Updated: June 3, 2020
The Union County Board of Commissioners are accepting applications from qualified volunteers interested in serving on one or more of the various committees with current openings as listed below. Interested citizens are invited to submit a completed Advisory Committee Application.
Committees with open positions:
Ambulance District Advisory Committee
There are currently three committee openings, including one member of the 437 (Elgin) telephone prefix, one from the 562 (Union) telephone prefix, and one from the 963, 962, 898, 568 or 534 (La Grande, North Powder, Cove, or Imbler) telephone prefix.
Buffalo Peak Golf Course Advisory Committee
Two at-large positions are currently available.
Northeast Oregon Economic Development District Board of Directors
This Board of Directors is a multi-county board formed as a way to enhance community and economic development services in the region. Union County Commissioners appoint six members to this Board serving four year terms. An opening is available for a small city government representative.
Transient Tax Discretionary Fund Advisory Committee
One opening is available for a member of the Union County Chamber of Commerce Board.
Union County Fair Association Board of Directors
One position is currently available.
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
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. The function of this committee is to advise the Union County Extension Staff on programs and direction.
4-H and Extension District Budget Committee
This committee consists of the Union County Commissioners and three at-large members. The at-large members are appointed for three year terms. The committee is responsible for the review and approval of the budget for the Union County 4-H & Extension Service District.
Airport Advisory Committee
The committee will serve in an advisory role to assist the Union County Public Works Department in developing and updating an Airport Maintenance and Improvement Program that is consistent and equitable in its application and flexible to changes in circumstances to serve the present and future needs of Union County. The committee will also strive to provide a balance of safety, community needs, and financial constraints in developing priorities.
The committee will not participate directly in airport management or operations, or in supervising or directing airport employees.
This committee shall provide recommendations to the Union County Commissioners on the operation of the ambulance service district. Members of this committee consist of three individuals from the (437) telephone prefix area, three from the (562) telephone prefix area and five from the remaining county telephone prefixes for a total of eleven members who may serve a four year term.
Board of Property Tax Appeals
The function of this board is to review petitions, hear and make judgements on appeals filed by taxpayers regarding property values or assessments. The board considers evidence from the taxpayer and the County Assessor. This board consists of three members appointed annually by the Union County Board of Commissioners.
Union County Budget Committee
The purpose of this committee is to review and approve fiscal year budgets for county operations. The committee consists of six members, including the three elected county commissioners and three at-large members. The at-large members may serve for a maximum of two consecutive three year terms.
Buffalo Peak Golf Course Advisory Committee
The purpose of this committee is to provide recommendations regarding the operations and maintenance activities of the golf course. The committee consists of ten members appointed to three year terms.
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 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.
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
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 creating a nine to twelve member committee serving four year terms.
Mt. Emily Recreation Area Non-Motorized Advisory Committee
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 creating a ten to twelve member committee serving four year terms.
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.
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 documents direct land uses and review of land use application by the Planning Commission for the Board of Commissioners.
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.
Transient Tax Discretionary Fund Committee
The purpose of this committee is to review applications for discretionary funds generated through transient tax dollars and provide recommendations to the Union County Commissioners. 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. A six member committee serving four year terms.
Union County Transportation Committee
This committee is responsible for the 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 for a total of ten members appointed for four year terms.
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.
Weed Control Advisory Committee
The purpose of this committee is to advise the Union County Public Works Department on the 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. A twelve member committee appointed to serve for three year terms.
Wolf Depredation Compensation Committee
The purpose of this committee is 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 determined by the other commission appointed members. This seven member committee is appointed for three year terms.