Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Highlights And Audio Transcripts Of Clatsop County Board Of Commissioners February 8, 2012 Work Session And Regular Meeting

Clatsop County Board of Commissioners Highlights
Wednesday, Feb. 8,
2012 regular meeting
Audio Transcript Of CCBofC February 8, 2012 Work Session
Audio Transcript Of CCBofC February 8, 2012 Regular Meeting

Official minutes available once approved by board

Jail project discussed
During a work session the board received a report from DLR Group consultants regarding the proposed
expansion of the Clatsop County Jail in downtown Astoria. The county is
considering seeking voter approval in May or November for a bond to fund the
Project Manager Bill Valdez of DLR displayed plans showing how the existing structure would be extended eastward, expanding the capacity of the jail unit on the second level
from 60 to 164 beds, and providing for larger and more efficient booking and
intake space and more secure vehicle entry on the ground floor. The design would
also expand the medical facilities and add more units for holding inmates with
mental health and other issues.
The project also
includes the renovation of the Parole and Probation Division office in Warrenton
to accommodate the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division staff, who are currently
headquartered in the jail facility.
Valdez said cost
estimates for the project are still being finalized and will be available for
the board’s Feb. 22 meeting when a further work session on the jail project is

Highway project contract approved
The Board of
Commissioners approved a $145,382 contract with Northwest Hydraulic Consultants
for design and permitting for a proposed project to alleviate flooding on a
stretch of U.S. Highway 101 south of Seaside. The project, tentatively proposed
to go out for bid in July, would remove a berm along the Necanicum River to
reduce or eliminate high water on the highway and restore wetlands on adjacent
property owned by the North Coast Land Conservancy.
The board also
approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Oregon Department of
Transportation committing the agency to fund the design contract from its
mitigation banking program.

EOC grant approved
The board accepted a
Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, provided through the Oregon Emergency
Management office, to fund the new communications wing at the county’s Emergency
Operations Center at Camp Rilea in Warrenton. The grant will fund 50 percent of
the project cost, up to $183,913.
The communications
wing will consist of a 1,050-square-foot addition on Camp Rilea’s Warrior Hall,
site of the county EOC. The wing will provide a secure space for the EOC’s
radio, microwave and other communications equipment.

Wetland project endorsed
The board approved a
letter endorsing a project of the Columbia River Estuary Study Task Force to
enhance salmon habitat at Carlson Island, in the Lewis and Clark National
Wildlife Reserve.

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

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