Sherman County Broadband Survey, Community Meetings, Oct. 11 & 17
Editorial. Fact Checking Support for Community Counseling Solutions’ Proposal
Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 4
Notice: Sherman County Court Session, Oct. 18
ODOT Warns of Deer Migration
53 Red Cross Disaster Responders Helping Communities on the Ground
1. Sherman County Broadband Survey, Community Meetings, Oct. 11 & 17
Residents and businesses in Biggs Junction, Grass Valley, Moro, Rufus, and Wasco are encouraged to take a broadband satisfaction survey hosted by Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD). This survey is intended to gauge interest in improved internet service and help better understand the needs in the community related to internet connectivity. Paper surveys are being mailed in city water bills and can be returned to your city hall, or you can take the survey online on County’s website (www.co.sherman.or.us) by October 31.
The information collected in the surveys will assist the community in seeking proposals from private internet providers to develop “off-ramps” the fiber “highways” in the County so that those in Sherman County’s cities can access truly high speed internet service.
For more information about broadband and this project, everyone is invited to attend two community information sessions with MCEDD. Each session will provide the same information. The meetings are Wednesday, October 11 at 6pm at Moro City Hall and Tuesday, October 17 at 6pm at Wasco City Hall. If you have questions about this effort, please contact city staff in your community or Jessica Metta with MCEDD at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-296- 2266.
2. Editorial. Fact Checking Support for Community Counseling Solutions’ Proposal
In doing a little fact checking, it came to our attention that a misleading statement was made in giving notice of the October 8th meeting regarding the Community Counseling Solutions’ proposal to locate a respite center in Sherman County.
Not all who were named as supporting this proposal gave permission for their name to be used in this statement. Corrections and apologies are in order.
3. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 4
- 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 on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us after the October 18 Court session.)
The Sherman County Court met in regular session on October 4, 2017, and in conducting the business of the county,
- heard a quarterly report from Jenine McDermid, Clerk; Jenine presented a draft copy of the Sherman County Public Records Request form, Sherman County Response to Public Records Request, and an updated County Clerk’s Office Fee Schedule; the Court approved the public record forms and fee schedule; the Court approved the appointment of Jeanne Kuettel and Dee Ashley from the Non-Office Holding Pool and Gary Thompson with Joe Dabulskis as alternate from the Office Holding Pool to the 2017-2018 Board of Property Tax Appeals; the Clerk’s Office may purchase a new ballot counting machine in the near future;
- heard a renewable energy update from Dave Van’t Hof, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, and Dana Peck; Dana gave a brief history of the wind market in California and its impact in the Columbia River Gorge; Dave explained he has connected with policy making groups in California to try to get regional wind into California; he will attempt to work with the Governor’s Office to try to recreate an authority for a regional market; Dave reported on a few bills that will come up next session; discussion was held about the Wyoming wind market; Dana emphasized the local wind market should be looked at comprehensively for the full range of economic benefits, including jobs, a tax base, schools, and more; Dave suggested focusing on making the repowering of wind projects in Sherman County a streamlined process; the rules are made by the Oregon Department of Energy’s Energy Facilities & Safety division; Dave suggested having someone go in to meet with staff and then going to local legislature if needed;
- heard a quarterly report from Amber DeGrange, Juvenile Director; her caseload has increased; interviews for the Prevention Coordinator position will be held October 16; Amber continues to perform Prevention Coordinator tasks while the position remains open; the 2017-2019 Four Rivers Early Learning Hub budget is being developed; Amber discussed the curfew ordinance with cities, is looking for opportunities to enhance the Justice Reinvestment Grant, and continues to chair the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council; Trauma Informed Practices and Sanctuary Model training will be held in November;
- heard a quarterly report from Rod Asher, Weed District Director; the remaining seasonal workers will work through October or until freezing weather; finding enough seasonal workers will continue to be a challenge; large patches of skeletonweed have been found on the north end of the county; Rod is concerned about Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land and seeds being stirred up if the land is tilled; a crew completed the Grass Valley Canyon project and then moved to the Deschutes River project; there have been no issues with Azure Farms, and Rod reported he has a good working relationship with them; grounds maintenance is going well; Rod explained he has safety concerns about the building at DeMoss Park;
- heard a quarterly report from Wes Owens, Sherman School District Superintendent; the Grass Valley facility has been sold, and the school will collaborate with the new owner to offer support with the building; bargaining went well and both contracts will be recommended; the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports system is in place; the school has been accepted into the Oregon Response to Instruction and Intervention program; the safety proposal is still under discussion; the Hall of Honor class induction went well; a newsletter will be sent to constituents to open up communication between the community and school;
- heard a quarterly report from Mark Coles, Road Master; edging the pavement south of the school parking lot will begin in a few weeks; fall grading has begun; the access road for the Biggs Service District water project is complete; hot mix patching and crack sealing are complete; washboards are being cut, spraying will be finished soon, and rock will be crushed for next year’s chip seal;
- entered into Biggs Service District Board of Directors;
- approved the Term of State’s Offer for the US97 Spanish Hollow Creek Bridge Project and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
- approved the Permanent Easement for the US97 Spanish Hollow Creek Bridge Project and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
- approved the 2017-2019 Grant Young Memorial Planning Assistance Grant application to the Department of Land Conservation and Development and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
- declared the Sheriff’s Office 2011 Ford Crown Victoria as surplus;
- approved the Intergovernmental Agreement with Sherman County between Sherman and Gilliam County for the provision of independent assessment services necessary to assist the Sherman or Gilliam County Board of Property Tax Appeals in the performance of their functions upon request;
- approved the National Association of Counties invoice for county membership dues in the amount of $450;
- approved the distribution of $590 to eligible applicants for the 2017 Resident Incentive Program;
- followed Heath Gardner’s recommendations on the library roof leak repair up to $25,000, declared an emergency, and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
- discussed the Area Agency on Aging region request; library roof leak repair; a website redesign update; a quarterly report submitted by Georgia Macnab, Planner; and small business incentives;
- heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.
4. Notice: Sherman County Court Session, Oct. 18
The Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. This session will be held at the Sherman County OSU Extension Office/Burnet Building, 66365 Lonerock Rd, Moro, OR 97039.
The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at www.co.sherman.or.us.
5. ODOT Warns of Deer Migration
BEND – At the center of the state, Bend is more or less ground zero for collisions with deer during fall migration. So, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is advising motorists to be on the lookout for migrating mule deer on US97 and other Oregon highways.
“Deer are embarking on their fall migration from the eastern slopes of the Cascades to their winter grounds near Fort Rock and Christmas Valley”, said Cidney Bowman, wildlife biologist for ODOT. “Highway 97 lies directly in their path so motorists need to be alert for deer on or near the highway.”
The bulk of the deer migration starts about mid-October and extends until early-December in Central Oregon. Most of the animals travel during the dawn and dusk hours, but motorists can expect to see them at any time.
ODOT is putting up notices on message boards on and near the highway to advise motorists to be extra cautious during the migration and taking other steps to alert motorists to the influx of deer. “We want to be sure drivers know what to expect on the highway during deer migration”, said Bowman, adding, “We’re doing what we can and motorists need to do what they can too.”
For more on deer migration and the impact on Central Oregon Highways visit:
6. 53 Red Cross Disaster Responders Helping Communities on the Ground
PORTLAND, Ore., October 9, 2017 — Fifty-three disaster responders from the American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (Cascades Region) are on the ground helping communities affected by destructive hurricanes in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mississippi, West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida, and Texas. Additionally, local responders are helping in Las Vegas, offering emotional support and other resources to people affected by the tragic shooting.
Responders from Silverton, Springfield, Albany, Troutdale, Portland, Turner, Salem, Eugene, Bend, Rockaway Beach, Beaverton, Happy Valley, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Medford, Gold Beach, Tigard, McMinnville, Corbett, Independence, Wolf Creek, and Ashland, Oregon, as well as Vancouver, Goldendale, and Longview, Washington, are assisting communities affected by hurricanes and the shooting by working in disaster relief shelters, delivering food and water to affected neighborhoods, providing emergency financial assistance, helping with family reunification, delivering health and mental health services and providing spiritual care.
LAS VEGAS RESPONSE EFFORTS
Since the tragic shooting in Las Vegas last week, the Red Cross has been providing support to families of the deceased, people who were injured, and helping at public memorials and vigils. The Red Cross is providing health and mental health assistance, spiritual care and other forms of assistance at a family assistance center (a centralized location for affected families to go to get help and resources), at local hospitals, and through outreach teams. Additionally, and as part of our national blood network, the Red Cross has provided blood to hospitals treating patients injured in the incident. Following the shooting, the Red Cross supplied more than 450 units of blood and blood products to hospitals treating victims.
HURRICANE HARVEY, IRMA, MARIA AND NATE RESPONSE EFFORTS
In the last six weeks, the American Red Cross has launched a wide-ranging relief effort to help people devastated by three historic, back-to-back hurricanes–Harvey, Irma, and Maria. And now, the Red Cross is helping families affected by a fourth hurricane, Nate, which made landfall in Mississippi Saturday. The Red Cross is on the ground, part of a large team of agencies and organizations responding to provide help to communities turned upside down by these storms.
OVERALL RESPONSE EFFORTS
* In the last six weeks, the Red Cross, along with community and government partners, has provided more than 1.2 million overnight stays in emergency shelters. Shelters were opened in 8 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
* The Red Cross has served more than 6.4 million meals and snacks, and provided more than 2.9 million relief items to people in need.
* Red Cross volunteers have provided more than 177,200 mental health and health services to support and care for those affected.
* A total of more than 16,000 trained disaster workers, 91 percent of them volunteers, have been mobilized to support hurricane relief efforts.
* More than 100 Red Cross workers from around the world deployed to the United States to help with hurricane relief efforts.
* Right now, more than 2,600 Red Cross disaster workers and almost 250 emergency response vehicles are on the ground, helping thousands of people affected by these storms.
HOW TO HELP:
The Red Cross has launched massive responses to these devastating hurricanes and needs financial donations to be able to provide immediate and ongoing disaster relief for those affected. Help people affected by visiting redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS to make a donation.
Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters. The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to hurricane relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.