The City Council of the City of La Grande has established by Ordinance ten Advisory Commissions; a Building Board of Appeals, and the Budget Committee which is mandated by State Statute. In addition, the Council has appointment privileges for other City and County Boards of Directors; for example, the Union County Tourism Advisory Committee. Individuals serving as unpaid Board, Committee, or Commission members play a vital role in assisting Staff and Council by making recommendations in connection with a variety of important administrative and/or policy-making decisions that directly impact City operations in particular, and our community in general. Such recommendations include providing input to appropriate Staff regarding Department or Program annual budgets.
AIR QUALITY COMMISSION: The Air Quality Commission was established in response to the City’s mandated Air Quality Program in 1995. The intent of the Program is to benefit our citizens’ health and welfare by ensuring we all have clean air and improved visibility, as well as improving economic development opportunities within the community. Commissioners meet on an as-needed basis and are provided with administrative staff support for routine Commission meetings and events. There are 7, 3-year seats, the terms for which shall begin immediately upon appointment: 1 shall expire on December 31, 2021; 3 shall expire on December 31, 2022; and 3 shall expire on December 31, 2023. Applicants may express a preference for term duration. 2 of these seats may be filled by a resident of the area within the City’s Urban Growth Boundary or within the boundaries of Union County.
ARTS COMMISSION: The primary purpose of this seven-member Commission is to encourage greater opportunities for and recognition of the arts in our community including providing coordination of and communication among groups and individuals engaged in the arts to enhance the artistic diversity available for the citizens of La Grande; promoting development of the arts as an economic driver to the area; assisting with programs and projects that encourage the arts for local youth; advising the La Grande City Council on art related issues. Currently, there is 1 vacancy on the Arts Commission, which shall begin immediately upon appointment: 1 shall expire on December 31, 2023.
BUILDING BOARD OF APPEALS: This five-member Board was established by Ordinance Number 3224, the Dangerous Building Ordinance. The purpose of the Board is to hear appeals of decisions of the Building Official regarding application of the various Building Codes and Ordinances. Members shall be residents of the City, except that one member may be from the area within the City Urban Growth Boundary, or within the boundaries of Union County. Board members shall be individuals who have an interest in construction issues facing the City of La Grande, and who are qualified by experience and training to decide matters pertaining to building construction. There are 5 vacancies on this Board; one will expire on December 31, 2021; two will expire on December 31, 2022; and two will expire on December 31, 2023. This Board meets as needed.
PARKING, TRAFFIC SAFETY AND STREET MAINTENANCE ADVISORY COMMISSION: The Commission serves as an advocate of the City's Parking, Traffic Safety and Street Maintenance priorities and programs, as determined by the City Manager, Public Works Director, and/or the City Council. The Commission recommends traffic safety priorities, develop and recommend coordinated safety programs, review information and data regarding traffic safety issues, and make recommendations related to that information. An individual appointed as a member of the Commission shall be a resident of the City, except 2 such member may be from the area withing the City's Urban Growth Boundary. This Commission currently has 3 vacancies: two will expire on December 31, 2021; and one will expire on December 31, 2022.
URBAN RENEWAL ADVISORY COMMISSION (URAC): An individual appointed as a member of the Commission shall be an interested party actively interested in curing and preventing conditions of blight and improving the physical, economic and social conditions within the Urban Renewal District. The Commission shall consider, prioritize, and recommend policies to the Urban Renewal Agency dedicated to the revitalization of the Urban Renewal District. This Commission recommends to the Urban Renewal Agency that the Agency invest in public improvements and public/private development partnerships that will benefit and enhance the Urban Renewal District and facilitate the development of commercial and industrial parts of the District to create jobs and income which will provide economic support to the District. This Commission currently has 2 vacancies: one will expire on December 31, 2021; and one will expire on December 31, 2023.
Applications may be found on the City’s website, obtained from Stacey Stockhoff, Assistant to the City Manager, or City Recorder Sandra Patterson on the Second Floor of City Hall, 1000 Adams Avenue; 962-1309.