County Commissioners discuss planning procedures

The Commissioners announced that their regular public meeting next Wednesday, May 15, 2013 will be at 8:30 a.m. The 2013-2014 budget will be discussed for approval at the May 29th regular board meeting.

First on the agenda was the discussion of the proposed procedural changes to the planning department’s operation. It was reported that these changes will expedite, streamline, and make more flexible site-plan review procedures. There will be a second reading and a public hearing on this issue on Wednesday, May 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the courthouse auditorium.

The Commissioners approved financing ($750,000) for a previously approved local improvement district (LID) project. The revenue bond will be reimbursed from the two parties who requested and agreed to the project.

Big money continued to be the theme of the day, when the Commissioners unanimously approved a five-year, $8 million loan to help build the new Health and Human Services building. Administrator Danny Jordan stated that the money is already in the budget, but can be borrowed at a lower interest rate than the rate of earnings on the investment, creating “marginal savings” of $175,000. He stated, “We do as part of the credit line, pledge the full faith and credit of the general fund, which is typically something that we don’t do”. The Administrator and Commissioners made specific mention of the Oregon Constitution, Article 11, and Section 10.

“Section 10 County debt limitation. No county shall create any debt or liabilities which shall singly or in the aggregate, with previous debt or liabilities, exceed the sum of $5,000; provided, however, counties may incur bonded indebtedness in excess of such $5,000 limitation to carry out purposes authorized by statute, such bonde indebtedness not to exceed limits fixed by statute.” (

The final multimillion-dollar agenda item was a contract approval for VVS Emultech in White City in the amount of $1,568,790 for a variety of emulsified asphalt products used for chip sealing and dust control.

By Colleen Roberts

For the Independent


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