Notes from 4-9-13 SOS Public Meeting

Another great meeting!

Here are the Meeting Notes:

1.     Multi-Tier Taxing District Committee Update (Kris Woodburn/Pat Fahey/Chris Mecca)—This group will have more to report after studying some info obtained from Deschutes County.

2.     The Ball Update: (Kimberly Gasperson) Ticket Update—There are just under 40 tickets left for our Fundraiser Ball! There are some pretty awesome Silent Auction Items to include Cake Ball Pops; Hellgate Jet Boat Lunch Tickets; an iPad; Wine Trip to California which includes Hot Air Balloon Ride; Wooden Crafts; Custom Jewelry; etc.

3.     Opioid Clinic Committee Update—(Toni Webb) Toni spoke briefly about the momentum this Committee is building; they will begin meeting bi-weekly at the Women’s Health Center

  1. Another Committee—Property/Resource (Phil KillianDave CorsiPat Fahey and Jay Meredith) SOS will decide whether we should form a committee dedicated to this task/Choose Captain; while the group agreed this was a good idea, they wanted assurance that we would not be “stepping on any toes” with respect to the Board of County Commissioners; as such, this proposal has been shelved until next meeting
  2. SOS Refunding Committee (Carl Raskins) was formally adopted by unanimous vote; Carl will be the Captain; Carl spoke briefly about their first meeting and some of the plans; this group will be collecting recyclable with refund values to be donated to the Criminal Justice System; Carl will have his “secretary” forward a Committee synopsis in time for our next meeting
  3. College Works (Ashley and Steven Lombardo and Shane Simon) was formally adopted by unanimous vote; Ashley, Steven and Simon will Co-Captain this Committee and they stole the show!; This group are active on our Rogue Community College Campus and soliciting the student body for awareness and participation; with great success, they are appealing to our community via the Social Media; they shall also be spear-heading our Walking For Justice walk on April 30, 2013 (more to follow)
  4. Our SOS Committee Inventory is as Follows:

1) Timber Committee: Jim Frick

2) Mining Committee: Currently Vacant

3) Sales Taxes and Other New Taxes: Jay Meredith

4) Property Tax Adjustments: Jeff Wolf

5) Trust, Transparency and Education: Holly Lidey and Bill Ertel

6) Private Partnerships and Improved Efficiencies: Toni Webb and Laurie Norman

7) Lottery Committee: Cliff Thomason

8) Justice of the Peace Court Committee: Dave Corsi

9) Biomass: Cheri Adkins

10) Volunteer Corps Committee: Mark Gatlin

11) Opioid Clinic Committee: Toni Webb

12) SOS Refunding: Carl Raskins

13) College Works: Ashley Lombardo/Steven Lombardo/Shane Simon

  1. View of WEBSITE—(Jay Meredith/Gordon Edstrom/Frank Morin) Gordon walked us through the website and demonstrated all off the hard work; The website looks FANTASTIC! Some improvements were suggested, to include: posting the Committees more prominently; links to some of the things College Works is doing; many remarked that the Question Inventory was “OUTSTANDING!” Excellent job!


9.     Our Community Pulls Together (We reviewed this event)

As you are aware, on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 0900 Hrs., people who care about our home, have agreed to step up and physically pull an “Out of Service” Josephine County Sheriff’s Patrol car, from A Street in Grants Pass, 1.2 miles,up hill on 7TH Street to the top of town, in a symbolic gesture of our dedication to the restoration of the Criminal Justice System; ODOT Permit (obtained 04/10/13); We spoke of our purchase of event insurance; and the event Flyer was presented; We talked about how the upcoming events are to increase public awareness of our plight as a community and demonstrate HOPE by our actions!

Nearly 40 Warriors have already agreed to sign up to pull!


Please e-mail us ASAP if you would like to join this band of Warriors!

10. Media Impact —(Pat Fahey/Bill Ertel) We discussed how important it was for the media to attend our events; Pat and Bill will be tasked with these efforts; We are suggesting the attention of local media for our Pull/Walk/Ball and DEBATE!

11. The Debate (Pat Fahey) Pat said they are still hammering out the details but it looks like the debate will actually be sometime during the week of April 22, 2013; Shaun Hall of the Daily Courier told us that if his “Boss” approved of it, he would consider being the Moderator.

12. Justice of the Peace Court (Dave Corsi) Dave mentioned that there might be new hope for this project as a recent article in the Medford Tribune spoke about how Courts of this type in Jackson County are suffering due to new imposed fees and how that might change in the future (more to follow!)

13. Walking For Justice: (Ashley Lombardo/Steven Lombardo/Shane Simon) Ashley, Steven and Shane spoke of this event which shall occur on April 30, 2013 at 5:15 PM; they mentioned a need for a Speaker; they are still working on the Flyer; and will have T-Shirts available for purchase at $6 each; as mentioned earlier, they shall be utilizing the Social Media as well to promote this event.

14. Fireteams (Bill West) Bill spoke of upcoming Presentations planned; he spoke about his integration with Neighborhood Watch Captains.

15. Sobering Center (Bill Landis) Bill wasn’t present, but I relayed to the group how that team had their first compact meeting and are moving forward on the specific design options for the center (more to follow!)

16. RESTORE Meeting (Jeff Wolf) led by Jeff Wolf occurred after the SOS Meeting

This is a good time to remind everyone that SOS is a non-profit organization whose Mission remains: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.” SOS is a group of people who have come together to vet different ideas and solutions to achieve the aforementioned Mission. We are dedicated to researching solutions and to providing information based on that research. As a non-profit organization, we cannot side on any one specific political view. As such, please refrain from discussing any specific political views, Republican, Democratic, for or against the Levy, etc. during SOS functions. We realize that there are SOS members who support the Levy and as such, during meetings it may be difficult to separate that support from SOS’ Mission but that is exactly what we must do.

Thank you all for your energy and support for our home!

MISSION STATEMENT: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”

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