The Hermiston City Council on Monday will consider approval of a fairgrounds overlay zone for land south of the airport.

The council will also have the opportunity weigh in on hiring a consultant to assess Acting Police Chief Jason Edmiston.

The new zone will allow current industrial-zoned land south of the airport to hold several new venues including a rodeo, fairgrounds, recreational vehicle park and a horse arena.

The land is slated to hold the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center.

The zone was approved by the Hermiston Planning Commission at a public hearing March 14, a consideration authorized by the council March 12.

The council will also have a chance to provide feedback on the proposal to hire consultant Greg Willeford of Willeford Group in Salem, to provide an assessment of Edmiston.

City Manager Ed Brookshier said the council will tentatively recommend three qualifiers for the Hermiston Planning Commission.

A selection committee interviewed five individuals for three spots on the planning commission earlier in March.

Five applied for three spots on the commission including Karen Hutchinson-Talaski, Duane Johnson, James Leitch and Margaret Saylor, who holds position No. 8, and Derek Caplinger, who holds position No. 9.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 180 S.E. Second St. and there is an opportunity for public comment.

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