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Rylan Boggs

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on April 14, 2017 2:39PM

Grant County Commissioner Jim Hamsher shuffles his notes during a Grant County Court meeting Wednesday, April 12.

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Grant County Commissioner Jim Hamsher shuffles his notes during a Grant County Court meeting Wednesday, April 12.

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Hannah Smith, a NEPA planner for the Malheur National Forest, gives a presentation about the Camp Lick project during a Wednesday, April 12, Grant County Court meeting.

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Hannah Smith, a NEPA planner for the Malheur National Forest, gives a presentation about the Camp Lick project during a Wednesday, April 12, Grant County Court meeting.

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The Keerins Hall building at the Grant County Fairgrounds could see repairs in the future.

Grant County Commissioner Jim Hamsher said at the April 12 Grant County Court meeting the building is in need of work.

County Judge Scott Myers said the building was “a dear place to a lot of people.”

Renovating the building would require working with the city of John Day. The building is structurally sound ,according to Hamsher, but he wants to replace the roof of the building to prevent water damage. Additionally, the wiring of the building is in need of replacement, and portions of the building, such as sidewalks, bathrooms and entryways, need to be upgraded to accommodate those with disabilities.

During the meeting, the court also heard updates on the Camp Lick and Ragged Ruby projects on the Malheur National Forest. The Ragged Ruby project includes prescribed burning on 34,000 acres, increasing the length of trails and decommission roughly 2 miles of road. The Camp Lick project would thin approximately 8,700 acres of forest, apply prescribed burns on 32,000 acres and close almost 26 miles of road. The comment period for the Camp Lick project closed April 7, and the Ragged Ruby Project comment period ends April 24.

The court also:

• approved a request from fairgrounds manager Mindy Winegar for the purchase of rodeo chinks for the Grant County rodeo court. The rodeo court has raised roughly $20,000, and the chinks are $750 each.

• appointed new members to volunteer committees including John Morris and M.T. Anderson to the Wildlife Advisory Board and Tracey Blood and Gail Beverlin to the College Advisory Board. Six vacancies remain on the Extension and 4-H Service District Advisory Board.

• approved an agreement between John Day Canyon City Parks and Recreation District and Grant County to provide security at the Grub & Grog at the Park June 23 at the Seventh Street Complex.

• approved an agreement between the Grant County Road Department and Oregon Department of Transportation allowing the state to use county roads to transport oversized or heavy loads.

• approved a resolution joining other counties in voicing opposition to $10 million worth of cuts to the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs included in Governor Kate Brown’s proposed budget.

• approved an agreement between the Oregon Department of Revenue and the county to fund the county assessors office.

• approved an agreement between the Grant County Extension Service District and Oregon State University for the university to continue working in the county.

• reviewed quotes and approved the purchase of a speaker system and four microphones for the courtroom.

• authorized the county treasurer to write checks to the Oregon Department of Revenue for manufactured dwelling fees.

• reviewed an amendment to an Oregon Health Authority agreement to receive an additional $612 for reproductive health.



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