In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY

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Columbia County commissioners are Chuck Reeves, Dwight Robanske and Dick Jones. With all present Wednesday:

  • HEARING: Set May 2 at 10:30 a.m. for hearing on vacation of a portion of a right-of-way on Robinette Mountain Road. Unanimous.

  • PUBLIC WORKS: Approved agreement with Dayton to be part of a state program that offers alternatives to burning as a way to dispose of yard waste. Unanimous.

  • GOLF: Approved request by Evelyn Himmelberger to waive fees for guests attending the ladies' golf association open house. Unanimous.


  • HOMELESS GRANT: Signed a consolidated homeless grant agreement with Blue Mountain Action Council.


  • SENIOR CENTER: Met with Fred Gritman regarding the senior meal program. Gritman said the program has experienced a funding cut. Commissioners agreed to help restore the program to full operation.

  • PLANNING: Approved a final map for the REA/Talbott short plat on Talbott Lane east of Weinhard Road. REA plans to install a cell tower. Also approved an interlocal agreement with the Town of Starbuck for planning services. Unanimous for both.


  • BIDS: Opened two bids for newspaper of record. Bidders were the Dayton Chronicle and The Times of Waitsburg. Although The Times' bid was lower, commissioners decided to award the bid to the Dayton Chronicle because it has better circulation coverage in Columbia County and is historically the county's paper of record. Unanimous.


  • DISTRICTS: Passed resolution realigning commissioner districts. Unanimous.


  • NEW POSITION: Agreed to hire a 20-hour per week assistant to help with technology projects. Unanimous.


  • SAFETY: Set a special meeting for 10 a.m. April 11 to establish a safety committee for the Courthouse and prosecutor's office.

  • PUBLIC HEALTH: Approved increasing the fee for TDaP vaccine from $35 to $40 due to a manufacturer's price increase. Unanimous.

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