Boards & Committees

Updated: May 20, 2016

Below is a list of Union County Boards and Committees. Applications are currently being accepted for the following:

To be considered for appointment, citizens need to complete the application and submit to the Union County Commissioner’s office at 1106 K Avenue, La Grande, OR 97850.

Advisory Committee Application


List of Boards and Committees

4-H and Extension District Advisory Committee

Nineteen members appointed to serve three year terms, with member representation from the cities of Elgin, Imbler, La Grande, North Powder and Union, the Livestock Association, Soil and Water Conservation, Blue Mt. 4-H Center, 4-H Leaders Association, Cherry Growers Association, Wheat Growers Association, a timber producer, Farm Bureau Association, Grass Seed Growers, Agri-Business, grange, Extension Study and Master Gardener. Function is to advise the Union County Extension Staff on programs and direction.

4-H and Extension District Budget Committee
Committee consists of the Union County Commissioners and three at-large members. At-large members are appointed for three year terms. The committee is responsible for approving a budget for the Union County 4-H & Extension Service District.

Airport Advisory Committee
A seven member committee including the County Public Works Director, a representative from the City of La Grande, US Forest Service, an engineering firm, a pilot, a member from the forest industry, and a member of the general public. The purpose of this committee is to advise the Union County Public Works Department on airport related matters, including, but not limited to, maintenance, improvement and economic development. Members serve a four year term.

Ambulance District Advisory Committee

This eleven member committee consists of three individuals from the (437) telephone prefix area, three from the (562) telephone prefix area and five from the remaining county telephone prefixes. The committee shall advise the Union County Commissioners on operation of the ambulance service district. Members serve a four year term.

Board of Property Tax Appeals
This board consists of three members appointed annually. The function of this board is to review the Assessor’s ratio study and hear appeals filed by citizens regarding property values or assessments.

B2H Advisory Committee
A nine member Advisory Committee appointed by the Commissioners, including a chairman designated by the Commissioners. The committee shall gather citizen concerns and comments regarding the Idaho Power Boardman to Hemingway (B2H) Electric Transmission Line Project, develop an understanding of the evaluation criteria to be considered by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE), develop suggested comments based on citizen input and evaluation criteria reporting issues of substance and the identified criteria being addressed, and present suggested comments to the Board of Commissioners for potential submission to the BLM and ODOE.

Union County Budget Committee
This committee consists of six members, including the three elected county commissioners and three at-large members. The at-large members serve for three year terms. The purpose of this committee is to review and approve fiscal year budgets for county operations.

Building Code Board of Appeals
This six member appointed board hears and reviews disputes and appeals over interpretations of the codes arising from inspections and decisions made by the County Building Official. Union County is responsible for appointing three members representing different professions of the building trades. Appointment is for a four year term.

Union County Community Forest Restoration Board
A ten member committee formed to provide recommendations on forest restoration objectives and opportunities for the La Grande Ranger District. Areas of representation include Ranching/Grazing, Grande Ronde Model Watershed, Woodland Owner/Manager, Wood Product Industry, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Water Quality, Oregon Department of Forestry, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and Environmental.

Union County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors
This twelve member board is responsible for setting goals, policies and direction of the Union County Economic Development Corporation. Union County Commissioners appoint four members to this board to serve four year terms.

Union County Fair Association Board of Directors
A seven member board appointed to serve four year terms with the responsibility of policy and direction for the annual Union County Fair as well as upkeep and use of the fairgrounds.

Farm Advisory Board
This board consists of five members, of which two are appointed by the County Commissioners, two selected by the County Assessor and one selected by the four appointed, each serving four year terms. The duty of this board is to assist the Assessor in gathering and analyzing information about farm income in order to develop specially assessed farm use values.

Grande Ronde Model Watershed Board of Directors
The purpose of this 13 member board is to develop and oversee the implementation, maintenance, and monitoring of coordinated resource management that will enhance the natural resources of the Grande Ronde River Basin. Union County is responsible for appointing nine members who serve four year terms. Areas of representation are Soil and Water Conservation District, Eastern Oregon University, Conservationist, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Landowner, Economic Development, Union County and Public Interest.

Health & Human Services Advisory Committee
This advisory group is appointed to serve as the Mental Health Advisory Committee, the local Alcohol & Drug Planning Committee and the Public Health Advisory Committee serving as a liaison between the Center for Human Development and the Union County Commission. Areas of representation include Grande Ronde Hospital, a physician, a state agency, a school district, a small community member, an at-large member, a client representative and a member with interest or experience in developing programs dealing with alcohol problems. Appointed to four year terms.

Hospital Facility Authority of Union County
Five members appointed for three year terms with a maximum service of two consecutive three year terms. This Authority was created for the purpose of providing hospital facilities in Union County. Areas of representation include the Grande Ronde Hospital Board, a Union County Commissioner and three at-large members.

Household Hazardous Waste Steering Committee
A tri-county program serving Baker, Union and Wallowa counties developed to provide for the proper disposal of household hazardous waste. Committee members serve four year terms. Areas of representation include one Union County Commissioner, one Union County at-large member, one Wallowa County Commissioner, one Wallowa County at-large member, one City of Haines representative, one Baker Sanitary representative, one Waste-Pro representative and one Department of Environmental Quality representative.

Mt. Emily Recreation Area Motorized Advisory Committee
A nine to twelve member committee serving four year terms. This committee was created for the purpose of representing the interests of the public related to development, operations and maintenance of MERA by making recommendations to the Commissioners with regards to motorized usage. Areas of representation include Class I ATV, Class II ATV and Class III ATV, a member of the general public, an adjacent land owner, the US Forest Service, the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Parks and Recreation and livestock grazing.

Mt. Emily Recreation Area Non-Motorized Advisory Committee
A ten to twelve member committee serving four year terms. This committee was created for the purpose of representing the interests of the public related to development, operations and maintenance of MERA by making recommendations to the Commissioners with regards to non-motorized usage. Areas of representation include bicyclist, hiker, general public, the Grande Ronde Bowman Club, Oregon Parks and Recreation, the US Forest Service, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Forestry and livestock grazing.

Northeast Area Commission on Transportation
Baker, Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa Counties have formed this commission to provide a forum for coordination of local, state, federal, tribal and private community and economic development planning and investments. Each county is responsible for appointing three members serving four year terms.

Northeast Oregon Economic Development District Board of Directors
This multi-county board was formed as a way to enhance community and economic development services in the region. Union County appoints six members to this Board serving four year terms.

Northeast Oregon Economic Development Budget Committee
Union County appoints two members to this committee with a purpose of adopting an annual budget for the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District serving four year terms.

Northeast Oregon Housing Authority
The purpose of this Authority is to achieve the highest and best use of housing for people of low and moderate income through promotion of economic development, home ownership, and self-sufficiency opportunities. Union County appoints two elected officials from the county to this multi-county board serving four year terms.

Union County Planning Commission
The Planning Commission consists of nine members appointed for four-year terms. The Union County Planning Commission was involved in the development of and is periodically charged with reviewing the county comprehensive land use plan and zoning, partition and subdivision ordinances. These county regulations dictate land use applications reviewed by the Planning Commission for the Board of Commissioners.

Senior Center Board of Governors
A seven member board, with two appointed by County Commissioners, two appointed by City of La Grande, and three appointed by Union County Senior Advisory Council. Responsible for developing and revising detailed rules and charges for the use of the senior center.

Special Transportation Fund (STF) Advisory Committee
A five member committee appointed to serve four year terms, including providers or consumers of transportation for the elderly or handicapped. This group will make recommendations to Union County Commissioners on award of Special Transportation Funds received from the State of Oregon.

Tourism Promotion Advisory Committee
A seven member committee that is administered by the Union County Chamber of Commerce. This cooperative program was designed to promote tourism in our communities. Union County appoints three members including one commissioner, one small property lodging owner/manager and one business/attraction owner/manager.

Transient Tax Discretionary Fund Committee
A six member committee serving four year terms. The purpose is to review applications for discretionary funds generated through transient tax dollars. Areas of representation include a Union County Commissioner, La Grande Downtown Development, Union County Economic Development Corporation, Union County Chamber of Commerce, Union County Tourism, and one representative from either Elgin, Union or North Powder.

Union County Transportation Committee
This committee of ten members appointed for four year terms is responsible for prioritization of road maintenance and improvement within Union County. Areas of representation include a Union County Commissioner, the Union County Public Works Director, a city representative, Oregon Department of Transportation, US Forest Service, an engineering firm, a member of the agricultural community, a member of the forest industry, a member of the general public and a county staff member.

Travel Management Advisory Committee
An advisory committee to provide recommendations to the commissioners regarding the safety and functionality of the forest roadways based on the proposed Travel Management Plan developed by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Areas of representation include Eastern Oregon ATV, a local business owner, a member of Forest Access for All, a member of the forest industry, a Mt. Emily Recreation Area representative, an Agricultural/grazing member, Boise Cascade, La Grande Snow-Drifters, a forest conservationist and a Union County Commissioner.

Vector Control District Board of Directors
A five member board appointed to oversee the operation of the Union County Vector Control District program serving four year terms.

Vector Control District Budget Committee
Five appointed members who serve along with the Board of Directors. This committee is responsible for adopting an annual budget for the Vector Control District. Term of service is four years.

Wallowa-Union Railroad Authority
An ORS 190 entity formed by Union and Wallowa counties to acquire and manage the Joseph branch rail line between Elgin and Joseph. Union County appoints four members to the Authority to serve four year terms.

Weed Control Advisory Committee
A twelve member committee appointed to serve for three year terms. Purpose is to advise the Union County Public Works Department on control and eradication of weeds in Union County. Members shall represent the management zones of the county, including North County (Palmer Junction-Elgin areas), Valley Floor (Summerville to Union), Western Foothills (Mt. Emily-Craig Mt.), Eastern Foothills (Mt. Harris-Catherine Creek), South County (North Powder, Medical Springs areas), and the private, state, and federal forest and range lands.

Wolf Depredation Compensation Committee
This seven member committee is appointed for three year terms to facilitate the grant program available through the Oregon Department of Agriculture to mitigate wolf impacts on producers. Areas of representation include one County Commissioner, two livestock owners, two supporters of wolf conservation or coexistence, and two business representatives which are agreed upon by other commission appointed members.

Union County Youth Council
This committee with youth representatives from all parts of the county works closely with the Drug Free Communities Coalition.

Advisory Committee Application