This week, Oregon Housing & Community Services awarded a total of $3.86 million in housing funds to local agencies participating in the Clatsop County Multi-agency Coordination group.
“With this grant award, local Clatsop County agencies will be better positioned to address the needs of our unhoused community. Although this is less than the $7.8 million we requested, these funds are a good start. We appreciate the Governor’s support and we will continue our discussions with state officials to secure additional housing funds,” said Mark Kujala, Clatsop County Board of Commissioners Chair.
One out of 40 individuals in Clatsop County are unhoused and Clatsop County has the highest rate of homelessness per 1000 residents in Oregon, according to 2021 state data. The city of Warrenton has the highest number of homeless youth in rural Oregon.
Clatsop County Awarded Housing Planning Assistance Grant
Clatsop County has been awarded a housing planning assistance grant from the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development.
The grant will provide a consultant to Clatsop County and the five cities to work on three key areas:
Regional Buildable Lands Inventory
Regional Housing Supply Inventory
Housing Readiness Infrastructure Inventory
The Clatsop County Housing Task Force will serve as the project's steering committee and opportunities for public engagement will be included in the project's official scope of work. The work is expected to start in January 2024 and be completed by June 2025.
We are excited to report that since the Raining Cats and Dogs Pet Adoption Campaign began the first week in August, 46 cats and 31 dogs have been adopted by residents. Originally the shelter was hoping for 15 pets to be adopted to make room for new ones coming in.
Clatsop County Animal Shelter and Clatsop Animal Assistance created the campaign to raise community awareness about the urgent need for pet adoptions and to help these cats and dogs find furever homes.
“We are very thankful that our community stepped up to help us. We now have shelter space and are calling multiple people on the waiting list and taking their pets into the shelter,” said Justin Dersham, Animal Control Shelter Supervisor.
The Barkometer that was created to keep the community informed about the pressures the shelter is weathering has finally dropped to Just Right.
Plenty of animals are still looking for their furever homes. Adoption fees for dogs and cats include spay/neuter fees, vaccinations and other costs. For more information on how to adopt a shelter animal, visit ClatsopCounty.gov.
Westport Park Caretaker Position Open
Clatsop County Parks Department is seeking a park caretaker to help operate and maintain the award-winning Westport County Park.
The caretaker position is for a 3.5-month contract period beginning Sunday, Oct. 1 and ending Monday, Jan. 15, 2024.
The caretaker will live on site in the caretaker’s own fully operable self-contained recreational vehicle (RV) or travel trailer or motor home type for the duration of the contract. A maximum of two pets maximum are allowed with restrictions. The County will provide full hook ups including electric, water, and sewer as well as garbage.
The Clatsop County Fair Board operates and otherwise manages the Fairgrounds with the assistance of staff. This includes recruiting for bookings, scheduling, establishing rental fees, general promotion, food service, concessions, maintenance and all other related operational activities.
$30,000 in Grants Now Available to Local Service Providers
On behalf of the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners, a total of $30,000 is being made available to be distributed to local not-for-profit social human services organizations that address Clatsop County community needs.
The Clatsop County Human Services Advisory Council will review grant applications and make recommendations to the Board based on the Board’s annual strategic planning goals.
Online applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. To be eligible for consideration, the county online application must be completed. Grants will be awarded in Spring 2024.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Adds American Sign Language Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Callers
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline has added nationwide American Sign Language (ASL) services for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, as part of ongoing efforts to expand accessibility to behavioral health care for underserved communities.
Since its launch in July 2022, the 988 Lifeline has received more than 5.5 million calls, texts, and chats. It will now be available to the millions of Americans who use ASL.
Clatsop County residents will receive two emergency alert tests in the next few weeks.
Clatsop County Emergency Management Department will conduct a test of its ClatsopALERTS! alert system on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Alerts will be sent to cell phones and landlines.
“We encourage the public to visit ClatsopALERTS! before the test to register or make sure their contact information is correct,” said Clatsop County Emergency Management Director Justin Gibbs.
“These tests are important because when there is a true emergency, we need to know our systems are working and the registered contacts are valid. Individual lives could depend upon them receiving an alert in time,” he said.
The message will include a reminder of the free Get Ready Fairscheduled for 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, September 30, at Warrior Hall at Camp Rilea in Warrenton.
Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for Cell Phones and Broadcast
FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide testwith messages going cell phones and radios and televisions. These tests are scheduled to begin at approximately 11:20 a.m. Pacific Time/2:20 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
Emergency Preparedness Campaign Week 2: Keeping Loved Ones In Mind
Clatsop County’s 6 Weeks Ready campaign focuses on personal emergency preparedness and is introducing its Week 2 focus: “Disaster Planning with Everyone in Mind.”
Clatsop County’s6-Weeks Ready campaign provides residents and businesses with an opportunity to increase preparedness efforts.
This campaign is for everyone. It’s for people who’ve never thought of emergency preparedness as well as those who spent time preparing themselves, their family and home. Each week we’re introducing a new preparedness focus and leading to theGreat American Shakeoutearthquake drill on Thursday, Oct. 19.
“Disaster Planning with Everyone in Mind” encourages individuals to tailor their preparations to their life:
Find out which hazards might impact where you live, work and play. Check if your home, workplace or child’s school is in atsunami inundation zone.
You never know where and when a disaster will strike. That means being prepared may look different depending on where you are – at home, work, shop or spend leisure time. Make a plan to respond for each location.
Have aCommunications Plan so you can stay informed during an emergency, and know how you and your loved ones can stay in contact with one another. Make sure you give a paper copy of your plan to every loved one so they can refer to it.
IMPORTANT TIP: Did you know that during a disaster, cell towers often get jammed from all the people trying to call loved ones? That’s why you want to have someone on your contact list who is out of state. They can serve as a “relay,” where you and your loved ones can leave messages and updates.
As the COVID-19 pandemic showed, businesses are vulnerable to emergencies too. Identify potential natural and human-caused hazards at work and prepare. Acontinuity-of-operations plan can help keep a workplace working during and after a disaster.
Each week of the campaign, preparedness themes and resources guide residents to becoming prepared. They will be posted on the County website and social media inEnglish/Spanish.
The 6-Weeks Ready campaign ends with theGreat Shakeout, and the County encourages everyone to register online to participate.
Clatsop County Emergency Management is partnering with NW Natural and more local organizations for a free Get Ready Fair scheduled for 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, September 30, at Warrior Hall at Camp Rilea in Warrenton.
The event will help you and your family prepare for a natural disaster. There are children’s activities, you can talk with local experts to learn about preparedness, attend 20-minutes presentations, view outdoor displays, learn about volunteer opportunities, and enter to win door prizes.
Free survival tools are available (while supplies last) for all kinds of emergencies and the first 300 attendees will receive a free lunch.
Event sponsors are the NW Natural, Clatsop County Emergency Management, City of Seaside, American Red Cross, Clatsop County Citizen Corps, Clatsop County Department of Public Health and Tongue Point Job Corps.
Residents, employers, employees, and their families from the area are invited to attend the free Cannon Beach Safety Fair scheduled for 1-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Cannon Beach City Park on Spruce and 2nd Street.
The City of Cannon Beach is sponsoring the free event with area safety partners. The safety fair will provide information to help guard preparedness at home and on the road. It will feature booths, information, and demonstrations.
U.S. 30 is for westbound traffic only between the two Colvin Road intersections. The speed limit on U.S. 30 is 55 m.p.h. There is no local eastbound access on U.S. 30
Colvin Road is for eastbound traffic only, including for local residents. The speed limit on Colvin Road during the detour is 35 mph
The culvert replacement project began on July 7 and is expected to take up to 10 weeks. Anticipated completion is mid-September, 2023.
Work will be done in the daytime on weekdays. Occasional night time lane closures may occur.
Expect construction noise while these improvements to Colvin Road are made.
Clatsop County Public Works Schedule for Monday, September 18 - Friday, September 22
Hillcrest Loop is closed to all through traffic between Old HWY 30 and Akerstedt Road for a culvert replacement project at MP 0.5. The culvert replacement is anticipated to finish mid-September. Use Conroy Road and Old HWY 30 as a detour. Detour signage is in place during closures.
Crews will perform:
Brush chopping in the Jewell area, Knappa area and on Lewis & Clark Road
Ditch maintenance on Knappa Dock Road and Ziak Gnat Creek Road
Road maintenance on Lower Nehalem Road
Culvert maintenance at the intersection of Lower Nehalem Road and Woodard Road. This should not affect traffic
Herbicide application county wide
Road repairs on Capps Road. Capps Road will be closed to all traffic Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20
Striping roads county wide. Expect up to 20-minute delays OR until the painting crew can safely pull over to allow through traffic. Signage and cones stating wet paint will be in place, as well as flaggers to direct traffic around the wet paint
DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WET PAINT. If you drive through wet paint where signage, cones and flaggers are visible, the County WILL NOT be responsible for the cost of cleaning paint off your vehicle.
The County currently uses a water-based paint for its striping needs. Should you get any of this paint on your vehicle please wash it off IMMEDIATELY with water.
Clerk and Elections
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