Barbara Canaday’s request will come before the county in a public hearing on Oct. 19
By Tammy Downs
On Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Harney County Court held a public meeting to determine whether the court needed to initiate the process to vacate property in the Princeton area.
The court received a petition from Barbara Canaday, requesting vacation of county property near Highway 78. Harney County Judge Steve Grasty shared with the audience that the meeting was about starting the vacating process. There were a lot of concerned residents in the audience, and Grasty said everyone would have time to voice their concerns at the hearing.
The court requested a report from Harney County Road Supervisor Eric Drushella to be completed by Oct. 5, regarding this property. This will give anyone interested a chance to look over the report, which will be available online and at the courthouse.
The court did share that they have received one letter in protest to this petition.
A hearing was scheduled for Oct. 19, and will be open to the public. More information will be available at a later date.
In other court business:
• the court approved an order appointing Dewey Newton as Justice of the Peace Pro Tempore for the Harney County Justice Court, for the period of Sept. 1 to Dec. 31.
• The court approved an application by Kiger Ranch Inc., for a commercial aggregate/rock pit that will be located on Kiger Ranch property;
• the court shared that they will be attending an Oregon Trail Electric (OTEC) board meeting on Sept. 20, in Baker City. There will be six counties represented at this meeting.
• The court received a joint letter from EP Minerals and George’s Shop and Rock requesting funds from the county in repairing the Juntura Cutoff Road. The court agreed there is no funding to help with this project, but if someone else can come up with the funding they would be willing to help.
• The court received a letter from Jay Winn expressing his interest in establishing a wrecking/salvage yard on his private property, located behind the Truck Stop. The court was in support of this, as it is helping clean up the county.
• The court had a discussion regarding the pine butterfly situation. They said the most important thing in dealing with these butterflies is the timing, and that nothing can be done now as it is too late.
• The court discussed Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s attempt to purchase the Baylock Ranch in Malheur County, and they want it recorded that Harney County is against this purchase.
• The court appointed Michael C. Springer as the temporary county surveyor. Springer’s appointment will expire on Nov. 30.
The next scheduled county court meeting will be held on Sept. 21.