Attorney Robert Raschio expressed dismay to the Grant County Court Dec. 7 that a client suffering mental health problems had been housed in Umatilla County instead of at the Juniper Ridge facility.
The amount of travel required to visit his client cut into his consultation time, he said, adding in cases like this it is not possible to communicate over the phone. Grant County resident Katy Nelson said the Juniper Ridge facility had been advertised as a facility that would help county residents locally to keep them close to home.
Grant County Judge Scott Myers said the Juniper Ridge facility was not obligated to keep a bed open for Grant County residents.
Raschio also said he believed Grant County was moving toward a drug and alcohol crisis, and he believed more funds should be dedicated to helping county residents live clean and sober.
At the meeting, the Grant County Court approved:
• Grant County Roadmaster Alan Hickerson’s request to buy two time-clocks for the department. Hickerson said accurately keeping track of his employees’ hours was “critical this time of year.”
• a resolution to perform a budgeted transfer of $5,000 from the general fund to bookmobile, in case the need arose to replace the bookmobile, and moved $36,139 from the general fund to emergency management for employee Ted Williams and $62,000 from the general fund to support senior programs.
• a resolution to perform a budgeted transfer of $431,105 from Secure Rural Schools to the School Forest Fund for allocation to different school districts and $500,533 from the Road Department to city streets and bridges for discretionary use.
• a resolution to transfer $24,500 to train a new appraiser for the Assessor’s Office.
• three amendments to an intergovernmental agreement between the state and county to receive additional finances for gambling prevention, mental health services and public health services.
• thank you letters to 1188 Brewing Company and Russell’s Custom Meats for providing products for the Association of Oregon Counties conference.