Another really neat service is Heartland accepts all types of walk-in euthanasia, with a size-fee @ cost for returning private cremation. Private cremations can cost upwards of $350-500 and this service is offered significantly lower depending on size and weight of the deceased. ​                                                                                                                               Next on Heartland's continued visioning process is to remodel the current facility, in order to update to modern shelter-standards. Currently, the 11-1/2 sq. ft. cattery is no up to modern standards, and kennels are confined. The remodel will also expand more space for dogs, and provide space for the future vision of a public spay/neuter program. Currently, Salem has implemented a public program, which has served as a great model for things to come here in Corvallis!   

    I recently was invited to tour the community facility that hosts and goes above and beyond for the fluffy, furry and even not so fluffy & furry that are strayed within the community. As a resource in our town and resident-member of South Corvallis, Heartland has been continuing their vision throughout the years of not only being an "open door" shelter but working towards a public spay & neuter program.                       Heartland prides itself in it's mission statement of "Saving Lives," and operating mainly on volunteers. There is always the argument of kill vs. no-kill shelters, and the concept of "open admission" can be misconceived-Heartland abides by all protocols that make them a "no-kill shelter," however, unlike open admission shelters, no animal is ever refused, due to health or adoptability. Euthanasia is a last resort if an animal has severe health or behavioral issues.  There have been no "over-population" related Euthanasias for over 5 years.                






Corvallis City Councilor Ward 3

    In light of several community inquiries, post the election, the Corvallis Police Department released a statement on December 1st, on Immigration Policies regarding the organization and community. During the December 5th City Council Meeting, Chief Sassaman formally distributed the statement; which provoked afterthought of Public Comment discussing Sanctuary City Status.                                                             In summation, the statement reinforces the current State law, which proclaims that law enforcement agencies will niether engage or participate in policing immigration: “No law enforcement agency of the State of Oregon or of any political subdivision of the state shall use agency moneys, equipment or personnel for the purpose of detecting or apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.” 


     Heartland is a non-profit organization, whom's municipal contracts (Benton County Sheriff & Corvallis Police Department) make up only 11% of funding. They rely on private donations, grants, special fundraisers and the Heartland Thrift Shop for the majority of operations. Over 2,000 pets are helped and saved per year and administrative costs are generally low. Any and all animals who are surrendered, neglected or found in Benton County, including horses, livestock, and small livestock are welcomed through their doors.                                                                              

      In the recent weeks, the subject of Sanctuary Status has come up as an emergent issue within the city; as several of Oregon counties (30 and counting) & a handful of cities have passed either ordinances or resolutions updating their Sanctuary City Status’. Surrounding Lincoln, Linn, Polk, and Marion counties are included; as well as Oregon State Correctional Institution and Springfield Police Department. Oregon has long been considered a “Sanctuary State” per Oregon Revised Statute 181A.820“No law enforcement agency of the State of Oregon or of any political subdivision of the state shall use agency moneys, equipment or personnel for the purpose of detecting or apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.” However, the question now is reinforcing this State Law at localized/municipal levels.


                   DECEMBER                        CITY NEWS & CURRENT EVENTS

     I was initially approached shortly after the election by both ASOSU and other students regarding Corvallis not currently being a Sanctuary City; inquiring what was being done in the way of bringing the topic before Council. It seemed that Council’s ears were burning, as several Councilors informed me that it was to be a topic intended to be covered before year’s end. I also learned much about previous efforts to bring forth Sanctuary Status as a resolution and how King Legacy Board was moving discussion before Council.
     In the past few Corvallis City Council meetings, Sanctuary Status has discussed, open to Public Comment; leading to an agenda item for the upcoming Special Council Meeting: December 12th 6:30 pm @ Council Chambers (the upstairs of the downtown Firehouse). Council will be voting on its “Proposed Sanctuary City Resolution”; and all and any Public Comment is welcome! Feel free to review the resolution below this article.
The resolution intends to update Corvallis Municipal Code Chapter 1.23: “it is the intent of the City that no person be denied the equal protection of the laws, nor shall any person be denied the enjoyment of his/her civil or political rights or be discriminated against because age, citizenship status, color, familial status, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental disability, national origin, physical disability, race, religion, religious observance, sex, sexual orientation, and source or level of income…”
     In recent weeks, the Corvallis Police Department has also issued a statement of their intent regarding matters of immigration, citizenship and enforcement, which you can look over-it is “Attachment 4” or the last page of the “Proposed Sanctuary City Resolution”.
     OSU is also declared a Sanctuary Campus.
     I encourage anyone would like to speak on Sanctuary Status for the Special Council Meeting on December 12th for consideration prior to the vote. Our wonderful City Recorder has also informed me that if you would rather submit something that could be added to the minutes and put before the Council for consideration you are more than welcome to submit comment (City Public Comment Form Below) You are also more than free to contact me via email, phone/text (541-760-6274) and I will be more than happy to discuss or submit anything to Council on your behalf.
      It has also been suggested (by Mayor Traber) that having a large number of people saying the same thing can be counter-productive, thus, a good technique if many agree could be to be to have a statement signed/endorsed by many people, or having one person testify for several during Public Comment. If present, you can combine individual 3-minute time allotment under one speaker. ***It is always encouraged to bring a hardcopy of your speech or any materials so the City Recorder can add it to the minutes.