2/18/21, 4:12 PM
MOVING THE OREGON/IDAHO BORDER
Jefferson County Commissioner/Chair Kelly Simmelink sat down with Ranch Matters and discussed his thoughts about yesterday’s Commission Meeting that included a presentation from “Move Oregon’s Border” spokesperson, Chris Taylor.
Another report described the border plan as “FAR-FETCHED” and Simmelink stated that was a “poor choice of words” and added, “5700 plus people voted yes” for the County Commission to hold two meetings regarding relocating the Oregon-Idaho Border.
He said it was nice to get the first meeting behind them and sees it as a starting point. The voters asked for the meetings and Simmelink said, “I’m not going to discount or disenfranchise 5700 voters that thought it was a good idea to have these conversations.”
According to Simmelink there are some underlying issues tied to this border plan. First, he said there is an “urban/rural divide, there’s No Ifs ands or Buts about that.” “People are angry, frustrated and looking for some way to have their voice heard….”
Commissioner Simmelink elaborated on some of his concerns and the complexity of a plan such as this and stressed people need to get more informed/involved.
Simmelink cautioned people, “Don’t jump to conclusions” and added, “getting the right information is key.”
He ended the interview saying, “If people really want to make change, step one, get involved, learn, have conversations…”
Ranch Matters Staff