Here's a quick rundown on the Wednesday Clatsop County Commission meeting:

The board adopted an ordinance amending county land-use rules to allow emergency storage shelters on forest-zoned lands. The amendment accommodates a project of the City of Cannon Beach

, which plans to install metal storage containers for use by residents to store emergency supplies for use following a tsunami or other disaster. Current land-use rules do not allow the structures in forest-zoned land.


The board recognized former Public Health staff members Belinda Kruger and Christie Larson for their service to Clatsop County with the Katherine Hellberg Distinguished Service Award. Kruger, who joined the county in 1977, headed the department's family-planning and reproductive health services, while Larson, who joined in 1981, led the communicable disease office.

The board adopted a policy authorizing the county to pay for the legal costs of defending claims against county commissioners and members of county boards and committees brought before the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. The county's insurance provider, Citycounty Insurance Services, pays a maximum of $2,500 toward the cost of defending individual Ethics Commission complaints. Costs above that amount have been the responsibility of the individual subject to the claim. Under the new policy the county could cover costs above the insurance coverage.

The board directed staff to renew contracts with four attorneys and legal firms providing legal counsel to the county.

The board heard a presentation from Clatsop Community College President Larry Galizio, who spoke of the college's efforts to maintain programs in the face of declining state support, which now accounts for only 10 percent of the college's revenue. 

Steven Blakesley, health promotion specialist with the Clatsop County Public Health Department, introduced the new NW Coast Trail Map and Guide developed by the local Community Health Advocacy and Resource Team. The map compiles information from multiple sources to show all local hiking, biking, paddling, equestrian and wildlife viewing sites.

In other business the board:
-Approved a new lease agreement with the City of Astoria for use of the pier and adjoining property at the city-owned Astoria Yacht Club on Youngs Bay for the county's Fisheries Project net-pen salmon-rearing program. Under the agreement the county will pay for routine maintenance and repair of the pier in lieu of rent payments.
-Approved an amendment to the contract between the county Juvenile Department and Oregon Youth Authority increasing the number of beds available to youth under OYA supervision in the county's Youth Care Center at the Youngs Bay Juvenile Detention Center from three to eight.
-Approved a request to allow the county to continue to administer outside funds disbursed through the Commission on Children and Families on an interim basis as the state's CCF program is phased out and replaced by the new Early Learning Council.
-Appointed Doug Harrod to the Human Services Advisory Council.

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