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September 2021 ABA Zoom Meeting Notes

ABA Members Monthly Meeting – September 2021

  • In Attendance: 15
  • Introductions and Questions/Discussion with Matt Craigie
    • Sally Reid – Agape Human Services – President ABA
      • Has a connection who is looking for how to afford tests for their family members, as well as themselves. When there is an exposure at their business, everyone involved must be tested and they do not know of an affordable availability for the number of tests needed.
        • Matt Craigie will look into what assistance is available to help businesses afford or provide more tests
      • Question: who is responsible to provide evidence that they have tested negative?
        • M. Craigie will look into it
    • Don Bradley – Macley Auto Group – they are a small business, handling 25-30 cars.
      • Technical Assistance – Where do we go for PPE and signage, especially in how it relates to customers coming in. How do we get access to PPE? What signage is required by the County?
        • Go to https://www.businessrecoverycenters.org/
        • Can be provided with masks and other PPE
        • Signage should be further explainable by BRC
      • How do we get access to Capital?
        • Currently there is no grant or loans from the County
          • There are grant and loan programs available outside the county but BRC can help with federal and other options
        • Washington County would like to be able to set up their own resources and ability to help local businesses financially.
          • Will likely look like a “loan program” rather than grant, ideally with a forgivable portion.
    • Matt Craigie – Washington County
    • Nafisa Fai – Washington County Commissioner
    • Alison Stone – AHS Booster Board President – ABA Secretary
      • No question but impressed with ABA member survival techniques
      • There will be a vaccine mandate in Beaverton School District schools by the 18th of October if you are staff or a volunteer
      • There are limitations to what can be done by spectators at sporting events, but the school community is excited that there will be sporting events that are able to be attended
    • Brenda Bartlett – Assistant to Nafisa Fai
    • Kody Harris – Washington County Sheriff’s Office
      • WCSO receives all their guidance from Washington County Board of Commissioners
      • Working on doing Community Outreach without being in person has led to development of new and exciting skill sets.
      • Looking at how to continue virtual meetings to include those who are still unable to attend in person even once COVID is over.
      • The “Help Me Home” program is one of the virtual programs WCSO has developed
      • A “Parent Internet Safety” has also been developed
    • Karen Bolin – Edward Jones – Financial Advisor. Edward Jones is a national company large enough that local offices are assisted by the national office. They follow national guidelines over local guidelines including how to sanitize their office space.
      • Question about “Capital Needs” – her church used to be able to rent out their space monthly, but they are no longer able to do so and now they are not receiving a once relied on payment of $6000 a month. Looking to see if there is assistance available for this
        • There is some utility bill assistance they could look into (Clean Water Services should have a utility relief program in effect)
      • Washington County Food Trucks have to pass inspections and pay a required $750 fee. This is a hardship. What can be done?
        • Health Inspection Fee is a burden
        • Some food carts have seen multiple inspections
        • Kody mentions that some food carts in particular have to renew license every 90 days
    • MK – Agape Community Insurance
      • Questions about signage that were answered earlier.
      • In order to be compliant he is providing walk in customers with masks and sanitizer
      • Would like to reach out to BRC in regards to Technical Assistance.
      • Feels excited by assistance attention being paid to Aloha
    • Rebecca Gerendasy – Local Aloha Artist Public Relations
    • Scott Rennie – Schmidt and Yee – ABA Treasurer
    • Christine Lassiter – Portland Open Studios
    • Brian Merritt – Minuteman Mortgage – ABA Board Member – has just relocated to Minnesota
      • Grateful to being able to work from Zoom, Business is flourishing but he misses seeing customers
    • Nafisa Fai – Washington County Commissioner
  • Nafisa Fai – Washington County Commissioner
    • Brenda Bartlett – Nafisa Fai staff member Brenda_bartlett@co.washington.or.us
    • Delta variant has created problems prompting discussions requiring creativity
    • Washington County Contact Tracing Manager prior to becoming Commissioner
    • Impact on Oregon has greatly rattled her, she is scared of what is happening to people.
    • Working to define “healthcare workers” in relation to vaccine requirements
    • Finding balance between help and harm
    • Finds that there is a concerning number of people dying and infecting others.
    • Wants to get to herd immunity in best way possible
    • Last Tuesday passed policy that Washington County workers who met definition of “Healthcare Workers” are required to be vaccinated or face medical layoffs
    • Will continue discussions on requiring ALL employees to be vaccinated
    • Want to respect personal freedom, however they need to focus on “Community” rather than “individual” and hopeful people can recognize the need to help the community.
    • Not the first generation to go through a pandemic, and we have seen religious and medical exemptions. Want to respect those individuals but want others without such exemptions to see benefit of helping community and the need to get the vaccination
      • Sally would like to see compassion on both sides
    • Karen Bolin asks about $68 Million to go towards CARES Northwest and Family Peace Center, however while Nafisa Fai is in support of this, it is not one of the areas she is currently working on.
  • Matt Craigie – Washington County
    • Predominant activity taking up his time is based on Economic Recovery
      • Thanks to the work of Nafisa Fai and other commissioners there has been good work done on this aspect
    • America Rescue Plan Act
      • Second Stimulus package to come out during the Pandemic
      • (CARES was first)
      • Funds arriving in 2 batches
        • First in summer
        • Second next year
      • Strict Guidelines on use
        • Must be related to COVID and Public Health and its economic impacts
        • Framework put together based on equity and value
        • Working with other counties across state
      • Moving forward with many investment packages
      • Lion’s Share of dollars going into vaccination efforts and treatment
      • Hopeful by the time funds arrive next years that they will be in a position to help individuals and businesses recover economically
    • Small Business focus
      • Business Recovery Centers
        • 4 centers run by 4 Chambers across Washington County
        • Distribute free PPE to businesses across Washington County
        • Can help connect businesses to technical assistance
          • Can help as well with business redirection and plans
        • Opportunities for community based operations for funds related to technical assistance.
          • Still working on approval for specific organizations
        • Much of these services are focused on unincorporated areas such as Aloha as unincorporated areas tend to lack specific area based support options
          • Looking for additional assistance for BIPOC community
        • Looking into additional contract for further assistance
          • Looking into outreach
          • Looking at Capital lending tools
        • Want to engage further with community
    • Work Force recovery
      • Additional assistance to unemployed workers
        • Access to community navigator
        • Find jobs
        • Find retraining assistance
    • Dollars set aside to prepare for future situations
      • This amount will depend on where we are with the pandemic next year
    • Looking into where gaps exist
      • Funding
      • Internet access
        • Looking into more investments in broadband
        • Facilitate work from home abilities
    • Looking into how to further engagement with community
    • Questions for ABA Community and Member needs
      • Are you getting clear instructions on COVID business regulations?
      • Do you have adequate access to PPE, signage, and other COVID required resources?
      • What kind of technical assistance or capital do you need as they transition into the new-normal? (ie: digital marketing? Capital to help change your business model or hire workers?
    • Karen asks if there is a model or plan from other neighbor counties that Washington County is basing their plans off of
      • Multnomah County does not have one
      • Clackamas does
      • Goals from each County differ which limits partnership work, but he has worked with them
      • Washington County has 11 cities as well as unincorporated areas which would actually count as an additional cities
        • Need to serve unincorporated needs
      • Engagement will need to be different based on differences between Unincorporated areas in Washington County
        • Will need some additional encouragement from Washington County to re-engage members of ABA as we are a forum for connection of local businesses, but Zoom has limited that participation
        • Will also look into work with CPO programs
  • Christine Lassiter -Portland Open Studios – PortlandOpenStudios.com
    • Art Studio Tour – October 9-10, 16-17
      • Selected artists apply and are invited to participate through blind jury process
      • Website provides studio locations
      • Internship program for local students
    • Are offering in-person studio tours now
    • Has seen the impact of Art on community to uplift spirits during difficult times
    • Rebecca Gerendasy – Local Artist
      • Rebecca Gerendasy Clay Art
        • Focus on art in particular on ceramics
        • Opened studio in Aloha in 2018
        • “Hand Builder” rather than “Thrower”
      • Work primarily on functional items while adding sculptural techniques
        • Planters
        • Vases
        • Bowls
      • Loves to decorate surfaces
        • Plans to leave out interactive options at Studio Tour as well as Demonstrations
          • Monoprinting
    • Kody encourages Portland Open Studios to look into a booth at Aloha Community Farmers Market if possible.
    • Don Bradley encourages looking into Etsy
  • Just replaced ABA Canopy as it was failing. Letters falling off, unable to be repaired
    • Replaced canopy and can still use existing backdrop

Adjourned 12:50pm

August 2021 ABA Zoom Meeting Notes

August ABA Member Monthly Meeting

Called to Order: 11:30

  • In Attendance: 14
    • D. Palm – Washington County Chamber – 503-473-4486
    • *S. Reid – Agape Human Services – Sold Agape Community Insurance, reorganizing into Agape Human Services, wants to get more involved in consulting and coaching / working in the Mental Health Arena
    • J. Bond – Permapost Products Company & Chair of Washington County Chamber of Commerce
    • K. Harris – WCSO – Zoom townhall next week, Beaverton Creek housing Camp questions addressed.  Good partnership with Aloha Inn is aiding the county and community, but if there are concerns, please do keep reporting them and sharing them.  If they don’t get reported we don’t know.  Check your outdoor lighting at your brick and mortar businesses.  Make sure that everything is set up safely for you and your employees.  Wonderful local park opening.  
    • AJ Bustamante – Ooma Office | Business Internet and Voice Solutions –  Good Neighbor Project 2021.
      • Goal is to raise $5000 to support the Good Neighbor Project.  Supporting even more needs than ever before.  
    • K. Ramsay – ACFM – Too hot for the market today.  
      • Remember that the ABA Provides a tent and weights and you need to use it.  
        • If you hand out items or giveaways please make sure they do not conflict or compete with vendors.  
        • Check with ABA and ACFM Market Manager.  
        • Check Info Booth before setting up.  
        • Please do not break down the booth before 7pm bell rings.  
        • Remember to interact with visitors to the Market.  
      • 750 in attendance was a high water mark.  Numbers are climbing.  
      • Projected to surpass $100,000 in sales!  
      • Washington County Vaccine Clinic gives out Covid shots at the ACFM, around 30 a week but they are the most successful one in the area.  
        • Giving out $50 in Market tokens for each shot!  
      • This supports the ultimate in “local small business”.  We are growing, please keep visiting us!  
      • USDA Organic Certification is difficult to achieve despite our farmers being organic.  
    • K. & J. Osborne – Westside Food Brigade – 
      • Figuring out how to adjust back to the Mask Mandate.  
      • Grocery Outlet Tanasbourne donated $16,700 (less than last year, but still grateful)
      • Albertsons – now Safeway made a $5000 donation at the Grand Opening!!  Still serve 140-180 families a week.  
      • Just want to make a difference in someone’s day.
    • MK – Agape Community Insurance – Safeway Ribbon Cutting was a great event, Safeway did a great job.  Wondering if complex signs will need to be upgraded since Safeway looks so good.  
    • S. Rennie – Schmidt and Yee – 
    • R. Harris – Harris Velazquez Gibbens, Attorneys
    • P. Roberts – Westside Community Church / Westside Cruisers – 
      • Still hopeful that Westside Cruisers can rejoin next year.  
      • Shout out to Kody, Kody sent out Washington County Sheriff office to help support local neighborhood potluck party.  
    • K. Bolin – Edward Jones

*2021 ABA Board Member

  • Video – Ernie Johnson – “Get to” Job vs “Got to” Job  – Be a better human, see the value in everyone
  • Washington County Chamber of Commerce
    • Deanna Palm – Washington County Chamber of Commerce 
      • Introducing Jayne Bond – Chair of Washington County Chamber of Commerce
      • Rob Harris – Chair Elect for 2022
    • Jayne Bond 
      • 2020 Businesses dealing with smoke, hornets, Covid
      • Local Chambers got together in Washington County and began discussions on merging, as they had seen done in many other areas.  
      • Metro Ballot Measure (Transportation Package) was coming up and Chambers were not being consulted
      • Wanted a way to represent businesses in a unified voice in County, Metro, Statewide discussions
      • Work was ongoing into May 2021
      • Focus on businesses in unincorporated areas that needed advocacy on a larger scale
      • Survey done to determine name change
      • County representation 
      • Felt they could hire a full time Government Advocate if they gathered to form the Washington County Chamber
        • Needed someone with ears to the pulse
        • Zach Lindahl, hired August 2021 as Government Advocate.  Learning about the local community and political scene, what we care about.  Came from the restaurant industry.  (Can connect through Deanna Palm)
      • Rent moratorium was putting landlords in a difficult situation
        • Able to gather businesses, landlords and discuss ways to help all sides on a county level
      • Legislative seminar usually closes session and speaks with Chambers
        • This year had 8 legislatures and 80 members at the Zoom meeting.  
        • Valuable to have interests heard
      • Want local Chambers to thrive and provide a county wide/ statewide voice
      • Want a more diverse representation of businesses in area
        • Including unincorporated
    • Rob Harris
      • Started discussions in September 2020 with all local Chambers.  
      • Concerns sinking in as Covid was getting started.  
      • Look at ways to expand coverage
      • No one was there from Aloha, Bethany, Gales Creek, etc on initial discussions
        • Wanted to increase that presence and voice
      • Wanted to expand Chamber to include all of Washington County
        • Connected
        • Vitally important to work together
      • Predominant participants in Zoom discussions like this are local small businesses.  Local major businesses already have a prominent voice.
      • This expansion will give communities someone who can represent them, answer a phone call or a question.  
      • Change of name from Hillsboro Chamber is a change of focus to care for all of Washington County, not just Hillsboro.  Need to convince everyone in the county that this expansion is good for everyone.  
      • Not without mistakes, but learning from them
        • Acting in good faith
        • They know that this will take a few years and are prepared for this!
    • Aloha has not been heard for too long.  These businesses are our livelihood, we all have different objectives and having a collective voice helps us be heard.  
    • Wants to increase and enhance Latinx voice in area
    • Here to be an advocate for all businesses in community
    • Zach Lindahl – Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce – Director of Public Policy & Government Relations – P: 503-726-2155 – CP: 360-931-9944 – zachl@hillchamber.org
    • Check YouTube for Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Small Business Seminars
    • Hopeful that the Statewide Mandate on Masks helps to diffuse the aggression to small businesses when they can say “I am just the messenger”
  • Good Neighbor Project 2021 – August 29th 
  • Washington County recognized ABA recently as a Chamber and sent a $500 check which is being used to keep the ABA and its website operational. 
  • Balance of just over $2000 in bank, but Sally still needs to be reimbursed for payments she has made.  
    • ABA budget is in good standing
  • There is talk of potential Farmington Road improvements coming up, survey crews have been seen. Sally submitted a letter of support from the ABA for the grant that Washington County is working on for lighting, sidewalks, bike lanes, etc. for Farmington Road.
  • Sally had proposed holding a Town Hall in September to discuss Trauma (Covid related).  Wants to invite Washington County Mental Health advocates, and Sheriff Pat Garrett.  Hopeful to do this in person but with Covid ramping up, this will most probably be delayed.
  • The ABA will vote in November for new ABA Board Members.  Please send in your nominations for new Board Members.  We hope to elect 3 new people for 2022
  • Washington County Chamber of Commerce invites you to join their in person networking event “Wake Up Hillsboro” every Friday at 8am in the Chamber parking lot.  https://hillsborochamberor.com/events/ 
  • We should begin to discuss the possibility for an Aloha Tree Lighting this year.  

Adjourned 12:45 PM

Next Zoom meeting is scheduled for September 9th.

April 2021 ABA Zoom Meeting Notes

ABA Monthly Member Meeting – April 8, 2021

Called to Order:  11:35

  • In Attendance:  
    • *S. Reid – Agape Human Services 
    • *B. Merritt – Minuteman Mortgage – loves to help Veterans, if you know any veteran looking to buy a house or refinance, please keep him in mind.  Cops as well!  Interest rates are creeping up but still phenomenal.  
    • S. Quick – SQ Merchant Services – Help with credit card and ATM payments.  
    • *A. Stone – AHS Liaison – Helps with Booster Club, PTO and heads up Grad Party
    • J. Doane – TVWD – Elected commissioner with TVWD.  Working on 1.5 billion project to bring in more water sources with partners June 30th 2027
    • K. Harris – WCSO Community Outreach – Excited about ACFM starting up in just a few weeks!  Contact info: Kody Harris WCSO Community Education Outreach Specialist kody_harris@co.washington.or.us 503-846-2774
    • Lt J. Wheaton – WCSO – Introducing Lt. Mitch Coley to the group.  He will be replacing him as James returns to rural community patrol and Mitch starts patrol in our area.  “Hello and goodbye” but looks forward to continuing to see us from time to time
    • Lt. M. Coley – WCSO – (James, but goes by Mitch) 24 years service with County, retired veteran. He is looking forward to getting to know us all.  Hello, I am Lt. James Mitchell Coley and I go by my middle name of “Mitch”. Contact info: My email address is james_coley@co.washington.or.us – my desk number is 503-846-5909. I’ve been with WCSO for over 24 years, I served in the military for 23 years, and I completed my graduate degree at USC. Very happy to meet all of you and I look forward to the community partnership. Very respectfully, Mitch
    • J. Benett – TVWD – Assistant program director for water supply program
    • D. Valentine – Washington County – Senior Transportation planner.  Here to share upcoming work in Aloha over the next few years
    • R. Kelfkens – Senior project manager Washington County

*Denotes Members of 2021 ABA Board

  • Spotlight Member:  Steve Quick – SQ Merchant Services- In industry since 2007.
    • SQ Merchant Services.  ~ Helping your business accept Credit Cards and ATMs as a form of payment since 2007~ info@sqms.biz,  SQMS.biz  971-225-776.  When you are ready, I would love to have coffee 😊 https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/SQMerchantServices@sqmerchantservices.com/bookings/s/tq6DLR57GEqusNiMJC_rGw2
    • By definition this is an entry level sales position
    • If you are looking at a processor and they have been around less than 6 months look deeper into their work
    • Showed Review/ Referral video 
      • Praising impeccable customer service
      • Praising speed of his work
      • Amazed at how much they have saved
      • Steve is always available and answers phone
      • Resolved any issues that came up during set up immediately
    • Helps businesses accept credit card and atm forms of payment since 1997
    • Belongs to 10 different Chambers and 2 other Associations
      • 7 are clients of his
      • Advisor panel of BBB
    • Make sure the rep you work with will continue to be around
    • Working  on private labeling/ branding
      • This is important as it provides transparency
    • Has 160 positive reviews, 0 negative
      • Knows of a business in our area with 2 positive and over 1100 negative!
    • If you need a swiper on your phone, an ability to make recurring payments, services for nonprofits, Point of sales, if you need an ATM, he can handle it all.  
      • Only has to say no if it is proprietary software or a contract he can not buy out
    • He is committed to helping.  This business is his model for how to help in other areas as well.
    • His kids go to Aloha
    • Joined the ABA because of his affinity and connection to Aloha.  
      • Invited by AJ Bustamante, a fellow member of his church
    • Likes to get to know people.  If you want to get coffee and get to know each other lets do it!  
      • Believes in organic relationships
        • No pressure to sign up
    • Question from A. Stone –
      • AHS Booster Club uses apple swipe on phones, could they utilize SQ Merchant Services or does he have any advice for ways to take other forms of payment
        • Apparel sales at football games, etc?
        • Would a booster club be a worthwhile client?
          • YES he can help
          • Currently has two farmers markets who are clients
          • Can help out at cheaper rates, specifically for non profits.  Want to provide for non profits.  
          • Accommodating.  He has solutions to avoid use of phones and can use handheld terminals.  
        • Fees comparable to swiper/square?  Yes, he has non profit rates.  
    • Square is a good concept but impersonal
      • SQ Merchant Services  is here to help in person
      • SQ Merchant Services  is also cheaper
    • Believes a handshake is a contract
  • Washington County Presentation
    • Dyami Valentine and Renus Kelfkens
    • Aloha Safe Access to Transit Project
      • Improvements to Aloha Town Center area (Blanton Street, 185th street)
      • Prioritize locations along Blanton and it was funded by Urban Road Maintenance Department.  Sidewalks going in between 198th and 195th
      • 192nd will also see improvements
      • In process of identifying further priorities, see 192nd north of TVHwy as priority
      • Board has approved access to $2 million to fund improvements
      • Plans to send out a draft of a letter of support for Sally/ABA to approve use of
    • Sidewalk management.  
      • Not typical county project
      • Work done through ODOT
      • Work to send out request for qualifications to get designs on board ASAP
        • Attempt to identify real look of project
        • Need for buffer between road and sidewalk
      • All of the locations are in an unincorporated areas which complicates funding
      • 187th seems to be a priority
      • 182nd has wider shoulders and seems safer than 187th
      • Timeline – getting prospectus accepted by state, get contractor on board, have to go through Dept. of Justice which is backlogged so there is a 6 month delay, hope to have consultant on board by end of year.  Construction to start 2023
      • S. Reid – Looking forward to getting this going, it’s been in discussions for years but this feels like progress
  • 192nd will be done by URMD so it is not a concern of theirs to finish
  • TVHwy improvements a separate issue
    • Areas being looked at are:
      • Sidewalks 160th – 185th
      • Crosswalks 
  • 185th and Blanton are also being looked at, Tualatin Valley Trail concept planning is looking at that intersection in particular
  • M. Holcomb – wondering about sidewalks on Blanton – will they be basic sidewalks or actual sidewalks to developer code with curbs, drains, etc.  Will there be upgrades to the street itself?    
    • URMD considered interim improvements
    • Funding not there to do more
  • TVWD Update
    • Willamette Water Supply Program Partners with City of Hillsboro and City of Beaverton
    • $1.4 billion for improvements
    • Half that amount is funded by a loan from EPA
    • Half that amount is funded by water rates, not property taxes
    • June 2026 water will be available
    • Looked at multiple sources and this was the highest quality and cheapest option
    • City of Portland requested they leave their system
      • Taken them 10 years so far, will take 15 years by the time it ends
      • It will be a lot better for Washington county citizens to be on our own
        • Will also be cheaper
    • TVWD Film
      • (narrated by J. Benett) 
      • Looking to build their own state of the art water treatment plant 
      • Working to finish pipeline which will bring water from Cooper Mountain reservoir
      • Partnership with Washington County which is also working to expand roads at the same time
      • Crossing Butternut Creek without disturbing creek
      • 56 inch diameter steel pipe going in
      • Earthquake resilient water supply
  • Nafisa Fai Washington County Commissioner gave the ABA a $400 grant provided to non-profit organizations.  We have added it to the budget and plan to use some of it towards our outreach to the community 8th graders event May 19th 
  • Community Outreach May 19th to support 8th graders
    • ABA will have a booth
    • Making 500 bags 
    • If you would like to contribute to these to celebrate the students and provide info about your business or organization to students or parents please let us know
  • $1600 in bank account but S. Reid needs to submit invoices for reimbursement
  • Purchase of Aloha Quality Inn
    • 198th and TV Hwy
    • Converting to 54 units of permanent housing for those who are homeless and at risk
    • Services will be onsite to assist 24/7
    • Studio apts with kitchenettes
    • Renovations in phases beginning in 2021, second phase to be complete in 2022
    • Interim COVID wing will be used in 2021 to provide quarantine areas 
    • Approval for change in land use designation is being sought
    • Outreach in community will go out this spring
      • S. Reid to let us know about dates
      • Shelter operator will be available to answer questions when chosen
  • There is also a proposed shelter for addiction and treatment services in Washington county (CATT)
  • Senior Grad Party 
    • Still being planned as long as counties do not have to return to extreme risk category
      • Party at Bullwinkles which is unfortunately in a  high risk county currently
      • Bullwinkles is indoor/outdoor which opens up increased possibility it will work
      • Chris Lorenz has set up a GoFundMe to provide funds for tickets for those who can’t afford it https://www.gofundme.com/ahs-warriors-celebrate-grads-of…
      • Can drive at HS this week as well
        • Warrior gear will be sold there 
        • 9-2 on Saturday on 185th side of school
  • WCSO Updates
    • Lt Coley and K. Harris are involved in community meetings for Homeless outreach programs
    • Let K. Harris know about events that WCSO can participate in as Covid winds down
    • A reminder to not post your Covid Vaccine card with pertinent info visible on social media
    • Uptick in car thefts in the area?
      • Thefts are actually trending down from last year
      • Catalytic converter thefts are up
      • REPORT REPORT REPORT, this increases the possibility of Ring type cameras picking up video
    • Uptick in mail theft due to tax season and stimulus checks 
  • M. Holcomb – Location of old Rio Ribs will be converted to a 90 room hotel 4 story building from TV Hwy to Alexander and east of 174th.  Property west of Black Rock will be turned into 86 Unit apartment facility (“affordable”).  2-4 story building.  “Affordable” is relative.  
  • B. Merritt – feels that we will start to see hyperinflation and a $300,000 house will be worth $700,000 in 10 years.  Interest rates will go back up.  Predictions for 2023 that 5% interest rate will be norm
  • COVID relief program working tremendously to help Aloha Small Businesses
  • S. Reid got J&J shot yesterday (had not planned to) and the nurse had not drawn up the shot, had to get it pulled out and re-do but all is okay!
  • Seth Myers video – the different shots interviewing for the job.  

Adjourned 12:50

 

Please join us for our next Monthly Member Meeting Thursday May 13th 11:30 am on Zoom

 

March 2021 ABA Zoom Meeting Notes

March 2021 ABA Zoom Meeting

Called to Order by S. Reid: 11:30
In Attendance: 15

  • Introductions:
    • *S. Reid – Agape Human Services – Starting a new business, working on figuring out her calling. Sitting in on state meetings for addiction health. Looking to get in on the ground floor to provide help to treat humans going through crisis.
    • K. Peterson – Talbot, Korvola & Warwick – (Guest Speaker)
    • *A. Stone – AHS Liaison – PTO Board for AHS, Grad Party planner for AHS. Eagerly awaiting return to school in hybrid form. Sports are starting up. Feeling of happiness in moving forward! Generally there is a 50/50 split between students who will return/not return (Decision date March 15th). Likely to hold a drive thru graduation like last year, but there is still a Grad Party planned.
    • K. Ramsay – ACFM – gearing up for the upcoming season. Plan to start the first Thursday in May (May 6th) Will run every Thursday until the end of September. Plan to run the market the same way they did last year and plan to function this way until they hear differently from the Oregon Farmers Market Association according to risk level. Always looking for more vendors!
    • J. Maynard – Integrity Brewing – moved here in 2015 to work with Intel. Has wanted to start a home brewery for many years now, and he is happy to be working to make that dream happen! Enjoyed making his video with Brian.
    • J. Monihan – Pamplin Media Group – Jori Monihan, Beaverton Valley Times and Pamplin Media Group, jmonihan@pamplinmedia.com, 971-645-3103. Please reach out if you need any print advertising!
    • J. Beers – SQ Merchant Services – working on defending a company who is competing with Google for file sharing. Works in Cyber Security – Amazon, Google, PlayStation, but wants to transition to working with small businesses.
      • James Beers SQ Merchant Services https://calendly.com/sqmerchanttechservices/cybersecurity
    • S. Quick – SQ Merchant Services – very happy to have recently taken on J. Beers as an employee
      • Helping your business accept Credit Cards and ATMs as form of payment since 2007
      • info@sqms.biz SQMS.biz 971-225-7767 “When you are ready, I would love to have coffee 😊”
      • https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/SQMerchantServices@sqmerchantservices.com/bookings/s/tq6DLR57GEqusNiMJC_rGw2
    • *B. Merritt – Minuteman Mortgage – Interest rates are going back up! Most of his customers are still getting 3% which is still a fantastic rate. Will only encourage good options.
      • Thanks Karen for recent referral
    • P. Roberts – Westside Community Church – Wants to remind us that Westside Food Brigade has delivery options!
    • J. Doane – TVWD – Elected commissioner, 2 more years on term. Starting to put together for 21-23 biennium. Budget dictates rates. Next Monday will be the first of budget workshops, followed by a budget hearing in April. Virtual meetings anyone can come. www.tvwd.org (look for meetings or staff links) Encourage participation in budget planning as it drives the rates!
      • ABA plans to feature TVWD in April.
    • K. Harris – WCSO Community Outreach – busy with Community Academy! Transformer blew last night giving them a challenge, but were successful. Kids Academy is still open but believe that it will fill soon! Please keep the WCSO informed of any neighborhood issues. Noticing rise in homeless camps and through traffic. Please let Kody know of any issues you see and would like addressed, she is happy to hold virtual meetings! Noticing increase in mail theft especially due to stimulus checks.
    • M.K. – Steward of Agape Community Insurance – Recently acquired business from Sally.
    • *S. Rennie – Schmidt and Yee – Work primarily in estate planning, trusts and probate proceedings. Does not handle personal injury or divorce.
    • K. Bolin – Edward Jones – March 15th is her 17 year work anniversary with Edward Jones!
      • Note to Kyra to send her an invoice from ACFM for advertising she has on ACFM trailer
      • Recently joined Hillsboro Elks club and is encouraging them to join ABA
      • Does business at Tresor Day Spa, hoping to encourage them to re-join ABA
      • Has been ordering pizza from Nonna Emilia’s once or twice a month and it is great!
      • Wants to encourage members to share how they are doing business with member businesses
      • Impressed with the Westside Food Brigade

*denotes ABA 2020-2021 Board Members

  • K. Peterson – Talbot, Korvola & Warwick – Oregon Tax Law Changes
    • Current and Coming Changes and Challenges
      • Oregon Corporate Activity Tax
      • Metro Personal and Business Taxes
      • Multnomah County Personal Income Tax
      • Paid Family Medical Leave Tax
      • Statewide Transit Tax – wages
      • Multnomah County rate increase
    • Corporate Activity Tax
      • Gross receipts tax
      • Functions like a sales tax – however it is not
      • Levied on businesses with Oregon gross receipts of over One Million dollars (applies to more companies that one might think it would)
      • Low rate, but broad tax
      • Those struggling the most with the tax are those who do a very high volume but have a very low margin
        • Example: Restaurants
      • Limited deduction determined on gross receipts with approx. 40 different exceptions
        • Does not include investment income, capital gains (sale of business)
        • Includes normal business activity
      • If your Oregon sourced receipts are over $1 Million you are subject to it
      • You get to take a deduction for the greater of 35% of your cost of labor, or your cost of sales (whichever is higher)
        • Cost of Labor is defined as benefits, retirement, but does not include Payroll tax
      • Once the cost of labor or cost of sales is determined, take Oregon sourced gross receipts (sale delivered outside of Oregon is not part of Oregon sourced gross receipts) minus 35% of that cost, deduct $1 Million, multiply it by .0057, and add $250 (flat filing fee) to determine tax
      • Currently forms are not working well and many extensions are being filed
      • Tax levied on seller rather than buyer (as opposed to a sales tax which is levied on the buyer) so many businesses are raising costs
        • However when you raise the costs of goods and services you add on what you are taxed on
    • Metro Personal and Business Taxes
      • For Metro residents 1% of Oregon taxable income
      • For nonresident businesses and individuals 1% of Metro sourced income
      • Businesses with receipts over $5,000,000 are subject, including pass-through entities
      • This will likely be administered by the City of Portland License Bureau
        • Still being determined
      • They are working on guidance but are expected to use Multnomah County Business tax rules
        • Nothing has been published yet
    • Portland Preschool for All
      • For Multnomah County residents 1-3% of Oregon taxable income over $150,000 (single) or $200,000 (joint)
      • For nonresident business and individuals 1-3% of Multnomah County sourced income
      • This will likely be administered by they City of Portland License Bureau
        • Similar to 2003 tax
      • They are working on guidance
      • Set to kick in for 2021
    • Paid Family Medical Leave Tax
      • A statewide tax levied on wages paid or received
      • 1% tax on wages up to $132,900
        • Divided between employer and employee 60% / 40%
    • Statewide Transit Tax
      • 0.1% tax on all wages
      • This is on top of the TriMet tax charged employers on wages paid and on self-employment income
    • Multnomah County Business tax went up to 2% from 1.45%
    • What’s next?
      • Legislature is in session
      • They are considering disconnecting from federal law in regard to a number of things
        • Taxable PPP loan forgiveness
        • Federal NOL carryback rules under CARES Act
        • Still determining if this will apply to 2020 taxes or 2021
        • Highly likely this will be taxable
    • Questions/Comments
      • Will Taxes ever go down? Likely no. We could inflate our way out, as tried in the 80’s. We will never realize there is no such thing as “free money”
        • Concerns over paying Unemployment Insurance
      • Belief is that if PPP loan becomes a forgiveness, it will be for 2021, and we won’t know if this will occur until June. Oregon may tax all of it.
      • Please be kind to your CPA, for the past year the answer to most questions has been “I don’t know”
  • Kody Harris WCSO Community Outreach
    • Virtual Kids Safety Academy Space is limited and will remain open until filled—only one registration necessary per family. To register, visit: https://bit.ly/3rdGt0C
    • Kody Harris WCSO Community Education Outreach Specialist kody_harris@co.washington.or.us 503-846-2774
    • Online Reporting https://www.co.washington.or.us/Sheriff/report-a-crime.cfm
    • Car Prowls Mail and Package Theft and 9pm Routine https://www.co.washington.or.us/Sheriff/CrimePrevention/9pm.cfm
    • Please share! Covid Community Counseling Program https://www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/CommunicableDiseases/COVID-19/mental-health-matters.cfm
  • J. Maynard – Integrity Brewing – Video on website
    • Started home brewing a while ago, and partnered with a neighbor who was also a home brewer to open their own brewery in 2017.
    • Began working on recipes and processes and getting licenses in order.
    • In 2019 sold their first keg to Raindrop Tap House!
    • Video showcased their process of brewing beer.
    • Dream is to take Integrity Brewing from a “nano brewery” run out of a basement and become a venue that is a large brewery, taphouse/restaurant featuring live music and food.
    • Brews a variety of drafts and alcohol percentage beers
    • Tap Houses in Beaverton and Hillsboro are serving their brews. You can view a “tap tracker” on their website to know where you can purchase their brews.
    • https://www.integrity-brewing.com/
  • Steve Quick will be the spotlight speaker in April to share information about his business and the cyber security his partner is now providing.
  • The ABA Board met the first of the month.
  • Peppermill currently will only allow 8 in their meeting room but we are watching out for our next opportunity to visit in person there!
  • Hopeful to be able to meet in person soon.
  • ABA Finances / Membership rates are good
    • 40 current members and 3 recently renewed
      • Hopeful to get lapsed members to renew soon!
    • $1608 in bank
  • Support for AHS outgoing Seniors or incoming Freshman?
    • Currently well set up for Grad Party but are considering a can drive (April 10th?)
      • Will have blue bags ready for cans
    • Beaverton Together is working with Mt View and Five Oaks and are looking at doing a drive thru graduation in association with WCSO, Health and Human Services and the ABA is considering what we might be able to consider adding.
      • Need for 500 items by May 19th Drive Thru
        • Hydro Flask Water Bottle Stickers? Options available through Etsy
        • Kody to see if options are available through the Alcohol, Tobacco prevention group may be able to contribute
        • Look at Dairy Queen for options
        • Baskin Robbins plans to contribute coupons
        • Godfathers?
        • Contact McDonalds to see if they would like to participate
      • Focus on these students are future business members!
      • Drive Thru will be held at Aloha High School
  • Video – How one Conversation Can Change a Person’s Life

Adjourned at 12:45
Our Next Zoom Meeting will be April 8 th

December 2020 ABA Zoom Meeting Notes

December 2020 ABA Zoom Meeting

Called to Order by S. Reid: 11:35

In Attendance:  12

  • Introductions:   
    • S. Reid* – Agape Community Insurance – Aloha is her community!
    • K. Harris – WCSO – Community Outreach Specialist with WCSO, Holiday Season means lots of Porch Pirates, Stolen Purses, etc.  
    • P. Roberts – Westside Community Church – 43 years in the area.  (Westside Cruisers has funds down this year so they have left the ABA but hope to rejoin next year)
    • D. Schouten – Washington County Commissioner (Outgoing) – Was Representative for 20+ years.  Represented District 1.  He is in his last weeks as Commissioner.  It is time for new leadership.  Has appreciated seeing the growth and development in Aloha.  Grateful for the revival and growth of ABA.
    • B. Merritt* – Minuteman Mortgage – Been in Aloha for a long time, Business is good.  Covid has brought with it many issues.  Trying to get loans arranged for those in higher need has been difficult.  Locked in a loan for less than 2%.  15 year fixed. 
    • Detective P. Altiere – WCSO – Property Crimes, Detective for 7 years, with WCSO 17 years.  
    • N. Fai – Washington County Commissioner (Incoming) –  January will be sworn into.  Excited and looks forward to serving the area she lives in (unincorporated Aloha) Hopes to bring attention that Aloha needs to our area.  Grateful to those who voted for her.  
    • MK – Agape Community Insurance 
    • K. Bolin – Edward Jones – Working from home since February.  Suggests we check out the Hillsboro Elks off Corn Pass Rd. and Quatama on Fri or Sat from 6-8PM and enjoy the lights and Santa!  
    • S. Rennie – Schmidt and Yee – Grew up in the area.  Spending the holidays at home.  His parents and inlaws are part of their bubble so they will be able to share the holidays with them
    • M. Holcomb – Former ABA Treasurer, joining us today to say “goodbye” to Dick Schouten and “welcome” to Nafisa Fai
    • P. Bransford – 

*denotes 2020 – 2021 ABA Board Member

  • WCSO Area Crime Updates/Questions
    • Miller Paint and Baskin Robbins both have been recently broken into.    
    • Baskin Robbins has considered leaving cash register money drawers out on counter to show they are empty
    • Miller Paint had spray paint stolen
    • How can we stop this?  Unfortunately there is not much we can do
      • Have nothing visible through windows 
        • Consider leaving empty cash drawer visible
      • Have a working video system to allow us to catch people
        • A video from the scene helped ID the person who broke into Baskin Robbins.
      • When you terminate employees make sure to get keys back, take them out of POS systems, change alarm codes.  
    • Neighborhood Watch Options
      • Have businesses build Neighborhood Watch program for their businesses within shared complexes.  
        • Lighting
        • Cameras
    • Online Reporting https://www.co.washington.or.us/Sheriff/report-a-crime.cfm
    • Car Prowls and Package Theft and 9pm Routine https://www.co.washington.or.us/Sheriff/CrimePrevention/9pm.cfm
    • Outdoor Videos are not as thorough as in store cameras.  
      • The higher the resolution the better
      • Try to aim cameras at eye level
    • Offenders are often repeat offenders.  Individuals likely to return.  
    • Crime is on the rise
      • In particular theft of items from yards and mail
  • Shop With a Cop is still happening.  
    • Everything is virtual, businesses can donate items, or gift cards. 
    • Lots of requests for clothing and blankets.  
    • Tobias Elementary and Raleigh Park are being served.  Served about 30 families.  
    • Fortunately this year there were quite a few businesses who stepped up to help.  
  • Covid Community Counseling Program https://www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/CommunicableDiseases/COVID-19/mental-health-matters.cfm    
  • Dick Schouten and Nafisa Fai -2020 Affect on Aloha Community, Plans for 2021
    • Analysis of stormwater and wastewater provide us some updated news on Covid spread.  
      • It looks based on this information that we will continue to see an upsurge in Covid cases and hospitalizations in the coming weeks.
    • It is not the goal of the County to shut us down.
      • We need to take responsibility for what we do and how we help each other.
    • Lots of Covid growth since October
    • Deaths predominantly are being found in the over 50 population
      • Also hitting the Latinx community (15% of population) harder than others.  40% of Covid cases
    • Extreme Risk Category
      • Indoor entertainment and recreational facilities are closed
      • Personal services are allowed
      • Outdoor entertainment and recreational facilities are at a max 50 people
    • Vaccine options
      • First provided to frontline providing medical care
      • First also provided to those working in residential care facilities and their residents (older population)
      • Second Category will be the over 65 populations (hopefully February)
      • Lastly (hopefully late spring/early summer) we will get through the rest of the population
    • Small Business grants are available now
    • Dick Schouten Highlights of work accomplished and partnerships over the time he was Commissioner 
      • Mt Williams Park and Trail on 160th 
      • Mt View Champions Park – specifically built for handicap ease of use
      • Aloha Community Library -had to start from scratch and build up the ability to qualify to join Washington County Library System
      • Future – Aloha Tomorrow – Continue to plan and work on zoning on 185th and TV Hwy to build pedestrian friendly commercially viable area / town center 
      • Future – Florence Street pedestrian improvements
      • Measure 26-218 did not pass so they are looking for new options for safety improvements
      • Felt it was time to step down and welcome new ideas
      • Has greatly enjoyed his time on the board, given his all, and here to say “Thank you” and “farewell”.  Thanks the ABA for all it has given to the community.  Hopes to stay involved in the community
    • K. Harris thanks Dick Schouten for the county support and county livability plan for their assistance in bringing the ACFM to the community.  
    • S. Reid – grateful for the sidewalks and 198th improvements
      • D. Schouten sees need for improved walkability and is proud to be involved in that
    • Nafisa Fai – Incoming Washington County Commissioner 
      • Excited to step into new shoes
      • Commissioner elect, looking forward to returning to an ABA meeting as a full Commissioner
      • Born and raised in Somalia, refugee in Kenya, moved here as a teenager, and went to Portland State University.  As a refugee she wanted to work for the agencies helping her (UN, American Red Cross – worked there for a decade) 
      • Wanted to contribute to the community differently so she debated Public Health or becoming a Physician’s Assistant.  
      • Went to work with Public Health in Multnomah County, and worked on MERS
      • Public Health work helped her to understand Public Policy / How a bill becomes a law
      • Started her own consulting business and has learned a lot about the problems businesses discover.  
      • Created Pan African festival from a business perspective to help bring together the community to learn from those cultures
      • Decided to contribute politically
      • Worked on Clean Water Services commission
      • Worked on Washington County Covid Contact Tracing 
      • Community Concerns included 
        • Housing affordability
        • Traffic
        • Persons of Color – wants to make sure Washington County is fair and equitable for all.
      • Wants to live here and be part of the community for a long time
      • Questions and Comments from ABA Members:
        • K. Bolin:  
          • Would like to see:
            • Affordable childcare subsidies
            • Moratorium against eviction to be broadened to include businesses not just residents.  
          • Thanks Dick Schouten for his participation in community and events, and availability to make contact with
        • S. Reid:
          • Would like a clearer understanding of “essential workers”
          • Has concerns over lack of physical contact with the community
          • Has concerns over why businesses and restaurants can’t open if they are being safe.  This has been detrimental to the community
        • B. Merritt:
          • States that Coronavirus has always been around.  
          • People will still die even after a vaccine
          • If the community can just use common sense we could go back to life
          • Sick and tired of politicians controlling his life and his agency
          • Is a survivor of Coronavirus
          • Has had antibodies show up in 2 of his first of 4 blood donations
        • K. Bolin disagrees and has concerns about who will spread Covid to the general public.  Government tells us to wear seatbelts and we do
        • MK reminds us that the healthcare system is being overwhelmed and can not handle this.  Respects our freedoms but looks at this from a public policy perspective that show we can not handle this
      • N. Fai notes that is a real concern, it is unfortunate that it has been politicized the way it has.  It has been weaponized by politicians.  If everyone had followed the rules and done what we could we could have saved thousands of lives.  The rules need to be applied equally.  
      • K. Harris applauds the way the state worked to maintain businesses like the Farmers Market.  Grateful for that resource.  
  • S. Reid – Wishes us all to have a Happy Holiday season, wear your mask, stay safe so we can all get through this!

Adjourned:  1pm

Our Next Zoom Meeting will be January 14th

August 2020 ABA Zoom Meeting Notes

Called to Order 11:30/11:45

Notes:  Malia Paulsen

  • In Attendance/What is your favorite take out at this time/what businesses are you trying to support at this time?
    • S. Reid – Agape Community Insurance – Tapitillo or Stir Crazy, Biscuits Cafe
    • G. Rosenthal – Candidate for Metro #3, from the Stafford area – Huang Pearl and Isla Bonita
    • K. Harris – WCSO Community Outreach / Aloha Community Farmers Market – Pho Nam Progress Ridge, Roxys, Papa Johns, McMenamins
    • S. Rennie – Schmidt and Yee – India House 
    • J. Southgate – Independent Contractor for WA County
    • D. Huish – Mt. Olivet – Donut King
    • A. Stone – AHS Liaison – Favorite takeout Mio Sushi or Pizza Schmizza 
    • S. Radie – Westside Community Church
    • J. Doane – TVWD (disconnected and didn’t get back on)
    • D. Atkins – Key Bank (disconnected and didn’t get back on)
    • P. Roberts – Westside Community Church (disconnected and didn’t get back on)
  • ABA Treasurer’s Report – S. Rennie
    •  $771 in bank
    • Paid Malia for July.
    • No new members this week
    • 40 current members with several renewals due for July/August 
  • Aloha Projects and Community Updates – J. Southgate
    • Last spoke to the ABA in September 2019
    • Has a passion for renewing commercial districts and improving their economic success.
      • Orenco Station is an example of this success
    • Has seen lots of planning in Aloha, but would like to see action
    • Focus on safer pedestrian access in Aloha
    • Is the Short term Economic Involvement Manager for Washington County
      • Focus is on urban unincorporated areas
    • Hopes to speak to ABA in the Fall
    • Covid
      • Closures from Covid has put most of his work on the back burner
      • CARES act allows for funds from Federal dollars
        • Rent Assistance
        • Economic Development
        • Small business grant program
        • 3 million earmarked for Washington County Unincorporated areas
        • Businesses in incorporated areas have access to funds available from their own city.
      • Business Recovery Center has been set up with a variety of resources
      • They will be receiving PPE shipments and they will be made available to local businesses
        • Childcare businesses should apply
        • Nonprofits can apply
  • Good Shirt Project – Joe Barhoum 
    • https://hyva.co/product/good-shirt-aloha-together/
    • Considering wordage for front of shirt to be “Aloha Together in Community” 
    • Had discussed the idea of a heart shape on back with all of our businesses listed, however this can drastically increase the cost to produce as well as can lead to animosity between businesses if some get left off of the listing.  
    • HYVA shirt sales help provide financial resources for your own business or funds you can distribute back into the community
    • Businesses can click on link on HYVA website to sign up to participate
      • Can also sell their t-shirts at their business
    • Can we sell at ACFM?
    • Sally/Agape Community Insurance are one of the shirt sponsors
    • Launched to help small businesses in area to help raise money during this time
      • Have raised $7000 for small businesses in Camas so far
      • Featured on KATU last week
      • Launched in Happy Valley and Beaverton as well
      • Pre-ordering is available
      • There is a Merchant sign up form on their website
        • Want to participate?  Sign up!
        • You will get a Discount on shirts and you can receive assistance
      • Once a design is approved shirts can be produced within the next few days.
      • Finances put into shirts goes into a profit sharing pool.  
        • Shirts are sold for $25, the cost of shirt production is $12.50 per shirt, so $12.50 is profit
      • Sell shirts in your own business or online
    • The ABA wants to encourage all businesses in our community to participate, not just members, however on the website to sign up to participate there will be a link to join the ABA 
  • Aloha Community Farmers Market 
    • ABA can begin to use their ABA member Booth
    • ACFM owes $60 renewal, in-kind ABA can have our booth for 2 weeks. 
    • Looking at having the Aloha Community Library set up their book curbside pick up at the ACFM
    • Deficit prediction of $10,000 from last years totals
    • Are already $10,000 short so they are actually $20,000 shot in total
    • Need funds to help with Sprouts Kids Club
    • ACFM has tripled their SNAP output and need funds to match
    • ACFM is led by an all female board and was launched by all women.  
      • Looking at ways to work with and celebrate that dynamic
  • Good Neighbor Project
    • Hosted by Westside Community Church
    • Text “GNP” to 5039059067 to sign up to participate
    • 150 signed up already
      • Building momentum
    • Waiting to hear from schools
      • The Beaverton School District passed a regulation to keep campuses closed.  
      • GNP has petitioned to allow projects to occur outside on campuses.  
        • One school has turned them down
        • Looking at ways to work around this
  • Community Announcements
    • Gerritt Rosenthal – Metro Transportation Bond issue 
      • .06% payroll tax
      • Improve transportation and safety on TV hwy
      • The Payroll Tax will exclude small businesses with 25 employees or less
      • Wants to know the ABA Member’s thoughts
        • The majority of ABA Members have less than 25 employees 
      • Trimet already has a tax on payroll 
      • He is running for office and looking for input from the community on what they want
  • Washington County Sheriff Office Update
    • According to CPO6, Safety Corridor did not pass 
    • Fraud and Scams are skyrocketing due to Covid
      • WCSO has a long list on their website of things to look out for to avoid being scammed
    • WCSO is working to create an online predators course to help keep students/parents and teachers safe when they work from home
    • Held an online safety course for kids staying home alone for the 1st time.  
      • Current session is full and they hope to hold a second larger class in the near future
    • Asks us to continue the “9pm routine” of locking up your home and cars at 9pm and turning on outdoor lighting
    • Reports of child and domestic abuse are down, but the concern is that incidents are up and they are not being reported.
      • If you see something, say something
    • Shop with a Cop is still in discussions on how to adapt it this year.  No date is set.
    • Covid Community Counseling Program https://www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/CommunicableDiseases/COVID-19/mental-health-matters.cfm    
    • Washington County Listening Sessions are starting next week! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/listening-sessions-with-washington-county-board-of-commissioners-registration-114708935514

Adjourned 1pm

Our Next Zoom Meeting will be held Thurs Sept 10th 

 

July 2020 ABA Zoom Meeting Notes

ABA July Luncheon – Zoom

In Attendance: 12

Called to Order:  11:30

  1. Introductions:
  • *S. Reid – Agape Community Insurance
  • B. Phillips – Hillsboro Business Resources Recovery Center 
    • 8 days on the job, 30 years experience in economic development.  Opened up a new round of grants ($3000) for small businesses to assist in start up and reopening.  10,000 applicants will be reviewed.  You must be in an unincorporated area to qualify for those loans.  If you are in a city the city will be processing their own businesses for grants and loans.  Good resources on their website.  https://www.businessrecoverycenters.org/.  You can also contact them through Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.  
  • P. Roberts – Westside Community Church –
    • Will be holding a service in the parking lot, it will be the first time the congregation is together since March.  Looking forward to it.  
  • K. Osborn – Westside Food Brigade
    • continuing to provide service every week, noticing an increase in families using their services.  Switched to a “drive thru” system, a “shopping list” is handed to a family,  they circle what they want and a volunteer goes in and picks up items for the family.  This change has brought a disappointing loss of person to person contact, but it has sped up services.  Not ideal but they are making it work.  Farm to Family boxes currently being distributed by other organizations.  These are very hard to get, so if anyone comes across these as an option please let Westside Food Brigade know so they can get them.  Grocery Outlet on 185th holding its annual “Independence From Hunger,” they will be donating  purchases or financial donations to Westside Food Brigade.  Westside Food Brigade is hoping to buy a refrigerated truck.  
  • A. Terrones – WCSO/Public Affairs – 
    • WCSO has an online reporting system set up but it is not for suspect information, you should still call a deputy about that.  
  • K. Harris – WCSO Community Outreach for Aloha – 
    • We are currently in the 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers, put the cell phone away, watch the speed limit, don’t drink and drive.  Launched online reporting for minor issues.  Provides an alternative to face to face and non-emergency contact.  Remember to lock up at 9pm – garage, bikes, lock doors, etc.  
  • S. Raide – Westside Community Church
    • Director of Care and Facilities at Westside Community Church.  He is here to discuss the Good Neighbor Project.  
  • MK – Agape Community Insurance
    • Plugging away from home, not much to update, his family is good.  Schools in South Africa are starting to reopen and they are seeing new cases.  
  • J. Doane – Aloha Community Library
    • Working out how to live with curbside pick up for holds.  Book Drop is now open, materials are quarantined for 2 weeks.  Doors still not open.  Got a $79,000 paycheck assistance loan so they have not had to lay off employees but are still in a deficit.  It costs them $45,000 a year for the community room space, they might have to give it up.  Looking at using it as a children’s library space.  She is still on the board, but no longer president.  Daniel Houser is the new president.  He is a political analyst.  
  • J. Doane – TVWD 
    • most employees are working from home.  Office has been rearranged to accommodate for social distancing for those who do come in to work.  Many employees want to continue to work from home and they are working to accommodate that.  Pipeline from Wilsonville is continuing to be worked on.  Racial justice issues are a focus for them working in HR.  Continuing to not shut off water due to non payment but are asking customers to let them know if it is an issue.  “Making it work”
  • *S.  Rennie – Schmidt and Yee
    • Working on PPP loans and how to accommodate issues for their clients.  Courts are starting to open up but are greatly backlogged, orders not being signed, etc.  
  • K. Bolin- Edward Jones
    • Business is going great.  July has seen panic calm down.  People are not spending as much money so they are investing more, clients are staying busy or retiring.  Wearing masks when she goes out.  Aloha Community Farmers Market has great masks.  Trying to figure out how to properly set up the church she attends to make it open and clean.
  • D. Huish – Mt Olivet Baptist Church
    • Still figuring out how to reopen, and it will be a while.  Need to figure out ways to clean and create non touch areas.  Sent out surveys to members of the church to determine how and when to reopen.  Raising money to help out families in church.  Offices remain closed.  

*Denotes ABA 2020 Board Members

  1. Treasurers Report / Membership Report:
  • $834.20 in the bank currently
  • Hopeful for renewals to come in soon
  • 50 Current Members
  • 4 Overdue
  • 8 due in July
  1. ABA News and Updates
  • Last month at the June Luncheon, we discussed a campaign to encourage members and the community to  “Shop Local.”  Washington County gave them a budget of $500 to help.  We need to let them know what we plan to do.  Also looking at doing facebook and instagram blast to showcase businesses as they open up.  
  1. Steve Raide – Good Neighbor Project 
  • Sunday August 30th
  • Partnership between Westside Community Church and other churches in the area.  
  • Looking into communicating the ways they can include members of the community who want to help and participate remotely or in person but in a limited capacity basis.  
  • Doubts we will be in Phase 2 August 30th, but has hopes we will be.  Limiting their plans to Phase 1 (25) people in case.
  • Schools are letting them know projects that can be done, principals are reaching out.  Glad Acres, Five Oaks, Mountainside and Aloha are among those they will serve.
  • A man in Aloha has requested help to knock down his briars in the yard.  
  • Very excited to go out into the community and help out.  
  • Proud to have created a room at Westside for  WCSO
  • Have assisted with Westside Food Brigade.
  • Trying to reach out to teachers and parents to start groups to send out thank yous to them.  
  • This is an opportunity for everyone to come together and help their neighbors.  
  • Sally would like to see our community pull back together, road clean up, yard clean up, start out the new year/new school year right and support each other.  
  • Kody thanks Steve for the early involvement with the Good Neighbor Project and says it has been wonderful to be involved with.   She is working on getting WCSO deputies involved.  
  • Steve is looking at ways to give back to deputies as well.  
  • SteveR@westsidemail.com
  • Adopt a road for ABA will be held 8/30 as well. 
  1. Updates and Testimonials
  • The Aloha Community Farmers Market has reopened.  The number of tents and participants is increasing.  Masks are required.  Kody is still board president.  But is so proud of everyone she has handed it off to.  Permission for signage has been granted.  Community has rallied behind them.  Covid was a setback but they are coming back strong.  You can order online so you can just swing by and go.  Great masks available. 
  • Should our  August ABA Luncheon be held on Zoom or in person?  The general consensus is to continue on Zoom.  It’s nice to be able to check in with our members and community.    Karen would like to see these used more as an educational time as well as a check in.  Sally asks us to let her know if we have any topic ideas for next month.  

Adjourned at 12:30

June 2020 ABA Zoom Meeting Notes

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

Called to Order 11:45

In Attendance:  8

Notes:  Malia Paulsen

Attempted in person and Zoom meeting but unable to keep zoom connected.

1 – Introductions –  What have you changed to the positive during this Covid 19 experience in operating your business or non-profit.

  • M. Schmidt – Schmidt and Yee- He has been able to catch up on work thanks to Covid19 Closures
  • D. Leitz – Baskin Robbins co owner – she is glad to be able to stay open during all of this
  • K. Bolin – Edward Jones in Aloha – has not been in to her office in  2 months due to a staff member with anxiety, she is respecting health issues and has been able to work from home.  Impressed with Edward Jones as a company as they are sending out sanitizer and thermometer kits to all of its 15,000 offices.  She had a social distant retirement party for a client and is appreciating the creativity of our community in finding ways to celebrate and enjoy things now.
  • S. Leitz – Baskin Robbins – Pleased that he has convinced Pizza Schmizza to go national with “Shop With a Cop”.  Pleased that he has now given out at least 1200 free lunches (slice and a drink) from his 82nd Avenue Pizza Schmizza to school age kids.   They are holding a concert fundraiser on Saturday to raise funds for the free lunch program. The concert will be on Facebook Live, they are adding a “donate now” option.
  • Pastor G. Kolstad – Westside Community Church – construction is going well but they are almost 2.5 months behind schedule in the remodel which includes an update to the main building and maintenance and repairs.  A positive aspect to Covid19 however is that they have been able to keep up with construction without missing weekend services since they are all done from home online now.  This has shown increased participation.  They have also been able to put more time into reaching out on a more personal level with members.  Starting to work on in person events based on what the community allows and needs
  • A. Stone* –  AHS PTO- AHS is still having its Grad Party on July 31st at Bullwinkles!  They are excited, and are looking forward to getting the word out and selling tickets.  Can Drive was a success raising $2500 plus.  One more will be held before the Grad Party and they hope to add Kona Ice to that event.  AHS held a “Drive Thru Graduation” last week.  A plus to  Covid19 has been positive conversations to increase knowledge of personal space and boundaries.  Her family is wearing masks when they feel they should, and having conversations with their kids about when it is appropriate to do so.
  • B. Merritt* – Minuteman Mortgage – Interest rates are plummeting, this has increased business, recently locked in a 2.5% interest for a client.  He doesn’t have to advertise, it has become socially acceptable to do more zoom meetings, hardly has to go to the office, the State has said loan officers can work from home.  Moving into a new office on the 1st of July.
  • S. Reid* – Agape Community Insurance- has been open the entire time, MK has been working from home, and she is having clients leave messages. She is also doing more business over the phone and zoom, this has allowed her to catch up with work.  They are limiting who comes into the office and this has helped keep things going.  She misses the “in person aspect” but is grateful for the time to catch up.

*Denotes 2020 ABA Board Members

2 – Board and Committee Reports 

  • A – Board Review – Sally Reid
    • 50 Current Members
    • THPRD’s Concerts in the Park are cancelled this year
    • We are looking at ways to thank the community for supporting local businesses and nonprofits
    • A banner hung at Thriftway to thank Aloha Communityfor shopping local?
    • Signage to put in front of member businesses to thank them, highlight them, and highlight shopping local?
    • Instagram video that highlights clients giving testimonials about why they do business with…
  • B – Treasurer Report 
    • Currently have around $1200 in bank
  • C – Community Partnerships / Communications
    • ABA Spotlights of the Month  – Mt Olivet Church, Reedville Presbyterian Church, Westside Community Church

3 – Speaker – Sally Reid – A Review of Highlights from Leadercast 2020:  Positive Disruption

  • Rahaf Harfoush
    • Pressure to innovate
      • Digital Social Norms – 102 million emails sent in 30 seconds
      • Cognitive impact on your brain – pleasure hormones released (150 times a day looking at your phone)
      • We live in an era of constant distraction – affects our ability to create
      • Designed for addiction and urgency….social media (always available)
    • STOP AND THINK
      • Some of the most innovative tools can actually get in the way of innovation.
        • Is your technology supporting you or distracting you?
        • Tech reflects Culture
        • Are you prioritizing recovery and rest?
    • Take 30 minutes to just sit and do nothing. A part of high production and creativity.
    • Reframing the future – Disruption is the beginning (embrace an evolutionary mindset)
    • Continuous change equals constant adaptation – no going back to the normal way of life
    • There is always something new that comes along and makes us change and adapt
    • FOPA – Future Oriented Present Acting
      • Look to where you want to be
      • Being Forward thinking isn’t enough – how do you define innovation?
      • Ethical – Sustainable – Inclusive – Transparent
      • Are these tools taking us to the future or away?
    • Are you willing to align your present with your future?
    • Perspective is everything
    • The World has been disrupted – we are different now
    • Disruption always creates opportunity – opportunity for good
    • Social Norms – REFOCUS attention
    • Overwork – address resistance
    • Reframing – clarify values
    • How are you going to EVOLVE?
    • Talk to your teams about:
      • Commit to doing one thing in the next 24 hours to put in practice
      • Pick one person who is going to support you
      • The truth about disruption – good vs bad / awesome vs terrible
      • We HAVE CONTROL – which side do we want to be on?
  • Amy Jo Martin – Leading Like a Renegade
    • Why not now?
    • The Playing Field has been leveled.
    • Renegades are all about positive disruption not destruction.
    • Why not me?
    • Head into the Unknown
    • Idea to action
    • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
    • Ask Forgiveness not permission
    • Keys to being a Renegade:
      • Humanize to monetize (return on influence)
      • Want to know why you do what you do
      • Identify, diversify and own your value (share the who and the way)
      • Listen, experiment, listen (refine and repeat)(best practices)
      • It’s an inside out job – let go of others – be yourself
      • Mindset – idea to action
      • What’s the worst thing that can happen
      • Don’t give yourself an out
      • Leverage adversity – what is it here to teach me?
      • Mental, physical, and emotional states (self-talk)
      • Operating systems and belief systems are in sync
    • Where passion purpose and skill collide, bliss resides, live in that intersection
  • Sangram Vajre – The Power of Community
    • Belongship – without a community, you are simply a commodity
    • Leadership – my vision, my customers, create campaigns, build brand, my shareholders – what’s missing is a sense of purpose for your organization
    • Belongship – our collective vision, our community, create a safe place, build trust and all stakeholders
    • Building Community Ingredients:
      • Trust, Safety, and Care
      • Picture of success/ extreme focus/authenticity/kindness
      • When opportunity and community meet that is “belongship”
    • Picture of Success:
      • We need to explain where we are going
      • Take people on a journey
      • Create hope
    • Extreme Focus: (What we focus on expands)
      • Own the narrative
      • Use momentum
      • Be intentional – more important than being brilliant
      • One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world
    • Authenticity – trust / credibility
      • Trust is the force multiplier – (risk of not having trust is lack of credibility)
      • What is your motive? (Have them come to you. Whoever cares the most wins!)
      • The revenue increases every time they take a stand.
      • What are you known for? Or What do you want to be known for?
    • Trust is built in very small moments – Brene Brown
    • Kindness – builds relationship and loyalty
      • Basic human need – having empathy with employees & clients
      • Loyalty can be bought – you changed my life or I’m not afraid of losing my job
      • People will run through walls for your business
    • Your Community is Your Brand – As a leader, as a business owner, as a community leader.
    • Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less – C.S. Lewis
    • What do you want to be remembered for?
    • Belongship creates legacy.
  • What is our story for Aloha?  Lets continue to build that story.
  • In October a new Leadercast is planned at a church in Gresham if they are able to do it.
  • How can ABA keep out in the forefront until we can gather again?
    • Community messaging about gratitude.
      • Video? – commission someone to take that on for Youtube or Instagram.
        • How Aloha responded to a pandemic, testimonials from customers of local businesses.
        • Create a “belongship” through a pandemic, a sense of community.
        • Needs impact and identity factor.
        • The pandemic lowered the barrier on people telling their story, for example, sitting in the driveway today hosting a meeting.
        • How do we get community involvement and input, how do we get members to tell their story online?
          • Testimonial at Farmers Market? Put up a tent at the Farmers Market and ask members and community to go in and record them saying what in the community they are grateful for
            • Put out a call on our social media that we will have this at the ACFM and encourage people to stop by
          • Have members record themselves at home and send it in?
        • We want to convey that “Aloha is Open for Business”
        • We want to remind the community that franchises are not all corporate.  Baskin Robbins is a Franchise, but locally owned; McDonalds is a franchise but locally owned; Walmart is a corporation.
      • Tick Tock?
        • Transition the ABA Logo between members?
        • Pass 1 dollar to 2 dollars to 3 dollars between members to “watch your money grow” when you shop local?

4- Testimonials – 

5 – Announcements – 

  • 6/25 THPRD Concert in the Park – canceled / new ideas in the works for future event
  • Westside Food Brigade has kept up with the demand of keeping our community supplied with what they need
  • ACFM got new Permanent Flags to advertise in the Thriftway Parking Lot
  • Brian Merrit – Richard Vial, current Deputy Secretary of State is running for the Secretary of State position as a non partisan.  He needs 1000 signatures to get him onto the ballot.  He will be holding a “Family Movie Night” gathering in July in their field to gather those signatures.  He plans to do a speech beforehand.
  • WACo Budget Committee is giving us a $500 grant.  We need to send them an invoice to tell them what we plan to use the funds for.

Next Board Meeting:  Thursday June 30th 2020

Next Luncheon:  Thursday July 9th 2020

2nd Thursday of every month, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM  

Please invite someone to join!

The ABA Board would like to thank

Schmidt and Yee for hosting our Board Meeting held June 4th @ 8:30 AM

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/abaassociation/

 

May 2020 ABA Zoom Meeting Notes

May Virtual Luncheon / Town Hall

Called to Order 11:40 AM

In Attendance: 14

1) Introductions:

  • S. Reid – Agape Community Insurance – She has been debating retiring but listened to a Leadercast which pointed out “you don’t retire, you rewire”.  She felt called to be a business owner initially.  Recently she ran into a distraught man outside her business and tried to help and in doing so, refound her purpose.  Feels she is essential and won’t stay at home and feels if you are called to have a business you are essential.  Feels depressed over it. Believes mental health will suffer in our community.  She is here to serve people.  As a society, we need to get back to business.  Struggles with wearing a mask. Probably not going to retire, but needs to rewire and refocus and reevaluate why she is there.  Feels we are missing clarity and feels people want communication that is clear and concise so we know what to follow.
  • K. Harris – ACFM/WCSO Outreach – Farmers Market will open June 4th with pick up options and online ordering.  Will be small, and need lots of support and funding.  Kyra from Portland Metro Records will take on the Market Manager role, Kody is moving to President.  Market will open to a limited extent, no tables or booths until Phase 2.  Recently hired on with WCSO and will be replacing Amy as the West Side Community Outreach person.  
  • A. Terrones – WCSO – Working from home, appreciating the blessing of her kids being more independent and doing their school work.  Moving to East Side Community Outreach.
  • D. Huish – Mt Olivet – Waiting to know when they can go back, it might be the fall.  Working from home.  Sunday sermons are online, and their website is frequently updated.  They are using Facebook and YouTube to host different videos and outreach.  Noticing people watching from outside their usual group!
  • Lt E. Rawilinson – WCSO – Working from home and office, misses meeting with others and going out in public.  
  • J. Koch – WCSO – Busy keeping operations going, and planning how to strategically open up this month
  • MK – Agape Community Insurance – doing well, family good, sons school going well- he’s fairly independent
  • S. Heaton –  Westside Cruisers – Trying to stay busy with cars in the garage, wife and daughter are making masks and sending them to CA and WA for First Responders and Medical teams!  
  • M. Apple – Miller Paint – listening in and is slammed at work, everyone is painting
  • P. Roberts – Westside Cruisers/Westside Community Church – Doing as well as can be.  Working in the garden, misses contact with people.  Westside Community Church using Zoom, 3 Sunday services pre-recorded online complete with music.  
  • J. Doane – TVWD – Not shutting off water for non-payment for now.  Still have to figure out what to do when we return to normal, and want to be benevolent 🙂  About 80% of staff are working from home.  Some crews in the field practicing social distancing and are ready to respond to emergencies.  
  • J. Doane – ACL – Library doing okay, it is budget season, they are closed for now but working with WCCL discussing how to reopen and when they can.  Moving around things on site to allow for social distancing.  Looking for Board Members, especially a Treasurer.  Have been able to keep staff on.  
  • L. Chang – Hula Halau ‘Ohana Holo’oko’a – All classes are online.  Offering free classes each week to keep people moving and active.  Also offering Virtual Hawaiian entertainment, and has turned the garage into hula studio.  Have lost some students and have gained some out of state students.  
  • A. Stone – AHS Booster Club – A lot for the seniors is on hold.  Possible graduation to be held on the football field Friday July 31st, but do not know if it will happen.  If not it will be virtual.  Grad Party up in the air.  Budget cuts coming next year for the district, and we don’t know what that will mean and how we will look.  If football games lose attendance numbers that is a huge loss of funding.  AP exams yesterday.  Online school has been a struggle.  
  • D. Schouten – Washington County Commissioner – Campaign winding up for state senate, can’t walk door to door and misses that. Phone banking outreach is not as effective.  Washington County has a Covid19 Mobile testing site at Hillsboro Stadium on Century Blvd M-Sa noon – 6pm.  It is being run by OHSU and Virgina Garcia.  WaCo has 614 cases, 14 deaths.  Have been able to avoid significant Covid19 issues in jails.  WaCo is a major agricultural area and there are concerns about migrant camps which are cramped.  The Cares Act provided separate allocation to address Covid19 issues.  County Charter changes for fall election – possibly having all commissioners on full time salary, and bringing to an end “land use season” which currently says you can’t approve land use ordinances in the second half of the year.  Hopeful to reopen with Clackamas and Multnomah in early June but it could be mid June.  Emergency Board Meeting to approve applicants for Contact Tracing to allow the county to open up under Phase 1.  
  • K. Bolin – Edward Jones – Business going well, but has unreliable internet at home which is frustrating.  Reliance on technology is frustrating.  But is able to work from home and assure clients fears for the future.  Son works for Avameer in King City and they are having trouble getting protective clothing for staff and they are looking for mens long sleeve dress shirts that they can turn into protective clothing for staff.  Dick Schouten will check in to see if the county can help at all.  

2) ABA Board met this week

  • The budget is doing well, no major expenses
  • The THPRD Concert in the Park is cancelled

3) WCSO Updates

  • Amy Terrones – WCSO Outreach
    • We want to get back to normal
    • Sheriff Office trying to get out into community to know what we need
    • Adapting through Zoom
    • Introducing Kody as the Aloha Contact for WCSO, Amy is moving to the East part of the county.  
  • Kody Harris – WCSO Outreach 
    • Figuring out how to shift to this new position, and is introduced today.  Will continue to network with Amy, but is now our contact person
    • Kody Harris Community Education and Outreach Specialist, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, 215 SW Adams Ave. MS 32, Hillsboro, OR, 97123, 971-470-6112, kody_harris@co.washington.or.us 
  • Ed Rawlinson – Lieutenant WCSO
    • Covers Aloha
    • Aloha resident 
    • Covid19 procedures –
      • This has been a big learning curve
      • Social Distancing plus law enforcement has been something new to navigate.  
        • Have had to eliminate training for the time being.  
      • Daily Briefing is being done virtually, learning about Zoom and Teams
      • Week at home, week at office
      • Deputies telecommute once a week for a day
      • Had to take backseat to allow first responders to get PPE first, but have it now
      • Have not eliminated traffic enforcement, but the need has gone down.  Still a bit of street racing and they are taking action for that.  Traffic itself has gone down.
      • DMV not open so they are not stopping for expired tags
      • Having to do a bit more first responding and doing CPR as they are often the first to arrive at a scene when out on patrol. 
      • Increased communication with Fire Dept, esp since they had the PPE first
      • When they have to go out on a call, have to pay attention to Social Distance, may ask the caller to come out of their house.  And Dispatch has to ask about health of people in home so they can put on PPE
      • Trying to figure out how to go back to work
        • Police Academy opening up next month
        • Figuring out how to get new recruits into cars and interacting with deputies
      • Burglaries and thefts from vehicles have increased.  
      • Thought there would be more Domestic Violence calls than there have been.  
      • Private Property crimes have increased as we have more time to work around the house.  
        • Package thefts have gone up somewhat 
        • Calls are not as frequent and WCSO wants those called in, even for something small as it allows them to better canvas the areas and map out issues
        • Has good bait package program
      • Child Abuse reports are down, but it is likely due to kids not at school and seeing “mandatory reporters”  
      • Mental Health calls are similar.  They have a mental health response team.  Feels better equipped to handle them now.  
      • Homeless outreach program (houseless) has asked homeless to stay in place to help prevent spread.  Unable to provide as many resources now.   Still trying to get out food boxes.  Hillsboro shelter is still accessible as is Beaverton.  
      • Deputies getting less calls.  Please contact us when you need us.  More patrols going out because they are less tied up with calls.  Will even knock on the door at 2am to let you know your garage is open.  Please don’t feel you are bothering us to call us or the non emergency number. 
        • Increase in parking complaints due to so many people parking cars and staying home.  
    • “Thank you” from Westside Cruisers Car Club – We appreciate your keeping the streets safe!  
  • Chief Deputy Koch – 
    • With WCSO 27 years, lives in Aloha, very familiar with Aloha
    • Here to speak on Public Safety levy option 
    • Aloha – Enhanced Sheriff Patrol District
    • Levy provides services to entire area
      • Replace a 5 year levy which expires in June
      • This levy is a small tax increase 
      • Provides funding for 168 positions county wide, and will add 11 positions
      • Levy provides for
        • Prosecution services addressing crimes throughout the county
        • Treatment and supervision of those who may be released to the community, including compliance monitoring for registered sex offenders
        • Supervision and treatment of Juvenile offenders
      • If levy funding passes
        • Funds law enforcement personnel in providing county services in investigations, forensics, and special teams
          • Trained mental health responders including deputies and mental health professionals helping people in crisis get medical assistance instead of going to jail
        • Houseless outreach and victims assistance
          • Emergency shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence
        • Additional services if the proposed levy passes
          • Increased funding for prosecution of child abuse and child pornography
          • Additional patrol and probation officers responsible for addressing increased domestic violence related crimes and caseload.  
          • Washington County Jail 
            • 572 bed jail
            • Level of offenders has increased, higher risk, more violent.  
            • Levy would provide funding for four additional jail deputies 
          • Services for youth outreach
          • Increase in emergency shelter positions to allow for assistance to navigate homeless outreach
      • First time it has increased in years, the community would see approximately $20 increased in taxes for the year. 
      • If levy does not pass, funding for positions will be eliminated.  Taxes would go down, but positions would be eliminated.  
    • When Covid19 became an issue in WaCo they worked to continue to provide services to the community, be it on the streets or in jail.  Had to ensure there was no outbreak in jails
      • Worked with courts to determine who was set to be released in the next few weeks and released them early
      • Low level offenders were able to be released
      • Limited low level arrests allow them to keep jail populated more with high risk offenders
      • This opened up jail to almost half capacity which allowed for social distancing among residents in jail.  
      • Temperatures taken in all intake, also have to wear a mask
      • No outbreak or infections in jail
    • Planning to strategically open the county, we are moving slowly because of the size of the county.  Do not want to fall back.  This involves the court system and determining how we can reopen without negative effects.  
  • Watching out for scams in WaCo, esp over stimulus checks.  
  • Check Facebook page for Thursday Podcast
    • This week is about scams 
  • Phase 1 – will apply to open next week
  • Covid has shown itself to be more severe than thought, but we are working to balance the severity of the situation with the economic and social/mental aspects
  • Sheriff’s Office COVID-19 Changes – https://www.co.washington.or.us/Sheriff/upload/SO-Measures-from-Sheriff-Garrett-4-3-20.pdf 
  • Both our Homeless and Mental Health Teams were highlighted in our last email newsletter – https://conta.cc/2SmUqtG
  • Public Safety and Levy Materials/Handouts – https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dg5vufzq1dzsov3/AADEiBMObJV_2pukfsEvkFf7a?dl=0
  • Lt. Ed Rawlinson WCSO-Patrol  ed_rawlinson@co.washington.or.us, 503-846-2689

4) Announcements

  • Website/Levy Info – https://www.co.washington.or.us/levies/
  • Any one over the age of 2 months with clinical signs or symptoms of upper or lower respiratory tract illnesses can be referred for testing.
  • Don’t hide, communicate.  
  • Support the community, do take out from our restaurants.  
  • Library levy – please vote yes!  No increase in taxes, just holding steady at the current rate.  
    • Thank you Agape Community Insurance Agency for the donation to help make up for tulip sale which could not happen 
  • Libraries are closed and not a drop off site for ballots
  • Westside Cruisers – has supported the community with Social Distancing birthday celebrations.  
  • Karen wants to remind us that Sheriff Pat Garrett is up for re-election and to support him
  • Ballot Drop Box locations: https://www.co.washington.or.us/AssessmentTaxation/Elections/CurrentElection/current-ballot-drop-sites.cfm

Adjourned 1:00pm

 

April 2020 ABA Zoom Meeting Notes

Held in Zoom 4/9/20

Called to Order: 11:30

In Attendance: 12

Notes:  Malia Paulsen

  • *S. Reid – Agape Community Insurance
  • K. Osborn – Westside Food Brigade
  •  R. Bradley – Macley Auto Group
  •  *A. Stone – AHS PTO
  •  S. Heaton – Westside Cruisers
  •  P. Barnes – Westside Cruisers/Westside Community Church
  •  A. Terrones – WCSO
  •  Mike – Miller Paint 
  •  MK – Agape Community Insurance
  •  M. Schmidt – Schmidt and Yee 
  •  K. Bolin – Edward Jones

*Denotes 2020 ABA Board Members

Check in with how Members are coping:

  • A. Terrones – WCSO – looking for ways to connect with the community.  Making videos to share how people are managing during all of this.  “No previous experience needed”  Support and show off your community.
  • A. Stone  – working to not be too strict, letting her kids sleep in.  Ups and downs, good days and bad days.  
  • R. Bradley – finding that her kids are responding better this week since they can see other friends in zoom classes.  It helps to see them.  
  • Disappointment in Spring Sports being cancelled, Seniors wont get to finish year in classroom, it’s been difficult on Seniors.  
  • ABA Board met on a Zoom Call 4/2/20
    • Town Hall is off since primaries are in May and “Stay at Home” is not likely to be lifted by then
    • ABA Pens are in, soon as doors open we will start passing them out in the community
    • Brian took new photos for our website to switch up photos at bottom of front page
    • Karen Bolin – Edward Jones, is business of the month for March and was going to speak today but this has not been possible.
    • ABA Finances are in order. We have over $1000 in the bank and over 50 current members
    • We are still hopeful for our partnership with THPRD for the June Concert in the Park.  
      • June 25th, 6-8pm at Mt.View Champions Park
      • Hope to get Westside Cruisers Involved
  • K. Osborn – Westside Food Brigade – 
    • Non Profit
    • Still operating on Saturdays but are taking this week off (previously planned) for the Easter Holiday.
    • Have changed the process to make sure everyone social distances.  They are cleaning and sanitizing everything being used.  Clients come and fill out a shopping list, a staff/volunteer goes in to pick out the groceries requested, and then delivered out to their car.  
    • Food supplies are okay but can not find red meat.  USDA supplies pork and chicken.  Red meat seems to be in low supply for most stores.  
    • Working with Amy/WCSO to build food boxes for basic needs.  
      • There is a room at the church where the Washington County Sheriff officers can go in and make coffee, relax, etc and can also access food boxes for the community where needed.  Beans, rice chili, soup, plastic utensils, etc.  24/7 access.  
  • P. Barnes – Westside Community Church
    • All Westside Community Church services are online
    • 5 are scheduled for Easter Sunday.  
    • Easy for even a “Non techie” to figure out and participate
  • P. Barnes – Westside Cruisers
    • Westside Cruisers car club is on hold, no cruise-ins currently planned.  Hopefully by August and September they can start more activities.  
  • R. Bradley – Macley Auto Group –
    • Open by appointment only, physical doors not open.
    • Can only have a signing person in the building at one time.  
    • All cars are being sanitized and they are offering delivery.  
    • Lots of dealers they get cars from have shut down completely. 
    • Saturday they plan to hand out masks to the public.  
      • WCSO says it should be doable.  
      • 4-500 masks have been made 
      • Will advertise on Facebook.  
      • They will hand out paper bags and any small businesses can add a flyer to those paper bags if they want to by Saturday.  Donations are accepted also.  
      • Spent hours making masks, family involved. 
      • Will list it tomorrow on Facebook.  
      • Plan to do it later afternoon Saturday.  
      • There is a doctor involved to provide clarification as to what the masks help with or don’t! 
      • No one gets out of cars, they will find how many are needed, put that number of masks in a bag and keep things moving.
    • A. Terrones heard that it is recommended that kids under age of 2 NOT wear masks
  • M. Schmidt – Schmidt and Yee – 
    • Doing as much as possible via mail/email/telephone. 
    • Court restrictions in staffing and priority is keeping them limited.  
    • Much of his job is in the courts so those limits greatly affect him
    • Mike is working in the office, Pam is also in office, Scott is at home.  
    • Only have one other staff member onsite. 
  • Karen Bolin – Edward Jones – 
    • Has been working from home for 4 weeks now.  
    • Computer reliability is the worst it has ever been (ironic given that she is in Intel country)  so she works a great deal on the phone.  
    • Market is going up now.  
    • Her assistant goes into the office but keeps it locked down and processes mail, etc.  
      • Keep in touch via Instant Messaging so they can keep “Things much the same”  
    • Their building is shut down.  
    • Business is functioning just not at 100%.  
    • Karen can go in on weekends and check through files.  
    • Constantly reminded that we share too much on the internet and clients seem to forget that the internet is not secure.  Many Scams out there
    • Our website and facebook page have shared her video
      • Brian did a great job, Karen is very pleased
    • We hope she can speak at next months Luncheon
  • MK – Agape Community Insurance
    • Working from home for the 3rd week.  
    • Sally is in office.  
    • His wife is working from home, son and niece are taking online classes so they are all “ jockeying for real estate” but it is working
    • His father is at risk, he has concern about exposure and has been tested.  
    • Trying to stay home and flatten the curve.  
  • A. Stone – 
    • Not much to update, her family is okay.  
    • Has been emailing with AHS principal about what to do for the Senior Grad Party
      • all funds have been raised so IF they can have the party, they will
      • Location plans to honor the party in June if it is possible.  
    • Heartbroken for seniors. 
    • Grateful they shut down their construction company, as her husband went back to work at Pacific Office.  
      • Grateful he can get work done and is essential, but they are saying if you can work from home do so.  Keeping other businesses running at this time.  
  • S. Heaton – Westside Cruisers
    • Has family in the medical field so there is extreme concern.  
    • Westside Cruisers is “ready to go” as soon as we are released from “Stay at Home” 
    • Hope to participate in Concert in the Park if possible
  • S. Fabre – Agape Community Insurance
    • Trying to encourage people to do “take out” and support local businesses.  
    • Sally goes into the office, tried working from home but her younger son needed a space to work so he is in the front of the office, she is in the back. 
    • Let people know they are open by appointment only.  Email/text/phone call, etc.  
    • Still work to do, people still closing on homes and buying vehicles.  
    • Many insurance companies are reducing premiums for April and May due to reduced driving.  
    • Insurance companies are not cancelling anyone during this time as well. 
    • Doing a drawing for gift cards for restaurant.com each day to try to help support businesses in the community.  

Adjourned 12:15