Clatsop County Board of Commissioners Highlights Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 regular meeting
Setback variance hearing
The board of commissioners voted to overturn a decision of the county Planning Commission denying a request from Ellen and Jerry Walsh for a variance from the 50-foot setback around wetlands for the construction of a dwelling in Arch Cape. The decision was based on a legal analysis from county land-use counsel Chris Crean, who determined that the setback rule only applies to wetlands located in estuaries, sloughs and streams or in the county’s designated Shoreland Overlay District. The Walsh property does not meet either criterion.
Chair Scott Lee and commissioners Dirk Rohne and Matt Samuelson voted yes; commissioners Peter Huhtala and Sarah Nebeker voted no.
Ballot error report
County Manager Scott Somers briefed the board on the cause of the ballot error that affected the Nov. 4 General Election. Somers said the Clerk and Elections Department did not follow its procedures for proofreading the draft ballot before it was printed and sent to voters, resulting in typos on the Measure 4-176 Clatsop Community College bond and Cannon Beach City Council race that resulted in the issuing of supplemental ballots. Somers identified steps to ensure the procedures are followed in the future.
Juvenile detention contract
The board approved a two-year extension of the county’s agreement with Cowlitz County, Wash. for the rental of juvenile detention beds. The arrangement began in January following the closure of the county’s detention center in Warrenton. Cost of the contract is $94,900 per year for two beds.
Wave energy presentation
The board heard a presentation from officials from the Oregon Military Department and wave energy developers about a test project being conducted off the shore of Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center.
In other business the board:
-Approved a resolution opposing the U.S. Coast Guard’s planned closure of its helicopter rescue facility in Newport later this year.
-Appointed John Ciminello to the Human Services Advisory Council.