Notes From September 3, 2013 SOS Public Meeting

Here are the notes from the September 3, 2013 meeting:

·     Saturday Market and SOS Strategic PLAN

We spoke about the positive feedback we have been receiving at the Saturday Market Booth; There have been a few comments by some, that they do not believe SOS appreciates all points of view and that is disturbing; While we realize we will not be able to please everyone, if people feel that we do not appreciate their ideas, we have failed; SOS appreciates all points of view and will remain a melting pot of ideas, moving forward with the current majority; We welcome diversity; as for our Strategic Plan, we are continuing to incorporate all of our Committees into our website and shall continue to develop each Committee’s webpage and unique Goal and Mission Statement in line with SOS’ Mission: “A Citizen-Voiced Plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”

·       The Great DEBATE – Matthew Eldridge continues to narrow his focus for this upcoming event and we encourage everyone to attend:

High School Students & their Coaches from around SW Oregon are coming together to debate Funding Solutions to our current Criminal Justice System Funding Crisis

WHERE: North Valley High School

WHEN: September 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Honor our students with your presence and LISTEN to what our students have to say about solving our County’s Fiscal Crisis. There is no charge for this event, graciously hosted by North Valley High School and sponsored by SOS. A lunch time BBQ, sponsored by Pat Fahey, will be available and donations will be accepted to help offset costs. The University of Oregon will be in attendance and have agreed to donate up to 4 partial scholarships to DEBATE CAMP!  Many people have already committed to help and we urge you to do what you can to make this unique event successful!

Contact Matthew A. Eldridge ( )

·      Jail/Juvenile Justice Levy Committee

Kris Woodburn Chris Mecca , Pat Fahey – Pat Fahey updated us, advising that he is “courting” Carl Wilson to be the Levy’s third Chief Petitioner along with Pat and Dwight Ellis; Pat stated that they were still working on the “language” of the petition

·       Immediate Change Committee Jody Nigh has slowly begun to construct this Committee; it was suggested that a project this Committee might undertake would involve assisting in Jubilee Park in Cave Junction to make it safer; a comment was also made, where SOS was cautioned not to lose its’ focus on the financial aspect/goal of funding for the Criminal Justice System; another comment was that the more SOS expands, the more it knits the community together and gets people to help and take ownership of their county

·       Website Pages the following webpages have been completed/and it is now the responsibility of each Captain to keep their pages updated via an e-mail directly to our WEBMASTER Gordon Edstrom @

Hard Rock Mining CommitteeMichael Cope

Lottery Fund CommitteeCliff Thomason

Debate CommitteeMatthew Eldridge

Opioid CommitteeToni Webb

Sales Tax CommitteeJay Meredith

Sobering Center CommitteeBill Landis

BioMass Committee-Cheri Adkins

Timber Committee-Jim Frick



1.     Justice of the Peace Court- David Corsi

2.     Jail/Juvenile Justice Center Tax Levy Research Committee-Kris WoodburnChris Mecca, Pat Fahey

3.     Trust/Transparency and Education Committee-Bill Ertel/Holly Lidey

4.     Efficiencies/Public and Private Partnerships-Laurie Norman/Toni Webb

5.     Refundable Committee-Carl Raskins

6.     County Property Resource Committee-David Corsi

7.     Property Tax Variations-Jeff Wolf

·       Opioid Clinic Toni Webb

Last Week’s Meeting Report; I gave a brief report on our last meeting; Lily Morgan attended this meeting for the first time and voiced her concerns about having a for profit clinic such as CRC; We are in the midst of developing a Mission Statement and Goal for this Committee and sincerely appreciate everyone’s input; we want this to be a program that works for the patient and for the community

·      Lottery Committee Refund Research Project

Cliff Thomason reported that he delivered 1317 signatures to Salem today! Great job Cliff! Cliff said that we should have a Ballot Title within the next 6-8 weeks

·      Timber in Josephine County

Jim Frick spoke briefly about a very important meeting on Thursday, where decisions will be made that could possibly impact our County revenues with respect to timber on County Lands; Jim said his Committee proposed that current inventory and the urgency to harvest it, due to recent fires, be harvested by private companies and could result in anywhere from 2-4 Million dollars in Timber profits for the Criminal Justice System

·       SOS Awareness Fall 5K Walk/Run  Bill West indicated that the next meeting for this Committee will be next Monday, September 9, 2013 at the Wild River Brew Pub; this run is going to be HUGE, the precursor for the Pear Blossom in Medford; Bill is going to set up a Web Page on our Site and will begin to accept Name nominations for the run!

We had some new faces in attendance tonight and we appreciate everyone and their efforts to help make our home a safe place. Thank you!


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

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