City in need of planning commission applicants

The city of Hood River is looking to fill a vacancy on the Hood River Planning Commission that has been open for months, but so far, no one has been interested enough in the position.

Cindy Walbridge, planning director, reported Monday afternoon that the city had yet to receive a single application for the open spot. Walbridge said the vacancy was created when former Commissioner Steve Winkle, who is an architect, resigned approximately four months ago to take a job in Barstow, Calif., and “now is just here on the weekends.”

Technically, the deadline to apply for the position is July 11, but Walbridge noted the city will likely extend the deadline, especially if no applications are received by the date. Walbridge said any interested parties must live within the city limits, because the two seats that can be filled by those who reside within the Urban Growth Boundary are already occupied.

Those interested in the position would be filling the remainder of Winkle’s four-year term, which expires October 2016. Walbridge said once the city receives “an application or two,” applicants will be interviewed during a regular session of the Hood River City Council, and council members will vote on the applicants at the conclusion of the meeting.

Applications are available at city hall at 211 Second St., or via email from For more information, contact Walbridge at 387-5217.

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