Grant County is one of a handful of other Eastern Oregon counties with a bomb plan in place.
Emergency Management Coordinator Ted Williams informed the Grant County Court about the plan and answered questions at a Grant County Court meeting June 28.
Because of the plan’s nature, it is not a public document, and Williams was unable to go into specific details. He said the plan covers the courthouse and corrections building across the street but could be expanded to include other buildings in the area.
Williams said he created the plan after seeing the circuit court’s plan for such an incident and realizing the rest of the courthouse was not covered. He also cited a changing geopolitical climate, what he called un-vetted immigrants and white supremacist groups with a history of violence, as reasons for creating a bomb plan.
“We don’t know who some of these people are,” Williams said.
Williams said he is qualified for creating such a plan because of his years of experience creating plans for venues all over the world including 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle.
The document contains a continuity of operations plan, which will keep local government running in the event of a bombing.
Williams said bomb threats, once thought of as a prank by some, would be taken seriously.
Also at the meeting, Malheur National Forest Supervisor Steve Beverlin gave an update on the forest plan revision for the Malheur National Forest. He said the completion time frame has been pushed back to mid-August.
He also gave a brief update on the Forest Service’s activities at the Rainbow Gathering and said there were approximately 3,600 people with 30 law enforcement officers. As of June 28, he said there had been 120 incidents, 56 violations and eight arrests in connection with the Gathering.
The court also:
• approved the purchase of two radios for the sheriff’s office for $800 each.
• adopted the extension and 4-H budget for the coming fiscal year.
• approved county treasurer budget resolutions for each county department.
• approved an agreement between the county and the Oregon Health Authority for a representative for tort liability coverage for county psychiatric services.
• approved payment of dues to the Local Government Personnel Institute, which offers assistance with personnel issues.
• approved a request from Grant County Fairgrounds Manager Mindy Winegar for the purchase of 105 posts from Parma Post and Poles for the fairgrounds.
• approved a $6,800 bid for the NPRA Rodeo on Sept. 8-9.
• approved a contract with the Old Time Fiddlers for the Grant County Fair.
• approved an annual airport backup generator maintenance agreement for $350.
• approved a transfer from personnel services to the Grant County Library for $2,100.