Grant County's governing body, Grant County Court, is located at the Grant County Courthouse, 201 S. Humbolt Street, No. 280, Canyon City OR 97820.
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, except holidays
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.
The Grant County governing body holds a regular weekly business meeting on Wednesdays in the County Courtroom on the main floor of the Courthouse.
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 points of discussion and / or details of the request(s) with associated documents attached. Contact the County Court office to obtain an Agenda Request Form. Completed forms are 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.
GRANT COUNTY COURT AGENDA FOR JANUARY 28, 2015
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 January 21
9:15 am GENERAL ORDERS
Review and approve a Hand Check to Purchase Power
Review and approve Relief Help for a water leak at the fairgrounds
Review and approve Eastern Oregon Counties Association FY 14-15 dues
9:30 am Eric Julsrud, Water Master
Request approval to purchase a replacement office desk for the Assistant Water Master position
9:45 am Sue Newstetter, County Title 3 Coordinator
Request approval of 2014 Certification Report of County Title 3 Projects
10:00 am Roje Gootee, PhD, Oregon Committee for Family Forestlands
Provide an update on progress of the innovative private forestlands collaborative being developed in the Ritter area
10:30 am Kimberly Lindsay, Community Counseling Solutions Director
Discuss a proposed FY 15-16 budget for providing mental health and public health services
Discuss renewal of the Commercial Property Lease for FY 15-16 use of space at 528 E. Main in John Day
11:30 am Opportunity for the public to comment
Meetings are handicapped accessible. The County Court Office can arrange special accommodations in advance. The court reserves the right under ORS 192.660(2) to recess to Executive Session as may be required any time during this meeting.
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
Individuals interested in serving on a Grant County committee are encouraged to complete and submit an Application To Volunteer. 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, Courthouse, 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, Public Access Advisory Board, Riparian & Water Management Board, 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.