid school rules. With cheating very visibly going on around them – from banking and savings and loan scandals to international athletes using performance-enhancing drugs, to Dad bragging about how he got out of a traffic ticket – somehow this isn’t surprising.

Our schools need clear policies on cheating and an open discussion of the ethics involved. They also need to make sure kids understand just what cheating is, and enforce serious penalties for those who are caught. Clearer learning goals and noncompetitive evaluation of students’ progress could help, too. As well, we need an understanding that at its very core, cheating is doing dishonor to the self. Every time we cheat, we subtract from the sum of who we are.

Most important of all are high standards for ethical behavior – taught, talked about and practiced at home. We see news about prominent figures exhibiting less than ethical behavior every day, some of it happening without apparent consequences. These examples are difficult to ignore, and can become easier to follow, in time.

So, do you value honesty? If you do, it is important to think about how you can best teach your children to value it too. Parents are the single greatest influence on children up to age five, and it is rarely too early to learn the benefits of honesty – especially with oneself. ~The Pacific Institute


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

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