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Court will ask legislature for courthouse roof funding

Some foreclosed properties remain for sale.
Richard Hanners

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on May 30, 2018 3:45PM

Grant County Judge Scott Myers, left, and Commissioner Jim Hamsher work together on a replat map during their May 23 meeting. Commissioner Boyd Britton was absent.

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Grant County Judge Scott Myers, left, and Commissioner Jim Hamsher work together on a replat map during their May 23 meeting. Commissioner Boyd Britton was absent.

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The Grant County Court has asked the Association of Oregon Counties to represent Grant County in the Oregon Legislature for a funding request to repair the county courthouse roof.

Grant County Judge Scott Myers made the request during a recent courthouse facilities meeting with the AOC. He told the court at their May 23 meeting that the courthouse roof is leaking right above the Grant County Circuit Court offices.

Myers estimates a new roof for the courthouse could cost from $100,000 to $150,000. If appropriated by the legislature as requested, the state would reimburse the county for $100,000, and the county would pay the remaining cost.

Myers noted that in the past the legislature provided about $150,000 for an elevator in the courthouse, and the county paid about $70,000.

Maintaining and repairing existing courthouses is more cost-effective than building new ones, he said, noting that Deschutes County is considering spending $30 million on a new courthouse.

Commissioner Boyd Britton was absent. In other county court news:

• Thirteen of the 31 tax-foreclosed properties offered at a May 17 auction had buyers. The minimum bid was set at 50 percent of market value. One of the properties that sold was the Mt. Vernon Mobile Home & RV Park located between Highway 395 and Highlan Drive.

The county plans to advertise the rest of the properties for sale by sealed bid. Laurie Wright, the court’s administrative assistant, said the minimum bid acceptable under state law is 15 percent of market value.

• The court agreed to spend about $2,000 installing frost-free connections at the Depot RV Park in Prairie City as a step toward upgrading the county-owned facility for use in shoulder seasons and winter.

Chris Camarena, Prairie City’s public works director, explained that an electrical upgrade at the RV park will meet the higher load requirements of newer RVs. Some electrical equipment “melts down” under heavy air conditioning loads in summer, he said.

• The court agreed to add $8,000 to the $18,000 cost of a new county website. Wright, a member of the website committee, said CivicPlus, the Kansas-based website developer, wants to spend three days in Grant County to personally interview county staff.

The additional money will cover the company’s travel and consulting costs. Wright estimated the project would take about 28 weeks to complete.

• The court approved a livestock contract for the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association (NPRA) rodeo to be held at the Grant County Fairgrounds Aug. 10-11. The Lazy HK Bar contract was for $6,500, and the B Bar D Rodeo Inc. contract was for $14,000.

The court approved the Lazy HK Bar contract. Commissioner Jim Hamsher noted that rodeo livestock contracts in past years have totaled $25,000.

The court also approved a contract with Grant County Youth Livestock Auction Inc. to sponsor the 4-H/FFA livestock auction at the county fair. Hamsher noted that the Kiwanis Club sponsored the auction in the past.


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