Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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OREGON PIPELINE HEARING CANCELLED

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 OREGON PIPELINE HEARING CANCELLED As a result of an appeal filed by developers of a proposed natural gas pipeline, a hearing before the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners on the project application set for Sept. 10 has been cancelled. On Friday, July 18, Oregon Pipeline Company LLC filed a petition for review with the Oregon Court of Appeals to review two recent rulings from the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA): a remand of the board of commissioners’ October 2013 decision rejecting the company’s consolidated land-use application, and the dismissal of an appeal filed by project opponent Columbia Riverkeeper against the board’s original November 2010 ruling approving the application. In a ruling released June 27, LUBA remanded the application back to the county based on its finding that Commissioner Peter Huhtala was not impartial when he voted with the majority of the board to withdraw the original approval and later to deny Oregon Pipeline’s consolidated land-use application to build 41 miles of natural gas pipeline through the county. The remand means the board must reconsider the application without Huhtala taking part in the decision – the September hearing was set for this reconsideration. LUBA’s ruling came in response to an appeal filed by Oregon Pipeline, which claimed that Huhtala as well as Commissioner Scott Lee and former commissioner Debra Birkby all displayed evidence of bias against the project. LUBA found that there was not sufficient evidence of bias regarding Lee and Birkby. The proposed pipeline would serve a liquefied natural gas import/export terminal planned for the Skipanon Peninsula in Warrenton. The board of commissioners approved the pipeline application in November 2010, but two months later the board, with three new members including Huhtala, voted to withdraw the approval and reconsider the application. After two and a half years of legal wrangling over the commissioners’ jurisdiction, the board voted 5-0 in October 2013 to reject Oregon Pipeline’s land-use application. Oregon Pipeline appealed that decision to LUBA. Released by: Tom Bennett Community Relations Coordinator (503) 338-3622

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Highlights From Clatsop County Board Of Commissioners - April 9, 2014

Volunteers honored
The board recognized the 2013 Volunteer of the Year honorees and proclaimed April 6-12 as Volunteer Week.
Honorees are:
Individual Volunteer of the Year: Dick Lang, coordinator of volunteer drivers for Clatsop County’s Veterans Services program.
Outstanding Advisory Board Volunteer: Katie Paaso, member of 4-H & Extension Service District Advisory Board.
Outstanding Volunteer Group: Veterans Services program drivers Pat Albers, Jerry Alderman, Patrick Bettridge, Ed Bohart, Lloyd Hovden, Donald Ivie, Kenneth Lehman, Ed Neimi, Jerry Ostermiller, Judy Ronis and Kathy Sasso
Outstanding Individuals Within a Group:
Marcy Dunning, Clatsop County Animal Shelter volunteer
Bruce Linehan, Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy
Laura Brandt, Paws in Action 4H Club program coordinator

Park memorial policy
The board approved a policy covering the placement of memorials and tributes in county parks. The policy was developed by the Recreational Lands Planning Advisory Committee in response to a request from a citizen to install a playground in a county park as a memorial to a lost child, and creates a standard process for the county to review similar requests.

Arch Cape issues
The board held a work session on infrastructure funding and other issues involving the community of Arch Cape. Commissioners indicated interest in exploring an increase in the county’s transient occupancy tax to provide funding for road, stormwater and other capital improvements in the unincorporated community. By consensus the board chose to make no changes to the county’s short-term rental ordinance or regulations governing tree removal and signs.

Other Business
In other business the board:
-Approved a temporary access and construction easement and dock lease agreement between Clatsop County and Teevin Land and Timber Co. to enable work on the new landing for the Wahkiakum Ferry at Westport, planned for construction beginning this summer.
-Approved a grant agreement with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for $75,000 for repairs to the boat docks at John Day County Park.
-Appointed Commissioner Matt Samuelson to the Northwest Senior and Disability Services board.


Tom Bennett
Community Relations Coordinator
(503) 325-1000 ext. 1312