January 31 meeting

Noteworthy items on this Thursday’s agenda:

  • Consider withdrawing approval for site design review for Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery/Erath winery, at the request of the applicant, so that the application does not come before the Land Use Board of Appeals in its approved form.

Important: This is NOT an official Yamhill County posting. This is a summary of meeting agenda items that I, as County Commissioner, think would be especially of interest to the public. For official Yamhill County postings and complete meeting agendas, visit the official website here.

Inclusivity Proclamation text

Thank you to the cities of McMinnville, Newberg, and Dayton for leading the way and passing similar inclusivity statements in recent years. Thank you also to all of the citizens who came out to testify in favor of a similar action at the county level.

On Thursday, January 24, Commissioner Rick Olson and I voted “aye” to approve this proclamation for Yamhill County as a whole:


IN THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE STATE OF OREGON
FOR THE COUNTY OF YAMHILL
SITTING FOR THE TRANSACTION OF COUNTY BUSINESS

In the Matter of a Resolution
Declaring Yamhill County
an Inclusive County for all Persons

WHEREAS, Yamhill County is and must remain a welcoming, inclusive and compassionate place for all people, including but not limited to seniors, property owners, taxpayers, business owners, farmers, recovering addicts, those who suffer from addictions, the incarcerated and those reintegrating into the community, people of faith and those with developmental disabilities; and,

WHEREAS, all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, immigration or refugee status, religion, age, economic status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental, emotional or physical ability contribute to the general welfare of our community; and,

WHEREAS, promotion of the general welfare of our community is a core value of Yamhill County; and,

WHEREAS, all residents of Yamhill County need to feel safe to contact law enforcement, county and city government, or school officials to access critical services; and,

WHEREAS, integration of all residents is a vital concern of Yamhill County and discrimination is a violation of public policy of Yamhill County and the State of Oregon; and,

WHEREAS, Yamhill County’s ongoing prosperity requires the inclusion of all available labor, skills and ideas to grow our economy and expand opportunities for residents,

NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby resolved by the Board of Commissioners of Yamhill County, as a statement of our commitment to all members of our community, the following:

i. Yamhill County, as an inclusive county, embraces and celebrates the collective contributions to the prosperity of our county of all persons, including but not limited to seniors, property owners, taxpayers, business owners, farmers, recovering addicts, those who suffer from addictions, the incarcerated and those reintegrating into the community, people of faith and those with developmental disabilities; and,

ii. All Yamhill County residents should be free from fear of discrimination; and,

iii. Yamhill County strives to ensure that all residents have access to and use of County services in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations and that such access is not illegally denied, conditioned or withheld based upon a resident’s race, color, national origin, immigration or refugee status, religion, age, economic status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental, emotional or physical ability.

Done this 24th day of January, 2019

YAMHILL COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Inclusivity Proclamation passed!

January 24 meeting

Noteworthy items on this Thursday’s agenda:

  • Consideration of an inclusivity proclamation.
  • Appeal of an “allowed use” winery in conjunction with an on-site vineyard of at least 15 acres at Abbey Road Farm. This will follow Oreon’s land use quasi-judicial process, after all other agenda items.

Important: This is NOT an official Yamhill County posting. This is a summary of meeting agenda items that I, as County Commissioner, think would be especially of interest to the public. For official Yamhill County postings and complete meeting agendas, visit the official website here.

January 17 meeting

Noteworthy items on this Thursday’s agenda:

  • Weekly open public comment period (3 minutes per person)
  • Discussing/voting whether to adopt an Inclusivity Proclamation for Yamhill County
  • Discussing/voting whether to approve design for three foot bridges on Yamhelas Westsider Trail
  • Discussing/voting whether to form task force for exploring moving county offices to new location
  • Discussing 2019 Commissioner liaison responsibilities

Important: This is NOT an official Yamhill County posting. This is a summary of meeting agenda items that I, as County Commissioner, think would be especially of interest to the public. For official Yamhill County postings and complete meeting agendas, visit the official website here.

Website update

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I just updated my website (caseykulla.com) to reflect my priorities for communication as Commissioner. I wanted to address information needs I had when I was a private citizen who wanted to get involved in county government. Here’s what you will be able to find on my website going forward: . Information about how county meetings work and when/where you can attend them . Updates on upcoming county agenda items and hearings . Resources for Spanish speakers (coming soon) . Information and updates about my work as Commissioner in general . Check it out! I will also share the updates via Facebook and Instagram, but I want to make sure that everyone can access this information even if they don’t follow social media. . Someday (soon!) I hope Yamhill County itself will employ a communications official to extend this same kind of public-oriented communication through an improved county website and social media presence, but for now I am going to do what I can to connect you to your government TODAY. . What else would you like to know about how Yamhill County functions and how you can get involved? . #communication #getinvolved #yamhillcounty

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Senator town hall meeting

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