Island City’s city council has a vacancy.

Larry Morrison has stepped down from his position on the council because he is moving to Baker City. The city council voted to accept Morrison’s resignation at its meeting on Monday.

Morrison was appointed to Position 4 on the city council in early 2015 to fill a vacancy. He was elected to a four-year term in 2016. Morrison is a retired educator who taught almost 40 years, including 22 at La Grande High School, from 1984 to 2006.

Morrison said his experience as a city councilor was a good one.

“Being in a different situation with different people is very enjoyable,” said Morrison, who was not at Monday’s meeting.

The City of Island City is now searching for someone to serve the remainder of Morrison’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2020. The council will review applications for the position at its Sept. 10 meeting. Applications are due by Sept. 7. Applications are available at Island City City Hall, 10605 Island Ave. For information call 541-963-5017.

The city council positions up for election were also discussed during Monday’s meeting. Up for election are Positions 1, 3 and 6 and the mayor’s position. One person each has filed for Positions 1 and 6 but nobody has filed for Position 3 or the mayor’s position. The incumbents in the seats up for election are Stan Terry (Position 1), Sharon Vermillion (3), Don Starr (6) and Mayor Delmer Hanson.

To be listed on the Nov. 6 ballot, candidates must file by 4 p.m. Aug. 23 at city hall.

The city council also finalized the revised dates for public hearings on the three options proposed for the Grande Ronde River Greenway Project. The hearings will be conducted Aug. 21, Aug. 28 and Sept. 6. Each will begin at 6 p.m. at Island City City Hall. At each hearing, the city council will provide information on one of the options and will take public input.

The options, presented to the council in May by the Greenway Exploration Committee, address how Island City should use a $1.1 million grant from the state for Phase II of the Grande Ronde River Greenway Project. The grant, awarded in 2016, is for a trail that will run from the area east of Riverside Park in La Grande to a pond in Island City north of Highway 82, a distance of 1.25 miles.

See more in Wednesday's edition of The Observer.

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