The Marion County building in downtown Salem (Caleb Wolf/Special to Salem Reporter)
The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider leasing property to provide short-term housing for people displaced by the Santiam Canyon Wildfires, purchasing opioid treatment medications and several contracts related to removing winter storm tree and vegetable debris.
The board will consider approving a county property lease for 2.06 acres of vacant land with one shop building to be used as short-term recovery housing for wildfire survivors "or for other uses as determined by [the] county," according to the item's agenda review form. The county will sublease to a third party to build tiny homes for short-term residents at 112 E. Central Ave in Gates, with the lease lasting through Oct. 31, 2023. The property lease rate would be $60,000 per year, with the total contract amount not exceeding $120,000.
Commissioners will also consider approving a contract where Marion County Health & Human Services' Alcohol and Drug Program would buy opioid treatment medications from health care company Cardinal Health. The yearly cost is estimated at no more than $500,000, with the total contract not exceeding $1.5 million for a three-year term.
They will consider approving the purchase of a 2022 Vactor 2100 Plus Flusher Vac Truck for Marion County Public Works to use for road maintenance. The truck, which costs $470,790, would replace one that has "surpassed its useful life span," the agenda review form said.
They will consider approving a $250,000 contract with CDR Maguire, Inc., a national firm that monitors debris removal and has expertise in Federal Emergency Management Agency documentation requirements. The firm's responsibilities would include assessing current county documentation practices, recommending improvements and monitoring debris removal contractors, according to the agenda review form.
They will also consider approving contracts with three companies - TFR Enterprises, Inc., Mountain View Tree Services LLC and O'Malley Brothers Corporation - to remove winter storm tree and vegetable debris through Sept. 30, 2022. Each contract is expected to cost $500,000.
Meeting details: The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Senator Hearing Room at 555 Court Street N.E. The meeting is streamed live on YouTube.