March 28, 2017
Meeting was called to order at 7:30am. Camp Fire Girls Leader, Darcey Beck, led the flag salute.
Darcey Beck and daughter Carleen, Tony Cook and Travis Berglund.
Jack Glaubert moved and John Brewer seconded acceptance of minutes for March 21. Motion passed.
- Negotiating Labor Contracts in Public:
- Paul Martin said to negotiate contracts is awkward at best and, if done in public, can be a spectacle. Public is usually not interested. Kaj Ahlbug said the “Open Meeting Act” allows County Commissioners to decide what meetings are open ones. Since 70% of county expenditure is spent on personnel, the public deserves to know what is going on. Public negotiations are legal in several counties. Kaj Ahlburg moved and Matthew Rainwater seconded acceptance of the Resolution. Motion carried with two no votes. County Commissioner Randy Johnson recused himself.
- Water Availability
- Enrolled Second Substitute Bill 5239 on water availability management. Matthew Rainwater moved and John Brewer seconded acceptance of the Resolution. Motion carried.
- Change in County Chapter 33.51 on short-term transient accommodations.
- Kaj Ahlburg moved and Matthew Rainwater seconded acceptance of the Resolution. Motion carried. County Commissioner Randy Johnson recused himself.
Matthew Rainwater said a site had been picked for “Pennies for Quarters”. A fundraiser and Public Q&A are scheduled for April 15. The fundraiser will feature a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. Let Matthew know if you can donate items for the auction.
President Kevin Hoult stated that PACan is looking for Board members.
Susan Hilgren, Executive Director of T.A.F.Y. – The Answer For Youth – traced her history and experience with Youth, Drop In Centers, Serenity House and Rehab. TAFY is buying and remodeling the old Gross’s Nursery for their new center. Sound Community Bank, the only bank in town to listen to them, gave them a loan to help with the down payment. Another personal loan of $150,000 is also being used in the purchase. They have $20,000 left to spend on $80,000 needed for the remodel. Items such as bathrooms, a clothes closet, nurse’s room, kitchen and a locked room for sleeping materials are being planned. Wayne Roedell is helping with flower baskets and gardening. The flowers will be sold to help pay for expenses, the gardens will provide food for the kitchen. Susan said the theme will be “Dirt Not Drugs”. People using drugs, and Susan said she knows they use them, will not be allowed near the Center. Many use drugs because they have low esteem and problems with poor parenting and abuse. People are in and out during the day but no overnights are allowed.
Q & A
Q: Sleeping Bags?
A: They are always in demand for the homeless.
Q: Pregnancies & CPS?
A: TAFY donates clothing, diapers and bedding for newborns. They try to see that new moms and babies know about First Step, My Choices and other similar agencies. “You have to treat them like your own kids.”
A: TAFY will pay for the test which is taken at Peninsula College. THey also pay for food handling permits, union cards, CPR training and CDL.
Q: What can be done to break the cycle?
A: Susan said that Serenity House, especially with their new Director, Doc Robinson, is doing what it can for housing, counseling and followup.
Q: Needle exchanges?
A: Randy Johnson said there might be as many as 500,000 known needle exchanges in the County with that many unknown. Susan said the exchange locations are too public and users do not want to be seen there. (County building across from Safeway.) See PDN, March 29, Page A7 for more information on needle exchange.
A: Susan said there are 3 types: The mental health cases; the addict; and the clean and sober. They cannot be mixed together. They all have to be handled differently. A $20,000 grant has helped to track everyone who uses TAFY. (TAFY is open four days a week. There is one paid staff member and 12 volunteers.) Susan is concerned about the City’s Comprehensive Plan that does not want Non-Profit help agencies, such as Serenity House, TAFY and Salvation Army in right ways, litter zones, and out where the public can see them. She would like to see more early counseling in the schools to help students.
April 4: “Fish Farm”
Meeting adjourned at 8:33am.