The uproar over the sale of excess city-owned properties obviously impacted council goal-setting for Astoria for 2014. During a discussion about the goals set by the city council in a day-long session Monday, Mayor Willis Van Dusen told the audience at Tuesday's crowded council meeting that selling those properties is no longer a city goal.
Clatsop Community College and Oregon State University (OSU) Clatsop County Extension announce a new series of courses designed to educate coastal residents about growing and food production in our local environment. All classes will be held at Clatsop Community College.
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has been named co-chair of the Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus, which includes 20 members of the Senate from 14 states.
The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to create a new response protocol for finding vulnerable seniors who have gone missing. Senate Bill 1577, modeled after the successful "Amber Alert" program, will help families quickly locate loved ones who have wandered off.
The Port of Astoria has been testing out the capibilities of the new quick response vessel (QRV). Named the "Trident" by Port interim Executive Director Michael Weston the boat is fast and technologically advanced
The Clatsop County Commission Took the Following actions Wednesday:
The board approved the Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget policies and the Strategic Plan/Resource Reduction Strategies. The policies, which provide guiding principles and instructions for developing the upcoming year's budget, remain largely the same as in previous years, and include:
· "Status quo" department staffing levels with any proposed changes fitting within base budgets; any new staffing or program request accompanied by justification form
· A goal of no increase in materials and supplies expenditures for General Fund departments
· Pursuing revenue sources to the fullest extent possible
· Budget savings achieved during the fiscal year be saved and added to ending fund balance
· No "back-filling" use of General Fund dollars to make up shortfalls in state or federal funding.
The Resource Reduction Strategy prioritizes county functions for funding in the event that cuts are necessary during the budget year:
1. Public Safety and Justice
2. Public Health
3. Government Direct Services
4. Community Development, Land Use, Transportation and Housing
5. Culture and Recreation
Land sale approved
The board approved the sale of a former county Road District 1 stockpile site on Youngs River Road to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for $34,716. The two-acre site, located on the Klaskanine River, will be developed into a public boat ramp by ODFW. A new stockpile site is being developed on a parcel purchased by the road district in 2013 from the Campbell Group.
In other business the board:
-Approved a $40,000 contract with MGT of America to conduct a study of county user fees. The study will evaluate the county's existing fees and identify areas where rate changes should be made to ensure that fees cover the true cost of providing those services.
-Re-appointed Marian Derlet, Linda Dugan, Debbie Morrow and Robert Mushen to the Human Services Advisory Committee, and removed member Jackie Dochow due to other commitments.
-Voted to re-open the recruitment for membership on five county budget committees.
-Approved a letter to Congress supporting the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, a proposed bill designed to ease potential flood insurance rate hikes stemming from 2012 federal legislation.
The school board in Seaside has turned down a request for a charter school in Cannon Beach to replace an elementary school it closed last year.
A 65-year old Salem man is being treated for non-life threatening injuries after the commercial truck he was driving struck several trees in the darkness that had fallen onto Highway 26 (Coast Range) east of the Sunset Rest Area.
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