Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

Resident Nancy Rose asked the Curry County Board of Commissioners (BOC) not to use a morality clause in its proposed business license to close a recently opened adult store in Harbor as the BOC continued discussions on instituting a business license and fee at its June 12 meeting.

Rose said, “I have been in the store – , it is not dangerous and they do not want to add a strip club.”

The community needs an adult store, she said in asking the commissioners not to “make them leave.”

County Economic Coordinator Summer Matteson favored licensing businesses as a way to create a database to enable businesses to network. She said her office doesn’t always know what businesses are providing what services and that such knowledge would be useful in creating partnerships and expanding opportunities in the county.

Other county officials said a business list created by licensing would help with public safety by alerting fire departments to businesses

likely to store flammable or hazardous chemicals. Code enforcement would be able to use it as a reference to see that residences were not illegally housing businesses as well.

The board directed Director of Operations Julie Schmelzer to continue “massaging” the proposed business license so the county would reap these benefits without burdening crafters and others providing small, home-based services.

Chair Chris Paasch said doing so properly would help businesses and protect the county, but he cautioned the fee should be nominal so as to avoid harming small businesses. The fee might help pay for the newly full-time code enforcement position, according to Paasch, and might fund a second, part-time position.

The key is to refine the process as it progresses, Commissioner Court Boice said. He thought a business inventory would benefit residents.

Chetco Bar Fire claim

The board thanked County Accountant Louise Kallstrom for her years of “excellent service” after Schmelzer announced her upcoming retirement.

Commissioners also thanked Kallstrom for staying on to help recruit and train her replacement and voted to allow her signatory power to accept $4,334 in reimbursements for county activities related to the Chetco Bar Fire from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Property sales

Commissioners voted to allow Schmelzer to sell available county property valued below $15,000 without a sheriff’s sale.

County Counsel John Huttle encouraged the board to examine the fees associated with such sales as well to ensure they cover the costs of completing the necessary documents. The commissioners agreed to examine those fees in later discussions.

Fire resolution

The board joined Josephine county in encouraging federal and state policies for more aggressive wildfire suppression and prevention.

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