The Wallowa County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to discuss reducing permit fees for affordable housing at its meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. In theory, reducing permit fees could reduce the purchase price of homes.
ENTERPRISE — A discussion on reducing the costs for permit fees on workforce/low-income housing will take place Wednesday, March 15, when the Wallowa County Board of Commissioners meets.
The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Thornton Conference Room at the Wallowa County Courthouse, 101 S. River St. in Enterprise.
Tera Elliott, the commissioners’ executive assistant, said information on the county’s current housing fees was not available before the meeting.
The commissioners also will consider bids for a New Jersey-style rock spreader and a new asphalt oil off-load pump for the county Road Department.
Elliott said there was only one bid for each item and those would be made public at the meeting.
The commissioners also will weigh in on the U.S. Forest Service’s Morgan Nesbit Vegetation Project. The board plans to discuss and/or approve a related scoping letter on the project.
The Wallowa-Whitman announced March 2 it would hold an open house at the Cloverleaf Hall from 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 15 to give the public an opportunity to learn about the project and to ask questions.
The project area is about 20 miles southeast of Joseph. The goal of the project, the Forest Service said, is to promote forest conditions that support sustainable ecological functions and processes while maintaining and enhancing wildlife habitat diversity and quality. The project aims to promote a diversity of vegetation structure, density and composition that provides for wildlife connectivity within and across the project area.
In another matter, Larisa Bogardus of the federal Bureau of Land Management will provide the commissioners with an update on Vale District BLM activities.
The commissioners also will consider:
• A request for $5,000 from Andy Marcum to help support the second annual Cross the Divide Kokanee Derby at Wallowa Lake scheduled for June 16-17.
• Action on the county’s whistleblower policy.
• An order for an intrafund transfer to the Wallowa County Public Works Department.
• An order for an intrafund transfer to the county’s Video Lottery/Economic Development fund.
• An order to receive unanticipated revenue from a grant carryover for the Community Corrections Department.
• An order for an intrafund transfer for the fair.
• A letter to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Supervisor’s Office on a 2023 Title II project proposal.
• An easement for Ziply Fiber to install new conduit in an existing site mount new equipment on Upper Imnaha Road.
• A resolution to appoint members to the Wallowa County Compensation Board.
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