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County solicits proposals for Firewise coordinator

By Rylan Boggs

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on October 27, 2016 5:59PM

Last changed on November 4, 2016 2:49PM

Commissioner Boyd Britton at a Grant County Court meeting Wednesday, Oct. 26.

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Commissioner Boyd Britton at a Grant County Court meeting Wednesday, Oct. 26.

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County Judge Scott Myers at a Grant County Court meeting Wednesday, Oct. 26.

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County Judge Scott Myers at a Grant County Court meeting Wednesday, Oct. 26.

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As the current contract ends, Grant County will request proposals to coordinate Firewise, an organization that helps communities and property owners reduce fire danger funded by the county’s Secure Rural Schools payments.

County Economic Development Coordinator and Firewise liaison Sally Bartlett requested approval from the Grant County Court Oct. 26 to request proposals for the Firewise and Community Wildfire Protection Plan coordinator position. Bartlett said she expected the current coordinator, Irene Jerome, to submit another bid for the position.

Bartlett requested the coordinator hold the position a minimum of three years. She said this was the minimum amount of time it would take someone to be able to learn and effectively work the position.

Bartlett said Firewise would also be willing to cover the costs of setting up an office space for a new coordinating employee if the county was able to provide the space to house them.

She also asked for the court’s approval to move forward on grant applications that would help with water storage reservoirs.

The court approved all of Bartlett’s requests.

In other county court news, Roadmaster Alan Hickerson presented the court with his intent to award a snow-removal contract for Grant County Road 24, Baker County Road 520 and the Granite area for this winter. The court approved Columbia Helicopters’ bid of $60,000 for the contract.

Hickerson also requested funds to purchase a new toolbox and fuel tank for the department’s new 2016 F-450 flatbed truck, which the court approved.

The court also approved a request from the Grant County Human Resources Manager Laurie Wright for new personnel file folders.



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