Roley appointed to county Board of Health

OROVILLE – Oroville Councilwoman Neysa Roley was appointed to the Okanogan County Board of Health by Mayor Chuck Spieth at the council’s Tuesday, March 6 meeting.

The six-member county Board of Health is comprised of the three county commissioners and three representatives from the various municipalities in the county. The board meets once a month to review public health issues of county-wide significance, according to Oroville City Clerk Kathy Jones.

“These municipal members can either be a mayor, on the city council or the city clerk,” said Jones, adding that the north end of the county had been without representation since the resignation of former Oroville Councilman Ryan Milligan.

Roley, who works in the health field, said she would be interested in serving on the board and was appointed by Mayor Spieth with no objection from the rest of the city council.

Oroville Ambulance Coordinator Debra Donoghue said the EMT classes she was teaching were going well.

“I have a bunch of smart, willing students and we are going to get some great EMTs,” Donoghue said.

Councilwoman Roley, who is taking the classes said, “I’d like to let the council know what an excellent instructor Debra is… she does an excellent job.”

On a related issue, the council accepted the resignation of Christina Rise from the ambulance crew.

“It is with a heavy heart that I resign. I have enjoyed my time on the crew and want to thank you for letting me serve my community,” wrote Rise.

The council approved Oroville High School student Katriona “Kat” Lindstrand’s nomination for submittal to the Association of Washington Cities Quality Communities Scholarship. Lindstrand, a senior at OHS, was responsible for planting various plants and flowers along the new section of sidewalk on the south end of town. Lindstrand, who began her senior year in the fall, began the project last summer and plans on continuing it this spring.

In other business, Rod Noel, Superintendent of Public Works, said that he had finally got notification from Perry Huston regarding repairs the city did to the Eastlake Sewer so that a customer could connect to the line. A stub that is supposed to be connected to the main line was not connected by the contractor that built the sewer line for the county. The city feels that the county should pay for the $6000 in repairs.

“He said that the prosecuting attorney was looking the bill,” Noel said.

Police Chief Clay Warnstaff reported that he did not have any additional information regarding the collective medical marijuana grows and dispensaries. He added that he had not heard anything from the public at large on the issue.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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