01/22/2023 Proposed January Meeting Agenda
PROPOSALS FOR MEMBERSHIP/WELCOME CEREMONY– Troy Bayless
Hall Report –
Hall Projects (in priority order):
Rear water faucet – in progress
Some grading and additional gravel needed on parking areas.
Front ramp needing paint again.
Repainting under eves of hall –
Northeast side roof needs additional screws
Kitchen needs exhaust hood and fan
Kitchen and dining hall floors need refinished
Three party rentals on the books. Chaps and Zumba still have long term contracts.
Camera installation. Camera system is now operational.
NW property line – contact with owner of lumber business established. Owner of land is an LLC called WalnutHome owned by lumber business owner’s family.
Should Oregon school districts restore “resource officers”
Portland Public Schools and the David Douglas and Parkrose school districts decided to remove police officers from schools in 2020 amid demonstrations over the murder of George Floyd and calls for reforms in the criminal justice system. But Portland police have stepped up patrols at one high school after two nearby shootings and Police Chief Chuck Lovell says the department is in talks with the district about whether to bring resource officers back. Is an armed police presence in schools appropriate? Is it necessary or an admission of failure?
Should Oregon school districts be forced to drop discredited reading curriculum (again)?
Many Oregon elementary and middle schools students aren’t fully proficient readers, according to the state’s most recent tests, and research suggests that failure to teach children to read using scientifically based methods is a key reason. But the state allows districts in Oregon to use discredited literacy curriculum (whole language and sight reading based).
Against that backdrop — and driven by decades of data-driven research — 29 states have moved to overhaul how children are taught to read. The new techniques focus squarely on phonics – how sounds look in writing – and its cousin, phonemics -- the series of sounds that make up a word. Essentially, those states mandate strategies aimed at helping children understand how letters and sounds fit together and how to use that knowledge to decode words as a step toward knowing words on sight.
LEGISLATIVE - The legislature started this years long session January 17. Unlike last year the Capitol building is open, at least in part. Legislators offices are accessible as are the hearing rooms on the first floor. The rotunda and second floor rooms are still under construction.
Governor elect Tina Kotek became governor on January 18 and spoke for about 15 minutes after the swearing in. In addition to her longstanding promise to declare a state of emergency to combat homelessness — which she will sign Tuesday — Kotek also proposes to set an annual target of 36,000 new housing units and to seek $130 million immediately to deal with those issues. Among Kotek’s other priorities are to hold the leaders of state agencies accountable for performance and customer service — “we have to put our house in order” as she put it — and also for the entire government to “focus on the problems at hand”.
In other news, the House gave Democratic Rep. Dan Rayfield of Corvallis a full two-year term as its speaker. Rayfield became speaker a year ago, after Kotek resigned following a record nine years with the gavel, to make her successful bid for governor.
The Senate chose Democrat Rob Wagner of Lake Oswego as its president, succeeding Peter Courtney of Salem, who held the job for a record 20 years.
Both Rayfield and Wagner echoed Kotek’s key priorities of housing and homelessness, mental health services and substance abuse treatment, and better schools. As is traditional on the first day, they also extended offers of cooperation to their colleagues.
COMMUNITY SERVICE –
POMONA REPORT - Cookie booth preparations are underway for county fair. Website is back up with some useful information with more to come. Any suggestions on what is needed are welcome. Some parts of the website are password protected, Use the Pomona word as the password. Pomona trailer now resides at Dan Keeley residence. The degree day at maplewood has been rescheduled to September 23.
COMMUNICATIONS – Betty
TREASURERS REPORT - Vicki
Bills – Dan
12/18 $4.00 Camera system
12/31 33.01 Cleaning supplies
01/02 17.58 Camera system and faucet
01/05 81.53 Faucet project
TABLED BUSINESS - Bike rodeo idea
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Demonstrate camera system
NEW BUSINESS: Audit committee
MEMBERS SICK OR IN DISTRESS:
GOOD OF THE ORDER:
God gave us two ears to listen and one mouth to talk for a reason. Try to listen twice as much as you talk, be attentive with your whole body, refrain from interrupting, and respond only after reflecting fully on what you heard. Jayne Sebright PA center for Dairy Excellence