SOS Meeting Notes – April 7, 2015

April 7, 2015 NOTES:

“JoCo Public Safety/Criminal Justice budget status starting in July of 2015…We are still in crisis”

Cherryl Walker guided us through the complexities of county subsidies.

In summary:

  1. US House approved a 2 year extension of Secure Rural Schools Funds at 95% of what Josephine County received in 2013.  This SRS is an amendment to the Medicare Bill.

2013 =$4,858,134 X 95% = $4,615,228 for 2015.   We still don’t know if this amount will be subject to 7.3% sequestration.

$4,615,228 X 95% = $4,384,466 for 2016.

The Senate has not approved this, but likely will by Friday April 17, 2015 as the current Medicare law expires that week. 

  1. Josephine County received $2,174,441 in February that went into the General Fund, for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) actual shared timber receipts.  The SRS legislation requires this BLM amount be subtracted from the SRA payment to be sent to the counties.  Therefore, Josephine County will actually receive appx. $2,440,787 when SRS money is distributed.
  1. Josephine County has also received U. S. Forest Service Receipts in February 2015 in the amount of $69,067, after sequestration.  This money is required to be split 25%/75% between County Schools and Public Works.  None of it is available to the General Fund.  Last year this amount was $1.4 million.
  1. PILT, Payment In Lieu of Taxes, that goes into the General Fund but has historically been used for Public Safety, is expected to be nearly $700,000 for 2015.  It is not yet received and the date is uncertain at this time.  In 2014 the County received a little more than $500,000.

SOS Editorial – therefore, JoCo will have in total slightly less than the current year’s already unacceptable dollars by which to operating its law enforcement and public safety programs.  We are still in crisis, even with this extension of lower amounts of federal funds.

SOS Sponsor Report Jacki Halcomb

  • Sponsors as of March 24, 2015: 104
  • Go to www.securingoursafety.org Great Job Jacki and Mark Gatlin!!!
  • SOS shall be sponsoring a Business “Thank YOU!” Dinner at the Grants Pass Golf Course on May 2, 2015—Please e-mail Jacki @ jaklar@msn.com to invite a business you want to come to this event! We will require an rsvp
  • LUNCH MOB! We were thinking about designating a business a week to mob for lunch… What say YOU?
  • If you have any questions or if you would like to get involved in being a part of this committee, please feel free to call or email Jacki @ jaklar@msn.com or 541-218-1427

SOS VIDEOS

Reporter

  • We hired a reporter/videographer!

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SOS Meeting Notes – March 24, 2015

March 24, 2015 NOTES:

SOS VIDEOS

Reporter

  • We are going to hire a reporter-we have placed ADs this week in the Daily Courier, Craig’s List and on Facebook

Please encourage anyone you know with this ability to apply!

  • We shall be interviewing the week after next
  • This will be a contractual paid position
  • The interview will be conducted by the SOS Board and chosen by them as well (If you would like to be a part of that process and are not a Board member, contact us ASAP!)
  • We will be hiring someone to create 10 Videos lasting 1-3 minutes, which reports factually on effects of the diminished Criminal Justice System
  • Suggested Subject Matter: OSP Report of Highest Use of Force in State in Southern Oregon, Sheriff Challenges with current Budget, Increase in Insurance Costs, Increased number of Fatal Crashes, and others.  Please contact us with any VIDEO topic ideas you may have ASAP!!!

WHAT SAY YOU?

  • Lower Crime Rate as what has recently been reported?
  • Decrease in number of DUII arrests by GPDPS
  • Taylor’s Sausage victimization
  • Has Crime in Josephine County decreased or is there a communication problem?
  • Difficulty of Doctor Recruiting
  • Walmart Theft Loss of between 1.4-1.6 Million dollars
  • We want to not only focus on the deficit but what actions are being taken to improve our community—What is SOS doing? MAT-C; Sobering Center; Lottery effort; Business Unification; etc.
  • The video formula is a work-in-progress and shall be as follows:2) Articulation of Just the Facts: Situation—is it a result from a diminished Criminal Justice System? Task—what needs to be done to make the situation better? What is being done?
  • 1) 1-3 minutes long

WHAT SAY YOU?

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SOS Meeting Notes – March 10, 2015

“Public Safety cost money.  But then so does crime.”

MARCH 10, 2015 NOTES:

Run for the Law, A County United

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: AWARENESS RAISED

  • Review provided by Liz Hirni and Erin Mateja-Smith
  • We had a Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/784206188281689/
  • We had over 350 registered Runners and Walkers
  • We had over 50 children in our Free “Kid’s Dash” and each child got a medal
  • Club Northwest was our base
  • The GPDPS assigned Motor Officers Scott Williams and Dennis Burge
  • Greg Redfern led the 10K on his bike
  • The Young Marines (Thank you Chris Blydenburgh) from Merlin and White City did a fantastic job manning the run/walk corners along with employees from Performant (Thank you Felita Short!) and First Call Resolution (First Call Resolution has already committed to sponsorship for next year!) and Hidden Valley High School Cheerleaders!
  • Josephine County Commissioner Keith Heck helped with a sponsorship of the Run/Walk as Josephine County Commissioner Cherryl Walker medaled in the 5K!
  • GPDPS Chief Bill Landis, GP City Mayor Darin Fowler, Club NW CEO Scott Draper all spoke passionately about wanting to make Josephine County a safer place and thanked everyone for coming out and showing support and commitment to our home!
  • Mayor Fowler commented that he hoped next year, SOS would be talking about a different cause next year, the shell work of secure, stable and sustainable funding having been achieved!
  • After he ran the 5K with lightning speed—he practiced running down and arresting a fleeing suspect the week prior—Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel thanked everyone for their support and spoke about how important it was that we all come together—as we had—and how he feels the future for our community looked promising! Sheriff Daniel said he felt the positive energy all about us!
  • Business Sponsors were: The Mid-Rogue Independent Physician Association, Johnston Dental (who led an ARMY of Tooth Fairies—“Preventing cavities one tooth at a time!”), Taylor’s Sausage, the Grants Pass Police Association, Evergreen Federal Bank, Rogue River Family Practice, Gotcha-Covered Screen Printing, the Women’s Health Center, Performant, Southern Oregon Sanitation, Siskiyou Pediatric Clinic, Club Northwest, and Asante
  • Dr. Steven Marshak and Mr. Scott Draper handed out $1,000 to: 10K Male Winner David Laney, age 26, from Ashland and 10K Female Winner Amanda Phillips from Roseburg! There was talk at the meeting about limiting winners for that award next year to Josephine County residents but it was immediately quashed—You win the run, You get the award—it does not matter where you are from—per the Run Committee
  • Rycke Brown cleaned the event afterwards!
  • Rachel Southmayd from Pixy Prints Photography was there and provided those that dared, a photograph from her photo booth!
  • Babe’s Bakery provided a breakfast and after run/walk treats!
  • Community United for Safety provided information about the upcoming May Levy and why this levy was so important
  • Julie Thomas donated Concierge Security for “overnight security” for the set-up
  • AMR was on-hand with an ambulance (I think it went unused!)
  • Club Northwest also provided FREE child care for those who wanted to race or walk and had small children!
  • Channel 12 featured us on their 5 PM and 6PM broadcasts!
  • The Daily Courier gave us a shout out!
  • We got a nice write in the Oregon Run Blog: runoregonblog.com
  • Pat Fahey won again 1st place for his age category 57 ½!!!
  • Home Depot donated paint for the course
  • Jay Meredith estimated the financial benefit from the race at approximately $6,000!
  • Enough cannot be said about the Race Coordinator Holly Lidey and her amazing Run/Walk Committee, which included: Frank Morin, Jesse Sallas, Cheri Adkins, Quail Hlelmeir, Kay Smith, Bekah Lidey, Liz Hirni, Felicia Cohen, Alison (from Recreation Northwest – GP Parks and Recreation), Megan Schwartz, Felita Short, Holly Gates (Perkins), Jennifer Essick, Kris Woodburn, Erin O’Donnell, Erin Smith-Mateja, Lisa Redfern, Mike Smith, Mark Gatlin, Jodi Nighe, Jay Meredith, Julien Silva, Cliff Thomason, John McCafferty and Mike Smith.

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SOS Meeting Notes – March 3, 2015

“Public Safety cost money. But then so does crime.”

-Archie Lidey (with some help from Sir Claus Moser)

MARCH 3, 2015 NOTES:

Run for the Law, A County United  

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: AWARENESS RAISED

  • We had a Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/784206188281689/
  • We asked you to go “on-line” and register
  • We had ~350 registered Runners and Walkers
  • We had over 50 children in our Free “Kid’s Dash” and each kid got a medal
  • Maria Simon photographed the event-she took over 600 Photos!
  • Club Northwest was our base
  • The GPDPS assigned Motor Officers Scott Williams and Dennis Burge
  • Greg Redfern led the 10K on his bike
  • The Young Marines from Merlin and White City did a fantastic job manning the run/walk corners along with employees from Performant and First Call Resolution (First Call Resolution has already committed to sponsorship for next year!) and Hidden Valley High School Cheerleaders!
  • Josephine County Commissioner Keith Heck helped with a sponsorship of the Run/Walk as Josephine County Commissioner Cherryl Walker medaled in the 5K!
  • GPDPS Chief Bill Landis, GP City Mayor Darin Fowler, Club NW CEO Scott Draper all spoke passionately about wanting to make Josephine County a safer place and thanked everyone for coming out and showing support and commitment to our home!
  • Mayor Fowler commented that he hoped next year, SOS would be talking about a different cause, the shell work of secure, stable and sustainable funding having been achieved!
  • After he ran the 5K with lightning speed—he practiced running down and arresting a fleeing suspect last week—true story—Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel thanked everyone for their support and spoke about how important it was that we all come together—as we had—and how he feels the future for our community looked promising! Sheriff Daniel said he felt the positive energy all about us!
  • Business Sponsors were: The Mid-Rogue Independent Physician Association, Johnston Dental (who led an ARMY of Tooth Fairies—“Preventing cavities/crime one tooth at a time!”), Taylor’s Sausage, the Grants Pass Police Association, Evergreen Federal Bank, Rogue River Family Practice, Gotcha-Covered Screen Printing, the Women’s Health Center, Performant, Southern Oregon Sanitation, Siskiyou Pediatric Clinic, Club Northwest, and Asante
  • Dr. Steven Marshak and Mr. Scott Draper handed out $1,000 to: 10K Male Winner David Laney, age 26, from Ashland and 10K Female Winner Amanda Phillips from Roseburg!
  • Rycke Brown cleaned the event afterwards!
  • Rachel Southmayd from Pixy Prints Photography was there and provided those that dared, a photograph from her photo booth!
  • Babe’s Bakery provided a breakfast and after run/walk treats!
  • Community United for Safety provided information about the upcoming May Levy and why it was so important
  • Julie Thomas donated Concierge Security for “overnight security” for the set-up
  • AMR was on-hand with an ambulance (I think it went unused!)
  • Club Northwest also provided FREE child care for those who wanted to race or walk and had small children!
  • Channel 12 featured us on their 5 PM and 6PM broadcasts!
  • Pat Fahey won again 1st place for his age category 57 ½!!!
  • Home Depot donated paint for the course
  • Jay Meredith estimates the financial benefit from the race at approximately $6,000!
  • Enough cannot be said about the Race Coordinator Holly Lidey and her amazing Run/Walk Committee, which included: Frank Morin, Jesse Sallas, Cheri Adkins, Quail Hlelmeir, Kay Smith, Bekah Lidey, Liz Hirni, Felicia Cohen, Alison (from GP Parks and Recreation), Megan Schwartz, Felita Short, Holly Gates (Perkins), Jennifer Essick, Kris Woodburn, Erin O’Donnell, Erin Smith-Mateja, Lisa Redfern, Mike Smith, Mark Gatlin, Jodi Nighe, Jay Meredith, Julien Silva, Cliff Thomason, John McCafferty and Mike Smith

Go to the homepage of www.securingoursafety.org to review the Run/Walk results and to see some pretty great pics of a County United!

Thank YOU!

Thank you for taking the time to unite and demonstrate your commitment to our home!

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SOS Sponsor Report Jacki Halcomb

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SOS Meeting Notes – February 24, 2015

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the Wild River Brew Pub in Grants Pass located at 533 NE F Street in Grants Pass from 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM.

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There is only one week left to Register for the Run for the Law!  Please Go to www.securingoursafety.org to register for the Run or for the Walk today!!!

February 24, 2015 NOTES:

Run for the Law, A County United 

WHO is Running/Walking???

Current COUNT: 192!!!

This is an opportunity for us to join together and demonstrate our unity.

Please  help us by coming out and showing everyone in our county that we believe in Josephine County and want to make her a safer place for all of us!

“Every great story on the planet happened when someone decided not to give up, but kept going no matter what.”–Spryte Loriano

Join us:

Lisa Turner, Felicia Cohen, Scott Draper, Dave Anderson, Lorne Woolf, Samantha Woolf, Claire Crandall, James Bozeman, Frank Morin, Cherryl Walker, Liz Hirni, Rhonda Bennett, Sonia Ford, Jennifer Souza, Quail Hjelmeir, James Bozeman, Wendy Vincent, Missy Fitzsimmons, Miki Krull, Theresa Walther, Kristin Miller, Jay Meredith, Erin Smith-Mateja, Andrew Medley, Max Medley, Grant Medley, Tamara Medley, Felita Short, Heather Merlo-Grifantini, Bekah Lidey, Archie Lidey, Mary Taylor, Cora Haze, Shirley Baxter, Tonya Striplin, Adrienne Cole, Crystal McIntire, Christina Shannon, Sally Snyder, Ken Bern, Lindsey Farr, Ben Carleton, Don Silverberg, Lori Fritchey, Robert Bosse…

And the list grows!!!

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WHEN: March 7, 2015

Pre-Registration: 10K-$25/5K-$20 Under 18-$15 Kids DASH-FREE

There will be limited T-Shirts available Race Day!

A Facebook Event has been created:

https://www.facebook.com/events/784206188281689/

If you cannot run or walk and can spare some time to help this coming SATURDAY, please contact Holly Lidey at 541-660-8186 or email her at haalidey@msn.com

Bill ERTEL shared a story:

I listed a property for SALE where the owner lived in Portland. There was a report that someone was living there. The owner called me and asked if that were true, because the owner was not aware and there should not be anyone there. I went there and called the police. It was approximately 9/10THs of a mile inside Jackson County. I was made aware that Josephine County would not be responding even if it was in Josephine County. The Jackson County Sheriff arrived and the people, who were “squatting”, told the police they were renting it. They had been sleeping on the floor. The male had an active warrant for his arrest.

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SOS Meeting Notes – February 17, 2015

February 17, 2015 NOTES:

SOS Sponsor Report – Jacki Halcomb

  • Our sponsors continue to grow!
  • This week, we welcome Taylor’s Sausage from CJ! They have also agreed to be Run for the LAW sponsors!
  • Jacki will be planning a Business BLITZ in the very near future
  • The SOS logo signs are beginning to pop up everywhere! Keep up the great work!
  • We also agreed to put a link to the SOS Sponsor form on our sponsor page
  • If you have any questions please feel free to call or email Jacki @ jaklar@msn.com or 541-218-1427
  • Sponsor Count: 48 (02/14/15)

MARCH 7TH

Run for the Law, A County United

Holly Lidey

WHO is Running/WALKING???

Lisa Turner, Felicia Cohen, Scott Draper, Dave Anderson, Lorne Woolf, Samantha Woolf, Claire Crandall, James Bozeman, Frank Morin, Cherryl Walker, Liz Hirni, Rhonda Bennett, Sonia Ford, Jennifer Souza, Quail Hjelmeir, James Bozeman, Wendy Vincent, Missy Fitzsimmons, Miki Krull, Theresa Walther, Kristin Miller, Jay Meredith, Erin Smith-Mateja, Andrew Medley, Max Medley, Grant Medley, Tamara Medley, Felita Short, Heather Merlo-Grifantini, Bekah Lidey, Archie Lidey, Mary Taylor, Cora Haze, Shirley Baxter, Tonya Striplin, Adrienne Cole, Crystal McIntire, Christina Shannon, Ken Frownfelter, David Smith, Joshua Smith…

And many more…the list grows!!!

Go to www.securingoursafety.org to register for the run or for the walk today!!!

  • A Facebook Event has been created:

https://www.facebook.com/events/784206188281689/

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SOS Meeting Notes – February 3, 2015

February 3, 2015 NOTES:

SOS Sponsor Report – Jacki Halcomb

  • We had a great meeting at the Fort Vannoy Store on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm!
  • Jacki is planning the next SOS Sponsor BLITZ very soon and will be asking you to help us achieve 100 Business Sponsors by our next SOS Meeting on February 17, 2015!!!

Sponsor Count: 44 (02/08/15)

  • Please support our local businesses! If you are going out to eat or planning a “date night,” why not consider one of our local venues, like the Schmidt Winery located at 330 Kubli Road, in Grants Pass, OR 97527 (541) 846-9985?
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email Jacki @ jaklar@msn.com or 541-218-1427

Have Insurance Rates Been Affected by a Diminished Criminal Justice System?  Brian Pendleton and Bill Thorp/State Farm

  • Brian gave an excellent presentation explaining how we have had “a ton” of car “break-ins” in Josephine County submitted for claims
  • Brian explained that personal property such as cell phones and iPads stolen from your vehicle is not covered through your vehicle insurance, but rather through your home owners insurance

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