The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners selected nine people to serve on the county charter review committee.
The county’s home rule charter requires a committee of at least five residents to review the founding document every four years, though the last review was in 2008.
County counsel Doug Olsen said several people submitted applications, and the county limited the committee to nine. He said the group represents different communities and areas of the county. The board of commissioners Wednesday morning in Pendleton voted 3-0 to appoint the following to serve on the committee:
• Sally Anderson Hansell of Hermiston;
• Jerry Baker of Athena;
• Genna Banica of Pendleton;
• Daniel Dorran of Hermiston;
• Mark Gomolski of Hermiston;
• Michele Grable of Pendleton;
• Jennifer McClure Spurgeon of Weston;
• Donald Miller of Milton-Freewater;
• and Kim Puzey of Hermiston.
The new committee has until July 2019 to make recommendations for possible changes to the charter. The board of commissioners gets to say whether those recommendations end up on a ballot for county citizens to decide.
The board also approved nine wolf depredation grants totaling $83,771. The grants from the Oregon Department of Agriculture compensate livestock owners for losses due to wolves. The nine grants covered the costs of non-lethal and preventative measures, ranging from paying for range riders to motion-detection lights to food for guard dogs.
The largest amount — $26,019.73 — went to the Cunningham Sheep Company of Pendleton. The Agricultural Research Foundation of Corvallis received the second largest grant — $20,621.83 — for a depredation prevention workshop. Hellberg Farms of Lowden, Washington, received the smallest grant of an even $1,000.
And in other business, the board authorized Aggregate Resources Industries of Springfield to drill and blast 25,000 cubic yards at the Casper Gravel Pit. The company’s bid of $1.99 per cubic yard beat two competitors.
The board also approved an $11,000 contract for two table top emergency training exercises. County emergency manager Tom Roberts told the board the funding is from a state hazardous material grant that required a local match of 20 percent.