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Court approves temporary road closure

Comment period for Flat Project ends July 21
Rylan Boggs

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on July 12, 2017 5:48PM

Grant County Roadmaster Alan Hickerson petitions the Grant County Court to close County Road 28 during the eclipse this August.

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Grant County Roadmaster Alan Hickerson petitions the Grant County Court to close County Road 28 during the eclipse this August.

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Grant County Commissioner Boyd Britton during a Grant County Court meeting Wednesday, July 12.

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Grant County Commissioner Boyd Britton during a Grant County Court meeting Wednesday, July 12.

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County Road 28, near Fox, will be closed during the eclipse.

After consulting with landowners whose property is accessed by the road, Grant County Roadmaster Alan Hickerson petitioned the court to close the road Aug. 17-21.

Hickerson said he consulted with Sheriff Glenn Palmer who agreed to the closure, but said it would be unenforceable due to lack of resources during the eclipse.

The road will be signed, barricaded and open to local traffic only.

Representatives from the Emigrant Creek Ranger District gave the court an update on the Flat Project in the southern part of Grant County. The project, on the Malheur National Forest, encompasses 47,500 acres and plans to improve natural vegetation, big game habitat and water health. The proposed plan includes closing or decommissioning over 45 miles of road as well as widespread controlled burning. The 30-day comment period for the project began June 21.

The court also

• approved the re-appointment of Dave Sandersfeld, John Eley and Bob Stewart to the Road Advisory Board with terms to expire on June 30, 2020, and re-appointed Jan Ensign to the Senior Citizens Advisory Council with a term to expire on June 30, 2020.

• reviewed and approved an intergovernmental agreement between Grant and Union County to house inmates from Union County in the Grant County Jail. Union County will provide transportation to and from the jail, and inmates will not be released in Grant County.

• reviewed and approved a contract with Community Counseling Solutions to provide mental and public health services for Grant County.

• reviewed and signed a property lease with Community Counseling Solutions to continue leasing them the building at 528 E Main St. in John Day for $30,000 annually.

• reviewed and signed a property lease with the Grant County Food Bank to continue leasing them the building at 530 E Main St. in John Day for a non-profit rate of $120 monthly.

• reviewed and approved a request for a new computer and monitor for the Grant County Justice Court for $854.

• discussed the possibility of selling the building that houses Community Counseling Solutions and agreed to gather more information and address it at the next court meeting.



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