Sherman County eNews #199






Moro Community Church in the Park, Picnic & BBQ, July 29

All are invited to

Community Picnic & BBQ

Moro City Park

Hosted by Moro Community Church

Sunday, July 29th

10:45 am – Church in the Park

12:00 n – 1:30 pm – BBQ & Picnic

1:30 pm – Clean-up/take down

If you wish, bring a salad, chips, or dessert to share.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, condiments, drinks & paper goods will be provided.

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


CLASSIFIED ADS, NOTICES & NEWS: Please! No posters or flyers.

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 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

 THANK YOU! We wish to express our sincere thanks to the many who assisted in defending our property near the Deschutes River from the fire on Wednesday, July 18. The efforts of local and out of area fire departments, farmers, friends, neighbors, local residents, and the dedicated work of those who provided tractors and equipment to help fight this fire in extremely dangerous conditions made it possible for all the buildings on our property to be saved. Words cannot describe our gratitude for all the expressions of concern and encouragement, along with the incredible outpouring of prayer for us and all others affected by this event. May God bless you all. ~Ron & Jenine McDermid

 THANK YOU! Two simple words that mean so very much! Dwight and I want to thank our family, friends, and neighbors, as well as all the firefighters who helped fight, not only our harvest fire, but also the fire that threatened Sherman County. A big thank you to everyone who worked so tirelessly throughout the day and night to keep our home safe. When something like this happens we truly see the definition of “Community” in action. Again, we want to express our heartfelt appreciation. ~Dwight and Charmayn Alley

THANK YOU! Sherman County Court would like to give our sincerest thank you to all of those who helped keep our beloved Community and County safe during the wildfire that swept through our lands during the past week. To the Fire Departments, firefighters, farmers, locals, and other agencies who banded together during this time of crisis, words cannot fully express the gratitude from the Community and County for the time, effort, dedication, equipment use, and resources it took to keep us all safe throughout the dangerous conditions set before you. The swift coordination and organization by all parties involved as you jumped into action, was appreciated and will not be forgotten. Our deepest sympathy goes out to those who are suffering various magnitudes of loss during this time.

THANK YOU!! We are extremely grateful for all the neighbors, friends and North Sherman RFPD who responded to the recent fire on the Kent Thomas property. A tree caught fire after making contact with a power line and, with the help of a strong west wind, flames quickly spread to the nearby pasture and further east into a chem fallow field. Thanks to the hard work of folks with tractors/discs, a multitude of water tanks and the fire department, the situation was quickly controlled and overall damage was kept to a minimum. We would also like to thank the Sherman County Sheriff’s Department for investigating the situation so promptly. We feel blessed to live in a community where folks drop everything to help others in a crisis situation. Thank you so much!! ~ Kent & Melva Thomas and Chris & Carrie Kaseberg

THANK YOU! The Olsen Family wishes their heartfull thanks to each and everyone who helped during the Substation Fire which reached our property in Sherman County. We are so thankful for all of the neighbors- friends- family- equipment- fire fighters-calls-concern-offers of help. Support was amazing! ~Bob & Mavis, Rob & Theresa, Bruce & Synoma Olsen

THANK YOU, FIRE FIGHTERS! Many thanks to neighbors, fire departments, and the crews who fought the lightning fire on the fields around our buildings at the Jackknife fire. Your hard work saved our home, out-buildings, and cattle once again. We are so grateful to you for all your hard work and generosity. ~Jim and Joyce Brown & Bill and Jill Martin





SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS. Mid-Columbia Bus Company needs school bus drivers. No experience necessary. Paid training. 401K. Hiring bonuses up to $350. Flexible hours. Holidays off. Please call today: 541-442-5723.


MORO PROPERTY. NEW PRICE OF $44,900.00 A chance to own 1.5 acres close to town but in the country in Sherman County. This property is waiting for you to bring your house plans and call it home. Subject to final short plat approval, taxes to be determined. RMLS# 17410095. Contact 9/28

UNIQUE HANDCRAFTED OUTDOOR FURNITURE & NOVELTY GIFTS AND FURNITURE REHABILITATION: Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | 7/27


* It is a beautiful new house built in 2018, located in Gorge Vista Development. Enjoy this home with all the surrounding view of the Columbia River Gorge. It has an open living room plan for your comfort.
* It has 3 bedrooms located upstairs. The master bedroom has its own bathroom, while the other two rooms share one bath.
* Take advantage of this opportunity, if you love the river, the trails and fishing, this house could be a good option.
* This house comes fully furnished. The price is $1600 per month, utilities included.
* For more information, call this number: 541-340-1773.  7/27 



LOCAL HANDYMAN, GENERAL CONTRACTOR & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 7/27


  • The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | Ph. 541-384-2421 | FAX Fax 541-384-2411 $35/year




LOCAL HOST FAMILIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE STUDENTS. Non-profit ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few. ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience. The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests. To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today! ASSE INTERNATIONAL (FORMERLY AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN STUDENT EXCHANGE) IS A NON-PROFIT, PUBLIC BENEFIT ORGANIZATION.  ASSE IS OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED AS AN EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM BY THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, WAS FOUNDED BY THE SWEDISH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, COOPERATES WITH THE CANADIAN PROVINCIAL MINISTRIES OF EDUCATION, and the NEW ZEALAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. 8/24

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)


1-31 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Linda Krasfic’s Baby Quilts

27 Korean War Ended 1953, National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

27 Lunar Eclipse

28 Show ‘n Shine Car Show 9 Earl Snell Park in Arlington, Oregon

28 WWI Began 1914

28 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9

29 Moro Community Church in the Park, Picnic & BBQ 10:45 Moro City Park

30 Post Fire Resources Open House 4-7 Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 E Scenic Dr,

30-Aug. 3 Pacific NW Plein Air Paint Out

30-Aug. 25 Pacific NW Plein Air Event in the Columbia River Gorge

31 Community Story Time for ages 0-6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

31 Craft Day 11-3 Sherman County Public/School Library

31 Post Fire Resources Open House 4-7 Sherman County School


1 Sherman County Court 9

1 Gilliam County Court 10

1 Wheeler County Court 10

1 All County Prayer Meeting, Rufus Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

1-4 Union County Fair, LaGrande

1-5 Deschutes County Fair, Redmond

1-31 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Abbey Phelps, Knitting & Fiber Arts

2 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility Board Meeting 10 NORCOR

2 Sherman County Public/School Library Young Adult Night 6-8

3 Jawbone Flats Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

3 Movie Nights 8:30 Bring your chairs to Moro City Hall parking lot.

3 Street Dance in Moro 5-10

4 Class: Learn to Love Your Sewing Machine 10-12 Wasco School Events Center

4 Maryhill Museum Library Storytime 11

4 Plein Air Reception 5-7 Maryhill Museum of Art

4 Music & Movement for ages 0 to 6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

4 Sherman County Public/School Library: Signs for Kids Just in Time for Fair 11

4 Art Walk in Moro: Wool Spinners & Quilts

4-11 Wallowa County Fair, Enterprise

4-5 Shaniko Days

6 Grass Valley City Council 7

6-10 Sherman County Summer Drama Day Camp

7 Community Story Time for ages 0-6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

7 Craft Day 11-3 Sherman County Public/School Library

7 Vietnam War Began 1964

7 Moro City Council 7

7-10 Baker County Fair, Baker City

7-11 Umatilla County Fair, Hermiston

8 Sherman County Community & Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

8 Rufus City Council 7

8-11 Crook County Fair, Prineville

8-11 Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo, Grandview

8-12 Wheeler County Fair & Rodeo, Fossil

9 Sherman County Public/School Library Movie Night 6 My Little Pony

10 Community Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1

11 Sherman County Public/School Library: Signs for Kids Just in Time for Fair 11

11 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Helicopters

11-12 Equine Mania, LLC Advanced Cattle Sorting Clinic, Wasco, Oregon

14 Community Story Time for ages 0-6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

14 Craft Day 11-3 Sherman County Public/School Library

16 Sherman County Public/School Library Young Adult Night 6-8

17-18 Sherman Class of ’68 Reunion

18 Maryhill Museum Library Storytime 11

20 Eastern Oregon Regional Tourism Gathering 10-3 Silvies Valley Ranch

20-26 Sherman County Fair 4-H Activities Every Day

21 Community Story Time for ages 0-6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

21 Craft Day 11-3 Sherman County Public/School Library

21 Wasco City Council 7

21-26 Sherman County Fair & Rodeo, Moro

23 Sherman County Public/School Library Movie Night 6 Pacific Rim Uprising

23-26 Wasco County Fair, Tygh Valley

27 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 11

28 Community Story Time for ages 0-6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

28 Craft Day 11-3 Sherman County Public/School Library

31 Movie Nights 8:30 Bring your chairs to Moro City Hall parking lot

31-Sept.2 Maryhill Windwalk: Gravity Games – Historic Maryhill Loops.

alphabet blackboardSEPTEMBER

1 Art Walk in Moro

1 Sherman County Mobile Farmers’ Market 10-1 Main Street in Moro

1 Sherman County Mobile Farmers’ Market 2-4 RR Depot in Wasco

1 Street Dance in Moro 5-10

1 Maryhill Museum Library Storytime 11

1 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9

1-30 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families / Sherman Historical Museum

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Photographs John Day Dam, 50 years Ago

2 V-J Day WW II Japanese Surrender 1945

3 Labor Day

4 Sherman County School Classes Resume

4 Sherman County Court 9

4 Moro City Council 7

5 All County Prayer Meeting, Moro Presbyterian Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 Sherman County Courthouse Dedication 11

8 Maryhill Museum’s Annual Benefit Auction, Paradise Rose Dinner

8-9 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Hood River Fly-In

9 Grandparents Day. Free Admission at Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

11 Patriot Day & National Day of Service & Remembrance

11 North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting 2

11 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

12 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee 12:30

12 Rufus City Council 7

14 Community Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1

15 Maryhill Museum Library Storytime 11

18 Cottonwood Experience Center Ribbon Cutting

18 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

22 Smithsonian Museum Day Live at Maryhill Museum tickets at

22 “Back to School” Night Fund Raiser for the Wasco School Events Center

22 Romanian Cultural Festival at Maryhill Museum 10-5

23 Autumn Begins

24 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

28 Association of Oregon Counties Disrict 3 Meeting, Wasco County

29 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9



Sherman County eNews #198


  1. Farm Bureau Fund to Support Substation Fire Farmers & Ranchers

  2. Post-Fire Resources Open House, July 30 & 31

  3. Shaniko Days, August 4-5

  4. Market Beets: Your Farmers’ Market eNews

  5. Grass Valley Man Loses Life in Single Motorcycle Crash on I-84 near Mosier

  6. Knowledge and Wisdom Gained

  7. Sherman County Court News, June 20

Be impeccable with your words.
Don’t take anything personally.
Don’t make assumptions.
Always do your best.
~The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz

1. Farm Bureau Fund to Support Substation Fire Farmers & Ranchers

Farm Bureau has established a fund to provide support to farmers and ranchers impacted by the recent Substation Fire.

“Rural Oregonians support their neighbors, as we saw by the immediate action taken by many heroic farmers who worked alongside first-responders to put out the Substation Fire,” said Anne Marie Moss, Oregon Farm Bureau communications director.

“We established a fund so members of the Farm Bureau family and others could contribute and provide some relief to those most impacted by the devastating wildfire,” she said.  

To contribute, make a check out to “Farm Bureau Fire Relief Fund” and send to Oregon Farm Bureau, c/o Patty Kuester, 1320 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR  9730.

The Oregon Farm Bureau Board of Directors, in consultation with Wasco County Farm Bureau, will decide how to best use funds received.

For those wanting to help the family of John Ruby, the farmer who died while cutting a fire line to protect a neighbor’s place, Columbia Bank in The Dalles has a fund specifically for that family. Columbia Bank, 316 E 3rd St, The Dalles, OR 97058, 541.298.6647.

2. Post-Fire Resources Open House, July 30 & 31

toolbox4Local, state, and federal partners will hold two open houses to connect fire impacted families and communities with relevant federal, state, and local programs and information.

The open houses will include information on:
• Rebuilding lost homes/structures
• Working with insurance claims on crop and other property loss
• Technical and financial information on crop management, post fire
• And other resources

Date: July 30
Time: 4pm-7pm
Location: Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 E Scenic Dr, The Dalles, OR 97058

Date: July 31
Time: 4pm-7pm
Location: Sherman County School, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039

Participating agencies include Oregon State University, Sherman County, Wasco County, DCBS Consumer & Business Services, Wasco County Conservation District, Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District, Worksource Oregon, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, U.S. Small Business Administration, America’s SBDC Oregon and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

If you represent an agency interested in participating, please email Nate Stice,
Office of the Governor
160 State Capitol, 900 Court St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

3. Shaniko Days, August 4-5



For Shaniko Days

August 4-5, 2018, Shaniko, Oregon 


Parade 10 am

  Mud Springs Gospel Band 11am

Sunshine Exchange Cloggers 1 pm & 2:30 pm at Schoolhouse

                       Ragtime & Vintage Music in Stagecoach Station

          Bluegrass & more, Two Bands 3:30 to 7 pm

(Phoenix Duo and Keening Foxhounds)

Bakes Sale, Raffles, Kiddie Train rides & Black Powder Gunfights throughout the day.

Street Dance 7 to 10 pm


Church in the Schoolhouse 10 am

Vendors, Shops, Museums downtown & Toy & Game Museum in the school all weekend

Sponsors:  City of Shaniko, Shaniko Chamber of Commerce &

The Shaniko Preservation Guild.  For info call City at 541-489-3434

REWARD: A Blast in the Past

4. Market Beets: Your Farmers’ Market eNews

The Gorge Grown Mobile Market brings 100% locally grown produce to communities throughout the Gorge with stops in the Heights, Odell, Lyle, Cascade Locks, Klickitat, Wasco and Moro. The Mobile Market accepts WIC and Senior FDNP vouchers, Veggie Rx, Debit and Credit Cards and SNAP EBT. SNAP customers can receive an additional $10 to spend at the Market. See more & subscribe here:  

 5. Grass Valley Man Loses Life in Single Motorcycle Crash on I-84 near Mosier

~Oregon State Police July 26th, 2018 9:53 AM

On Wednesday, July 25th at approximately 6:47AM, OSP Troopers from The Dalles responded to the report of a single motorcycle crash westbound on I 84 near milepost 69, which is just west of Mosier in Wasco County.

OSP and Hood River Medics arrived at the scene within 15 minutes of the reported crash.  The operator of the motorcycle was determined to have succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.  Preliminary investigation revealed the operator, 60 year old Mike Layton WALLACE, was traveling westbound in the slow lane at or just below the speed limit.  A witness who was following WALLACE, observed him reach back towards a saddle bag along the left rear side of the motorcycle when he lost control and began to wobble back and forth.  WALLACE was ejected off the motorcycle and came to rest along the shoulder.  The motorcycle continued to travel under its own power before stopping along the center median approximately 1000 feet from WALLACE.

Distracted driving appears to be the cause of this crash.  It was also determined WALLACE was not utilizing a DOT approved helmet, however this did not factor into WALLACE’s injuries.  The freeway was limited to one lane of travel for approximately 2 ½ hours as the investigation was completed.  The Oregon State Police was assisted by Hood River Fire, Mosier Rural Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

6. Knowledge and Wisdom Gained

What is a mentor? What is it that mentors do? Can having a mentor help you succeed? Today we’re going to be answering these questions.

These days, there are many sophisticated tools available to help those who want to be successful. But one of the most valuable assets anyone can have is also one of the oldest. What we are talking about is a mentor – someone who can help you learn the ropes, find your way around obstacles, and chart a course that will get you where you want to go.

Just about every successful person you will read about, whether they are in business or one of the professions, sports, the arts, or any other field of endeavor, has had the benefit of at least one mentor. Very often, they’ve had many more than that. In many large corporations, one very successful way to get ahead is to be mentored by someone in a leadership position.

Mentors are people who have achieved success themselves and want to pass along what they’ve learned to others. It’s the knowledge and wisdom gained from experience that are so valuable. (Many organizations have structured mentorship programs as a part of their leadership training.) Mentors don’t usually tell you what to do – that’s not their role – but they do help you weigh your options and think through decisions.

Mentors don’t only exist in large corporations, however. They exist in many areas of society, like the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization. You, too, could be a mentor to someone looking for a little help in navigating the sometimes-confusing paths of life. Let’s face it. Everyone needs a little help, every once in a while.

So, who are you mentoring and who is mentoring you? ~The Pacific Institute

 7. Sherman County Court News, June 20

ShermanCoLogoSherman County Court

June 20, 2018

Contact: Kayla von Borstel 541-565-3416

USDA Biggs Water System, Workman’s Comp Renewals, Biggs Service District Budget Hearing, Executive Session on Personnel, Executive Session on Exempt Documents, and County Counsel Request for Proposal/Qualifications Document Formation were the main items on the agenda during the June [20]th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Biggs Service District (BSD) entered into a Public Hearing. Local newspapers did not advertise the previous public hearing held, as scheduled for BSD, regarding the BSD Water System project updates to the public. Due to notice failure, another public hearing was set and was currently in session. BSD has a waste water system, with all individuals/businesses connected to private water systems in the area. Those private systems have had some challenges and health related risks that have caused shut downs in the last few years, as well as no fire protection. A larger study was conducted in 2003 to determine what it would take to build a municipal water system in BSD. An application was submitted for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development funding for the development of new water supply well and incorporating one to two existing wells as backup, a 400,000 gallon reservoir which will allow enough system pressure to supply the whole system as well as storage and correct flows for fire protection, and a transmission system throughout the entire District. Total project budget was approximately $2.29 million dollars including the additional funds for contingency and administration costs. Carrie Pipinich, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), has drafted some loan documents which will be sent to USDA and Bond Counsel, to make sure the documents meet all requirements and do not impact taxes and status of the bond regarding interim financing for the BSD Water project. USDA expects a very clear and specific process for how payments will be processed, how invoices from the contractors will be viewed and approved by the various parties required, and in which ways all the parties will be interacting. Being no further business the Public Hearing closed.

Mike Elliot, SAIF Corporation, presented Court a packet regarding their services for Workman’s Compensation. He wanted to inform the County of a program called Log and Learn which allows staff to partake in online trainings through the policy. The Policy Savings Report showed in the last five years the County saved 22%, due to SAIF reviewing all bills that are submitted for workers. The Dividend History section showed last year the County received almost 33% back of the premium paid. Dividend payments are never guaranteed as it depends on SAIF reserves. Dividends are split into two types of dividends, one is based on the premium paid, and the other is based on the County’s loss factor. SAIF is a nonprofit organization and charges only enough to sustain them, and if there are funds left over it goes back to businesses in the form of a dividend. If this year’s renewal is approved, Sherman County will be paying 15.5% less compared to last year. Rates have gone down over the years as everyone seems to be more aware of safety and proper treatment with every passing year. No coverage has changed from last year; the total premium for the County is $37,227.00. County Court motioned to approve payment to SAIF for 2018 – 2019 fiscal year in the amount of $37,227.00.

Biggs Service District Board of Directors entered into a Budget Hearing. Aaron Cook, BSD Administrator spoke to the Biggs Service District (BSD) Board about the BSD budget. Debbie Hayden, Finance Officer, has been a valuable resource to Cook obtaining accurate numbers, and old templates to follow. There are no major changes from last year, with the exception of the addition of the Water fund to the budget, in the event the system was completed and operational in the next fiscal year. It was noted the operations contract in the budget for the water system was $9,000 as a place holder for a six month period. The Reserve fund and the Union Pacific fund were kept, and are available as there has been no need for them thus far. The tax rate will remain the same, and tax revenue was based off last year’s rate as the assessed value is not yet known; it usually increases 1%, however Cook used last year’s rate as he knows that amount is secured to come in at the very least. If additional tax revenue is received, a supplemental budget will be required before those funds can be spent. Being no further business the Budget Hearing was closed. The Board motioned to adopt the Biggs Service District budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year by Resolution No. 2018-01 in the matter of adopting the Biggs Service District budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year in the total sum of $2,496,484 and imposing taxes provided for the adopted budget at the rate of $4.0061 per $1,000 of assessed value for operations, and that these taxes are hereby imposed and categorized for tax year 2018-2019 upon the assessed value of all taxable property within the Biggs Service District as of July 1, 2018, and authorize the Biggs Service District Board of Directors to sign. The Board motioned to amend to Intergovernmental Agreement contract with the City of Rufus to increase the administration fee from $3,000 to $3,500 effective July 1, 2018, and authorize Judge Thompson to sign.

County Court entered into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel. Discussion was held on County Personnel.

County Court entered into executive session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Public Records. Discussion was held on the Continuity of Government Plan documents.

County Court reviewed the draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for Legal Counsel that Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant, had prepared. After brief discussion, County Court agreed to release the RFP through the proper avenues seeking County Counsel to include Biggs Service District as soon as possible. 

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • approved the resolution for interim financing between Biggs Service District and USDA for the Biggs Service District Water System Project in the amount of $1,117,110 and authorize County Court to sign pending Legal Counsel approval.
  • declared as surplus numerous office and building-related items previously utilized by Sherman County departments and deemed no longer to be necessary in the execution of departmental functions, including numerous executive, task, and other miscellaneous chairs; numerous desks of varying configurations; conference tables; wood cabinets; numerous filing cabinets; antique metal storage unit; several miscellaneous tables; large mailbox/ballot box; used doors; toilet/sink unit from former holding cell; TV/monitors and used copier; and other items as determined.
  • approved the volunteer application for Nancy Simpson as a Meals on Wheels driver through the Sherman County Senior Center.
  • approved, as recommended by the Finance Director, a Resolution In the Matter of the County Court Approving the Transfer of Funds Within the County General, Community Transit, Ambulance, Prevention, Community Development, Court Security, Emergency Services, General Road, County Fair, Tri-County Corrections, Wellness Center, Tri-County Veterans’ and Senior Center Funds, and authorize County Court to sign.
  • approved, as recommended by the Finance Director, a Resolution of Inclusion Under the State of Oregon Deferred Compensation Plan, and authorize Judge Thompson to sign.
  • approved the Intergovernmental agreement between Mid-Columbia Economic Development District and Sherman County for Grant Administration services for the Biggs Service District Water System Project for option 2, in the amount of $30,000, and authorize Judge Thompson to sign.
  • authorized County Judge, Gary Thompson, to sign the final Resolution Transferring Funds ending the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
  • approved the Budget Committee minutes of April 23-24, 2018, as amended.
  • approved the Revenue/Expenditure Summary for the month of May 2018, as presented.
  • approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month of May 2018, as presented.

Topics of discussion were ABC Huskies Child Care Thank You Note, Biggs Service District Audit, Biggs Service District Draft Rates Discussion, and Commissioner Reports.