Thursday, October 20, 2011

Update!!:October 12, 2011 Clatsop County Board Of Commissioners Regular Meeting Highlights

Clatsop County Board of Commissioners
Full Audio Transcript

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 regular meeting
(Official minutes available once approved by board)

Jailing plans funding approved
The board, with Commissioner Patricia Roberts absent, voted unanimously to approve a budget adjustment of up to $100,000 to pay for a detailed schematic plan for a proposed 100-bed expansion of the Clatsop County Jail.

County Manager Duane Cole and Sheriff Tom Bergin told the board that multiple studies, including a 2008 study by Voorhis Associates, have provided the necessary data to show that the existing 69-bed jail is inadequate for the county’s needs. The schematic, for which the county will now seek bids, will provide a detailed plan including specific costs, detailed lay-out, and preliminary design to present to voters, should the board decide to seek a bond measure to fund the project, Cole said. All of this information will be used to develop the final design, bid documents and construction drawings once the project is funded.

The funds will come from the Special Projects budget. The board also approved a resolution allowing for the planning costs to be reimbursed by a future jail bond.

Darigold agreement amended
The board approved an amendment to the sale agreement with Coastal Family Health Center for the former Darigold property. The amendment changes the deadline for the removal of the existing building from Oct. 1 to Dec. 15, and changes the sale closing date from Dec. 31, 2012 to May 31, 2013. The changes are necessary because of delays caused when the original vendor contracted for asbestos removal withdrew from the project.

The board voted in February to sell the property at Ninth and Duane streets to Coastal Family Health, which plans to build a new facility housing its clinic as well as offices for local social service agencies.

Other Business
-Approved a $1-a-year lease agreement between the Oregon Military Department and the county’s Emergency Management Division for the use of a 20-foot-by-80-foot strip of land adjacent to Warrior Hall at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center for construction of the county’s Emergency Operations Center Communications Wing. The new facility, to be built by the county with a $500,000 federal grant, will provide a permanent location for radio, microwave and other communications equipment used in the EOC.

-Approved the annual contract with the Bonneville Power Administration for funding for the county’s Select Area Fisheries Enhancement (SAFE) program. The contract, for $438,398, will fund the rearing and release of 540,000 coho and 1.6 million Chinook salmon in the county’s net-pen fisheries program.

-Approved a contract with a new provider of commissary services for the Clatsop County Jail, Turnkey Corrections. The new computerized system will reduce staff time. The board also approved establishing a new checking account to handle commissary funds.

Services available through the jail commissary system – personal items, video visitation - are provided at inmates’ expense at no cost to the county.

-Conducted the first reading of an ordinance rezoning an .86-acre property at the Westport Ferry Landing from Lakes and Wetlands to Aquatic Development. A public hearing and second reading are scheduled for the board’s Oct. 26 meeting.

-Approved a letter in support of a land-acquisition project in Warrenton of the North Coast Land Conservancy.

-Scheduled its November and December meetings for Nov. 9, Nov. 30 and Dec. 14 to accommodate the holidays. All three meetings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Judge Guy Boyington Building, 857 Commercial, Astoria.

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

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