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County had an 85 percent turnout for Nov. 6 election
The Harney County Court met Nov. 20 in Judge Steve Grasty’s office at the courthouse. The following are the unapproved minutes of that meeting.
County Clerk Maria Iturriaga presented the official abstract (vote tally) for the Nov. 6 election: commissioner — Dan Nichols 2,666, write-ins 233; justice of the peace — Dorothy Peterson 1,612, Donna Thomas 1,673, write-ins 14; sheriff — Dave Glerup 2,389, write-ins 204; county clerk — Derrin Robinson 2754, write-ins 26; Measure 13-12 — yes 2,361, no 981. There were 3,638 ballots cast, an 85 percent turnout. Iturriaga noted that the swearing in of elected officials will occur Jan. 7, 2013. She also informed the court that on Nov. 19, an official vote count was done by hand to verify the accuracy of the voting machine. The tally came out exactly as the machine had counted on election day.
The court reviewed a letter from Tom Davis, Oregon Department of Transportation assistant district manager, which included the permit for an approach to be built on A.E. Brown Road and drawings relative to that approach. Commissioner Dan Nichols made a motion for Judge Steve Grasty to sign application #17996 Highway 442 (milepost 42.85) for a permit to build an approach and for said document to be filed in the Commissioners Journal once it has been fully executed. Commissioner Pete Runnels seconded, and the motion carried unanimously. A short discussion followed.
Veteran Service Officer Guy McKay was present to update the court on the veterans program. He covered the services that are offered. The county application to receive Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs funds was also discussed briefly. The court commended McKay on the great job he does. McKay then went over the quarterly reports for the last fiscal year’s fourth quarter and the first quarter of the new fiscal year.
The court briefly discussed projects the road department is working on.
A bid opening for a new pickup for the road department was held at 11 a.m. One bid was received. The bid, from Burns Ford, was opened and read aloud. It included bids for two separate trucks. The first was for a 2012 F250 regular cab 4×4, delivered in 14 days, for $35,390 minus a discount of $11,790 for a total bid price of $23,600. The second was for a 2013 Ford F250 regular cab 4X4, delivered in 60 to 150 days, for $33,180 minus a discount of $11,280 for a total bid price of $21,900. Doug Bailey from the road department was asked to review the bids to make sure the specifications were met and follow up on a question regarding mileage on the 2012 truck. It was the consensus of the court to accept the bid for the 2012 pickup.
The court went into executive session at 11:12 a.m. to consult with counsel concerning the legal rights and duties of a public body with regard to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed. The executive session ended 10 minutes later with no decision being made.
Short discussions were held regarding the ambulance service area, and a proposed memorandum of understanding recently proposed by Wisewood.
The next county court meeting will be held today, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. in Judge Grasty’s office at the courthouse.