Commissioners approve emergency prep funding for disabilities program

The Marion County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved accepting federal funding to help county residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities prepare for future emergencies.

Commissioners approved accepting $753,000 of federal pandemic relief money from the state for the county’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Program. 

The county provides services for around residents with such disabilities including finding employment, in-home care, transportation and case management, according to the county’s website. The program serves about 2,750 people, Program Manager Karin Perkins said at the meeting.

The money is intended to help prepare for future emergencies such as ice storms or wildfires, according to the agenda item. It can be used to pay for emergency preparedness supplies, power equipment and administrative costs, Perkins said.


Commissioners unanimously approved a petition to annex seven parcels of land to the Santiam Water Control District.

Owners of annexed properties will be able to contract with the district to receive irrigation water, according to the agenda item. The vote came after a public hearing.

Formed in 1954, the district provides services including water to three hydroelectric plants, municipal water to the city of Stayton, irrigation for over 17,000 acres between Stayton and Salem, its website said. 

Road work

Commissioners unanimously approved a $3.7 million contract with Salem-based Roy Houck Construction to replace the top layer of asphalt on various Marion County roads. 

The board also unanimously approved a $168,000 contract with Mid Valley Excavation to install curve warning signs along Abiqua, Orville, Vitae Springs and South River Roads.

The board unanimously approved or advanced all other agenda items including amending the city of Silverton’s urban growth boundary, and proclamations designating the week of April 15-19 as Work Zone Awareness Week and April 17 “Go Orange Day” to recognize county employees who work in traffic zones.

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.