Apply to fill vacancies on city committees

June 20, 2012 08:36 am

By Bill Rautenstrauch

The Observer 

The city of La Grande is looking for a few good men and women to fill vacancies on various advisory committees or commissions.

City Recorder Sandy Lund said individuals serving as unpaid committee or commission members play a vital role in assisting staff and the city council by making recommendations in connections with a variety of important administrative and policy-making decisions that impact the community. 

Opportunities abound.

“Among the remaining vacant seats, there’s something for everyone,” Lund said.

Six seats need filling on the air quality advisory commission, terms for which will begin immediately upon appointment.

Two of the seats may be filled by a resident of the area with the city’s urban growth boundary or within the boundaries of Union County. Applicants may express a preference for term duration.

On the arts advisory commission, one seat is available, with the term of appointment starting immediately and expiring Dec. 31, 2012.

This seat must be filled by a resident of the city.

The city is looking to fill two seats on the Landmarks Advisory Commission, both of which will be filled immediately on appointment and expire Dec. 31, 2013.

One seat must be filled by a city resident or property owner within the historic district of the city, and the other by a resident of the county or property owner within the historic district.

There are three seats available as well on the Parking, Traffic Safety and Street Maintenance Commission, all of which must be filled by residents of the city.

The terms will be filled upon appointment, with two expiring Dec. 31, 2012, and one expiring Dec. 31, 2013. Applicants for those positions may express a preference for term duration.

Also, the city is looking to fill one seat on the Union County Tourism Advisory Committee that addresses, among other issues, promotions for the county’s tourism attraction efforts.

This committee is typically scheduled to meet on each Friday of the month in the Colleen F. Johnson Room of the Cook Memorial Library. 

The open seat is a for representative of the retail industry, an owner or manager of a business.

Finally, one seat is open on the city’s urban renewal advisory commission, which must be filled by a resident of the city or a property or business owner  within the city limits who is actively interested in curing and preventing conditions of blight and improving the physical, economic and social conditions within the city’s Urban Renewal District.

This term will be filled immediately on appointment and run to Dec. 31, 2014.

Most of the committees and commissions meet once monthly or on an as needed basis.

During those seasons of the year when activities occur for which a particular commission is specifically involved, additional meetings may be scheduled.

City employees are not eligible for appointment.

Applications are available from Lund or City Manager Assistant Angelika Brooks on the second floor of city hall, 1000 Adams Ave. The phone number is 541-962-1309.

Applications may also be downloaded from the city’s Website,

People interested in serving should return a completed application at the earliest opportunity, to enable commissions to meet as soon as possible.

Opportunities to apply for vacant seats will reman available until all positions are filled.