The board of
commissioners voted unanimously to seek voter approval in the May 15 primary
election for a $14 million, 20-year general obligation bond to fund the
expansion and remodeling of the Clatsop County Jail.
The project would
increase the capacity of the facility from 60 beds to 164, plus pay to remodel
the county’s parole and probation office in Warrenton to house the Sheriff’s
Office criminal division and administrative staff, who are currently located in
the jail facility.
The tax rate for the
bond would be 16.5 cents per $1,000 assessed property value, equal to $33 a year
for a property with a $200,000 assessed value.
The board approved
the remainder of a multi-year grant from the Oregon Emergency Management
The grant, which was
awarded in 2009, comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Homeland
Security grant program and was originally managed by Tillamook County on behalf
of Clatsop County. Tillamook County has indicated it can no longer administer
the grant; the board’s action allows Clatsop County to manage the remaining
period of the grant, which extends to June 30, 2012. The grant will make up to
$135,000 available to fund the ongoing improvements to the county’s emergency
The board gave its
consent to the selection of consultants Prothman and Associates to assist the
county’s search for a replacement for retiring County Manager Duane Cole, who is
stepping down June 1. Prothman consulted for the county on the recruitment and
hiring of Cole in 2009.
In other business the
-Voted to grant
official recognition to the North Coast Watershed Association, which includes
the Ecola Creek, Nicolai-Wickiup, Skipanon and Youngs Bay watershed
Alegria and Libby Lawrence to the Recreational Lands Planning Advisory
proclamation recognizing March as American Red Cross Month.
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