The structure of the Grant County government in the early days of Oregon changed frequently as the settlers experimented with various arrangements. Administrative powers were transferred from the supreme court to circuit courts and then to district courts which were renamed county courts in 1845.
Provisions were made for county courts when the Territory of Oregon was established in 1848. In general during the 1850s the county court became more of an administrative body, and the tendency was to separate administrative and judicial functions. After statehood in 1859, the Oregon Constitution provided that the county court be composed of a county judge, who served as chairman of the county court when transacting county business, and two elected county commissioners. The county clerk served as ex-officio clerk of the court.
By the early 1960s most county courts no longer held judicial power (probate functions were transferred to the circuit court). The current county court acts as the governing body for the county, various service districts, councils, and committees. It is responsible for county administration, management, and policy. The court prepares and adopts county and service district budgets and provides administrative services, support, and liaison to service districts, cities, public agencies, organizations, the Oregon Legislative Assembly, and federal and state officials. It is responsible for conducting public meetings, hearings, road vacations, private and public land sales and exchanges as well as enacting ordinances, orders, contracts, leases, and other legal agreements.
Scott W. Myers, County Judge
First Elected: 2013
Term Expires: 2019
First Elected: Commissioner 2001
Chris B. Labhart, Commissioner
First Elected: 2013
Term Expires: 2017
Boyd Britton, Commissioner
First Elected: 2003
Term Expires: 2019
GRANT COUNTY COURT AGENDA
SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
Attendees are asked to set cell phones to “vibrate” before entering the meeting
The court reserves the right to recess to Executive Session as may be required any time during this meeting ORS 192.660(2). Special arrangements for handicap accessibility may be requested by contacting the County Court in advance. Information about the weekly County Court Agenda is available at the contact points listed below.
8:00 am General and special claims; Extension District Warrants
9:00 am Call to Order, Flag Salute, and Invocation
9:05 am Agenda Review, Announcements and Special Reports
9:10 am Approve the September 14th Minutes
9:15 am A. Public Hearing – Kara Kohfield, Blue Mt. Hospital District
Ordinance establishing an Ambulance Service Area
10:00 am B. Bid Opening for PA System for Fairgrounds
10:15 am C. Bid Opening for Window Cleaning Services
11:00 am D. Public Hearing - Hilary McNary, Planning Director
Zone change ZC-16-02 -Tom Buce – changing from MUR to PF
GENERAL ORDERS – will be discussed as time allows
E. Discuss distribution of remaining equipment from Monument Rural Fire District
F. Discuss proposal from Jeff Lawrence to provide unemployment management services
G. Discuss Eastern Oregon Counties Association dues for FY 16-17
H. Review & approve volunteer applications for Local Community Advisory Council
Grant County's governing body, the Grant County Court, holds a regular weekly business meeting on Wednesdays in the County Courtroom on the main floor of the Courthouse in Canyon City.
Requests to be placed on the County Court Agenda must be made in writing and received by the County Court office the week before the requested meeting date. Requests should include the presenter's name, title, agency or organization, mailing address, phone number(s) and a complete description of the purpose for appearing at the meeting. Explanations should include all points of discussion and / or details of any request with the associated documents attached. Contact the County Court office to obtain an Agenda Request Form. Completed forms will be accepted by US mail, fax, email, or delivery to:
Grant County Court
201 S. Humbolt St., No. 280, Canyon City OR 97820
Agenda requests are due by noon Friday, or Thursday if Monday is a legal holiday. Court Agendas are finalized Monday; Tuesday morning the agenda is posted to the county's website www.gcoregonlive2.com and publicized by notice to the Blue Mountain Eagle newspaper, KJDY radio, and individuals on the Court Agenda distribution list. Please call or email with any questions. Thank you.
The court reserves the right to recess to Executive Session as may be required any time during this meeting ORS 192.660(2). Special arrangements for handicap accessibility may be requested by contacting the County Court in advance.
Individuals interested in serving on a Grant County committee are encouraged submit an Application To Volunteer to the County Court office. Current volunteers who are no longer able to serve in their appointed position are encouraged to send a letter of resignation to the County Court office.
Obtain an Application To Volunteer by contacting:
County Court, 201 S. Humbolt St, No. 280, Canyon City OR 97820
Grant County strives to maintain diversity among committee membership with regard to age, gender, location of residency, and profession.
Grant County Court oversees and maintains all of the volunteer groups listed in the next paragraph. Each is a formal public body required to comply with Oregon Public Meetings Law ORS 192.610. Some public bodies are required by Oregon Revised Statutes and others were established by the County Court.
Grant County Regional Airport Commission, County Budget Committee, College Advisory Board, Grant County Extension & 4H Service District Advisory Council, Grant County Extension & 4H Service District Budget Committee, Fair Board, Library Advisory Board, Mental Health Advisory Board, County Planning Commission, Road Advisory Board, Senior Citizens Advisory Council, Transient Room Tax Review Committee, and Wildlife Advisory Board.
Vacancies are advertised in the local newspaper on a quarterly basis and appointments are considered by the County Court as part of that process. Exceptions may be made at the court's discretion when an immediate appointment is needed to obtain a quorum.
Public bodies are responsible for complying with Oregon Public Meeting Laws, being aware of the terms of its members, and keeping the County Court informed of committee activities and vacancies by submitting meeting minutes to the County Court office. Committee chairs, their designees, or a department 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.