Sherman County eNews #43

CONTENTS

  1. Patricia Mobley 1938-2019

  2. Oregon State Archives: Our State’s Sense of Humor

  3. Oregon Raceway Park Announces White Rat 1: A very short notice event!

  4. Sherman County Court News, Dec. 5

  5. Sherman County Court News, Dec. 19

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


1. Patricia Mobley 1938-2019

flower.rose.starOn Sunday, February 10, 2019, Patricia Cora Mobley of Neskowin, Oregon, passed away at the age of 80. Pat was born in Winnemucca, Nevada on November 6, 1938 to Richard and Cora Flaiz and was the oldest of 4 children. They moved to the John Day area in 1944 where she went to school and graduated from Long Creek High School in 1956. The family then moved to Kinzua in 1958.

Pat graduated from business college and worked for a lumber company in Portland for 2 years. She came home for the Spray rodeo and met the love of her life, calf roper Verne Mobley. A year later Pat and Verne were married in Kinzua, Oregon, on May 27, 1961. Son Mark was born in 1962 and Ron was born in 1964. Pat was the bass player and lead vocalist for the Sundowners band that included Verne, Mark, Ron and Don Mobley. Pat helped teach at the Kent grade school, she organized a women’s bowling team in Madras, and then took a job as Postmaster in Shaniko for 12 years. After retiring from their ranch near Kent, Oregon, Pat and Verne did some traveling around in an RV. They fell in love with the Oregon Coast and built a home in Cloverdale in 2007, where they lived for 10 years before buying an ocean view home in Neskowin where they have resided for the past three years.

Pat is survived by her husband Verne; her sister Sandy Dames and brother Richard Flaiz; son Mark, his wife Susan, and their sons Dave & Jon; son Ron & Amy Coy, Ron’s son Nolan and daughter Karissa, her husband Tyler Gorham and their sons Heston and Royce (born 2-5-2019); and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Elsa Mae Gibson.

Memorial services will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in The Dalles, Oregon at the Spencer Libby & Powell Funeral Home.


2. Oregon State Archives: Our State’s Sense of Humor

Oregon.Flat.poleOregon State Archives

Cecil Edwards, Oregon’s Legislative Historian, received a 1992 letter from a graduate student in New York, requesting “a joke, anecdote, or brief story representative of your state’s sense of humor.”

Edwards replied with a quote from T.T. Geer, Oregon governor from 1899 to 1903. Geer, the state’s first governor born in Oregon, said “he was tired of hearing about the hardships endured by pioneer men. Pioneer women endured the same hardships — and besides that, they had to endure the pioneer men.” ~Kristine Deacon


3. Oregon Raceway Park Announces White Rat 1: A very short notice event!

Bring your helmet and your mittens, put your big boy pants over your long johns and head to the track. Oregon Raceway Park is ready right now with fresh snow scheduled every day this week.

Saturday February 16th — I need 30 sign-ups minimum by Thursday, February 14th. Studs are only allowed behind the wheel and the only chains are tow chains.

$200 entry fee / $75 for additional drivers (same car), non-driving guests $20 (this includes lunch and gate fee), rental cars available at winter rates, reserve now, the jumper cables are ready. Hot lunch included. To register call Brenda at the track office: 541-333-2452. A STAR Projects Event.

4. Sherman County Court News, Dec. 5

ShermanCoLogoBy Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant

Quarterly Reports, ODOT and WSDOT Mobility Management Match 2018-2019, and Golden Hills SIP Agreement were the main items on the agenda during the December 5th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Beth McCurdy, Fair Board, reported the Board had another good fair. The Building Committee has had a few meetings regarding the new Fair Grounds facilities. The 2019 Fair is expected to have a similar schedule as the 2018 Fair, and the Board continues to work on finalizing entertainment. Board reappointments will happen at the end of the week. Beth mentioned a presentation was not held for the Road Department being chosen as Grand Marshal, and asked if the Court could give the plaque to the Road Department for her. 

County Court asked that Marnene Benson-Wood, Transportation, explain the ODOT and WSDOT Mobility Management Match 2018-2019 request. She stated that all of the Counties that are part of the Gorge Translink each provide a $2,000 match contribution every year towards the Mobility Management position at Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD). The Mobility Management position seeks grants, and communicates with all the Counties to see what kind of help they could provide to each County. Brief discussion held on the Transportation Plan update in order to receive STIF funds in the future. MCEDD would be updating the plan; however, the Court feels $20,000 to do so is too expensive. County Court approved the ODOT and WSDOT Mobility Management Match for 2018-2019 in the amount of $2,000 to Mid-Columbia Economic Development Services.

Christa Rude, Four Rivers Early Learning Hub, presented a Hub update to County Court. Rude mentioned the Hood River Intergovernmental Agreement as they have had significant turn over in staff; she lost three employees in the last six weeks. Rude has done some research on how to restructure to be more sustainable; they are in the process of three new positions. The goal would be to work with public health, the Early Learning Hub, and Parenting Education, to align with Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI) and Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Council Organization (EOCCO), with a contracted position which they would own. Rude mentioned the Governors’ recommended budget had been released, and there is a huge potential for expansion in preschool resources/funding. Court motioned to approve the Intergovernmental Agreement between Hood River County and Sherman County, to provide Administrative Services to the Four Rivers Early Learning Hub, and authorize Judge Thompson to sign. Court motioned to approve the Amendment to the Intergovernmental Agreement between Sherman County and Columbia Gorge ESD to serve as a 2nd tier contractor for preschool infrastructure grants, and distribute funding as applied for and approved by the Four Rivers Early Learning Governance Board, and authorize Judge Thompson to sign.

Brian Walsh, Avangrid, stated the original SIP was executed in 2009, and is currently under amendment. Walsh attended Court to discuss about revisions to the SIP that reflect accurate and true costs to build wind in the Pacific Northwest. The current price of power in 2009 was $90 per megawatt hour; since then, prices have come down; he has been negotiating with Commissioner McCoy to get the SIP amended in a specific section to reflect the lower cost. Art Fish, Business Oregon, provided guidance that if there was no material changing of the project and the megawatts are kept the same, he did not believe the amendment would need to go to the Oregon Business Development Commission (OBDC) for approval. Notice will be given to the OBDC of the changes as their decision could affect the resolution; a draft copy was currently available to the public, and could be approved at next County Court meeting. Don Hilderbrand, Community Member, voiced his concern about the jobs this project would create not being filled by Sherman residents. Commissioner McCoy reported the SIP offers $1 million towards housing as the County realizes there is a housing problem. Walsh mentioned Avangrid could try to make it more appealing for its employees to want to live and stay within the County. Paul Sather, community member, stated Sherman needed to encourage the use of subcontracting local contractors.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • approved the Transit Written Quarterly Report as presented.
  • declared the 2014 Dodge Charger surplus, as recommended the Sheriff’s Office.
  • declared a Glock 19 surplus, to be traded in for a new Glock, as recommended the Sheriff’s Office.
  • declared Office of the County Court desktop printers surplus, as recommended by the Administrative Assistant.
  • declared the 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser as surplus.
  • approved the Association of Oregon Counties’ (AOC) request for additional payment in the amount of $5,724.38, to be put in the AOC County Road Fund to replace borrowed funds without AOC Board authorization.
  • approved the National Association of Counties (NACo) membership dues in the amount of $450.
  • approved Active Shooter training and Stop The Bleed training for all County Employees as recommended by the Sheriff’s Office.
  • appointed Carol von Borstel to the Regional Solutions Advisory Committee as the Sherman County cities’ representative.
  • approved minutes of October 3, 2018, as corrected.
  • approved the Revenue/Expenditure Summary for the month of October 2018, as presented.
  • approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month of October 2018, as presented.
  • approved the Claims for the month of November 2018, as presented. 

Topics of discussion were Commissioner Reports.


5. Sherman County Court News, Dec. 19

ShermanCoLogoBy Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant

Life Jacket Kiosk Update, Quarterly Reports, Traffic Safety Overtime Grant, Rural Renewable Energy Development Zone (RRED), Golden Hills SIP Agreement Public Hearing, and Financial Software Upgrade, were the main items on the agenda during the December 19th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Katie Woodruff, Victims Assistance, gave the Court an update on the life jacket kiosks. The shop teacher at the Sherman County High School had his students build two kiosks, one for Giles French Park and one for Philippi Park. Brad Lohrey, Sheriff, provided some background on park kiosks. Cliff Jett was a Marine Deputy at LePage Park, and provided some life jackets on a kiosk. The Corp of Engineers liked the idea of providing life jackets to borrow, and adopted the idea. County Court to have a plaque created in honor of Cliff Jett to be hung at the LePage Park kiosk.

Brad Lohrey, Sheriff, reported the Sheriff’s Office applied, and was awarded $14,000, for an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) grant for overtime funds to be used for seat belt enforcement, driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement, and distracted driving. The grant states specific times that they can work traffic safety, such as when there would be an influx of people on the roads due to events, holidays, and the Super Bowl. Lohrey has been overseeing at Northern Oregon Regional Corrections (NORCOR), and has been, for the last month and a half; he has learned a lot and enjoying the work. The Sheriff’s Office normally has around 600 cases per year; this last year it increased to 750.

Georgia Macnab, Planning, informed the Court the Rural Renewable Energy Development Zone (RRED) was last done in 2006 and has expired; however, the County can reapply if they wish. RRED is for smaller renewable energy projects for three to five years. She stated instead of trying to expand Enterprise Zone, the County might want to look at doing another RRED Zone as it covers the whole county, while and Enterprise Zone only covers the Cities, race track, and Biggs Service District. The Court agreed for Georgia to move forward with a new RRED Zone.

Golden Hills SIP Public Hearing opened at 10:07 a.m. Commissioner McCoy stated for the record he has a potential conflict of interest as he was on the negotiation committee for the Golden Hills Project, and owns land within the project area. Mike McArthur, audience member, inquired how the estimated value per megawatt was calculated. Commissioner McCoy stated the County hired Brian Skeahan as an expert on renewables, who gave an estimate of $1.6 million per megawatt. Commissioner McCoy and Skeahan met with Brian Walsh, Avangrid, who stated there has been a secular decline in building these projects; by 2020 the estimated cost would be $1.25 million. After their discussions, Commissioner McCoy was comfortable accepting the proposed project cost from Avangrid. This would be the cost of building the project and determining property tax. McArthur inquired what figure of tax rate was used to calculate the max assessed value. Commissioner McCoy replied 8.7141 percent. McArthur asked what the total tax rate was for Sherman County. Commissioner McCoy stated including the school it would be 15 percent; if the school was taken out, and Fire Districts added in it would be approximately 10 percent. McArthur stated the agreement contemplates up to 200 megawatts, and asked what would need to happen if Avangrid wanted to go up to 400 as permitted; Commissioner McCoy replied they would have to create a new SIP agreement. Sherman County did not create a new SIP agreement; the County only negotiated an amendment to the original SIP that was created in 2009. McArthur asked for some clarification on language presented on page 3, #4A; Commissioner McCoy stated the language was in all of the past agreements. The Court motioned to approve and the Oregon Strategic Investment Program (SIP) Agreement, amending the 2009 SIP Agreement between Sherman County and Golden Hills Wind Farms LLC to promote industrial competitiveness and to improve employment in the area where projects are to be located by encouraging businesses engaged in projects to hire local employees and will forward onto Business Oregon. The Court motioned to approve and the Resolution #07-12-2018, amending the 2009 SIP Agreement between Sherman County and Golden Hills Wind Farms LLC to promote industrial competitiveness and to improve employment in the area where projects are to be located by encouraging businesses engaged in projects to hire local employees and will forward onto Business Oregon. The Public Hearing closed at 10:53 a.m.

Debbie Hayden, Finance Officer, stated this software she sought was different than the Helion upgrade that was recently approved. Helion doesn’t support financial software; it only supports Assessment and Taxation. Hayden sent the request to three companies: Caselle, Chaz Consulting, and Springbrook; only Caselle and Chaz Consulting responded. Chaz Consulting was the most economical, however, they have been running the same software for past 30 years, and have no intention of upgrading their software. Their cost estimate was $17,575 not including the conversion of the County’s current information; Chaz Consulting recommended going to their competitor, Caselle, for the conversion. Caselle’s estimated quote was for $107,162 which includes onsite training, conversion, and total software set up. Software maintenance would be $1,551 per month, which would be about half of what the County currently pays for maintenance. County Court motioned to approve Debbie Hayden, Finance Officer, to move forward with the financial upgrade with Caselle. 

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • approved the John Day River Territory Annual Contribution for July, 1 2018 – July 30, 2019 in the amount of $4,000.00 with a request for a yearly update in County Court.
  • approved the following contracts between Sherman County and Helion Software Inc: The Client Software Support Agreement for Helion to provide Sherman telephone, electronic, remote and onsite assistance, the Personal Services Contract For Computer Services Agreement for Helion to provide Sherman comprehensive computer services in data conversion, data importing and ORCATS system training, and the Helion Software Licensing Agreement allowing the Sherman the right to make lawful use of the product belonging to Helion, and authorize Judge Thompson to sign.
  • declared surplus the 1972 Royal 24 x 62 mobile home located at 401 Hood Street in Moro, to either demolish or sell as negotiated by the County Judge.
  • approved the Lease of Office Space Agreement, between Biggs Service District and Sherman County, to lease office space in the Sherman County Courthouse to conduct Administrative Services.
  • approved an operating loan to Frontier TeleNet in the amount of $100,000, and up to another $100,000 authorized by the County Judge before the end of the 2019 fiscal year, if needed.
  • approved the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) Annual Dues for 2019 in the amount of $7,540.19.
  • authorized budget transfers/payments as recommended by the Finance Director, including $123,700 from the County General Fund, $116,520.13 to the Community Transit Fund, $1,478,788.91 to the SIP Community Service Fees Fund, and $5,015,070.00 to the SIP Additional Fees Fund, and authorize Judge Thompson to sign.
  • denied the 2018 Resident Incentive Application Appeal by Lisa Miranda.
  • approved minutes of October 17, 2018, as presented.
  • approved minutes of November 6, 2018 Work Session, as presented.
  • approved the Revenue/Expenditure Summary for the month of November 2018, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Commissioner Reports.


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

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