Interim Director Announced for OCHS; OCHS to Receive 1,000,000 Gift; City Council Meeting; Port To Discuss Staff Hiring

Interim Director Announced for OCHS

The Oregon Coast Humane Society has announced that it has hired an interim executive director to oversee shelter operation, assist in the hiring and search for a permanent Executive Director and Shelter Manager as well as advising the board on non-profit guidelines, teaching Robert’s Rules of Order and helping to revise policies and procedures.  Barbara Butzer was hired through the Non-Profit Association of Oregon which assists non profits in transitional phases.  OCHS Board President, Jack Hanigan says that the board has been working tirelessly to get an understanding of all of the areas of the Humane society and this is the first step in moving forward.  Hanigan says that while this is a transitional board he hopes that many will stay and continuing serving after their year is completed.

OCHS to Receive 1,000,000 Gift

The Oregon Coast Humane society has also been the recipient of a large donation by the Sutton Family Trust.  The gift, in excess of one million dollars, was donated by an avid animal lover, Jo Ann Sutton.  Her and her husband John were especially impressed by the No-Kill aspect of the shelter according to a letter received by Ms. Sutton’s nephew, Earl Skonberg.  In a letter to OCHS Board president, Jack Hanigan, Skonberg requested to be at the next board meeting to personally present the funds, something he says his aunt would have wanted.  The Suttons had no children and the funds represent their entire estate.

City Council Meeting

Two weeks before the Rhododendron Festival the city council meets with a full agenda including some allowances that effect the festival.  On Monday night at the Florence event Center the council will look at proposals to close Maple Street for the vendor fair which has been a regular item for many years.  There will also be a discussion about the 2018 City Council election process and timeline for mayoral and council candidates.  They will also be considering amendments to the comprehensive plan regarding the Housing and Economic Opportunities Project and Tsunami and Earthquake preparedness.  The meeting will begin at 5:30.

Port To Discuss Staff Hiring

Also on Monday evening at 5:00 pm the Port of Siuslaw Commissioners will meet in executive session to discuss and consider employment of staff.  Executive session is closed to the public.  If the commissioners are prepared to take action the executive session will close and the meeting will be opened to the public.  Meeting for the Port of Siuslaw are held at the port office on Harbor St.