MARCH 21, 2012

Pursuant to notice made to the newspaper of general circulation throughout Grant County, the radio station in Grant County and e-mail distribution list, a regular meeting of the County Court was held at the County Courthouse in Canyon City OR.

9:00 am -- Call to Order. Present were Commissioners Scott W. Myers and Boyd Britton, Secretary Mary Ferrioli and Pastor Eric Bortell. Judge Webb was absent for personal reasons. A Pledge of Allegiance was given to the United States flag. The invocation was given by Pastor Bortell.

CLAIMS. The court had approved claims and Extension District Warrant Nos. 118-122. There was a conflict with Boyd Britton Welding for the Road Department.

PROGRAM. MSP: Myers/Britton -- to accept the program as presented


Britton talked about the continuing process to obtain bids for making repairs to the Tractor Shed at the fairgrounds. He planned to attend a special Farm Bureau meeting this evening at the Outpost Restaurant. Britton had recently answered Oregon Department of Agriculture’s questions about the county’s Wolf Depredation Compensation Grant application.

Myers talked about a meeting last Friday with USFS reps Teresa Raaf and Mike Montgomery, and Rocky Mountain Elk rep Bill Richardson to discuss the Johnson Family checkerboard properties and the possibility of land going into public ownership. Myers would rather see the property as public access. Britton had also talked with those individuals and advocated retaining the land in private ownership of some sort with the county’.

9:15 am – News Reporter Scotta Callister entered

MINUTES. MSP: Myers/Britton -- to approve the March 14 minutes as amended.

PUBLIC HEARING. In response to the Roadmaster’s prior request the court set the date and time to hold a Public Hearing on the proposed vacation of excess right-of-way on CR 20. MSP: Britton/ Myers – to set the public hearing on proposed vacation of CR 20 on May 23 at 10:30 am.

9:25 am -- Jeremy Dietrich and Andrea Officer entered

VICTIM ASSISTANCE. Victim Assistance Program Director Ashley Daniel requested signature on a 2012 federal VAWA Rural Grant application totaling $594,837.00. Daniel participated by phone; however, Deputy DA Jeremy Dietrich and VIS Andrea Officer were present. Funds would be used for a Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking project that includes: 1.0 FTE Deputy DA position, 1.0 FTE Victim Intervention Specialist position, 0.75 FTE Victim Advocate position (Heart of Grant County), 0.25 FTE Law Enforcement Investigator, 0.02 FTE Fiscal Manager position (Admin Fees), training for grant-funded staff and community partners, office supplies, and community outreach campaigns. The project period is October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2015.

Daniel understood the grant was extremely competitive with only 32 project awards. She thought the project would focus mostly on sexual assault. Daniel explained how overtime was built into the Investigator position to address the county’s concerns. She believed the amount requested was reasonable and our chances for award were good.

9:35 am – Kathy Smith entered

Myers and Treasurer Kathy Smith talked about placing the revenue in next year’s budget, if awarded. Smith would need to review and sign the application as county Fiscal Officer. She noted the Deputy Investigator piece would be worked out within the Sheriff’s office. MSP: Britton/ Myers -- to allow Judge Webb and Treasurer Smith to sign the 2012 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking grant application.

9:45 am -- Sally Bartlett, King Williams, County Commissioner Candidate Steve Parsons and Mary Weaver entered

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. Economic Development Coordinator Sally Bartlett displayed and explained the Grant County website and talked about improvements to the Fair page and its importance to the Strategic Plan. Fair Manager Mary Weaver was present. The site accesses RV Park and event information and forms to fill out and mail in. The ability to track and identify user data was explained. Bartlett explained how the website was developed and showed how it’s now more user-friendly with greater independence from the Chamber of Commerce page. Bartlett displayed information available on the website pages for several county departments. In April, she would be starting work as a test site for Oregon Prospector sites which provide information on land for sale or lease in Oregon.

10:15 am -- David Desjardin and Didgette McCracken entered

Bartlett requested signature on a proposed agreement costing $4,900.00 that allows GREAT, Inc. to provide business development and marketing assistance to the Economic Development office April 1 to June 30, 2012. GREAT President King Williams was present. The agreement relates to services the county is providing to Community Counseling Solutions, Inc for the Warmline project. She said she needs help with the evaluation tool kit and the comparative cost analysis which must be done between April and June. Bartlett said GREAT has someone in mind who has the expertise to complete this important piece of the project. She is responsible for conducting interviews with HMOs, Program Directors, employee-peers, and consumers, reviewing literature on crises lines around the county, writing the study, and developing a business plan. Myers pointed out pertinent state statues on small procurement listed in the agreement. Williams said GREAT, Inc. can enter into a professional service contract without going out to bid. MSP: Britton/Myers-- to authorize Judge Webb to sign the MOA after review by legal counsel. Bartlett talked about the possibility of project outcomes leading to additional job creation for Grant County and throughout the state.

“SHARE THE HARVEST.” GUJSHS student David Desjardin and teacher Didgette McCracken talked about the “Share the Harvest, Feed a Family” program. Desjardin provided a brochure and explained the program allows donation of wild game meat -- bear, buffalo, deer and elk -- to local Food Banks. He said animals for donation are tagged and brought to Russell’s Custom Meats where a Wildlife Transfer Form is completed. Costs for cutting and wrapping 250 lbs. are estimated at $187.50 based on special pricing of 75¢/lb over 100 lbs or $75.00 for under 100 lbs. Most wild game meat donations are tax deductible. He hoped to obtain several local donation sponsorships. Myers explained the county could not fund a sponsorship, but would encourage private sponsorships. Britton suggested the idea of keeping the donation program operating in the future, perhaps as an annual GUJSHS class project.

10:45 am -- Devin Moan and Courtney Nolta entered

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. Commission on Children and Families Director Devin Moan requested signature on a federal “Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking STOP Act” Grant application to expand services preventing underage drinking through the Safe Communities Coalition. The grant provides up to $50,000.00 for four years. If awarded, the grant would include 10% support of Administrative Assistant Jamie McKay and 90% of a new part time Prevention Specialist to coordinate youth coalition leadership training, community outreach and partnerships, AlcoholEdu, and Community Think Tanks. The budget includes local mileage and travel to the Tilikum Center Ropes Course in Tilikum OR, various office supplies, the Specialist’s cell phone, advertising, and training curriculum. The project includes a needs assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Moan would be responsible to provide support, reporting, and fiscal management for the grant.

10:50 am – Russ Comer and Kathy Smith entered

Some discussion took place about the possibility of having an AmeriCorp COPE (childhood obesity) volunteer fill the 0.5 FTE position. MSP: Myers /Britton-- to approve the application for submission. Moan planned to have the application ready for Judge Webb’s signature Monday. Prevention Program Coordinator Russ Comer felt the county had a good chance for an award.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT. Treasurer Kathy Smith and the court briefly reviewed the Health Department Accreditation Grant application submitted by Community Counseling Solutions, Inc. The application had been discussed and approved for submission last week.

11:05 am -- Sheriff Glenn Palmer and Anna Marie Kuhn entered

AWARD. Sheriff Glenn Palmer presented a letter of commendation to Anna Marie Kuhn for actions taken on March 11, 2012 involving the Elk Flat incident in Baker County. Kuhn is a Sheriff’s deputy and Secretary of the Snowmobile Association.

AGENDA WORKSHEET. The court discussed proposed revisions to the Agenda Worksheet. The primary change was to include several budget considerations for Department Heads to address in a narrative explanation attached to the Agenda Worksheet. Webb previously initiated that change and favored moving forward with using the new format. MSP: Britton/Myers – to adopt the new Agenda Worksheet as presented.

11:10 am -- Adjourned

Respectfully Submitted,

Mary R. Ferrioli

County Court Secretary


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