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Bend Metro Park & Recreation District Position 5

Special districts in Oregon are formed to govern specific resources. Examples are people’s utility districts, library districts, sewer districts, irrigation districts, ports and cemetery districts. Some districts get revenue only from taxes. Others, such as water districts, get revenue from ratepayers. Others may combine the two sources. Each district is governed by a board of directors which is responsible for the operation of the district and its financial accountability. ( https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/198.010 )Qualifications: Candidate must be a registered voter in the district. ORS 266.310(2)Salary: A member of the governing body of a district may receive an amount not to exceed $50 for each day or portion thereof as compensation for services performed as a member of the governing body. Such compensation shall not be deemed lucrative. The governing body may provide for reimbursement of a member for actual and reasonable traveling and other expenses necessarily incurred by a member in performing official duties. [1971 c.403 §2; 1983 c.327 §2; 1983 c.740 §53a; 1989 c.517 §1; 1995 c.79 §74]In Event of Vacancy: Except as otherwise provided by law, a vacancy in an elected office in the membership of the governing body of a district shall be filled by appointment by a majority of the remaining members of the governing body. If a majority of the membership of the governing body is vacant or if a majority cannot agree, the vacancies shall be filled promptly by the county court of the county in which the administrative office of the district is located. [ORS 198.320]

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    Deb Schoen

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    Elizabeth Hughes Weide

Información Biográfica

Outline your plan to use funding as efficiently as possible to provide necessary services to as many people as possible.

How do you plan to involve residents of the district in decision making? How will you keep them informed of district activities?

What aspect of working for the District is most important to you?

Mencione su plan para usar el financiamiento de la manera más eficiente posible y proporcionar los servicios necesarios a la mayor cantidad posible de gente.

¿Cómo piensa involucrar a los residentes del distrito en la toma de decisiones? ¿Cómo les mantendrá informados sobre las actividades del distrito?

¿Qué aspecto de trabajar para el Distrito es el más importante para usted?

Campaign Phone (public) (503) 277-8332
Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://debforbend.com
Town Where You Live Bend
Your Experience/Qualificatons Forty-year park and recreation professional. Positions included: Interim Director Park and Recreation Services; Superintendent of Community Programs; ADA Transition Coordinator, Supervisor; Recreation and Historical Facilities; Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District Degree Certified Park and Recreation Professional
Twitter @debschoen
County Deschutes
Term 7/21-6/24
The BPRD budget process is a dynamic and forward-thinking process. By following the guidance of the district's Comprehensive Plan, Strategic Plan, and ADA Transition Plan, I can review and prioritize spending with additional assistance from community input. The district has determined service levels for parks, trails, and open spaces that we are very close to meeting. However, again with the assistance of community input, we can determine if we are equitably providing services to traditionally under-resourced geographical areas and question which we may not be serving with programs and facilities. My best budgeting tools are listening to community members and looking for ways to collaborate with Bend LaPine School District, City of Bend, and Deschutes County to ensure our tax dollars' best value.
We currently use Zoom for our board meetings and can provide the video of the meeting on the BPRD website. I intend to advocate for a taped video process after we return to in-person meetings. This allows community members to view the video as time allows for them or provide public comments without leaving their homes. We have directed staff to increase public input opportunities when projects are being discussed. We have had great success by using paper surveys, social media outlets, the district webpage, and direct contact with community organizations that have the trust of under-served populations. An example is the Family Access Network advocates working at each school in the Bend LaPine School District.
My focus has been equitable access for all community members. A neighborhood park was an important part of my difficult childhood. I want to ensure all families have access to play at a close to a close-to-home park or trail. I want to eliminate barriers well beyond financial that keep families from accessing the services we are charged to providing.
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Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://www.hughesenviron.com
Town Where You Live Bend, Oregon
Your Experience/Qualificatons Environmental scientist and project manager with 32 years of experience. BA and MS Geology. MS Counseling. Managed numerous NEPA/CEQA projects assessing the environmental impacts of projects including: development & expansion of community parks, rehabilitation/replacement of bridges, new/improved bikeways, water and natural gas pipelines, flood control/levee improvements, storm water control. Obtained permits involving T&E/ protected species, aquatic species, wetlands, and wild & scenic rivers.
County Bend Parks & Recreation District, Board of Directors, Position 5 (Deschutes County)
Term 2021-2025
As a Board member, I would work with the District to set realistic goals and objectives for BPRD's future plans. The ongoing comprehensive park planning effort would include providing efficient and necessary services to the entire population of the Bend community. These planning efforts would take into consideration the priorities of all citizens in order to provide recreation opportunities for all segments of the community. One of my objectives as a Board member would be to ensure that future park facilities are equally distributed throughout the Bend community. With my geology training in volcanology, and my environmental background, I hope to contribute creative ideas for the efficient development of new park opportunities. BPRD has implemented many innovative ideas in their planning, including the Riley Ranch Park, which encourages a quieter and more natural experience by restricting bike and pet use in the park. These fresh ideas enhance the experience for the park users.
The BPRD maintains an active public outreach program through various media sources, social media, public meetings, community activities, and at the park facilities. BPRD Board meetings are open to the public, and there are many other opportunities for public involvement in park decision-making activities. As a Board member, I would encourage public access to Board members through community venues, media sources, and volunteer opportunities within the District. In order to meet public needs and provide equal recreation opportunities in Bend, ongoing public outreach is necessary, and park planning by the BPRD requires public input and data input by specific populations served by the District. Input from and coordination with other public and private recreation providers, such as schools, the YMCA, churches, and other entities in the city is necessary in ongoing and future park planning. To ensure ADA compliance, Board and BPRD coordination with special needs groups is also required.
For me, the most important aspect of working as a BPRD Board member would be to prioritize the goal of maintaining the District's high standards in expanding the exceptional park facilities in Bend. Unlike any other city where I have lived or visited, BPRD has funding sources that are independent from the City of Bend's budget. This allows the District to create and maintain unique park facilities without competition with the City's other funding priorities, such as police and fire services. As a member of the BPRD Board of Directors, I would anticipate working with park staff to update the District's development plans and to assist with creating a vision for the District's future and strategies to achieve that vision. Implementation would include incorporating natural landscape features, cleanliness and safety, social equity, recreational and athletic opportunities, entertainment and cultural events, and educational programs into the development of future park programs and facilities
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