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News & Announcements

  • SDAO Consulting Services Program: Board Practices Assessment and Board Governance Questionnaire: During times of crisis, all eyes look to the special district’s board to figure out where things went wrong. Boards that strive to improve their governance practices are less likely to subject themselves to a calamity. Learn more...
  • Utility, Water, Wastewater Districts May Soon Benefit from Federal Household Relief Programs: Special districts providing utilities may soon be able to take advantage of two federal funding programs for low-income households’ utility services but will need to do so in collaboration with their counties or the state. Read more...
  • How to Prepare for Snow Risks: Snow puts a variety of stresses on a business. Get ready for the impact of snow on driving, sidewalks and roofs by reviewing these risk control guides, which provide useful risk mitigation technique. Read more...
  • SDAO Newsletter: Winter 2020: The winter edition of the SDAO newsletter is now available for download.
  • Update on CARES Act Funding for Special Districts: We were recently notified that the $24 million of CARES Act funding allocated to special districts has now been exhausted. For districts that are still seeking reimbursement for eligible COVID-19 expenses, funding may be available through FEMA Public Assistance (PA) funds. Read more...
  • November 2020 Election Results: Nearly 3 million people are registered to vote in Oregon, a 15.5% increase from the 2016 election. A portion of the increase in voter registration is attributable to Oregon’s 2016 Motor Voter Act, which made voter registration automatic when Oregonians obtain or renew their driver’s licenses. Learn more
  • OSHA Temporary Rule Summary: By now, many of you have become aware that Oregon OSHA has adopted a temporary rule going into effect on November 16, 2020 to address COVID-19. Learn more
  • Board Member Spotlight - Emily Stumpf: I’m the Policy and Administration Manager at Multnomah County Drainage District, so I manage our elected boards, provide policy and budget development support, and also lead the department responsible for communications, HR, and office management. Read more!
  • Trustee Spotlight - Darren Bucich: For the past 12 years I have had the privilege of serving as the Fire Chief for McKenzie Fire & Rescue. Read more!
  • FEMA Public Assistance for Wildfire Crisis - Debris Removal Guidance and Debris Removal Private Property: This week, at the Governor’s request, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) began the process with FEMA to add Federal Public Assistance grant funds for all special districts dealing with the current wildfire crisis. Read more...
  • SDAO Response to Oregon OSHA Infectious Disease Rule Implementation: Recently, we were notified that Oregon OSHA was planning to implement an infectious disease rule that could have a large impact on special district operations. With the current decline in COVID-19 cases both in Oregon and worldwide, we believe that the adoption of these temporary rules is unnecessary and overly costly to Oregon employers. Read more...
  • SDAO Continues Leadership on Special Districts Provide Essential Services Act. Read more...
  • Oregon Fire Chiefs Association Awards Grant to Public Safety EAP: OFCA awarded Special Districts Insurance Services (SDIS) with a $15,000 grant to assist with funding the Public Safety Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Read more...
  • First Special Session of 2020: The first special session of 2020 has come to a close. Read more about the bills that passed and other important information.
  • COVID-19: Coronavirus Outbreak: Stay up to date with our page dedicated to COVID-19 resources and an FAQ.
  • New Program for Members: SDAO AcademyLearn more about SDAO's newest program designed to prepare special district employees for leadership roles.
  • SDAO Board Member Recruitment Toolkit: Are you recruiting for a new board member? Our new Board Member Recruitment Toolkit can help!
  • HR ResourcesLearn more about the recent changes to policies and legislation.

 

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