April 26, 2013
Baker City, OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its second meeting of the year May 8-9 in the Queen City Room of the Geiser Grand Hotel located at 1996 Main Street in Baker City. The meeting will open on Tuesday at 9 a.m. with an executive session to discuss acquisition priorities and legal issues; this session is closed to the public. A tour of Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area will take place at 11 a.m., followed by work sessions at 2:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, the Commission will convene for its regular business meeting at 8:30 a.m. This portion of the meeting is open to the public and includes time for comment on matters not already on the agenda. Current items include the 2013-2015 budget and pending legislation; approval of statewide ATV, recreational trail, and scenic bikeway grant awards; requests to amend policies in several Oregon administrative rule divisions; and action on potential property acquisitions. The full agenda can be viewed online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission.aspx.
Public speaking time on items not already on the agenda is limited to three minutes per person. Written testimony is not required, but those who plan to speak are requested to provide 12 copies of their statement to assistant Vanessa Demoe at email@example.com for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend can contact OPRD at 503-986-0719 to make arrangements at least three days in advance.
The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission is a citizen oversight body that promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state. Additional information, including minutes from previous Commission meetings, is available online. The next Commission meeting after May will be held July 16-17 in Coos Bay.