Wasco County Commissioners Meeting Recap 6/03

Wasco County Commissioners had a packed session yesterday that five hours from 9 am to nearly 2 pm. That meeting included budget hearings for the library special district, the 4-H and extension special district and the county itself. The public did not contribute any testimony, and budgets had already been approved by the respective budget committees.

At the top of the list was a concern about the county’s ability to enter Phase 2, which had been scheduled for tomorrow. North Central Public Health District’s Teri Thalhofer explained:

North Central Public Health District’s Teri Thalhofer

Thalhofer said they are grateful for the Balch, but it’s not ideal in that some bathrooms are shared, there are no televisions, no telephones, and no microwaves or refrigerators in the rooms. Without agreements in place, she said:

North Central Public Health District’s Teri Thalhofer

Governor Brown was set to announce approval for Wasco County to enter Phase 2 at a press conference today. The status at this time is unclear.

Commissioners also heard from Lynn Burditt of the Forest Service, who manages federal lands in the Gorge National Scenic Area.

Lynn Burditt of the Forest Service

Though the news sounds promising, Commissioner Kathy Schwartz, who is a nurse and formerly was head of the North Central Public Health District had a word of caution:

Wasco County Commissioner Kathy Schwartz