The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners approved two ordinances Wednesday and introduced a third.

They also increased funding for the Clatsop Soil and?Water Conservation District, vacated an undeveloped road located near John?Day and appointed Joey Daniels to the Public Safety Coordinating Council.

An ordinance reorganizing some county services was approved by the board.

The new administrative structure changes the Central Services Department to the Budget and Finance Department, and moves two current Central Service functions to two other departments – Building and Grounds to Public Works, and Information Systems to the County Manager’s Office, which will be renamed the Administrative Services Department. The Assessment and Taxation Department, which since 2010 has been overseen by the Central Services Director, will again be a stand-alone department. The position of Assistant County Manager – which was vacated in December when Nicole Williams moved from that position to become County Clerk – will be eliminated.

The changes are projected to result in $265,704 in savings in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

The board also approved an ordinance extending a ban on tobacco use to more county properties.

In August the board adopted the first phase of the tobacco-free campus ordinance, which banned smoking and tobacco use at the 800/820 Exchange St. block, Judge Guy Boyington Building and public works facilities in Astoria. The second phase covers the Sheriff’s Office/Jail facility, county courthouse and Marine Patrol boat house in Astoria and the Parole and Probation office and Animal Shelter in Warrenton. The ordinance includes a small exempted area located south of the courthouse for use by court jurors.

The ordinance also expands the ban to all lit smoking devices. The ban takes effect May 24.

In addition, the board held a public hearing on an ordinance amending county land-use rules to allow emergency storage shelters on forest-zoned lands. The amendment accommodates a project of the city of Cannon Beach, which plans to install metal storage containers for use by residents to store emergency supplies for use following a tsunami or other disaster. Current land-use rules do not allow the structures in forest-zoned land.

The board is scheduled to vote on the amendments May 22.

In other business, the board approved an increase in the county’s annual contribution to the Clatsop Soil and Water Conservation District from $4,000 to $6,000.


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