PROPOSALS FOR MEMBERSHIP
Remodeling cleanup – handrails still need secured unless ramp removed.
Septic tank project has been awarded about $4940. If Fire Codes are tolerable the project will be a go.
Mower shed complete. Thanks to Vicki for the paint job.
Two business rentals on the books and several more party rentals turned down.
Projects (in priority order):
Mower shed – Complete
Rear yard - In progress, moles need trapped, anyone have mulch?
Septic tank needs replaced - Summer 2021 project plus:
Parking bumpers need anchored - Summer 2021 project
Ped path to front door needs pea gravel - Summer 2021 project
Front doors are coming apart at bottom, need glued and painted.
Entrance porch needs refinished
Dance hall floor will need re-oiled for 2021
Northeast side roofing screws
Kitchen needs exhaust fan
Kitchen and dining hall floors need refinished
Agriculture - The Preserving Family Farms Act of 2021, sponsored by Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), modernizes the special use valuation provision of the estate tax. This valuation allows property to be appraised as farmland rather than its commercial development value when determining estate taxes. Farm and ranch families who choose to use the special use valuation commit to continue operating their farm or ranch business for 10 years. If they stop farming or ranching, sell the farm or ranch outside of the family, or change the use of their property, they must repay the forgiven estate taxes.
Also, southern Oregon is in an extream drought situation. For example the Talent Irrigation District's (TID) entire water system stores a total of 115,800 acre-feet of water, and this year, the district announced it is at 16% capacity, causing a delayed start and an early cut-off for farmers this season. Klamath county is even worse.
Education – Schools are open! Watch for kids and busses. So far Covid 19 controls appear to be effective. No major school based outbreaks.
Legislative – State Grange legislative committee meeting was April 18. Grange is tracking several bills and is particularly interested in promoting HB 2560a, requiring continued remote (zoom) access to legislature. We need one more push in the Senate to get HB 2560A across the finish line.
HB 2560A will be heard by the Senate Housing & Development Committee on Tuesday, April 27, at 1:00 pm.
You can help in three ways:
Submit written testimony. It must be submitted the day before the hearing — by Monday, April 26, by 1:00 PM. Click here and select the 4/27/2021 meeting date to find our bill.
Register to testify live, remotely (you can do this even if you've submitted written testimony). Click here to register.
Contact your senators!
Pomona Report – Meeting is via Zoom on the 24th of April
Community Service – Meridian Road Cemetery main
- Quarterly report approval
- 1st Quarter OSG (financial) Report (JAN 1 - MAR 31, 2021), due APRIL 30th
Bills - I have one for mower shed materials
Group photo for website
Bike rodeo for spring – I am not able to pursue this issue until the septic tank and building code issues are resolved.
Our Septic system replacement grant application has been awarded. We need to officially accept the grant and plan the project.
Aurora Fire Department has determined that no radio relay system is required.
A call with the Fire Marshal’s office resulted in the following info:
- Two exits required for more than 50 people allowed downstairs
- For moveable chairs (folding chairs) 15 square feet required per person. For “booth seating” where seating is more or less fixed two feet of seating required per person. Aurora Fire makes the call of which standard applies.
- Our ramp would not qualify as a legal exit but could probably remain. To determine for sure would require applying for a building permit or officially asking the question directly, possibly resulting in an order to remove the ramp.
- A second exit from the basement could be cut into the wall where the Chaps cabinet is with a block stairway and retaining wall leading up to the parking area. How much would we be willing to spend to build such an exit and preserve the ramp down into the basement?
- Registrations for Oregon State Convention - Enterprise, OR (SAT June 19th - THURS June 24th, 2021)
- Committee Preferences (due by May 15th)
- All Registrations, in person and Zoom (due by June 1st)
- Goodie Basket Donation(s): supports OSG Youth Travel Fund - $1 each Ticket (due OSG by June 10th, DRAWING at NOON, June 23rd)
Thought for the month: Being offended is the natural consequence of leaving ones home. Get over it! Fran Leibowitz, New York author