Linn County Juvenile Director Torri Lynn told county commissioners Tuesday that his department has been monitoring actions in Salem concerning the recent changes to Oregon’s marijuana laws.
Lynn responded to Roger Nyquist, commission chair, who wanted to make sure that the county had a plan to address the minor in possession consumption law.
“I would like to see an action plan as to how we would implement and utilize the changes in the law,” Nyquist said. “It would be good to see us meet with school administration and local law enforcement to discuss who would play what role as this unfolds.”
Commissioner John Lindsay said that some sort of outreach for teens and adults would be important to explain the consequences.
“They need to know that if they go down this path they are going to limit their opportunities in life,” Lindsay said.
Lynn said the Juvenile Department will make adjustments and changes to what comes out of the legislature and agreed to work on a plan of action to present to commissioners. Nyquist said that necessary actions would receive the full support of the board.
In other business:
• Fred Abousleman, executive director for Cascades West Council of Governments (COG), presented an update for the board. He said that COG was preparing to hold the first ever multi-regional summit in Lebanon on Sept. 17.
The summit will explore data on various areas that impact the three counties. Among the areas to be addressed will be food, economics, transportation, housing, health, agriculture and other demographics. Abousleman also reported that the council is researching specific areas that could impact the region. A regional data center and small community banking are already being researched. Future research by the council will likely take a look at the homeless counts and the impact of regional aviation for the tri-county area.
• Commissioners agreed to the recommendation by the County Road Department to vacate a portion of McCully Mountain Road to allow the Lyons-Mehama Water District to construct a pump station. Darrin Lane, county roadmaster, said that 100 percent of the property owners abutting the portion of road affected had signed the petition in agreement.
“No property owner will lose a right of access and it is in the public interest for us to vacate this portion, which has been subject to several slides,” Lane said. “The road has been closed for some time and it is not something the county is going to spend money to repair.”
A second resolution for vacating a public road in the Ideal Fruit Colony subdivision was also approved by unanimous vote of the commissioners.
Contract bids by four companies were presented to commissioners for the 2015 asphalt overlay project in the county. The road department plans to overlay asphalt for a more permanent fix to a number of roads, including a portion of Denny School Road which the department said would require a major rebuild if not paved.
Bids for the contract were very close and ranged from a high of $1,313,131 to a low of $1,292,812. Lane said the bidding was unusually close due to the small size of the project.
The commissioners accepted the bids as presented and the road department will analyze the bids and report back to the commissioners with its recommendation.