Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm (closed 12 - 1 pm)
Grant County government was created and organized in Canyon City on October 14, 1864. Grant County operates in accordance with the Oregon Revised Statues, and the Oregon Constitution which was ratified by the people of Oregon in November 1857.
Grant County is one of eight Oregon counties with a County Court system of government. Grant County Court is comprised of a full time County Judge and two 0.33 FTE County Commissioners who are responsible for all executive and legislative matters, with some limited judicial responsibilities falling to the County Judge.
County Court functions as the Contract Review Board for Grant County and is the sole contracting authority for county government. County Court is the governing body of the Grant County Extension & 4H Service District. Court members comprise one-half of the County Budget Committee and one-half of the Grant County Extension & 4H Service District Budget Committee.
County government delivers a variety of public services to its citizens throughout the county. It is the County Court's responsibility to oversee the delivery of services to the citizens through each of its departments ranging from administrative and human services to legal and public services.
Requests to be placed on the County Court Agenda must be in writing, and received by the County Court Office the week before the requested meeting date. Requests should include a complete explanation of the purpose for appearing before the County Court and a detailed description of the discussion and any documents associated with the issue. Please include the presenter's name, title, agency or organization, complete mailing address, and phone number(s).
The weekly County Court agenda is finalized on Monday. If Monday is a legal holiday the agenda is finalized the preceeding Friday. Tuesday morning, the agenda is posted to the website www.gcoregonlive2.com and publicized by notice to the Blue Mountain Eagle newspaper, KJDY radio, and individuals on the agenda distribution list. Contact information is listed below.
Grant County Court
201 S. Humbolt St., No. 280, Canyon City OR 97820
GRANT COUNTY COURT AGENDA FOR OCTOBER 1, 2014
Attendees are asked to set cell phones to "vibrate" before entering the meeting
9:00 am Call to Order, Flag Salute, and Invocation
9:05 am Agenda Review, Announcements and Special Reports
9:10 am Approve the Minutes of September 24
9:20 am GENERAL ORDERS
Identify top-ranked architectural firm for the Courthouse Elevator Installation Feasibility Study.
Review and sign a letter of appreciation to the Umatilla County Commissioners and Juvenile Department Directors.
Review and approve applications to serve on the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization Local Community Advisory Council.
Consider request to attend the Oregon Airport Management Association Annual Conference October 26 - 28 in Eugene.
Consider signing Resolution Encouraging the U.S. Congress to provide Full Funding for PILT in FY 2015 and Develop a Sustainable Long-Term Approach to Funding Essential Services in Public Lands Counties.
10:00 am Dave Halemeier, Blue Mountain District Ranger
Present an informational update on the Bald Sisters and South Fork fires.
10:30 Brenda Percy, Personnel Manager
Request approval of proposed revisions to the Legal Assistant job description and a new Office Manager job description with evaluation by LGPI for placement on the wage scale.
11:00 am Katherine Smith, Sumpter Valley Railway Depot & DeWitt Museum
Request approval to have the concrete ramp removed and replaced with a sidewalk, steps and handrail.
Request approval to pursue a Feasibility Study to assess the need for repairs and restoration of the historic Railway Depot.
11:30 am Opportunity for the public to comment
Meetings are handicapped accessible. The County Court Office can arrange special accommodations in advance. Pursuant to ORS 192.660(2) the court reserves the right to recess to Executive Session as may be required any time during this meeting.
Scott W. Myers, County Judge (R)
First Elected: 2013
Term Expires: 2019
First Elected: 2001 (Commissioner)
Chris B. Labhart, Commissioner (R)
First Elected: 2013
Term Expires: 2017
Boyd Britton, Commissioner (R)
First Elected: 2003
Term Expires: 2015
Grant County Court makes appointments and accepts resignations for many local volunteers willingly to serve on various committees, boards and commissions within county government. On a quarterly basis, the court considers letters of application and letters of resignation submited in writing by local volunteers. Exceptions may be made at the court's descretion when an immediate appointment is necessary in order to obtain a quorum.
Vacancies are advertised each quarter in the local newspaper. Letters of application should be directed to the County Court Office, 201 S. Humbolt St, No. 280, Canyon City OR 97820. Letters must include the volunteer's name, complete mailing address, and phone number(s). Grant County strives to maintain diversity among committee membership with regard to age, gender, location of residency, and profession.
Local volunteers currently serve on the Grant County Regional Airport Commission, County Budget Committee, College Advisory Board, Grant County Extension & 4H Service District Advisory Council, Extension & 4H Service District Budget Committee, Fair Board, Forestland Classification Committee, Healthy Smiles Dental Clinic Advisory Committee, Library Advisory Board, Mental Health Advisory Board, County Planning Commission, Public Access Advisory Board, Riparian & Water Management Board, Road Advisory Board, Senior Citizens Advisory Council, Transient Room Tax Review Committee, and Wildlife Advisory Board.
Committees shall be aware of the terms of the members and keep the County Court informed of vacancies and committee activities by submitting meeting minutes to the County Court office. Committee chairs, their designees, or a staff member may make recommendations to the County Court regarding committee appointments.
Commissioner Meeting Minutes are in Microsoft Word format. Minutes are available to the general public after review and approval by motion of the County Court. Review and approval of the preceding week's minutes is done during the weekly business meeting.
Each year of meeting minutes, organized by month going back to 2009, is now available at this location.