Sherman County eNews #193

CONTENTS

  1. Notice. Public Community Substation Fire Meeting, July 21

  2. More Thank You Notes!

  3. Sherman County Fair Books, Website

  4. Substation Fire – Federal Crop Insurance Claims Within 72 Hours of a Loss

  5. Five Insurance Tips for Wildfire Recovery

  6. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, June 29

  7. Congressman Walden’s Statement on Russia


1. Notice. Public Community Substation Fire Meeting, July 21

There will be a public community meeting to discuss the 2018 Substation Fire that has ravaged Wasco and Sherman Counties.  The meeting will be held Saturday, July 21st at 3:00PM at the Grass Valley Pavillion.


2. More Thank You Notes!

THANK YOU! The list of people to thank is longer than my arm. If I had to point to one person, Zack Blalock saved our house.  Thank you!! To all, Thank You. ~The McLeods

THANK YOU! A huge THANK YOU to all the friends, neighbors, and many, many firefighters (both local and from all over Oregon) who monitored the situation on Gordon Ridge and were able to save structures and wheat fields.  Someone plowed our field on the corner by the Quonset hut.  Thank you!  All your hard work also helped to save Mark and Dee’s home.  That means a lot to us as well.  It is a blessing to live here.  ~Mary and Bo Macnab

APPRECIATION TO THE FIREFIGHTERS. Once again, we must thank so many, Friends and Neighbors who stopped their harvest to fight fire and, of course, all of the Fire Departments and personnel. It was only through your perseverance (throughout the night) that kept our homes and crops safe. We are so grateful and appreciative for your time and equipment for extremely dangerous, hard work. To the general public we call upon your support to help prevent fires that happen much too often, endangering many lives. Thank you! ~McKinney Ranch, Jean & Mac, Bryan & Kim


3. Sherman County Fair Books, Website

Sherman County Fair books are available in all local post offices, markets, MCP Farm Store and the Sherman County Historical Museum! See the new website here: https://shermancountyfairfun.com/.


4. Substation Fire – Federal Crop Insurance Program Claims Within 72 Hours of a Loss

Current statistics estimate that nearly half of the crop of Wasco County may be lost as a result of the Substation Fire. 

Under the Federal Crop Insurance program claims must be filed within 72hrs of a loss. Farmers are encouraged to contact their crop insurance agent as soon as possible to file a claim.  If you have crop damage as a result of the fire, do not destroy the crop until the insurance company confirms it is ok to do so. 


5. Five Insurance Tips for Wildfire Recovery

Oregon Division of Financial Regulation’s Advocacy Team ready to help with wildfire claims

Salem – Residents that have been forced to evacuate their homes because of the wildfires burning across the state can contact the Division of Financial Regulation’s Advocacy Team for help with insurance questions. Call the team at 888-877-4894 (toll-free) or online at www.dfr.oregon.gov.

There are several insurance considerations if you are affected by one of the state’s wildfires. The division has five tips to help residents recover.

  • Coverage is typically available for fire, smoke, and ash damage to your home and personal property. You may also be covered for your additional expenses due to a mandatory evacuation.
  • A typical homeowner policy will cover expenses such as lodging, food, and pet boarding if you are part of a mandatory evacuation. The coverage may be subject to your deductible. It is important to save all your receipts and notify your agent as soon as possible.
  • If possible, make a quick home inventory by taking photos of each room in your home. Pay close attention to what is on walls, in drawers and closets, and storage areas such as the attic or garage.
  • If your home is damaged by a fire, take steps to prevent further damage by making temporary repairs. Make safety the top priority, and save receipts for work that is done.
  • Vehicles damaged by fire, even if parked in the garage at the time, are covered by comprehensive coverage on a typical auto policy.

Oregonians can also contact the division’s advocacy team if they have problems with their insurance company, agent, or claims adjuster. Visit https://dfr.oregon.gov/gethelp/ins-help/Pages/index.aspx for more information.


6. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, June 29 

FRONTIER TELENET

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

JUNE 29, 2018 MINUTES

The regular meeting of the Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors was called to order by chairman Judge Steve Shaffer at 10:05 A.M.  This meeting held in the OSU Extension Office Conference Room, 66365 Lonerock Road, Moro, Oregon.

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

Also Present:  Todd Cox, Ryan LeBlanc and Steve Wynne, Day Wireless Systems;  Mac Stinchfield, Times-Journal Newspaper; Mike Smith, Rob Myers and Jeanne Burch, Frontier TeleNet Staff.

Budget Hearing: The Budget Hearing for the Frontier TeleNet Fiscal Year 2018-2019 was opened at 10:25 AM.  There was no public input.  The Budget Hearing closed at 10:27 AM.

Regular Session resumed at 10:28 AM.

Resolution No. 6/29.2018-003, A Resolution Adopting the Frontier TeleNet Budget reviewed. Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson that the Frontier TeleNet Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 is approved in the amount of $4,630,603.00 and the funds are appropriated.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Minutes:  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley that minutes of May 18, 2018 be approved as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Financial Review: Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Steve Shaffer that financial report for May 2018 be approved as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Resolution Transferring Funds:  Jeanne Burch reviewed certain line items that had gone over in the current budget.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Steve Shaffer that Resolution No. 6/29/2018-002 be approved making the following budget adjustments:

Account 506-Electricity Other-Add $200.00

Account 508-Insurance-Add $2,000.00

Account 512-Legal-Add $2,000.00

Account 513-Bandwidth-Add $42,000.00

Account 516-Miscellaneous-Add $10,000.00

Account 520-Personal Services-Add $26,000.00

Account 537-Rental Expense-Add $1,500.00

Account 5010 Contingency-Deduct $83,700.00

Motion carried with all present voting aye.

IT and Systems Updates Progress Report:

Ryan LeBlanc of Day Wireless System reported that Wheeler Broadband was progressing on schedule.  RTG is ready to transfer their customers to the new system.  That will be RTG responsibility after initial testing.  That cap that was placed on Mitchell while construction was being finished has been removed.  Mike Smith stated that multiple vendors can now use the system.

Black Rock Grazing Site was discussed.  It was noted that underground electricity is a requirement at this site.  This site is used for redundancy.

Madras Power supply in server failed during a storm.  There was no loss to customers and the redundant servers work very well.  Frontier Regional 911 was able to keep operating using the Wheeler Broadband System.  The technicians were very pleased to see the system work so well for emergency services.  Sherman County has also experienced several fires this month and most of the county was covered by the system.  There has been a microwave problem at the Spray Clinic and Day Wireless is working on this problem.

Security at Sites:  There is a need to secure site at AirBase.  Rob Myers has taken care of weed-eating and Don Farrar has sprayed.  A chain-link fence is needed and site needs to be leveled and rock installed.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve Ron Mobley building a 6-foot chain- link fence at AirBase in the sum of $8,390.00.  Rock and Site Preparation to be determined, not to exceed $10,000.00.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Secondary HVAC at Kahler Basin needs replacing.  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to approve Secondary HVAC at Kahler Basin in the amount of $5,620.00.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Business and Marketing Report:

Mike Smith gave the following progress report:

  1. Working with T-Mobile in Mitchell. They want to buy service from Frontier TeleNet but they have some questions about Microwave.
  2. Discussed with a cell phone company the use of fiber in Sherman County.
  3. Mid-Columbia Economic Development District on behalf of Sherman Cities awarded RFP to Gorge Net. Gorge Net is interested in purchasing bandwidth from Frontier TeleNet.
  4. Grass Valley Grocery Store now has wireless service.
  5. Partnering on Sherman County Projects. Conduit is going in for free at Biggs Junction.
  6. Update on Umatilla-Morrow Radio District. Not going forward with Frontier TeleNet as they are concerned about Frontier TeleNet not maintaining sites with fencing and rock.
  7. Another County is interested in using Digital Switch.
  8. Another County is interested in services from Frontier Regional 911.
  9. Cottonwood State Park: NEPA Work is being done.  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to approve $14,100.00 for NEPA Study at Cottonwood State Park. Pending Legal Counsel written  Motion carried with all present voting aye.
  10. Cottonwood State Park Tower RFP: Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to accept the quote from Windwave, as contractor of record and responsible contractor, in the sum of $99,500.00. Pending Legal Counsel written  Motion carried with all present voting aye.
  11. A company outside Spray needs improved communication. Day Wireless will work with them.
  12. Work with RTG on improving speeds.
  13. Mike Smith is working with ORTELCO regarding Wheeler County Projects.
  14. Working on RFP for fiber build from Wasco to Rufus.

Other Items for The Good of the Order:

Steve Shaffer spoke on the need for Frontier TeleNet to take a good hard look at how business is done.  Feels we need to separate internet service and public safety.  Future looks bleak and e-rate is becoming competitive.  Steve Shaffer feels that revenue is dwindling and need to take a hard look at structure and pricing.  5G Technology is in the near future and Frontier TeleNet needs to be organized.  Steve Wynne pointed out that not all the towers are capable of supporting carrier information.

Mike Smith responded that Frontier TeleNet is in a good position to meet the future with the Frontier TeleNet infrastructure.  Ryan LeBlanc of Day Wireless stated that they would be available to go to meetings if technical support is needed.

Steve Shaffer gave a brief update on the Condon Fiber Project.  Presently working on right-of-way issues with Inland Development Corporation and a third party.  Zayo is working on the expansion of their system.  Gilliam County and City of Condon each have 12 pairs of fiber.

Next Meeting of Frontier TeleNet will be July 20, 2018 at Gilliam County Courthouse in Condon, Oregon.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:50 AM.

Respectfully Submitted:

Jeanne Burch, Frontier TeleNet Staff

Approved:  July 20, 2018

_______________________

STEVE SHAFFER, FRONTIER TELENET CHAIRMAN


7. Congressman Walden’s Statement on Russia

American flag2Washington, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today released the following statement:

“Russia’s interference in our elections and repeated attempts to subvert democracy in America must be condemned by our country’s leaders. As I have said repeatedly, I fully support the findings of the hardworking Americans in our intelligence community that Russia deliberately attacked our democratic process and continues its hostile efforts against our country and our allies. That is why I voted for unprecedented sanctions against the Russian regime, which the President has signed into law, to send the clear signal that these actions are unacceptable. We cannot allow any country to undermine our right to free and fair elections, and I will continue to support efforts to combat Russian aggression against the very bedrock of our principles and values as Americans.”


 

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