Sherman County eNews #193


  1. South Sherman Fire District Meeting, July 26

  2. Star Party at Thomas Condon Paleontology & Visitor Center, Aug. 2

  3. Sherman County 4-H News: Swine Club Report

  4. Be Grateful for the Time

  5. Sherman County Court Notes, July 17

  6. Sherman County Court News, June 19

  7. The Genesis Story: Reading Biblical Narratives – Free Online Course

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

1. Notice. South Sherman Fire District Meeting, July 26

Friday July 26, 2019 @ 6:30pm – 8pm

Administration Office 412 Mill St., Grass Valley


  1. Call meeting to order
  2. Introductions
  3. Additions to agenda
  4. Approve minutes
  5. Approve financials
  6. Chiefs report
  7. Business
  8. Executive Session
  9. Adjourn
  10. Board work session

2. Star Party: Thomas Condon Paleontology & Visitor Center, Aug. 2

StarYellowThe John Day River Territory boasts the darkest night skies in Oregon. So you won’t want to miss this Star Party at Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the new moon phase when the skies will be exceptionally dark and viewable.

Plan to visit on Friday, August 2nd for a Star Party at Thomas Condon Paleontology and Visitor Center at 32651 OR-19, Kimberly, OR 97848. Explore the night sky and peer into the depths of our universe with rangers from 8:30 to 10:30 pm. The visitor center will open at 8 pm with telescopes available, and ranger programs. The evening astronomy program will be held even if skies are cloudy. Phone: (541) 987-2333.

3. Sherman County 4-H News: Swine Club Report

4-H clover1The Sherman County Swine Club met on June 24th at Samantha Smith’s house. The meeting was called to order at 6:00, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Michael and the 4-H Pledge was led by Savannah. Allison, Coral Austin and Dillan were all absent, Dillan was excused. The minutes were read by Cadence Smith, the motion was passed by Addie and seconded by T’Sharra. At this meeting Savannah, Michael and T’Sharra presented advancements, we talked about county medals, buyer letters, buyer gifts and getting ready for fair. As an activity our leaders had Bryce, Kristie, Courtney and Bailey bring in some lambs and then Bailey and Courtney taught the club how to show lambs. The meeting was adjourned at 7:00.  Signed: Bailey Coelsch

4. Be Grateful for the Time

clock.793You have probably heard something similar to, “Live each day to the fullest, because you never know what tomorrow may bring.” Or perhaps it’s as simple as “carpe diem.” Like all sage offerings, there is an element of truth involved here

For a lot of us, we take the days of our lives for granted. The years go swirling past in a rush of things to do, places to see, and dreams to fulfill. We work diligently, raise our families, and try to measure up to our own – or someone else’s – definition of success. For some of us, we put our heads down, shoulder to the wheel (so to speak) and forget to look up.

Not “looking up” is unfortunate. We need to take the time to savor the experiences of each day, good or not so good, because these experiences inform who and what we are. If we don’t look up, we miss the simple joy of a quiet summer evening. We miss that look of wonder on a child’s face, the first time they discover rainbows in a puddle. Our hearts forget the thrill of watching a rocket launch into outer space.

In short, we miss the opportunity to be grateful. One reader asks, “Why do people take the experiences of their lives for granted? What other than near-death experience will help each of us to live every day with gratitude? What is striking to me is that the drivers for appreciating life and having gratitude are missing from many people’s lives. How is this happening? We should not have to experience ‘misery’ to boost our insights into the value of life.”

Do yourself a favor for the next week. Begin a new habit. Before the end of each day, stop and soak in the experiences of the day. Let the smile come to your face as you remember the happy and the funny. Plan out what you will do “the next time” for those moments that didn’t come out so well. And be grateful for the time you have had to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Opportunity awaits! Celebrate today, and face tomorrow with the expectation that something great is going to happen! That expectation creates awareness, so we won’t miss whatever wonderful things cross our paths. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Sherman County Court Notes, July 17

ShermanCoLogoSherman County Court Notes

By Temporary Administrative Assistant Kristi Brown


– 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 after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on July 17, 2019, and in conducting the business of the County,

  • Motion to approve $10,000 for the Rental Development Grant application for Ron Mobley to build one new rental unit, and authorize the County Judge to approve project completion and authorize final payment.
  • Heard from Jenine McDermid, Clerk, reporting the County Assessment Function Funding Assistance (CAFFA) grant was approved, and the county will see a return of approximately $88,885.72.
  • Heard form Marc Czornij, Census bureau, regarding the 2020 Census. He stated self-reporting would begin March 12, 2020, and can be completed online, by phone, paper or in-person.
  • Motion to set a November 1st deadline for the Cities of Rufus, Wasco, and Grass Valley to submit projects for the Downtown Improvement Fund.
  • Opened and read sealed bid for surplused vehicles – two bids were submitted by Peggy Dollarhyde. Bids did not meet advertised minimum bid requirements, and were not accepted.
  • Motion to allow Judge Dabulskis to move forward with researching appropriate means to sell, and the authority to approve the sale as he sees fit for all current surplused vehicles, due to lack of minimum bids not being met.
  • Motion to appoint Erik Glover to the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board of Directors.
  • Motion to approve the Gorge Networks Fiber Build Proposal to the Sherman County RV Park, Sherman County Weed District, and Sherman County Planning Department in the amount of $259.85 monthly charge, and $492.00 one-time hookup fee.
  • Motion to approve the Intergovernmental Agreement between Sherman County and the Cities of Moro, Wasco, Grass Valley, and Rufus to reimburse the County for the $43,320.95 Gap Funding for the Sherman County Broadband Initiative Fiber to the Home Project, and authorize County Court to sign.
  • Motion to accept a share of 10% of the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments (MCCOG) Building Codes reserves distribution, if agreed upon by all parties.

6. Sherman County Court News, June 19

Reading of sealed bids for Wasco to Rufus Fiber Build, Workman’s Compensation Policy Renewal, Cybersecurity Policy, and Demoss Spring Park Site Visit, were the main items on the agenda during the June 19th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

County Court opened, read, and briefly discussed the three Wasco to Rufus Fiber Build bids received. No action was taken to allow time to gather technical advice. The decision to award would be postponed until, June 27, 2019, during a Special Session.

Mike Elliot, SAIF Corporation, presented the Counties Workers’ Compensation Insurance proposal, and stated the 2019-2020 Annual Prepay installment of $34,115 was about 3% less this year, than the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Court motioned to approve payment to SAIF for 2019 – 2020 fiscal year in the amount of $34,115.00, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign. 

Jenine McDermid, Clerk, presented the Cybersecurity Policy as required by Citycounty Insurance Services, and stated County Counsel had approved the policy. Brief discussion was held on current Cyber Security training and a policy implementation timeframe. Court motioned to approve the Sherman County Cybersecurity Policy, dated June 19, 2019, and authorize County Court to sign 

Recessed Court Session at 10:50 a.m.

Reconvened at Demoss Park at 11:00 a.m.

Discussion was held on a course action for the deteriorating Demoss Spring Park Bandstand. Consensus of the group was to tear down the Bandstand, and build a user-friendly structure in its place with a Demoss family memorial display.

Recessed at Demoss Park at 11:17 a.m.

Reconvened Court Session at 11:29 a.m.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • Approved the Sherman County Oregon State University Extension office, to assume the lease with Sherman County for the 2014 Chevy Traverse, currently in use by the Veteran’s Officer, when it becomes available with purchasing options in the future. Travel expenses, maintenance, fuel, insurance, and all other vehicle expenses to be covered by Sherman County Oregon State University Extension Office’s current travel line item in their existing budget.
  • Approved the vehicle bid from Sherrell Chevrolet in the amount of $36,501.62 to purchase a 2019 Chevy Traverse 3LT for the Veteran’s Officer’s use.
  • Approved to appoint Jayme Thompson to the North Central Public Health District Board as the Sherman County Representative.
  • Approved to declare the Senior Center dishwasher surplus, and to be donated to the Moro Community Presbyterian Church.
  • Approved the purchase of a replacement dishwasher, and for mandatory site preparation of the area to occur for the Senior Center in the amount not to exceed $6,000.00.
  • 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, DA-V/WAP, General Road, County Fair, Early Learning Services, Senior Center, Courthouse Facility, and SIP Additional Fees Funds, and authorize County Court to sign.
  • Approved to authorize budget transfers/payments as recommended by the Finance Director, including $5,000.00 from the Emergency Services Fund to the Emergency Services Reserve Fund, and $300,000.00 from SIP Additional Fees to the Fairgrounds Project Fund, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • Approved the Rail and Public Transit Division/Oregon Department of Transportation Agreement #33595, between Sherman County and the State of Oregon, with a total project cost of $107,834.00, and receiving from the State an amount not to exceed $96,760.00, with an ending date of June 30, 2021, and authorize County Court to sign.
  • Approved minutes of May 15, 2019, as corrected.
  • Approved the Revenue/Expenditure Summary for May 2019, as presented.
  • Approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month of May 2019, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) access to County Property Located in Biggs Service District, Thank You Note from ABC Huskies Childcare, July 3, 2019 County Court Cancellation, Abandoned Ambulance on County Property – South Sherman Fire & Rescue, Frontier TeleNet Loan Extension, Courthouse Elevator Sign, Compensation Time – Weed District, and Commissioner Reports.

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