Curry County Commissioner Court Boice used an opportunity to address his goals and vision for the county at a workshop Wednesday to attack Commissioner Sue Gold for what he characterized as a voting record of squandering taxpayers’ money and other transgressions.
Boice’s attack on Gold’s record began with accusatory questions he addressed to Gold following his saying he desired to unite the county and meet the public’s expectation that the commissioners work closely together.
Gold stood by an earlier comment she made during an interview on KCIW radio, saying the current board is the most dysfunctional board she has ever served. Boice had asked her to defend that characterization.
A functional board is one that makes decisions and moves on, Gold said, noting Boice was pushing the board back into its past. She also referenced Chair Chris Paasch’s comments – made earlier in the day to a group of children – complimenting the board for disagreeing on an issue, voting and then moving on to the next issue.
“I think by dredging up the past and so forth continually,” Gold said, “we are having a harder time working together. I think we need to move forward.”
“So you are not going to defend your record to the public,” Boice responded, before saying he had been waiting six months for an apology.
Boice said he would find it difficult to cooperate on issues with Gold until she renounced past votes and the suits filed against him by the county and apologized.
Gold said she had no further comment.
As Boice continued to question Gold, Paasch said, “I think the point has been made and am going to ask we move on here.”
However, Boice berated Gold for nearly four more minutes before the meeting was adjourned and added he would keep asking for an apology for the citizens.
After the workshop, Gold said she had heard most of Boice’s complaints before and did not want to comment.
“We cannot look back and move on,” she said. “I am not going to go back piece-by-piece, not going to enter into the fight.”
Paasch said he was saddened by the exchange but added Boice “has some animosity about the way he was treated.” Almost nothing he brought forth was acted on for two years, according to Paasch. He said Boice wanted an apology Gold was unlikely to offer.
“If it happens again, I will gavel it – end it,” Paasch said, adding he was upset by the episode.
In an email sent to clarify his concerns after the meeting, Boice questions Gold’s judgement on issues ranging from fiscal responsibility to her voting record and accused her of “trashing” his name throughout the state of Oregon. He included more than two pages of questions aimed at Gold and indicated he would like to hold a town hall as a means for the two to defend their records as commissioners over the previous two years.
Other workshop news
Parks Director Josh Hopkins cited increased conflicts at Boice Cope Park among other issues as reasons for asking the board to review revisions proposed for the regulation of county parks and to place a vote on an ordinance to amend park regulations on the agenda for its next meeting.
County parks have seen a large increase in use, according to Hopkins, and in high-use parks like Boice Cope, it is not unusual for guests to park illegally or even block campsites while they windsurf or hike.
He requested the ordinance be voted in on an emergency basis because the parks department was facing new difficulties, and he noted if the ordinance were passed in the typical manner — requiring public readings and a waiting period — the camping and tourist season would be over before the new regulations were enacted.
The changes would allow the parks department to use the county code enforcement officer to cite those breaking the new rules, according to Hopkins. Most of the revisions address issues arising from illegal parking and camping.
Some of the rules would forbid camping in county parks for more than 14 days, forbid camping in non-camping designated areas and day-use areas and regulate parking. Hopkins said by posting the rules and enforcing them, customers would become aware of the changes and act accordingly.
The parks regulations have not been updated since 2000 and “do not adequately protect current or future County Park land and designated areas,” according to the request. The revisions were composed with input from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, county counsel and the code enforcement office.
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