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Commissioners approve agreements, discuss updates

Lake County’s Board of Commissioners approved a pair of amended service-related agreements during their Tuesday, Aug. 6, work session.

As the Commissioners’ Wednesday, Aug. 7, regular session was cancelled, numerous actions were taken during the work session.

The first amendment pertains to an intergovernmental agreement between the state’s Department of Human Services and Lake County Mental Health.

The amendment addresses an extension of environmentally-based in-home support and recovery services for DHS referred clients and families in need.

Lake County Mental Health Dir. Ben Paz presented the amendment to the Commissioners, noting that an increase in funding ($31,777 over two years) is a part of the extension.

At present, there is a limited need for these services, but Paz noted it’s a positive element to have in place should the need arise. The agreement is effective through June 30, 2015.

The Commissioners also approved an amended software support agreement with Lane County Information Services.

The sole change to this agreement was the addition of Wasco County to the intergovernmental agreement, which also includes Crook, Gilliam and Wheeler counties.

The Commissioners briefly discussed a potential drought declaration, but stopped short of taking action as they agreed to seek an update by the county’s watermaster, Brian Mayer.  The primary reason for this pursuit is to determine if there are any benefits for landowners by such a declaration.

Also tabled was discussion of a request for a contribution to a state World War II memorial. Donations are sought from Oregon’s counties for a memorial to be located at the state capitol.  Commissioners Ken Kestner and Dan Shoun noted that the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4070 is presently working on a new local war memorial with fundraising efforts.

The Commissioners also approved a seat on the Lake County Railroad Advisory Committee for a member of the Pit River tribe.

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