Here are our notes from Tuesday’s Meeting:
6) Matthew Eldridge continues to be a shining star with our Debate Committee; Jay Meredith will be completing the insurance document for the event which will be held at North Valley High School, tentatively on September 14, 2013 with at least 3 O&C County Sheriffs (Josephine, Jackson and Coos) in attendance; that invitation shall also be extended to the respective County Commissioners; more to follow!!!
7) Jim Frick will reorganize our SOS Timber Committee again as we need to inspire and motivate our current County Timber Advisory Committee; Josephine County Commissioner Cherryl Walker was advised of reports that the current Advisory Committee, which consists of the “cream of the crop” Timber people, has become a lame duck committee, whose opinions have been disregarded or shelved; we all agreed that in the current timber market place, now is a time to act and get moving; this is a resource which can reportedly demonstrate immediate returns; Cherryl promised to work with us and that committee; more to follow!
8) Jim Frick also mentioned the Mineral Advisory Committee which was also established at the beckoning of SOS, was in worse shape than the Timber Advisory Committee; we will review the possibility of establishing an SOS Mineral Committee next week and hope that Michael Cope will help with it.
9) We thanked Cherryl Walker and Josephine County Commissioner Keith Heck for their continued public efforts to help SOS and the rest of our County achieve: “A Citizen-Voiced Plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”
In the last 12 hours, I have heard of two young people (early 20s) here in GP who want to get off heroin desperately. One is a young woman who has been thrown out of her parent’s house and is on the street now. Her father called the police and cried while he described the frustration of getting help for his daughter. The other person is a young man who sold his car for drugs, stole from his grandfather and mother, and has no insurance or OHP. He wants to detox, but doesn’t know what to do because he thinks he needs medical supervision to detox at this point. Our efforts to re-open a methadone clinic are very important to our community!
11) Wal-Mart Loss Prevention Presentation was given by Jamie Williams; Jamie gave an excellent snapshot of Wal-Marts struggle with the current injured Criminal Justice System; Jamie said in substance, “Word is out! We are becoming the place to go on I-5 to steal…”; Jamie reported how the trend with shoplifters in Grants Pass is becoming increasingly more violent and the offenders care less because they know there is no retribution; Jamie said she was glad to be part of our group—happy we formed—and will continue to work with us however she can.
12) Victim Josh Bancroft spoke briefly on the victimization of his car lot, 5 cars stolen and over $40,000 damage… all recent events; Josh wants to get involved and said he would continue to fight for his community, of which he has been a part of for 40 years!
13) Awareness Run- Bill West was not present, because, believe it or not, he turned 64 yesterday! Happy Birthday Bill!!! He wanted me to inform everyone that he was planning this event in Cave Junction… More to follow!!!
14) Refunding Committee’s BOLD New Idea Carl Raskins, Sheriff Gil Gilbertson, Community Corrections Director Abe Huntley, Josephine County Deputy District Attorney Rafael Caso all met recently and are working on a concept where Josephine County Prisoners and/or people who are working at the “work-crew” in lieu of staying in jail, will begin collecting, sorting and processing refundables; these monies will not solve our dilemma, but might just help in defraying some of the costs; all of the money would go to the jail; Carl will let us know how much money we earned through our efforts and we will take the next step; this is an idea still being discussed and we appreciate any and all input! Great idea!!!
15) Josephine County Fair Booth Tom Dorman suggested we have a Booth at the Fair; the idea was presented to the group and unanimously approved; Dave Daniel will help with that coordination; more to follow!
16) Website Update Gordon Edstrom spoke about updates to the website which will include our newest edition of: Victim’s Voices of Josephine County (David Smith); that first article by David has been posted!; Gordon informed us that we have had over 7,000 hits to our website! Gordon also advised that the recent photos of the collection and sorting of refundables have been posted! Gordon spoke of considering having Café Press be our provider on the website for people who would like to buy T-Shirts or other things with our logo; I was accosted afterwards and informed that by majority vote, we will NOT abandon “Gotcha Covered” as our sole supplier of T-Shirts; Thanks!!!
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MISSION STATEMENT: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”