Business would like to add building to accommodate storage
By Debbie Raney
Rimrock Recycling has proven that operating a recycling business in Harney County can be a successful venture, and is now able to plan for the future.
During the Harney County Court meeting on Dec. 21, Rimrock Recycling’s Becky Cunningham presented an update on the operation. She said that over the past year, finances have doubled from just under $25,000 worth of income to just over $50,000. The volume of recycling has gone up from 303 tons last year to 400 tons this year.
Due to the increases, Cunningham said Rimrock Recycling would like to build a new building that would allow for more storage — the goal would be to have room to store four semi-loads of recycling at once. Cunningham said they would then be able to store bales until they had full loads, which would increase the profit per bale.
With this goal in mind, Cunningham applied for and was awarded a Meyer Memorial Trust grant to add an additional building at the recycling site.
One of the conditions of the grant is that Rimrock Recycling have a minimum 10-year lease for the property.
Cunningham requested that the court renew the lease with Rimrock Recycling for the property and existing building for 10 years. The court agreed to draft a lease renewal, with a caveat that the county has a right to terminate at any time.
In other county court business, the court reviewed letters of interest from applicants for the vacant Harney County Fair Board positions. Assisting in the review were Fair Manager Don Slone, fair board member Zelley and fair board director Bill Otley.
Discussion was held on whether the court should appoint five new members to the fair board to make a seven-member board, or to appoint three new members to make a five-member board. The court decided to appoint five new members to join Zelley and Jim Kelley on the fair board. The new members will be Valri Purdy, Karen Moon, Kevin Pryse, Joe Maher and Brian Farrally.
The court asked that within 45 days the fair board provide a new organizational chart to the county court, and possibly meet with a facilitator from another county fair for a strategic planning session. Slone will also meet with Judge Steve Grasty and Harney County Treasurer Nellie Franklin to review financials.
Alicia Goodson, Drug Free Communities Coordinator, and Ashley Vorges from Symmetry Care presented the Community Marijuana Assessment Results.
The court reviewed a letter from the City of Burns requesting use of a county-owned residence at 232 S. Court for training purposes for the fire department. The request was approved.
Gerard and Lori LaBrecque provided the court an update on the operation of Joseph’s Juniper, Inc. According to the LaBrecque’s, they processed over 800 acres in juniper in just over seven months, with eight employees.
They said they feel that juniper is Harney County’s most important product, and the biggest hurdle in their operation is insurance costs.
The court discussed the forest health and job funding source that was used to assist Joseph’s Juniper Inc. last year. Commissioner Dan Nichols said he wished to advertise the funding again, as soon as possible, in order to review applicants and get the funds out into the economy again. Grasty will advertise for the funding on Jan. 11.
The court will interview for the positions of Director of Public Health and Home Health and Hospice on Jan. 11.
The court reviewed Harney County’s use of the National Association of Counties Prescription Drug Discount Card Program. Grasty said he wanted to make sure the county’s citizens were aware that the card program is still available.
The court will advertise for the Emergency Management Coordinator position.
A letter requesting the use of the Edward Hines Lumber smoke stack to attract Vaux’s Swifts was reviewed.