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The Klamath County Board of Commissioners will hold an Executive Session Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Government Center conference room #214 located at 305 Main St., Klamath Falls, OR.  This executive session is being held pursuant to the following Oregon Revised Statutes:

  • ORS 192.660(2)(e) to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to negotiate real property transactions.
    • Tenant recruitment
    • Potential property purchase
  • ORS 192.660(2)(h) to consult with counsel concerning the legal rights and duties of a public body with regard to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed.
    • Animal Control matter
    • T.I.D. v. US Fish and Wildlife, et al
    • Request for conflict waiver
    • Skate Park liability
    • Press request for comment
  • ORS 192.660(2)(f) to consider information or records that are exempt by law from public inspection pursuant to ORS 40.225 lawyer-client communications regarding:
    • Executive session agendas
    • Fair Board District
    • Economic Development District
    • TRT fund

Representatives of the media are prohibited from reporting on any of the deliberations during this executive session, except to state the general subject of the session as stated above.


Klamath County Commissioners’ Weekly Calendar is subject to change without notice.”

Klamath County Board of Commissioners, 305 Main Street, 2nd  Floor – Klamath Falls, OR 97601. (541) 883-5100 |

Community Invited to Review New Small High School Options at September Charrettes

Bend-La Pine Schools to launch two new, small high school options in fall 2018

Submitted by Alandra Johnson, Communication Specialist

Members of the public are invited to offer feedback about Bend-La Pine Schools’ plans for two small high school options that will expand choices for student learning and help to temporarily relieve overcrowding at local high schools beginning in fall 2018.

Community members are invited to attend one of four small high school configuration charrettes taking place in early September. Each event will run from 5 to 7 p.m. in the school’s commons:

Monday, September 11, Bend Senior High School
Tuesday, September 12, La Pine High School
Wednesday, September 13, Summit High School
Thursday, September 14, Mountain View High School

Event attendees will be provided with a comment card and will visit three stations hosted by individuals from the steering committee. Each station will include one of the proposed options as well as an overview of positive and negative feedback gathered at the more than 50 focus groups conducted this summer.

The three options are:

Include small high school options as strands within large high schools

  • Strand options would be open to students across the district.
  • Students attending the strand programs would participate in extra-curricular activities at the site where the strands were located.

Find additional space in the city of Bend as locations for small high school options

  • These options would be open to students across the district.
  • Students attending these small high school options would participate in co- and extra-curricular activities at their neighborhood high schools.

Relocate the existing Bend Senior High School (BSHS) to the future southeast Bend high school location, set to open as by fall 2021

  • Use the current BSHS campus as the site for multiple small high school options, open to students across the district.
  • Students attending these small high school options would participate in co- and extra-curricular activities at their neighborhood high schools.

Feedback can also be shared via an online survey from 5 p.m., September 11 through 5 p.m., September 15. Feedback from the public will be one of the criteria considered in making the recommendation.

“We set out to find locations for additional learning options that will allow us to balance enrollment in existing schools while creating new education choices for high school students that ensure success for all ‑ prior to opening a new large high school in southeast Bend in 2021,” said Assistant Superintendent Lora Nordquist. “We look forward to sharing our findings with the community during these events this fall.”

The committee will present their preferred option to Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Shay Mikalson this fall.


Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies (ORACWA) awards ‘Outstanding’ agency honor to City of Prineville

Submitted by: Eric Klann, P.E., Prineville City Engineer

Wetlands. Photography by: Lisa Morgan, City of Prineville

(PRINEVILLE, Ore.)— Prineville’s Public Works Department has been recognized as a “Utility of the Future” for its integrated approach to managing wastewater through beneficial reuse combined with the creation and restoration of wetlands, floodplains, riparian areas and public recreation.

In an annual gathering of the Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies (ORACWA) in Bend last month, the city of Prineville along with Public Works Director Eric Klann were honored with the “Outstanding Agency” award for its Crooked River Wetlands project, an innovative and environmentally friendly approach to wastewater treatment designed to better meet the needs of the city’s growing population today and for generations to come.

Covering 120 acres adjacent to Northwest Rimrock Way, the Crooked River Wetlands utilizes the natural environment, enabling the city to substantially reduce its costs, stabilize future utility rates and support a thriving local economy, while also protecting water quality and a healthy watershed.

The project “reflects strong leadership and is an outstanding example to other member agencies to learn from as we address increasingly complex water quality challenges,” the ORACWA announced at its annual conference.

Prineville’s former wastewater system began operation in 1960, when the city’s population was just 3,200. With nearly three times that many residents today, the system required an upgrade.

Along with installation of new sewer main lines, an upgraded pump station, and improvements to the existing lagoon aeration system, the project — unveiled this past April — included the addition of 120 acres of wetlands. This increases the plant’s capacity and eliminates the need to discharge treated wastewater directly into the Crooked River, improving water quality and benefiting numerous species of fish and wildlife. Further, the wetlands features more than five miles of new hiking trails, more than half of which are paved for year-round use.

According to the ORACWA award, at a cost of $7.7 million, Prineville “now has a community and environmental asset — not just a wastewater treatment plant. Had Prineville opted for a traditional sewage treatment plan, the estimated cost would have been closer to $62 million.” The City received over $3 million in grants to offset the total cost.

“Though the cost savings of this project made it an obvious choice, it still required big-picture vision and a departure from ‘business-as-usual’ thinking,” said Steve Forrester, Prineville’s City Manager. “The Crooked River Wetlands stabilized sewage rates, created a new public hiking trail system and will improve the overall health of the Crooked River — a great example of the City’s commitment to being innovative, progressive and fiscally responsible.”

About the City of Prineville

Located east of the Cascade mountains in Oregon’s high desert, the City of Prineville is a resurgent rural community that has preserved its small-town, ranching roots and Western lifestyle, while embracing smart growth in a business friendly environment. With a population nearing 10,000 residents, the county seat of Crook County attracts a diversity of business and lifestyle interests, including tech giants Facebook and Apple, recreational enthusiasts, and a thriving agricultural industry. Incorporated in 1880, City of Prineville operates the oldest continuously running municipal shortline railway in the U.S., as well as a public golf course, and airport. Prineville boasts numerous recreational assets, including the Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River, and remains a popular destination for anglers and hunters. For more information on City services and programs visit