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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Down to Brass Tacks at the County

Clackamas County Commissioners Ken Humberston, Martha Schrader, Paul Savas, Sonya Fischer, Chair Jim Bernard
Now that campaign fervor is slowing down for a moment, it is a good time to consider what your Democratically controlled Clackamas County Commission is doing to reflect your values. Three areas come to mind:
  • How will they spend your money? Will it be on programs you favor? County budget hearings begin the morning of May 29 and will extend a week, including a 5:30 p.m. meeting on May 31 at the Development Services auditorium, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City. Check it out.
    One way they’re helping is through the use of Vivitrol by drug addicts in the sheriff’s office and the county health centers. “The cravings are gone, and they feel like a regular person,” says Dr. Andrew Suchocki, MPH, director of the health centers. This is not to be confused with the drug Narcan, which reverses opioid overdoses.
  • More shelters for the homeless. Expanded production of temporary shelters for homeless veterans and others through the county’s outreach programs is well under way. Thirty small pods are under construction and will be placed on county-owned land in Clackamas.
    There are other plans afoot for use of county money to help the homeless. For more details look into the budget itself.
  • More support for the Clackamas Women’s Services and A Safe Place Family Justice Center, both in Oregon City. These facilities are vital to women (and their children) in domestic violence and abuse situations here in our county.
This county commission has done a great deal in these areas, more than many of its predecessors. Thank you to our hardworking county commissioners.