The City of Port Orford has several established commissions and committees. The City Council may establish additional committees as needed. Members of Commissions and committees are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council.
The Port Orford Planning Commission meets monthly on the first Tuesday at 3:30 pm. The Planning Commission is responsible for making recommendations to City Council regarding local zoning and land use decisions.
Chairman Greg Thelen
Vice Chair Pamela Berndt
Commissioner (Comm.) Sarah Lovendahl
Comm. Jennifer Head
The Port Orford Parks Commission meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm in the City Council chambers. The Commission is responsible for making recommendations to City Council regarding policies and priorities for development, operations, use and maintenance of public parks facilities.
Greg Tidey (Council Liason)
Historic Preservation Commission
The Port Orford Historic Preservation Commission meets on the last Friday of the month at 9:30am. The Commission is responsible for the administration of the City’s historic preservation ordinance, including designating properties to the Landmark registry, informing citizens and visitors of the community’s history, and seeking and expending relevant grants and gifts.
Chairman Rick Cook
Secretary Bev Bacak
The Port Orford Emergency Preparedness Commission meets on the third Wednesday at 5:30pm. The Commission is responsible to coordinate with the Curry County Emergency Management Department and to make recommendations to City Council to help our community better prepare for emergencies.
Gary Burns (Council Liaison)
The Budget Committee meets each May. The Committee is responsible for considering and making recommendations to City Council regarding the city’s budget.
Budget Office Gary Milliman
Committee member Cory Aschauer
Committee member Barbara Wright
Committee member Kelly Bechtel
The Transient Lodging Tax (TLT) Committee meets each year in July. The Committee is responsible to assess grant requests for the TLT funds available for that year, to recommend to City Council which grant requests should be funded, and to make additional recommendations regarding the promotion of Port Orford. TLT funds come from the City’s 7% Lodging Tax.
The Port Orford Watershed Council, affiliated with the Curry Watersheds Partnership, is no longer an official Commission of the City of Port Orford. But its volunteers take on stewardship tasks in our municipal drinking water source areas, which includes the North Fork Hubbard Creek watershed (the primary drinking water source) and Garrison Lake (the secondary source). Protecting habitat by supporting healthy ecosystems in these watersheds is also a priority of the Port Orford Watershed Council. The Council meets the first Wednesday of each month. For more information, contact Council Chair Linda Tarr: email@example.com
For more information, including watershed stewardship plans, see: https://www.currywatersheds.org/watersheds/coastal-watersheds-1/