WashCo News December 2021 – The Cedar Mill News

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New anti-steam law

After weeks of public testimony and contributions from public health officials, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) announced on Dec. Regulation 599 and replaced it with new rules that include a ban on the retail sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, flavored synthetic nicotine, and inhalation delivery systems such as e-cigarettes, e-cigars, vape pens, and e-water pipes that have a different taste or smell than the taste or smell of tobacco.

On the basis of evidence suggesting that tobacco consumption by adolescents continues to pose a significant health risk, the Committee’s actions will: Prohibit the sale of tobacco or synthetic nicotine products to anyone under the age of 21; Prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco or synthetic nicotine products in retail stores and; Prohibit coupons, discounts and price promotions on all tobacco products.

Starting January 1, 2022, all tobacco retailers in the state must be licensed to sell tobacco products. From January through June 2022, the Oregon Health Authority will focus on education to help businesses comply with the law. In July 2022, the OHA will begin unannounced inspections and impose penalties for violating statewide law. If the OHA detects a violation of Washington County’s ordinance, it will notify Washington County. We will respond by contacting the company and training them first before we issue a quote. Starting January 1st, we will also respond to public complaints about companies violating the law.

Juniteenth accepted as a county paid holiday

Washington County joined the federal government, the state of Oregon, the city of Portland, and Clackamas and Multnomah counties this week to offer June 10th (June 19) as a paid holiday.

Juniteenth commemorates the liberation of those enslaved in the Confederate States until President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation effective January 1, 1863.


Since June 19th falls on a Sunday in 2022, Washington County will first celebrate this new paid holiday on June 20th. Although the county’s buildings will not be open to the public that day, services that are available around the clock will continue.

Rental assistance in Washington County continues

While the state made the difficult decision to suspend acceptance of new applications at midnight on December 1 for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP), Washington County’s local Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program continues to accept applications over existing local ones Ways on.

Community action, the agency that manages local funds for Washington County, maintains a phone line, an online portal, and has partnered with other agencies, community-based organizations, and public health contact seekers to get the funds as quickly as possible. These local funds will also be available to income-entitled tenants in the foreseeable future.

All renters in need of assistance and residing in Washington County are encouraged to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance program. To learn how to apply, visit Community action website. For immediate resources, including housing and food access, contact 2-1-1 online at www.211info.org or by calling 2-1-1.

President Harrington’s 2021 end-of-year speech

Tuesday, December 14th, 4 p.m., am The district’s YouTube channel

Washington County Board Chair Kathryn Harrington will deliver her annual closing message, sharing her perspective on the challenges of 2021 while offering a hopeful outlook for the year ahead. In her online address, Chairwoman Harrington will reflect on the county’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts to expand the availability of affordable housing and supportive housing services, the county’s continued investment in our transportation system, and economic development.

The community is cordially invited to present the year-end address at the The district’s YouTube channel. The message of the chairman is also transmitted in Spanish at the same time Tualatin Valley Community Television and can be viewed by selecting channel 28.

eBooks are now available through the Legal Library

The Washington County Law Library now offers e-book access to a wide variety of legal titles, including some important Oregon legal research. The pilot project was made possible, among other things, by the Institute for Museum and Librarianship through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Oregon.

Residents of the district can register for access to the eBooks via the legal library website and can contact the legal library “Virtual information desk” by asking. After registering for the first time, the legal library’s eBooks can be accessed online or via the LexisNexis Digital Library app from the App Store.

Located in downtown Hillsboro, the Washington County Law Library strives to improve equal access to justice by ensuring that legal information, resources, and tools are available and accessible to all. As legal librarian Lee Van Duzer said, “We are very excited to make this material more accessible to the public. Now people have another way of finding the resources they need to succeed in any legal challenge they face. ”

The Washington County Law Library was established in 1926 by order of the Washington County Court. It is aided by the appropriation of laws in Oregon and operated by Washington County in consultation with the Chairman of the Circuit Court and the Washington County Bar Association. The Law Library’s mission is to provide research training and legal reference works, as well as access to a variety of general and specialized legal information resources and tools. They provide a comfortable, welcoming, and usable space for everyone involved with the judicial system, including those in trial and those facing legal problems, lawyers, court staff, the judiciary, and other government organizations.

Current and new WIC participants will receive additional fruit and vegetable benefits until March 2022

Washington County Women, Infants & Children (WIC) encourages all eligible families to sign up for WIC for nutritional support, including monthly electronic benefits that can be used to purchase healthy groceries. Participants will continue to receive a temporary increase in their monthly fruit and vegetable benefit through March 2022. Under the American Rescue Plan Act, WIC received funds to improve access to fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables.

“If you are not enrolled with WIC, now is the time to claim these additional benefits while they are in effect,” said WIC Supervisor Tara Olson.

The standard monthly amounts for the WIC Fruit and Vegetable Service are $ 9 per child and $ 11 per adult. The amounts have temporarily increased to:

  • $ 24 for each child over 13 months
  • $ 43 for pregnant and non-breastfeeding participants
  • $ 47 for breastfeeding participants

WIC provides free nutrition and breastfeeding services to women who are pregnant or who have recently had a baby, as well as infants and children up to their fifth birthday who have nutritional needs or a risk factor. WIC recognizes the important role fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers and other guardians play in caring for children. Fathers and other caregivers of children under the age of five are encouraged to enroll their children.

To qualify, families must have a household income less than 185% of the state poverty line. Individuals fully eligible for the Medicaid / Oregon Health Plan, TANF, SNAP / Food Stamps, or FDPIR are automatically eligible for WIC income. Please refer to the country’s website for more information on licensing guidelines.

“We know that figuring out whether you are an candidate for WIC can be confusing,” said Olson. “People often think they are unqualified, but the truth is that many working families are eligible for our services. If you are not sure, please contact us to discuss your situation. ”

Due to the pandemic, WIC appointments are currently being held by telephone with limited on-site services in the WIC offices in Beaverton, Hillsboro and Tigard upon request.

To contact the Washington County WIC, email [email protected], text WCWIC at 61222, or call 503-846-3555. Families outside Washington County can find the phone number for other WIC programs at 211. For more information, see www.WashingtonCountyWIC.com.

WIC is an equal opportunity provider.


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