Comment rules changed for commissioner meetings
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will limit comments to three minutes per person at its weekly Wednesday meetings.
Under the direction of new Board Chairman Gary Leif, several changes will me made to the rules on public comments.
The three-minute rule, along with a 30-minute limit to the allotted time for all comments, will change the commission’s longstanding policy of accepting all comments without time limits.
In another policy reversal, the commissioners will begin turning a camera on speakers. The meetings will continue to be live-streamed, with recordings available on the internet.
Since commissioners Tim Freeman and Chris Boice turned the cameras back on in 2015, they’ve pointed directly at the commissioners throughout the meetings, making it impossible for viewers to see members of the public who address the commission.
Some citizens had requested in 2017 that the cameras be turned on them when they spoke. Boice argued the change could lead to grandstanding and cost extra staff time. Leif had said he supported the idea.
Crab dock to be closed for repairs through July
The Douglas County Parks Department has temporarily closed the crab and fishing dock at Windy Cove County Park in Winchester Bay for repairs.
Planned improvements include replacing a landing area that has been closed to the public for safety reasons. Decking will also be replaced and repaired. Life rings and access ladders will be installed to improve safety.
The dock is scheduled to reopen in July.
The cost of repairs has been estimated at $568,000, and will be paid for by park user fees and a $202,000 grant from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Registration starts for kindergarten prep program
A free program to help parents and preschoolers get ready for elementary school will start Jan. 18.
Sessions are designed for children ages 3,4 and 5 who are not already in kindergarten, and will be held Jan. 18, Feb. 22 and April 5 at Eastwood, Fullerton IV, Green and Winchester elementary schools.
Dinner, child care, toys and parent workshops will be provided free of charge.
Parents can register for Ready for Kindergarten online at www.roseburg.12.or.us or call 541-440-4005.