WashCo News December 2021

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  • New anti-vaping regulation
  • Juneteenth adopted as a paid county vacation
  • Rental help continues in Washington County
  • Chair Harrington’s 2021 Finish of 12 months Deal with
  • eBooks at the moment are out there by means of Legislation Library
  • Present and new WIC contributors will obtain further fruit and vegetable advantages by means of March 2022

New anti-vaping regulation

Following weeks of public testimony and enter from public well being officers, on November 2, 2021 the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) has repealed outdated Ordinance 599 and changed it with new guidelines that embrace a ban on retail gross sales of any flavored tobacco merchandise, together with menthol cigarettes, flavored artificial nicotine, and inhalant supply programs reminiscent of e-cigarettes, e-cigars, vape pens and e-hookahs that impart a style or odor apart from the style or odor of tobacco.

Based mostly on findings that point out tobacco use by youth continues to be a big well being danger, the board’s motion serves to: Prohibit the sale of any tobacco or artificial nicotine product to any individual underneath the age of 21; Prohibit gross sales of any flavored tobacco or artificial nicotine product in any retail institution, and; Prohibit coupons, reductions and worth promotions for any tobacco product.

Beginning January 1, 2022 all tobacco retailers within the state will likely be required to have a license to promote tobacco merchandise. From January by means of June 2022, Oregon Well being Authority will give attention to schooling to assist shops come into compliance with the regulation. In July 2022 OHA will start unannounced inspections and begin issuing penalties for violation of the statewide regulation. If OHA observes a violation of the Washington County ordinance, they’ll notify Washington County. We’ll reply by contacting the enterprise and first educating them earlier than issuing a quotation. Beginning January 1, we may even reply to complaints from the general public about companies which are in violation.

Juneteenth adopted as a paid county vacation

Washington County joined the federal authorities, the State of Oregon, the Metropolis of Portland and Clackamas and Multnomah counties this week in providing Juneteenth (June 19) as a paid vacation.

Juneteenth commemorates the releasing of those that had been enslaved among the many Accomplice states up till President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation efficient on January 1, 1863.

As a result of June 19 falls on a Sunday in 2022, this new paid vacation will likely be first honored by Washington County on June 20. Though county buildings won’t be open to the general public on that day, companies which are offered on a 24-hour foundation will proceed.

Rental help continues in Washington County

Whereas the state has made the troublesome choice to pause accepting new functions at midnight on December 1 for the Oregon Emergency Rental Help Program (OERAP), Washington County’s native Emergency Rental Help (ERA) program continues to simply accept functions by means of current native pathways.

Neighborhood Motion, the company administering native funds for Washington County, maintains a cellphone line, a web-based portal and has established partnerships with different businesses, community-based organizations, and public well being contact tracing workers to get the funds out as shortly as attainable. These native funds will proceed to be out there for income-eligible renters over the foreseeable future.

All renters needing help and residing in Washington County are inspired to use for the Emergency Rental Help program. To learn how to use, go to the Neighborhood Motion webpage. For quick assets together with shelter and meals entry contact 2-1-1 on-line at www.211info.org or by calling 2-1-1.

Chair Harrington’s 2021 Finish of 12 months Deal with

Tuesday, December 14, 4 pm, on the County’s YouTube channel

Washington County Board Chair Kathryn Harrington will supply her annual Finish of 12 months message, sharing her perspective on challenges offered in 2021, whereas additionally offering a hopeful look forward for the approaching 12 months. In her on-line tackle, Chair Harrington will mirror on the County’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts to broaden availability to reasonably priced housing and supportive housing companies, the County’s persevering with investments in our transportation system, in addition to financial improvement.

The neighborhood is cordially invited to view the Finish of 12 months tackle on the County’s YouTube channel. The Chair’s message may even be offered concurrently in Spanish by way of Tualatin Valley Neighborhood Tv and will be considered by deciding on Channel 28.

eBooks at the moment are out there by means of Legislation Library

The Washington County Legislation Library now affords eBook entry to a wide range of authorized titles, together with some key Oregon authorized analysis supplies. The pilot mission was made attainable partly by the Institute of Museum and Library Companies by means of the Library Companies and Know-how Act, administered by the State Library of Oregon.

County residents can join entry to the eBooks by way of the Legislation Library’s web site and may contact the Legislation Library’s “Virtual Information Desk” with any questions. After the preliminary enroll, the Legislation Library’s eBooks could also be accessed on-line or through the use of the LexisNexis Digital Library app from the app retailer.

Situated in downtown Hillsboro, the Washington County Legislation Library strives to reinforce equal entry to justice by ensuring authorized info, assets and instruments can be found and accessible to everybody. As said by Legislation Librarian Lee Van Duzer, “We’re really pleased to be able to make these materials more available to the public. Now people have another way to find the resources they need to be successful in whatever legal challenges they’re facing.” 

The Washington County Legislation Library was established in 1926 by order of the Washington County Court docket. It’s supported by Oregon legislative appropriation and operated by Washington County in session with the Circuit Court docket Presiding Choose and Washington County Bar Affiliation. The Legislation Library’s mission is to supply analysis coaching and authorized reference help, and entry to a wide range of basic and specialised authorized info assets and instruments. They supply a snug, welcoming and usable house for everybody engaged with the justice system, together with litigants and people dealing with authorized points, attorneys, courtroom workers, the judiciary and different governmental organizations.

Present and new WIC contributors will obtain further fruit and vegetable advantages by means of March 2022

Washington County Girls, Infants & Kids (WIC) encourages all eligible households to enroll for WIC to obtain diet help together with digital month-to-month advantages that can be utilized to buy wholesome meals. Now by means of March 2022, contributors will proceed to get a brief improve of their month-to-month fruit and vegetable profit. Due to the American Rescue Plan Act, WIC acquired funds to enhance entry to recent, frozen, and canned fruit and veggies.  

“If you’re not enrolled in WIC, now is the time to apply to redeem these additional benefits while they last,” WIC Supervisor Tara Olson mentioned. 

The commonplace month-to-month quantities for the WIC fruit and vegetable profit are $9 per youngster and $11 per grownup. The quantities have quickly elevated to: 

  • $24 for every youngster over 13 months of age
  • $43 for pregnant and non-breastfeeding contributors 
  • $47 for breastfeeding contributors 

WIC supplies no-cost diet and breastfeeding companies to girls who are pregnant or have just lately had a child and to infants and youngsters till their fifth birthday who’ve a dietary want or danger issue. WIC acknowledges the essential function that fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers and different guardians play in caring for teenagers. Fathers and different caregivers of youngsters underneath 5 are inspired to enroll their kids.  

To qualify, households will need to have a family revenue lower than 185% of the federal poverty restrict. People who are totally eligible for Medicaid/Oregon Well being Plan, TANF, SNAP/meals stamps or FDPIR are robotically income-eligible for WIC. Extra particulars on eligibility pointers will be discovered on the state’s web site.

“We know it can be confusing to figure out if you’re eligible for WIC,” Olson mentioned. “People often think they don’t qualify, but the truth is that a lot of working families are eligible for our services. If you aren’t sure, please contact us to discuss your situation.” 

Because of the pandemic, WIC appointments are presently performed over the cellphone with restricted onsite companies out there on the Beaverton, Hillsboro and Tigard WIC workplaces upon request.

To achieve Washington County WIC, e mail wic@co.washington.or.us, textual content WCWIC to 61222, or name 503-846-3555. Households outdoors of Washington County can discover the cellphone quantity for different WIC applications by calling 211. To be taught extra, go to www.WashingtonCountyWIC.com.

WIC is an equal alternative supplier. 

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