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Page 4 The Coquille Valley Sentinel August 26, 2009 ommlssloners If you have a question for the Commissioners please call The Sentinel office at 396-3191 or email I am new here. Thank you, L. Hoover Coquille What advantages are there to Coos County connected with the natural gas pipeline project? Kevin Stuffiebean Nikki Whitty Bob Main No answer this week Honest, Fair And Affordable Computer Repair Specializing in web page authoring, virus removal System performance, hardware and software upgrades ': ~v::~ ...... ' m' ' : ! 541,808-1490 North Jetty-Gold Beach - 1-800-535-c 714 Ash St. Myrtle Point, OR 97458 Call Jeff K -all "Your Local Broker" 572-2121 or 294-0069 jeffbkral I @verizon. net If the question relates to the Pacific Connector project I shouldn't talk about any advantages or disadvantages because the project will be sited in our Coastal Zone Management Area and the Board of Commissioners will be deliberating on the project's land use application. If the question relates to the taxpayer funded natural gas pipeline project that answer is easy. The project broke a bar- rier to economic development that I was told went on for 35 to 40 years. When recruitment leads came to us from the state, businesses had to prioritize their requirements. Access to a commercial airport and natural gas were usually always the top two on the list. Your question made me think of something else. The nat- ural gas project worked because it brought a lot of people together working for a common purpose. Business and labor were joined hand in hand because they knew the proj- ect would someday have an economic impact. The same thing happened when we developed the Business Incubator over in North Bend. I remember we counted 28 different partners on that project. For the last few years everyone has been busy working on their own projects. Money is tight both commercially and through foundations. But, just imagine what we might acc0mplish if we were to partner with the cities and agree that we would hold public meetings in all the areas of the county, that we would not be burdened with recognizing any jurisdictional boundaries, that the priorities coming from the more rural areas would carry the same weight as those from the Bay Area and the ultimate result would be a list of the top 10 ideas that had support county-wide. Then we would begin to work on them one by one. If a project needed support from foundations to make it a reality, this demonstration of working together toward a common purpose would put our application way ahead of others asking for funds. It's time to get to work! Nikki Whitty Some of the more recent advantages would be: I was able to help a company obtain gas for a new lum- ber dry kiln and new planer mill. Once operational, (late fall of 2009) this facility will have 25 new family wage jobs for our county. This company is located between Coquille and Myrtle Point. The Coquille Courthouse and the North Bend Annex Courthouse require special fuel oil to run the boilers (heat/hot water.) I have put in for grants to pay for the con- version to natural gas which will save on fuel costs. I have also put in for a grant to convert the jail to natural gas which will also save on fuel costs. FYI: We have put in for 30 grants to change the lighting to LED, change all of the single pane windows for most of the county buildings as well as change the heating systems (mentioned above). Bob Unemp :- ' June 2000' Coos County 13.3 13.3 Sea Ad ed 13.3 13.8 Curry County 12.7 t3.0 S soc VyAd us/ 14.3 t4.3 ('row') 1i.? tt.9 Se soc ,a Un!lad ~ ~'ra~) 9.7 ?.7 7.7 6.6 7.4 6.1 6.3 9.7 6.0 9.4 9.5 5.8 Coos County Employment Coos County payroll employment declined by 390 jobs The Coos County Commission on in July, mostly due to seasonal reductions in local govern- Children and Famlhes announces the ment education. Slight gains in retail trade, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality helped offset availability of $97,713 in funds for programs for the decline in education jobs. Over the year, Coos County children and families addressing the following lost 830 jobs, across a broad spectrum of industry sectors, goals: Unemployment rates in both South Coast counties have lev- 1. Reducing Child/Youth Maltreatment eled off in the past couple months, after climbing steeply in 2. Reducing Youth Substance Abuse. late 2008 and earlier this year. In July, local government education employment fell by Projects seeking funding must incorporate ele- 590 jobs. Job trends were generally positive over the month merits of Evidence Based Practices in their propos- in other sectors. Those posting monthly gains were retail al. Specific grant stream requirements and funds trade (+30), professional and business services (+50), edu- cational and health services (+30), and leisure and hospitali- ty (+50). Over the past year, most published industry sec- tors are showing job losses. Notable losses included con- struction (-220), manufacturing (-180), most of those losses in wood products, professional and business services (- 150), leisure and hospitality (-160), and Indian tribal local gov- ernment (-60). The good news was confined to education and health services, up by 160 jobs over the year. In Coquille Solid 4 bedroom 2 bath home close to schools, Lots of stor- age. Manicured yard decks at- tached garage call soon as this is priced right, county assessed RMV $224881 and this is sale priced at $189500 see it soon $189, 500 "The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives." - Robert Maynard Hutchins ,I r: available include: Great Start - $18,682 serving chil- t dren ages 0-8. Children, Youth & Families - $9,550 serving children & youth ages 0-18 and their fami- lies. Family Preservation & Support - $16,680 targeting family support Programs and families involved in the child welfare system. Youth Investment- $52,801 targeting non-delinquent youth Age 11-18 who are chronically act- ing out or are victims of neglect. ! Project Applications are available in hard copy from the Commission office, 250 North Baxter, !! Coquille, OR 97423, 541-396-3121 x. 393 or by email from t Completed applications are due at 12 noon on September 22, 2009. A technical assistance workshop will be held on September 4, 2009 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Coos County Annex, 1975 McPherson, North Bend, room 307. For further information contact Commission Director Judy McMakin at 541-396- 3121 x. 393.