County Commissioner report

By Colleen Roberts

for the Independent

The Wednesday public meeting of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners always includes a segment for the citizens to address the Commissioners on any item not on the agenda. However, in today’s meeting, there were no public participants. The only dialog for the meeting was from the two presiding commissioners, Skundrick and Rachor, and the county administrator. Following the approval of previous meeting minutes, the two commissioners unanimously approved six agenda items. A brief discussion of these items are included below; however, anyone can access the full televised version at

An agreement with the City of Ashland for state building code inspections was approved outlining the duties and responsibilities for both government bodies. Jackson County and Ashland will reciprocate inspection services with maximum revenue and expenditure for these services set at $70 per hour with a $10,000 cap for each.

The roof at the Jackson County Jail needs to be removed and replaced. Roof Toppers, Inc. was the lowest bidder and awarded the contract for $236,000. Two materials and bids for each were discussed at some length. Commissioner Skundrick asked Administrator Jordan if he knew this to be a ‘local company'; Jordan stated that he did not know.

There will be a waste disposal station installed at the Howard Prairie Resort boat ramp paid for with Federal and State funds through the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB). Jackson County is pitching in a little over $3,000. The County is required to provide maintenance for the system for 20 years. Funding for the operations and maintenance will be provided through the OSMB Maintenance Assistance Program.

Batzer Construction contracted work at the Rogue Valley International Airport for “The Blue Sky II Renewable Energy Project.” Details of the project specifications are provided on the website. Batzer was the lowest bidder for the project at $297,480; however, this was $39,480 over the architect’s estimated cost for the project. A revised bid from the Batzer Company was approved for $223,143, which is $34,057 under the architect’s cost estimate. A Pacific Power Blue Sky Grant will provide up to $170,684, and Airport revenues and in-kind contributions from airport staff will fund the balance of $52,459.

A two-year agreement with the State Criminal Justice Commission will generate $844,536 in revenue for Jackson County. The 2013 Oregon Legislative Session established a Justice Reinvestment Grant Program (HB 3194) that will provide grant funding to counties. The state funds are designed to assist with the costs of offender rehabilitation. The Administrator added that it is the intention of Jackson County to use these funds to assist in the staffing of vacant beds at the jail, so that we can lease bed space to other counties, and rehab programs open to all offenders.

Mental Health Services were approved for OHP clients, totaling $2,630,750. Services will be contracted to a list of mental health provider organizations. Regardless of service, the reimbursement rate will be the same; however, the rate was not specifically declared.




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