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I Paqe 10 The Times-Journal July 28, 2016 Sherman court Continued from page I emphasized this is not permanent, sustainable funding. The court recognized the importance of quality daycare and preschool services, though reiterated early learning program funding is temporary, and the goal is to find more permanent funding sources. The court approved Early Childhood Education funding for the 2016-2017 fiscal year -- Little Wheats, $20,000; ABC Huskies Child Care, $20,000; Sherman County Preschool, $40,000. DeGrange reported the Service Continuity Fund has left over funds in the amount of $2,699.82. The court approved dividing the remaining amount left in the fund between Little Wheats and ABC Huskies. Mark Coles, Roadmaster, reported no fill for the lot next to the courthouse was available from nearby parties. The lot was filled with rock and will be capped with gravel. Barriers need to be placed on both steep sides to prevent anyone from driving over the edge. Rod Asher, Weed District director, presented a request to use the Weed Sinking Fund to purchase a Ford F350 for the Weed Department, Asher would like to add an e-locking axle, cruise control, up-fitter switches, and a reverse alarm, bringing the total to $38,118.90, Existing spray equipment will be used this year, though spraying tanks will need to be purchased in the future. The court approved the purchase of an F350 4x4 Crew/Cab truck by the Weed Department in the amount of $38,118.90 to be taken from the Weed Sinking Fund and authorized Judge Thompson to sign the purchase order. Asher presented a request for cell phone allowance for Weed District employees. The court approved category two allowances for current and future employees of the Weed District, including seasonal employees, up to $30/month. Ron McDermid, Justice of the Peace, reported he is investigating the steps required to consolidate e- mail and information technology (IT) support functions from the county's current two-vendor system to a one-vendor system. The timing is right to consolidate vendors, and the county plans to switch to Microsphere for both e-mail and IT services. The consolidation will simplify e- mail and technology support. The court approved switching county employees from North Central Education Service District to Microsphere for e-mail and IT services. The court met with several emergency services and public health representatives, as well as WRIGHT CHEVR( )LET INC -- SINCE 1959 ~ Arlington Talik Eichinger, SHIFT Festival representative, to discuss the SHIFT Festival's request for a permit to hold a mass gathering in Sherman County, Will Carey, County Counsel, explained Chapter 433 of the Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) requires applications for mass gatherings be made to the county, be published in the county's paper of record for ten days, and then be subject to public hearing. If the court authorizes the gathering, the county would decide what conditions it felt needed to be placed upon the gathering for the protection of property and the public. The request for mass gathering from the SHIFT Festival was not submitted in enough time to complete the statutory requirement before the gathering is intended to be held. The county court cannot waive the require- ment for public notice. Commissioner McCoy stated there was general opposition among the public to a festival like SHIFT due to extreme fire danger. Glenn Fluhr, South Sherman Fire & Rescue (SSFR) Chief, submitted a letter to the court. SSFR is previously committed to the race track the weekend of the festival, and North Sherman and Moro units have low numbers of volunteer personnel available. Fluhr stated if the request had been submitted with enough time, alternatives could have been planned. Eichinger ex- plained the festival's anticipated venue fell through and was then moved to Sherman County. Ticket sales have been capped at 215 to ensure the event stays below the 250 person mass gathering limit if the county does not grant a permit. Teri Thalhofer, North Central Public Health District (NCPHD), stated NCPHD has worked with several events in Wasco County, and event planners work with NCPHD as early as possible because the process can take months. There are concerns regarding waste disposal, water, food vendors, licensing, and more. John Zalaznick, NCPHD, added the health department likes to be involved with mass gatherings regarding water, human waste, garbage disposal, and medical issues. Shawn Payne, Emergency Services director, expressed concern about emergency services available during the festival. Drug overdoses, alcohol poisoning, environ- mental issues and heat, snakes, and the lack of emergency personnel are of concern. Brad Lohrey, Sheriff, stated he is not concerned about the amount of people as much as he is about fire danger and lack of emergency service person- nel. Commissioner Smith advised Eichinger to work with emergency service officials. Carey clarified no more than 250 people may be present at the gathering at any period during the festival. The court cannot permit the mass gathering due to lack of public notification. Carey stated the SHIFT Festival's conduct this year will influence the county's receptiveness to future events. Eichinger stated next year more time will be given for notice and planning. Other actions taken by the court included: -- accepting a letter of resignation from Bridget Poirier, Sherman County Senior Center Kitchen Man- ager, as of June 30, 2016; -- approving the Inter- governmental Agreement between Wasco County and Sherman Co. for Geographic Information System Services pending changes recom- mended by county counsel; -- approving the Meals Services Contract between Mid-Columbia Council of Governments/Area Agency on Aging and Sherman County and authorizing Judge Thompson to sign pending changes recom- mended by county counsel; -- approving the North- ern Oregon Regional Corrections Regional Crim- inal Justice System Reform Efforts Call to Action to consider coor-dinating services and resources in an efficient and cost effective manner and to maximize public safety, and autho- rizing Judge Thompson to sign; -- approving Amend- ment Number Five to the Intergovernmental Agree- ment between Oregon State University Extension Service and Sherman County to extend the employment term of Cindy Brown for one year, unless otherwise terminated, to end June 30, 2017, and authorizing Judge Thomp- son to sign; -- approving paying an insurance deductible up to $1,000 to cover the cost of replacing Potlatch food that spoiled; -- approving Anderson Perry & Associates invoices in the amount of $5,000 for Design Engineering, in the amount of $15,000 for De- sign Engineering, in the amount of $10,000 for De- sign Engineering, in the amount of $1,095.84 for land acquisition/easements, in the amount of $467.73 for well permit expenses, and in the amount of $1,750.16 for reservoir site partition expenses; -- adding Jeff Holliday to the Biggs Service District Bank of Eastern Oregon signature card, removing Rene' Moore from the signature card, and authorizing Jeff to sign checks up to $300; -- authorizing up to $2,500 for window cleaning and restoration by ProGlow and authorizing Judge Thompson to sign. Topics for discussion included a Federal Lands Access Program proposal, a Starvation Lane Access Group update, and commis- sioner reports. Condon Elks Lodge No. 1869 Elks Members & Guests $2 for TUESDAY is BACK.' Tues., July 26 2-Corn Dogs OR 2-Hot Dogs $2,00 Wed., July 27 Burger Night Fri., July 29 LIVE MUSIC JOSH LANE Bourbon Chicken Over Rice $8.50 Mon.-Tue. Lounge ~ 5-9 p.m. Lounge Menu Only Wed. Kitchen ~ 5-8 p,m. Lounge ~ 5-9 p.m. Thur, -Sat, Kitchen ~ 6-9 p.m. Lounge ~ 5-10 p.m. B.P.O.E. Lodge No. 1869 Condon, OregobJ Ph: 541-384-3331 Farm Bureau Rural Road Safety brochure offers tips for farmers, motorists For many Oregon farm- ers, summer is the busiest time of year. By July, harvest of major crops, like wheat is in full swing, and it's not unusual for a farmer to spend 14-hour days on a tractor, truck or combine in the field. Sometimes farms have acreage spread over a wide region, and farmers must drive large, slow-moving machines down a stretch of rural road to reach a field. Driving a large piece of equipment on a highway is legal and often a necessary part of harvest; but it can pose a safety risk for both farmers and motorists without caution, courtesy and patience. The Oregon Farm Bureau Health & Safety Committee has made its Rural Road Safety brochure available, offering information for staying safe when en- countering large .farm equipment on the highway. If a piece of large farm equipment must use a road, it is required to have a reflective, triangular, red and orange, slow-moving-vehicle sign displayed on its rear. This equipment is designed to travel at speeds of only 15 to 25 mph, and this symbol is a warning for the driver following it to slow down immediately. The brochure offers useful tips for the general public about how to share the road safely with farm equipment. The brochure can be found on-line, www.oregon fb.org, or contact Anne Marie Moss, annemarie'@ oregonfb.org, 503 -399-1701. 740 N John Day Hwy. Condon, Oregon 541-384-5606 It's That time of year again... Time for Summer Road Trips and Family Vacations.... Is Your Vehicle Ready? Stop by Fatland's before your next adventure! Our services include: * Shocks *Batteries * Brake Systems * Tune ups * Charging Systems * Exhaust Systems * Chassis Parts* Lube/Oil/Filter 110 S. Main St., Condon 541-384-2131 fatlandtire.com 'N Shine Continued from page 1 concert in the park Saturday, Aug. 20, when The Sceptres, a classic rock band, will play in Earl Snell Memorial Park, 7 to 9 p.m. There will be food and drink on site and a dance floor will be set up. For more information on any Arlington Community Chamber of Commerce events, call 541-626-3426, or send e-mail to info@ VisitArlingtonOregon.com. 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