Thursday, April 12, 2012

April 11, Clatsop County Board Of Commissioners Meeting Highlights

Wednesday, April 11,
2012 regular meeting

Official minutes
available once approved by board

The board recognized
the hundreds of volunteers who donate time to the county each year, and gave out
awards to the top volunteers of 2011.
· Individual Volunteer
of the Year – Linda Dygert
· Outstanding Advisory
Board Member – Bruce Francis (Planning Commission)
· Outstanding Volunteer
Group – Amateue Radio Emergency Services (ARES)
· Outstanding
Individuals Within a Group – Tate Dellelo/Adopt-A-Road; Dave Rouse/Reserve
Deputy Sheriff, Clatsop County Search and Rescue and High-Angle Rescue teams;
Mark Seavey/CADY mentoring program

Health initiative
The board heard a
presentation from County Manager Duane Cole, Public Health Director Margo Lalich
and others on the Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) program now under
development at the direction of the Oregon Legislature.
The CCO initiative is
designed to provide Medicare and Medicaid recipients coordinated care options
designed to reduce costly critical care visits and ultimately improve health and
reduce healthcare costs.
Two entities –
CareOregon and Greater Oregon Health Benefits Inc., have expressed interest in
creating a CCO covering Clatsop County and neighboring counties.
The county is engaged
in the process with local healthcare providers, the commissioners heard, and
were told that in the near future the board may be asked to approve a letter
commenting on the proposed CCO.

Comment letter
The board voted to
direct staff to draft a letter to the Oregon Employment Relations Board (ERB)
regarding a request by represented employees of the Clatsop County Parole and
Probation Division to join a different union.
The six Parole and
Probation staff have sought approval to leave the American Federation of State,
County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and join the Federation of Parole and
Probation Officers (FOPPO). The Parole and Probation personnel are currently
represented by AFSCME Local 2746, which also represents Sheriff’s Office
The letter will
request that the ERB conduct a hearing on the Parole and Probation staff
request. Increasing the number of bargaining units with whom the county must
bargain would add to the cost and complexity of negotiating labor
Unionized county
employees are currently represented by four bargaining units: Sheriff/Parole and
Probation; Courthouse/Roads; District Attorney’s Office; and Nurses. The
Sheriff, Courthouse and District Attorney units are all represented by AFSCME;
the nurses unit is represented by the Oregon Nurses Association.
The county was set to
begin negotiations this month with the sheriff’s office bargaining unit on a new
contract. Those talks will be postponed until the ERB’s decision on the Parole
and Probation request.

The board appointed
Linda Eyerman to the Southwest Coastal Citizens Advisory Committee.

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

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