Fair Manager Mindy Winegar presented the Grant County Court with the names of several entertainers for this year’s Grant County Fair at a Dec. 27 meeting.
The court approved hiring Funtime Carnival Co. of Payette, Idaho, a new company for the fair’s carnival, Gabriel Holmes of Portland as a hypnotist, Coventry and Kaluza for a comedy clown act and the Nate Botsford Band and Britnee Kellogg Band for music. The contracts will come to the court later. The name of the headliner act was not yet known.
In other court news, the court approved signing an agreement with Community Connections of Northeast Oregon, a four-county organization that County Judge Scott Myers said oversees about $400,000 in funding for low income families who want to make home improvements. The funding is distributed between the counties as people apply for it, he said.
A $15,105 bid from North River Electric to upgrade light fixtures at the county jail to LED-type lights was approved by the court. The cost to the county after rebates would be about $4,532, Myers said, which could be paid off by lower electrical bills in about 18 months.
Following a recommendation by the Local Government Personnel Institute after it reviewed the job description for the Grant County Regional Airport manager, the court approved raising Haley Walker’s salary from $3,880 non-exempt per month to $4,485 exempt per month retroactive to Dec. 26.
The court also approved a memorandum of understanding with Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development for a $4,000 grant to provide the county planning department with technical assistance in reviewing the farm use and forest use chapters of the county’s zoning ordinances so they meet state law. According to the MOU, the state agency will not participate in court or planning commission meetings during the zoning review process, Myers said.
The court’s next scheduled meeting is Jan. 10.