MARCH 26, 2018

The Okanogan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on March 26, 2018, with, Chairman Commissioner Jim DeTro, Commissioner Chris Branch, Commissioner Andy Hover, and Laleña Johns, Clerk of the Board, present.

Review Commissioners Agenda and Consent Agenda
Commissioners reviewed their agenda and consent agenda.

Briefing Among Commissioners – Discuss Individual Meetings & Schedules
Commissioners discussed individual meetings they attended last week and future meetings they may attend during this week.

Update – Veterans Relief Board – Eric Fritts –Michael Stewart
Mr. Fritts provided the board with his update agenda. (attached) He discussed the items listed there.

Mr. Fritts reported on the status of the draft interlocal agreement with Douglas County for Veteran Service Officer program training. The agreement is being reviewed by Douglas County and we should hear from them mid-April. The agreement was structured to follow the same veteran program as Okanogan’s program and bills will be processed by Mr. Fritts since they are run through our fund. He stated it will be necessary to show accountability of the services provided since Okanogan County is ultimately responsible. Okanogan would pay the Douglas County employee through this program.

A tri-county (Okanogan, Grant and Chelan) conference call is slated to occur every quarter in order to provide support between the counties.

Mr. Fritts reported that the Spokane VA Hospital is looking for funding to be able to offer services from the Okanogan County Veterans Services office once a month. He will keep the board informed on that funding status it becomes known to him.

Mr. Fritts will attend annual training through the WDVA on April 2-4.
Mr. Stewart reported that Mr. Fritts has been helping Ferry County to process their claims etc… It would be good to have a future conversation with Ferry County Commissioners about the program. Mr. Stewart noted that there may be some push back from Douglas County. Either do it our way, or not at all. Mr. Stewart noted that the Governor is looking for a program such as ours to implement across the state. We should present our ideas and what we have going on. He said we have a good program template and the Governor is interested in that. He will provide further info as it is received. Mr. Stewart explained that expanding the program is the right thing to do.

Commissioners thanked Eric and Michael for the update.

Quarterly Update – Economic Alliance – Roni Holder Diefenbach
Karen Francis-McWhite, Executive Director North Central Washington Economic Development District (EDD)

Ms. Holder-Diefenbach provided her update and activities list and discussed the items there. (attached) She introduced Karen Francis-McWhite Director of NCW Economic Development District.

Ms. Francis-McWhite provided a robust update on the NCWEDD on those things they are partnering with us for.

Ms. Holder-Diefenbach explained some cities in Okanogan County have applied for the Community Competitive and Set-Aside processes for the Opportunity Zones designation. Commissioner Hover asked if the zones provided private entities opportunity for development. Does the opportunity zone apply to developers? According to Ms. Holder-Diefenbach, yes, but there is no criteria established yet for opportunity zone funding.

A fact sheet was submitted, but the Border Crossing information is about two years old. These are given out to cities, schools, and entities as it shows a broad demographic of our county and provides all the information in one document.

Ms. Holder-Diefenbach explained Okanogan County was re-designated as a HUB zone she is getting the word out to contractors who will need to know this. She has a list of people that she is distributing the information to.

Ms. Holder-Diefenbach said there was good turn-out for the Career Fair showed 44 employers and 120 job seekers that attended.

Ms. Francis-McWhite explained information about what they do at the EDD. EDD is Federally designated and maintained and puts into action a comprehensive development strategy and assists locally based regional planning. As the director, she works with several counties on strategic issues within those counties. They start now and runs through spring to the end of June and the SEDS scope of work for 2018-2019 project year. She discussed partnerships with Route 97, Thompson Okanogan Tourism Association (TOTA), and San Francisco experiences. Regional priority projects ranking process is being reintroduced with 16 projects ranked. She explained her team and what they do and the excellent support by her board. They foster regional ideas to try and dispel the 50 mile expert. There is a lot of robust work happening at EDD and opportunities to work together are everywhere.

She explained that she is a grant writer, but not soliciting work. Commissioner Hover asked what kind of grants EDD can apply for. The PPA is still being worked through, but there are a number of pools to pull funding from.

Ms. Francis-McWhite started EDD in January and believes the EDD is in a much better place now both in function and in funds. She is excited about Okanogan County’s participation. The stakeholders have an old memory, and some work done in Chelan could resonate throughout Okanogan County to foster strategic avenues for the work. Commissioner Branch asked about the EDA civil engineer situation. She replied that she had not heard, but hasn’t asked either. The lack of resources may be the contributing factor in that situation.

Ms. Holder-Diefenbach explained the work she has done on the meat processing plant. There was discussion on whether there is demand to justify putting one in place. Commissioner Hover explained the Tribe has to transport the fish they catch to Seattle to be processed. There might be an opportunity for a fish processing plant too. Having a plant here would reduce travel emissions, reduce transportation costs, it would put people to work here, and it could supplement or offset costs for infrastructure then partnering with the Tribe might be a benefit. Fish processing is seasonal. Ms. Holder-Diefenbach explained there would be information such as feasibility studies etc….. that could be used. Commissioner Hover thought it might be a combined plant to help off-set costs of having one for each type.

Public Hearing-Dance Permits OCC Title 5.20 –Director Perry Huston
Angela Hubbard, Planner;

Gina McCoy, member of the public taking notes on her computer.

Commissioner DeTro opened the hearing up. No public attended who wished to testify. He asked for staff report.

Director Huston explained the proposed amendments to OCC Chapter 5.20 Dance permit section. The Sheriff handles issuance of the dance permits. He explained an ordinance was drafted to amend the code, Chapter 5.20 where dance permit rules and fees are notated. A resolution was drafted to amend the Sheriff’s fee schedule, which also includes the dance permit fee.

Commissioner DeTro closed the hearing to staff and opened up to commissioners.

Motion Ordinance 2018-4 Dance Permits
Commissioner Hover moved to approve ordinance 2018-4 amending Okanogan County Code Chapter 5.20 which sets the rules for Dance permits and amends the fee. Motion was seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Motion 35-2018 Sheriff Fee Schedule
Commissioner Branch moved to approve resolution 35-2018 a resolution adopting the Sheriff’s fee schedule. Motion was seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Update - Planning - following Public Hearing – Perry Huston
Staff: Angela Hubbard

Members of the public Kit Arbuckle, Lorah Super, and Gina McCoy taking notes on her computer.

Shoreline master program and community public access definitions were discussed. The landowner would be required to provide access to those in that community, but not the rest of the public. Public access reverts to language used before. Commissioner Hover would like to ensure the language is read/interpreted consistently whoever the Planning Director is in the future. He worries about the definitions between the terms community access and public access.

Commissioner Branch asked about a previous draft plan he saw that provided great detail. He was concerned about trying to articulate a complicated issue in only a few words as in the current review draft, when a larger amount of detail might work better.

Director Huston suggested another section be added that addresses the public and community access definitions. Commissioners thought that would lend some clarity. If there adequate language, another section could be added that addresses recreation and access.

Commissioner Branch explained his concern regarding the Lake Osoyoos shoreline for public access and the need to be consistent with the City of Oroville Draft SMP. The City draft includes pre designation for those areas in the Oroville City Expansion Area so that when annexations take place a protracted SMP amendment process is not necessary. Commissioner Branch will look over the consistency of the document tonight. Director Huston stated it opens up the door to walk the Lake Osoyoos part into our plan. It will be looked into.

Director Huston explained there was business of the Tonasket EMS District.

Motion Tonasket EMS District
Commissioner Hover moved to adjourn as the BOCC and reconvene as the Tonasket EMS District. Motion was seconded all were in favor, motion carried.

Commissioner Hover moved to approve the Voucher certification and authorize the Tonasket EMS District vouchers to be paid to Lifeline in the amount of $21,700. Motion was seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Director Huston explained that Life Line is responsible for dispatch costs. That will be discussed with Mr. Worden later.

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

The RCO agreement for the Mazama Parking lot trade was discussed. There were adjustments to the grant and RCO wished to memorialize. The RCO in review of the documents they received so far decided that additional information would need to be memorialized.

Improves the conversion and placement of the property and recognizes the land we traded and received for the parking lot. It requires the chairman signature.

Motion MVSTA Project Amendment No. 8 Project No.97-1181C
Commissioner Branch moved to approve the agreement amendment No. 8 regarding scope of work changes regarding the MVSTA Mazama parking lot land exchange. Commissioner Branch wondered if the legal descriptions remained the same. Commissioner DeTro explained there was an exhaustive record created for this land exchange due to the land to be exchanged going through Superior Court to determine value. Motion was seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Public Health & Safety Section
Commissioner DeTro asked whether or not a certain property owner had the proper permit for marijuana operations. A building has gone up and a fence is in place. Director Huston explained he was on site last week and discussed with the industry folks and they do not believe it will be a pot farm. He said there is nothing in the books to indicate a marijuana grow is going in. Commissioner DeTro said the fence is made from galvanized metal roofing material. Commissioner Hover noted that if they do apply for a marijuana operations permit the fence would have to be redone.

Commissioners further discussed those items within the public health and safety sections in order to lend clarity and a way to easily identify those critical issues. The board discussed other items that may fall under the public health and safety sections.

Director Huston explained one item that hasn’t been incorporated is wildfire. Commissioner Hover suggested renaming the section as Natural Environment??? There would be direct tie between wildfire plan and other regulations. He observed that wildfire plan is generated on its own, and it really doesn’t incorporate the things the board is prepared to deal with. Commissioners do not believe it should be a tool to enforce land use. Director Huston replied, it’s used to inform.

The section for Critical Aquifer Recharge areas was discussed. Director Huston discussed some concerns he has heard regarding the area. Commissioner Hover explained language that is not yet in the document.

Gina McCoy explained that upper areas where precipitation occurs and what ends up down river at some time. The precipitation zones virtually all precipitation is getting captured by the root zone and very little contributes to the flood zone. It would not be too difficult to establish what average precipitation and vegetative cover. There are ways to come up with rules of thumb regarding these watershed areas. There are areas that do not hydrologically contribute.

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 $1,154,562.56. 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 $13,352.04 Warrant numbers as cited on the attached blanket voucher list. Motion was seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

The board adjourned at 4:30 p.m.