Several citizens directed the Commissioners attention to the disregarded topic of genetically engineered crops and seeds grown in Jackson County. GMO-free Jackson County petitioners filed more than 6,700 signatures with the County Clerk’s Office in January to place the initiative on the ballot for the people’s vote. The commissioners have not opened up the conversation with the citizens in a public hearing, nor has the measure been placed for a vote of the people. The youngest citizen, who spoke today, only 10-years old, urged the Commissioners to declare a moritorium of GMO crops in Jackson County for “our safety and the health of our environment”.
In other business of the county:
A five-year contract for an updated software system will allow the Development Services Department to provide electronic capabilities for citizens and inspectors alike to access and utilize digital plans. The State of Oregon is supplying the majority of the system’s set-up: the building model, installation, and ongoing maintenance. The county is only paying for code enforcement and planning modules, which is a quoted expense of $311,447.
Monies were also allocated to improve and modernize an elevator at the Courthouse for $165,100.
After 12 years of service to Jackson County, The Bank of New York Mellon replaced Union Bank as a third party investment service. Oregon statutes require this custodial service for investments (ORS 295), and will cost the county an estimated $5,300.
Two Intergovernmental Agreements were approved. The City of Central Point will be utilizing the County’s Justice Court for the city’s non-criminal cases producing revenue of $50,000. Jackson County will be combining Medical Reserve Corp Units with Josephine County into a regional service for the emergency needs of both counties, an estimated annual expense of $1,000.
The County continued two long-term agreements with Valley Immediate Care, LLC for emergency medical needs of the County, and Iron Mountain Information Management, LLC for storage of closed workers compensation claims.