Sherman County eNews #44

CONTENTS

  1. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting, Feb. 26

  2. Sherman County Court Board & Committee Assignments

  3. Expanding Beyond the Familiar

  4. Senate Bill 2 Environment and Natural Resources: Land Use Outside Urban Growth Boundaries

  5. Letter to the Editor: Fossil Fuels & a Plastic Pen

  6. How to Communicate with Your Legislator

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


“Industry is increased, commodities are multiplied, agriculture and manufacturers flourish: and herein consists the true wealth and prosperity of a state.” —Alexander Hamilton (1790)


1. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting, Feb. 26

                                               BOARD MEETING NOTICE

February 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Sherman County Courthouse – Courtroom

1 –     Approve January 15, 2019 Minutes

2 –     Future Items – Attorney, Consultant – Gary Bettencourt

3 –     Frontier TeleNet Update – Elizabeth Farrar

4 –     By-Laws Update – Gary Bettencourt

5 –     Motorola Payment for Burns/Paiute – Renee Heidy

  • If necessary, Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660 (1)

(e) Property

(h) Legal Rights

(i) Personnel

  • As this is a regular meeting of the Frontier Regional 911 Board, other matters may be addressed as deemed appropriate by the Board.

Agenda Distributed February 12, 2019

Frontier Regional Board Members:

Sheriff Gary Bettencourt – sheriff@co.gilliam.or.us

Judge Elizabeth Farrar – elizabeth.farrar@co.gilliam.or.us

Sheriff Jim Adkins – jim.adkins@co.jefferson.or.us

Commissioner Mae Huston – mae.huston@co.jefferson.or.us

Sheriff Brad Lohrey – bradlohrey@yahoo.com

Judge Joe Dabulskis – jdabulskis@co.sherman.or.us

Sheriff Mike Smith – mike.smith@co.wheeler.or.us

Judge Lynn Morley – lmorley@co.wheeler.or.us


2. Sherman County Court Board & Committee Assignments 

Judge Joe Dabulskis

Association of Oregon Counties & Policy & Legislative Committees

National Association of Counties

Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation (ACT)

Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors

Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board of Directors

Tri-County Community Corrections

Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA)

Columbia Gorge Bi-State Renewable Energy Zone (CGBREZ)

Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSEC)

Regional Solutions Committee

Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD)

Biggs Service District Board & Budget Committee

Public Contract Board of Review

Sherman County Budget Committee

Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals

Sherman County Court Security/Courthouse

Sherman County Weed Advisory Board

Sherman County Rural Road Advisory Committee, liaison

Sherman County School District, liaison

Central & Eastern Oregon Juvenile Justice Council

Sherman County Safety Committee

Ambulance Service Area Plan Advisory Committee.

Commissioner Tom McCoy

Association of Oregon Counties

Frontier TeleNet, alternate

Mid-Columbia Housing Authority

Tri-County Mental Health – Center for Living

Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board (NORCOR)

Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA), alternate

Columbia Gorge Bi-State Renewable Energy Zone (CGBREZ), alternate

Biggs Service District Board/Budget Committee

Public Contract Board of Review

Sherman County Budget Committee

Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals

Sherman County Community Advisory Council (CAC)

Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC).

Commissioner Joan Bird

Association of Oregon Counties

Mid-Columbia Community Action Council (CAP)

North Central Public Health District Board

Biggs Service District Board/Budget Committee

Public Contract Board of Review

Sherman County Budget Committee

Sherman County Prevention Coalition

Sherman County Public/School Library Board

Sherman County Watershed Council, liaison

Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District, liaison

Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Board.

Sherman County Fair Board, liaison.


3. Expanding Beyond the Familiar

There is great comfort in the familiar. There is great danger, as well.

Most of us feel secure in the belief that we can trust the familiar in our lives, and we feel that there is comfort and peace in the predictable. Actually, while this is true to some degree, it can also be a trap.

You see, it is the unfamiliar, the risk, and the unpredictable that liberates us from boredom, unleashes our creative spirit, and enlivens our relationships. And it is the unplanned and unknown occurrences that make our life rich in possibilities.

Of course, some order, predictability and security are necessary for our survival and sanity. Constant chaos is its own brand of stress – mental and emotional. But a life without mystery, excitement and a little risk is merely an existence. Life was meant to be lived – joyfully, with a sense of wonder and surprise.

So take some time to think about it. How much of your life is planned down to the last minute? How much of your free time is completely controlled by a tight schedule? Why not try relaxing and just letting things happen without trying to plan or control them? It may be time to expand our worlds, and let in some fresh air.

The world is full of delight, if you will only allow it to unfold naturally around you. It is surprise and spontaneity that keep us and our relationships from becoming dried out, locked up and eventually numbed and even deadened by repetitive daily routines. We become our own jailer, in the prisons of our own making.

Go ahead – unlock the door. ~The Pacific Institute


4. Senate Bill 2 Environment and Natural Resources: Land Use Outside Urban Growth Boundaries

Oregon.Flat.poleSB 2 -1 STAFF MEASURE SUMMARY

Prepared by: Beth Patrino, LPRO Analyst Meeting Dates: 2/5, 2/12

WHAT THE MEASURE DOES:

Authorizes a listed county that has adopted an economic opportunity analysis as part of its comprehensive plan to amend its map, land use regulations, and zoning map to designate one or more sites outside its urban growth boundary as potential sites for industrial or other employment uses without requiring an exception to any statewide land use planning goal related to agriculture, forest use, or urbanization. Limits cumulative total of sites to not more than 50 acres. Defines “economic opportunity analysis.” Defines “listed county” to include Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Lake, Malheur, Sherman, Union, Wallowa, or Wheeler County. Prohibits site designation: (1) on any lands designated as high-value farmland as defined in ORS 195.300; (2) unless, for land within 10 miles of the urban growth boundary of a city, the county notifies the city at least 21 days prior to taking action and, if the city objects, negotiates with the city to establish conditions to mitigate concerns raised by the city’s objection; or (3) if any portion of the proposed site is for lands designated for forest use unless the county notifies the State Forester in writing not less than 21 days prior to designation and cooperates with the State Forester in specified actions. Prohibits county from allowing a use under this measure that would conflict with an administrative rule adopted to implement the Oregon Sage-Grouse Action Plan and Executive Order 15-18.

No subsequent referral

ISSUES DISCUSSED: EFFECT OF AMENDMENT:

-1 Limits site designations to not more than 10.

Has minimal fiscal impact

No revenue impact

BACKGROUND:

Comprehensive land use plans are required for cities and counties, and include statements of issues and problems to be addressed, various inventories and other technical information, the goals and policies for addressing the issues and problems and implementation measures. Plans must be done in accordance with state standards outlined in statute, statewide planning goals and administrative rules.

Senate Bill 2 would authorize certain counties in eastern Oregon that have adopted an economic opportunity analysis as part of a comprehensive plan to designate one or more sites outside an urban growth boundary as potential sites for industrial or other employment uses without requiring an exception to any statewide land use planning goal related to agriculture, forest use, or urbanization.


5. Letter to the Editor: Fossil Fuels & a Plastic Pen

Dear Sherry,

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Dear Freddie,

Before the world comes to an untimely end, plant trees and for heaven’s sakes, give up your plastic pen and computer—they are made from fossil fuels!

Alison Yamauchi

Little Rock


6. How to Communicate with Your Legislator

By Frontier Advocates

If you want to contact your legislator you can call their legislative office (see OLIS for contact information https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1) during normal work hours and you will get the legislator’s staff or an intern. They are the “gatekeepers” to sort out the many contact requests legislators receive. They will want to know if you are from the district that the legislator represents. Try to be brief and to the point. Tell them what you want the legislator to know. Legislative staff often “keep score” on issues counting how many for or against.  If you hope to speak to the legislator, you will likely have to request a call or set up a time to call. If you want to see them in person, ask to speak to the staff handling scheduling.

It’s good practice to follow up a phone call with an e-mail to the legislator. This, too, will be handled by staff and it is a public record. It also is a reminder to the office about your issue.

Legislators are primarily focused on the issues being heard by the committees on which they serve. You can find the committee agendas on OLIS.

OLIS also shows committee agendas and how to watch live or archived hearings and floor sessions. You can sign up to receive emails about committee agendas ahead of the hearings, often a week or more in advance.

Bill Hansell

Party: Republican
District: 29

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1729
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-415, Salem, OR, 97301
Email: Sen.BillHansell@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/hansell

 

Greg Smith

Party: Republican
District: 57

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1457
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-482, Salem, OR 97301
Email: Rep.GregSmith@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/smithg

Frontier Advocates is a partnership dedicated to navigating and shaping public policy on behalf of rural Oregon. Partners are three retired county judges with over 75 years of collective experience: Steve Grasty (Harney), Mike McArthur (Sherman), and Laura Pryor (Gilliam). All three former judges also served in statewide leadership roles.


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