May Luncheon 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