PILOT ROCK — The Pilot Rock City Council votes Tuesday night on a proposal to suspend the city planning commission.

The small town about 15 miles south of Pendleton has not had a full planning commission since 2014, when the city council approved a plan to reduce the membership from seven to at least four. Mayor Virginia Carnes said it is difficult enough to maintain the city council, which is swearing in four members, while trying to keep a planning commission going has been frustrating.

City reporter Teri Porter in a memo to the council stated the membership now stands at four, including herself, and another member is likely to resign.

“Notice has been posted on and off for the past two-and-half years trying to recruit another member,” according to the memo. “The latest notice has been posted for two months solid without one citizen interested in serving.”

The city council would take on the duties of the planning commission in its absence. The council also could resurrect the commission if Pilot Rock citizens show interest.

Pilot Rock City Council meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at city hall, 144 N. Alder Place. The council also plans to appoint officers and consider a fleet safety program and a volunteer policy manual.

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