By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Commissioners split on trail grant application

One of the applications was approved unanimously, with little discussion, as it would not require the county to add any local match money. The other was approved on a 2-1 vote, with Commissioner Mary Starrett dissenting, as it could obligate the county in the event Friends of the Westsider Trail failed to raise the full match amount as promised.

Starrett repeatedly sought, at both Monday and Thursday board meetings, a fixed dollar limit on county support for the trail project. But colleagues Stan Primozich and Allen Springer said it isn’t possible to project that far ahead yet.

Springer noted that trail adherents are meeting this weekend to begin design work. Once the design process is finished, it will be easier to estimate costs, he said.

David Primozich, son of Stan Primozich, offered the sole citizen testimony. He spoke in favor of the trail project and seeking grants in its support.

Commissioners also approved, albeit reluctantly, a pass-through grant to the Newberg School District for the My Future, My Choice sex education program. The vote was 2-1, with Primozich, a 20-year member of the McMinnville School Board, dissenting.

In lengthy discussion at its Monday meeting, the board asked Public Health Director Silas Halloran-Steiner to see whether future grants could be awarded directly, bypassing the county. They expressed opposition to the content of the program, which is intended for sixth-graders.

They also asked Halloran-Steiner to check with school administrators in Newberg, to be sure they were familiar with the content and considered it appropriate. He reported back affirmatively on questions, but the commissioners remained skeptical.

“These kids would never dream of doing these things that they are being prepared to avoid,” Primozich said during the Monday discussion. He said he “just still can’t believe” any parent would approve.

Halloran-Steiner asked commissioners Thursday to approve the pass-through grant this year, despite their objections, and let him determine if he can have future grants re-routed. He said there wasn’t time to pursue that this year.

In other business, commissioners unanimously approved repeal of a Newberg urban growth boundary amendment that added 260 acres to the city’s industrial land inventory. The city was unable to reach resolution with opponents, and the state Land Conservation and Development Committee was poised to remand the issue.

Comments

Mudstump

"In lengthy discussion at its Monday meeting, the board asked Public Health Director Silas Halloran-Steiner to see whether future grants could be awarded directly, bypassing the county. They expressed opposition to the content of the program, which is intended for sixth-graders."

Is the content comprehensive? Is it based upon medical fact? If so, it is appropriate imo.

“These kids would never dream of doing these things that they are being prepared to avoid,” Primozich said during the Monday discussion. He said he “just still can’t believe” any parent would approve."

Yes Stan....these sixth graders would dream of doing these things. That's why it is important that they are armed with facts and information. Grown ups say this about every generation forgetting that they were once young and inexperienced too.

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