Sherman County eNews #78

CONTENTS

  1. CorrectedSherman County Preschool Open Enrollment, April 5

  2. Two Centuries of Immigration Visualized

  3. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2019 Spring Grant Cycle

  4. Wasco County Historical Society Poker Run to Benefit Society Programs, April 14

  5. Sherman County Court Notes for February 20

  6. Sherman County Court Notes for March 6

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


1. Corrected: Sherman County Preschool Open Enrollment, April 5

Sherman County Preschool is looking ahead to next school year.  We will be holding an open enrollment at 6pm on April 5th in the preschool.  We encourage anyone interested in their child attending preschool to complete an enrollment packet.  Space is limited to 20 children and Head Start spots are limited as well.

To be eligible for the 2019-2020 preschool year your child must be 3-5 years of age on or before September 1st, 2019 and be potty trained.  We contract with both North Central ESD and Umatilla Morrow Head Starts to provide Head Start services to qualifying families.  They are both wonderful agencies with great employees who love to help kids and their families, but again spots are limited so you don’t want to miss out on signing up.  Most, if not all, spots will be filled by early summer.

Sherman Co. Preschool is a QRIS 5-star program with a Director (Carrie Somnis) & 3 Teachers (Brenda Massie, Sarah Goodenough & Miranda Owens) who love children and have over 30+ years of combined teaching experience.  Sherman Co. Preschool is located in Moro in the elementary wing of the Sherman County School.  We introduce preschoolers to learning in a warm and caring environment that encourages children to learn through play and structured small group activities.  We offer transportation services in the afternoon with stops in Moro and Wasco at each daycare.

If you are unable to make the open enrollment but are interested in your child attending preschool next year please send an email to shermanpreschool@yahoo.com with your name, mailing address, and child’s age/name as of September 1st, 2019.

Feel free to call the preschool directly with any questions.  The phone number is (541) 565-3320, hours are 7:30am-2pm Monday-Thursday.  During preschool hours (8am-12pm) we are busy with kids & may not answer, but please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.


2. Two Centuries of Immigration Visualized

See an amazing animated map here:

http://metrocosm.com/us-immigration-history-map.html.


3. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2019 Spring Grant Cycle

arrow-rightApplications for the 2019 Spring Grant Cycle for Sherman County’s Cultural Coalition are now being accepted. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups and need not be legally recognized non-profits.

Application Deadline: March 29, 2019

Awards up to $1,500 will be granted in support of local Sherman County activities and events which promote Culture, Humanities, Heritage and the Arts in Sherman County.

Additional information including Grant Guidelines and the application form, may be found at: https://www.shermancountyculturalcoalition.com

Completed grant applications may be mailed to:

Sherman County Cultural Coalition
P.O. Box 23
Moro, OR 97039

Or emailed to: shermanculturalcoalition@gmail.com

Questions?
Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or shermanculturalcoalition@gmail.com


4. Wasco County Historical Society Poker Run to Benefit Society Programs, April 14

cargreencoupeWasco County Historical Society invites the public to join them in their Sunday, April 14th, 40-mile long “Poker Run”.  Registration is 10:00-1:00 in the parking lot at the Discovery Center & Museum.  Ten dollars per “hand” with multiple hands available.

The route follows the Historical Hwy. into Mosier, back into The Dalles over Sevenmile Hill, with optional stops along the way.  All motorized vehicles are welcome with the entire route being paved roads.  It’s a fun way to explore our history!

Additional details may be obtained from John Brookhouse at 541-980-0918.


5. Sherman County Court Notes for February 20

By Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel

*NOTE:

– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest”.

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on February 20, 2019, and in conducting the business of the County,

  • agreed to amend the proposed draft resolution in the County Court of the State of Oregon in and for the County of Sherman County in the matter of requesting that the Oregon Business Development Department designate a Rural Renewable Energy Development Zone (RREDZ) in Sherman County Oregon with the County of Sherman setting the amount of real market value (RMV) for qualified property that may be exempt in this RREDZ from $50 million to $250 million, based on the RMV of property for the assessment year at the start of the exemption immediately after property is placed in service;
  • approved the resolution as amended during Sherman County Court in the County Court of the State of Oregon in and for the County of Sherman County in the matter of requesting that the Oregon Business Development Department designate a Rural Renewable Energy Development Zone (RREDZ) in Sherman County Oregon, and authorized the County Court to sign;
  • discussed the Coordinating Care Organization (CCO) Boundary Change;
  • appointed Janet Pinkerton to the Senior Center Advisory Board for a term of 3 years to expire December 31, 2021;
  • appointed Gary Thompson to the Sherman County Grant Housing Review Committee;
  • appointed Roger Whitley to the North Central Public Health District Board for a term of 2 years to expire December 31, 2020;
  • removed Linda Thompson from the North Central Public Health District Board;
  • removed Kari Silcox from the Mid-Columbia Community Action Council (MCCAC);
  • approved the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) County College tuition for Commissioner Bird in the amount of $750 for the 2019 year;
  • approved Oregon State University (OSU) proposal for an Ag Extension Agent to be housed in Sherman County, with total County cap set at $120,431.00 for the position;
  • approved the Biggs Service District Ordinance #11-7-18, in the County Court of the State of Oregon in and for the County of Sherman for an ordinance establishing regulations regarding connections, operations, and rates for water services for the Biggs Service District;
  • noted that Cindy Heater-Judah, Senior Center Head Cook, will be retiring soon, and Kari Silcox, Senior Center Manager, placed an ad for her replacement, it was stated Commissioner Bird would sit in on the hiring committee to represent the County Court.

6. Sherman County Court Notes for March 6

By Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel

*NOTE:

– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest”.

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at http://www.co.sherman.or.us after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on March 6, 2019, and in conducting the business of the County,

  • met as the Compensation Board;
  • approved a 2.8% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase for County Employees for fiscal year 2018-2019;
  • agreed to continue Employee insurance benefits at the current level;
  • entered into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel;
  • approved Compensation Board Merit Decisions, approved step increases for those eligible with the following written requests: Travis West, Kyle Pfeifer, Paul Yoon, Solomon Jacobson, Bruce Olsen, Gary Shull, Richard Jauken Jr., and Amy Asher, with Amy’s weekly hours increasing from 20 hours to 25 hours per week;
  • approved step increases for the following County Employees: Kristi Brown, Daniel Son, Magee Kennedy, Drew Messenger, Kayla von Borstel, Kari Silcox, Dan Aldrich, and the RV Camp Host to increase from $350 per month to $400 per month, as requested by Georgia Macnab;
  • approved the Weed Control Intergovernmental Agreement between the State of Oregon, and Sherman and Wasco Counties, as the State wishes to utilize County resources to provide vegetation and noxious weed abatement within the State jurisdiction and right of way, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign;
  • appointed Sharon Spencer to the Senior Center Advisory Board for a term of 3 years to expire December 31, 2021;
  • appointed Dan Aldrich to the Special Transportation Committee for a term of 3 years to expire December 31, 2021;
  • proclaimed the week of April 7-14, 2019, as Sherman County Crime Victims’ Rights Week and authorized Judge Dabulskis to sign;
  • approved the Sherman County Public Transportation Advisory Committee proposed Bylaws amendment, and authorized County Court to sign;
  • approved the submittal for the Special Transportation Grant Application for the 2019-2021 Biennium;
  • approved the grant submittal form for the Special Transportation 5310 Grant Application for the 2019-2021 Biennium;
  • heard Commissioner McCoy present the Court with County projections from 2018 to 2025, with 2017 actual figures, to aid in planning for special projects using Strategic Implementation Program (SIP) funds during the next seven years, which included one year after the SIP funds cease, and the last scheduled payments to the Sherman County School District and reserves would be due. His projection sheets summarize all County expenditures and revenue.

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