RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS

OKANOGAN COUNTY

AUGUST 6, 2018

The Okanogan County Board of Commissioners met for its regular session on August 6, 2018, with Commissioner Jim DeTro, Chairman; Commissioner Chris Branch, Vice-Chairman; Commissioner Andy Hover, Member; and Laleña Johns, Clerk of the Board, present.

Review Commissioners Agenda and Consent Agenda
Okanogan County Emergency Manager Maurice Goodall provided the commissioners with an update of the Crescent Mountain fire. He provided the board with weather information stating another meeting would be set to discuss the weather patterns and strategies to be used. He explained other entities involved and what has been ordered to attend to the fire and the costs involved.

The type three teams are getting settled in with the Red Barn as ICP, but will move again this week to another location.

Motion Executive Session RCW 42.30.110 (1) (g)
Commissioner Hover moved to go into executive session at 9:35 a.m. for 15 minutes inviting Prosecutor Brandon Platter and Risk Manager Tanya Craig to review the performance of a public employee. Motion was seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Executive session ended at 9:50 a.m. no decisions were made.

Motion Executive Session RCW 42.30.110 (1) (g)
Commissioner Hover moved to go into executive session at 9:50 a.m. for 15 minutes inviting Tanya Craig to discuss the performance of a public employee. Motion was seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Executive session ended at 10:00 a.m. no decisions were made. Commissioners waited another 5 minutes.

Commissioners discussed the situation

Briefing Among Commissioners–Discuss Individual Weekly Meetings & Schedule
A citizen came to speak to the commissioners about drone activity around her residence. Commissioners DeTro and Hover were present. She described that every night around 8:30-9:00 p.m. a very large drone takes off near North 40. She stated she thought there were two different drones that fly over various areas near Omak and that rumor has it that the operator is spying on people in order to tip off the Sheriff about illegal activities. She said she contacted the Sheriff’s Office and they told her to speak with the commissioners. The commissioners’ office is not aware of drone activity in the county. She will call the FFA next.

Motion - Voucher Approval - Commissioners
Vouchers certified and audited by the Auditing Officer as required by RCW 42.24.080 and those expense reimbursement claims certified as required by RCW 42.24.090 have been recorded on a list, and made available to the Board. As of this date, the Board did vote, by unanimous vote, to approve the regular vouchers in the amount of $1,047,937.36 and Payroll vouchers in the amount of $483,985.60. Warrant numbers as cited on the attached blanket voucher list. Motion seconded and carried.

Motion Public Health Voucher
Commissioner Hover moved to approve the Public Health Vouchers in the amount of $69,829.34 Warrant numbers as cited on the attached blanket voucher list. Motion was seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Commissioner Hover moved to approve the Methow Valley EMS Vouchers in the amount of $56,296.50. Motion was seconded, however no vote was cast as the Board must convene as the Methow EMS District. Motion died.

Motion Methow Valley EMS District
Commissioner Hover moved to adjourn as the BOCC and reconvene as the Methow Valley EMS District. Motion was seconded all were in favor, motion carried.
Commissioner Branch moved to approve the Voucher certification and authorize the Methow Valley EMS District vouchers to be paid in the amount of $56,296.50. Motion was seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Commissioner Branch moved to adjourn as the Methow Valley and Reconvene as the Oroville Rural EMS District. Motion was seconded all were in favor, motion carried.

Motion Oroville Rural EMS District
Commissioner Hover moved to approve the Voucher certification and authorize the Oroville Rural EMS District vouchers to be paid in the amount of $9,780.15. Motion was seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Commissioner Branch moved to adjourn as the Oroville Rural EMS and Reconvene as the BOCC Motion was seconded all were in favor, motion carried.

1:25 p.m. member of the public Emily Sisson taking hand written notes.

Update – Planning – Perry Huston
Planning Dept. Study Session

1) Wolf Management
Director Huston discussed draft letters to WDFW and USFWS regarding the wolf incident. The letters were to Kelly Susewind, Director Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Jim Kurth, Director United States Fish Wildlife Service. Commissioners discussed the letters and whether additional wording was needed to be sure what the clear expectations are to be implemented. Commissioners would like Director Huston to contact the State Deputy to ask if he is really going to follow through with policy actions that speak to public health and safety for any species. Commissioner Branch thought a joint policy agreement would lay it all out. He will call Mr. Johnston and explain the situation and see what he wants to do whether it is another debriefing or to just speak bluntly about what they believe we are looking for or what his own administration is looking for.

Director Huston will contact the department to find out what their intended action is.

2) OCC 17A.400
Angie Hubbard provided the plan via projector. Director Huston explained the section to be reviewed was the Business License and Regulation section. Part of the discussion included the Conditional Use Permits section where certain activities are conditioned. It deals with kennels. Should the section be pulled out of the Conditional Use section and be placed the business license section instead?

Code enforcement was discussed. How to deal with the different enforcement levels that are currently in title 17A are civil infraction, misdemeanor infraction, with the Sheriff issuing those citations. He explained the process of how the Sheriff would cite for that kind of violation. The other is a civil infraction the Sheriff issues on site and that follows the same path. Criminal violations trigger other processes through the courts.

Some counties have administrative fines but he doesn’t know from which foundation they base it from. He prefers a simple code section for enforcements. Commissioner Branch asked if other ways were explored such as joint enforcements. Director Huston explained what he knows about other entities issuing citations and how those are enforced.

The commissioners reviewed the draft ordinance language.

Motion Ordinance 2018-10 OCC 17A.400 Water Overlays
Commissioner Hover moved to approve Ordinance 2018-10. Commissioners discussed the proper wording for the motion. Director Huston told the commissioners what the wording of the motion should be. Commissioner Hover moved to amend the ordinance under consideration. Motion seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Motion Amend by Substitution
Commissioner Hover moved to amend exhibit 1 of the ordinance by substitution of today’s presented code section. Motion was seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

The commissioners discussed subdivisions in terms of the water overlay code section.
A list of summary of changes was submitted for the record. (attached)

3) WRIA 49
Still need to identify the basins. Staff will prepare the map for later discussion.

Planning Department Budget Amendments
Director Huston explained local capacity grant of $50,000. He will use the same form to submit for that. This would take care of things they are doing now to get geared up. He explained his staffing stuff.

VSP –going out

Staff Positions mid-sept.
Temp staff employee -well tracking ONLY
Staff position support –under local capacity grant
The two staff positions could be interchangeable.

Current staffing

1-sr planner
1-planner I
1-planner II
1-Administrative Secretary
2-GIS

From Commissioners perspective staffing seemed short. Director Huston stated he had 11 on staff back in 2007. Eliminated down to the lean scenario seen today.

Director Huston explained his optimum scenario and how the grant funds would be applied. He may need to bump his professional services line up later via a budget amendment.

The board adjourned at 5:00 p.m.