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County approves amendment to DHS/LCMH agreement

July 9, 2014 by

Lake County’s Board of Commissioners recently approved an amendment to an intergovernmental agreement in place with the Department of Human Services.

“The amendment pertains to increased funding for problem gambling services,” said Lake County Mental Health Dir. Ben Paz, who presented the amendment to the commissioners during their Tuesday, June 24, work session.

As per the paperwork presented to the commissioners, the funding for gambling services provided by the agency increases to $20,450 through June 30, 2015, or $1,667.67 per month.

Also approved was Resolution No. 14-06-24 in the matter of formation of a local Workforce Investment Board, inclusive of Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Jefferson, Klamath, Sherman, Wasco and Wheeler counties.

The resolution marks the first step for 24-member counties to examine what needs are being met in the realm of workforce training services.

Oregon’s five southern member counties are served by the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC).

The commissioners additionally approved a contract with agent Jim Hoppe of Great Basin Insurance Company in providing for the county’s health and life insurance services.

An intergovernmental agreement between Klamath and Lake counties for building official services also found approval during this meeting.  In their comments, the commissioners said they felt that the arrangement is currently working well.

Commissioner Brad Winters said that, historically, the amount of work available has dictated the building official and inspection duties be shared in one position.

In the event the amount of work supports a local inspector, he said, he would support reconsideration of the arrangement.

“I like where we are now, but we still need to have discussion of the future,” said the board’s chairperson, Commissioner Dan Shoun.

A fleet auction of surplussed county vehicles will be held on Sunday, Aug. 3.

The commissioners did not meet this week, but will reconvene for a work session on Tuesday, July 15, at 9 a.m., followed by a regular session on Wednesday, July 16, at 10 a.m.

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