Sherman County eNews #263


  1. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 16

  2. Employment Opportunity. County Court Administrative Assistant

  3. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Online, Oct. 2

  4. Sherman County Court News, Oct. 2

  5. The Subject is Focus

  6. History Tidbits: Independent Warehouse Co., 1907

1. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 16

By Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel


– 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 October 16, 2019, and in conducting the business of the County,

  • Cindy Brown, OSU Extension, introduced the new OSU Extension Agent, Jacob Powell, and discussed the opportunity for a potential Tri-County Baling Facility.
  • Executive Session held on County Personnel
  • Motion to approve the Sherman County Credit Card Policy as the final copy, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • Motion to approve the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs 2019-20 Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas Grant Agreement 702-2019-HRTG-003, between Sherman County and the State of Oregon, in the amount of $45,000, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • Motion to approve the Oregon Military Department Office of Emergency Management Homeland Security Grant Program CDFA # 97.067, Grant Number 19-259, between the State of Oregon and Sherman County in the amount of $93,295, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • Motion to authorize budget transfers/payments as recommended by the Finance Director, including $20,000 to the Weed Sinking Fund, $31,174 to the Community Development Fund, $44, 144 to the Emergency Services Fund, $40,000 to the Senior Center Fund, $6,000 to the Wellness Center Fund from the County General. Additionally, transferring $46,657.20 to the County General Fund from the Drivers Education Fund in order to close the Drivers Education Fund. Judge Dabulskis is authorized to sign.
  • Motion to approve the purchase of 2 heavy duty table carts in the amount of $730 for the County owned tables.

2. Notice. Employment Opportunity. County Court Administrative Assistant


Sherman County

County Court Administrative Assistant

Sherman County is accepting employment applications for the position of County Court Administrative Assistant. This is a permanent, part-time position, 32hr/wk. or 0.80 FTE, Monday-Thursday, salary range $21-$28/hr. dependent on experience. Applicant must be knowledgeable in the operation of modern office equipment including computer systems and programs, possess effective written and oral communication skills, and make decisions independently using effective time management.

For job description and/or application, contact the office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416 or go online at under “Jobs/contracts”. Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Court, 500 Court Street, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039 no later than Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by 5:00 pm. Interviews will be held Friday, November 15, 2019. Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer.

3. Notice. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Online, Oct. 2

Approved minutes of the October 2, 2019 Regular Session of the Sherman County Court are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

4. Sherman County Court News, Oct. 2

October 2, 2019

Contact: Kayla von Borstel 541-565-3416

Jenine McDermid, Clerk, presented her quarterly report. She received election security training during the Association of County Clerks conference which focused on different scenarios based on topics such as: election security, phishing attempts, and password strengths. She reported the conclusion of the legislative session resulted in some new election laws; beginning January 1, 2020, the State would begin paying postage on all return ballot envelopes; House Bill 2983 reduced the required reporting amount of campaign financing, from $750 reduces to $250, effective August 2, 2019; and Precinct Committee Person (PCP) candidate requirements had undergone several changes. Probate filing fees saw an increase as well. She stated she had no individuals interested in the Board of Property Tax Appeals (BOPTA) for the non-office holding poll. The court may appoint someone not employed by a taxing district, any time before the training starts.

Mark Coles, Road Master, gave his quarterly report. He presented plans for the Finnegan bridge design to be reviewed and finalized on October 18th, with hopes to begin advertising for bids by October 21st, and have a submission deadline of November 19th. He noted the project was running behind schedule due to some issues, but had received official authorization from the state allowing the project to be completed without permits.  Due to the time of year, there had been discussion in regards to moving the project out until spring 2020. Coles stated the Scott Canyon guard rail damage had been fixed, paid for by the Insurance Company of the driver responsible for the damage. Several Micro-coats were done over the summer. He noted there had been issues with the application, but the company returned and fixed the issues. Road striping was completed once the Micro-coating was fixed. He had been working with the City of Moro to complete an up-to-date city legend. During the 2019-2020 budget session, he budgeted $185,000 to purchase a new excavator; he was able to purchase a used 2018 excavator with 1,122 hours for $160,500. He also purchased extra buckets for the excavator, and an extended warranty, which brought the total to $180,800. The company would be providing training, which will count as official documented training. They had started fall grading. He provided numbers from the local street and road questionnaire for the previous fiscal year; stating chip sealing and micro-coat projects roughly totaled $810,000, and snow removal was high for the year, due to the volume of snow, at $113,918.

Shawn Payne, Emergency Services Director, presented her quarterly report. Stating the Natural Mitigation Plan had been approved, and would be good through 2024. The Sherman County Ambulance had received Honorable Mention for the Rural Health Hero of the Year Award. An Oregon Health Authority site survey was conducted resulting in 4 deficiencies, which were being taken care. She stated the Ambulance had been granted an extension for the staffing exception; the exception allowed only one EMT and one EMR in order to allow an intermediate to do intermediate level skills, versus the required two EMT’s. She discussed the staffing struggles she faces for the Ambulance. The call volume had increased 20%, over last year and the year before. She had been working on the mutual aid agreements and auto-aid agreements with the fire departments. Shawn explained coverage for the South Sherman Fire and Rescue response area would be covered by the North Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District and Moro Rural Fire District, until staffing issues were resolved.

Carrie Pipinich, Mid-Columbia Development District (MCEDD), gave her quarterly report. She stated the Biggs Service District USDA application was missing one clarification. MCEDD staff had been working on underwriting to submit the application quickly. She and Marla Harvey, MCEDD, had been working on the program shifts and process clarifications to the Housing Rehab Grant. She planned to meet with the Sherman County cities, to discuss the plans presented in the economic opportunities analysis, and next steps. Worked with John Day River Territory group towards finding more local businesses to advertise in the visitors guide for Eastern Oregon. Met with the City of Grass Valley staff to work on a Request for Qualifications for an engineer regarding a sewer system feasibility study.

Wes Owens, Sherman County School Superintendent, gave his quarterly report. He thanked the County for its support of the school district, noting SIP funds offer great things to the students, such as the Science teacher grant, green energy, and student scholarships. He stated it was the school’s third year of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program, which was known throughout the school as: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible. They are continuing with the Oregon Response to Instruction and Intervention program, a Kindergarten-6th grade reading support program that comes from the Oregon Department of Education. The School District would have the opportunity to apply for funding via the Student Success Act, and Measure 98. The North playing field and community space should be ready by spring. Discussion was held on the need for a Mental Health professional at the school.

Amy Asher, Prevention, gave her quarterly report. She stated the summer swim bus had 90 kids register, and had an average attendance was 45. From August 14th – September 16th, a DUI campaign was held with the cooperation of the Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Sherman County Sheriff’s office. Signs were distributed throughout the County, and a DUI prevention walk was held. Oregon Youth Conservation Corps (OYCC) program finished up August 22nd. The new OYCC shed was installed; she thanked the Road Department for their help. During the schools’ Back to School Night she offered a survey for parents to fill out that focused on parents’ understanding of youth and substances. The PACK held a kick off night in order to promote more involvement at the beginning of the school year. The Oregon Health Authority grant agreement and Prevention plan had been approved.

County Court recessed at 11:13 a.m.; Reconvened at 11:17 a.m.

Rod Asher, Weed District, presented his quarterly report, stating seasonal crew members would continue to work through the end of November weather permitting. He hosted a Weed tour for the weed board in September. Skeleton weed and puncture vine were coming in stronger this year, due to the Substation fire. New projects and contracts had been added, which continued to keep the staff busy. The Courthouse lawn issue had been fixed. Will be working with Oregon Department of Transportation to trim back the trees at DeMoss Park. Judge Dabulskis requested a list of current projects and contracts for the weed department. Additionally, Asher requested authorization to purchase a side by side and trailer. He budgeted $20,000, to purchase a new side and side. After research he decided the Kubota side by side was what he would like to go with, due to price and specifications. Judge Dabulskis requested Asher contact other Kubota dealerships to check pricing. Asher stated he was informed the quoted price was a government price through Kubota, but he would be happy to contact other dealerships to research pricing. Court motioned to authorize the purchase of a 2019 Kubota RTV-X1120 utility vehicle for $13,250, and an Iron Eagle ATV trailer for $2,004, pending pricing research on the same utility vehicle model.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • Approved the appointment of Mike McArthur from the Non-Office Holding Pool, and Joe Dabulskis and Tom McCoy from the Office Holding Pool to the 2019-2020 Board of Property Tax Appeals.
  • Approved the Intergovernmental Agreement between Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) and Sherman County for the development of the Sherman County Coordinated Transportation Plan.
  • Approved the Sherman County Community Transportation FTA Procurement Policy.
  • Approved the Sherman County Credit Card policy as written subject to CIS’ approval.
  • State University’s Purchase Order, in the amount of $17,347.00 for the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse.
  • Approved the Minutes of September 18, 2019, as corrected.
  • Approved the September 2019 Claims.

Topics of discussion were Commissioner Reports, entered Executive session 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel at 10:26 a.m.; Discussion held on personnel issues; exited Executive session 10:31 a.m.

5. The Subject is Focus

How good are you at focusing your attention? This is an extremely valuable skill, and vital to the learning process. So, let’s dig a little deeper into focus and attention.

Building on a previous WCN message, if we are to grow and reach our full potential, it is absolutely necessary to take risks. By its very nature, risk implies the possibility of loss. But at the same time, there is also the possibility of benefit or gain. Whether a risk feels frightening or exhilarating depends, almost entirely, on whether you are paying attention to the loss or the gain.

If you focus on the loss, you will be tense, fearful and uptight, and your performance will inevitably suffer. Maybe you will back down and decide it is just not worth it. You will suffer a paralysis of will, and rationalize it by saying to yourself, “Well, I didn’t really want this after all. What I have is good enough for me.”

It isn’t just individuals that get caught up in focusing on the possibility of loss. Teams do it. Departments do it. Entire organizations can be paralyzed by picturing a dire future because of their over-attention on the possibility of loss.

However, if you focus on the possible benefit and you picture yourself enjoying success and gain, you will feel excited, even exhilarated. And you know something? Fear and excitement feel pretty much the same to your body. It is how you interpret and label them that makes all the difference.

So, the next time there is something you really want, and a risk is attached (as there usually is), try controlling your mind. While you don’t want to ignore the loss altogether, focus instead on what you have to gain! We call this deliberate focusing “visualization,” and it is a powerful tool that will help you take the risks you need to take in order to grow. ~The Pacific Institute

6. History Tidbits: Independent Warehouse Co., 1907

Source: The Wasco News, published August 12, 1907, in The Evening Statesman, Walla Walla, Washington: “ARE NOW READY FOR WORK. FARMERS OF WASCO COUNTY, OREGON, FORM INDEPENDENT WAREHOUSE CO. The Independent Warehouse Company held their first meeting Saturday night at the office of C.J. Bright. The company is incorporated for $27,000 dollars, with the object of handling and storing grain and doing a general warehouse business. They, at the present time, have a capacity of one hundred thousand sacks, and in the coming spring a steel tank will be erected at Wasco. It is the intention of the company later, to extend their system to other stations in the county. At the meeting directors were elected as follows: George N. Crosfield, M.A. Van Gilder, J.W. Booth, Henry Richelderfer, W.A. Murchie, V.H. Smith, R.W. Pinkerton. Immediately upon adjournment of the meeting the directors were called to order and elected officers, George N. Crosfield, president; J.W. Booth, vice-president; and C.J. Bright, secretary. The general manager is to be chosen later. There are represented in the company more than fifty of the leading farmers in the county and out of the number.  Some of as able men as could have been chosen were elected directors. Besides handling fuel, etc., and carrying on a general warehouse business, the directors intend to take up the work of a development association. They will attempt to secure, through the railroad commission, a reasonable freight rate to Portland, also to induce rival grain buyers from Washington or California to enter the field. The mill and warehouse formerly owned by the Wasco Milling company was taken over by the new company.”