County preps for more CARES Act funds

PENDLETON – The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners has approved spending up to $1,183,815 to county businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act federal funds are being distributed by the state of Oregon.

Board Chairman John Shafer said the county is working on the details of how the money will be distributed.

“We needed to approve the funds to go out and now the committee is going to figure out how to get it exactly set up,” Shafer said.

Also at the meeting, the board considered a request for a land swap from the city of Pendleton. It proposes removing a 69.2-acre area of industrial land within the city’s urban growth boundary, and adding a parcel of the same size to the UGB. That parcel is zoned exclusive farm use, but would be rezoned city light industrial.

“We did the public hearing on that and heard no opposition to it, so we came out of the hearing and voted in favor of that,” Shafer said.

The city of Pendleton said the adjustment in the urban growth boundary will support airport-related development of properties to support the growing UAS industry that wants land and hangars near the runways.