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Opportunity for public testimony

The Holiday Farm Fire Recovery PIER Funding Selection Committee will hold a public meeting with an opportunity for public testimony on Monday, July 17, at the McKenzie River Community School, 51187 Blue River Driveat 1:00 PM. This meeting will be held in a hybrid format, with in-person and remote call-in options from 1-4 p.m. Call or email the staff contact below for the meeting link.

Federal funding in the form of Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds, will soon become available to support recovery from the Holiday Farm Fire. A portion of these funds, $7.9 million, will be available for Planning, Infrastructure, and Economic Recovery (PIER) activities in the Holiday Farm Fire footprint. A Selection Committee is tasked with proposing priority uses for these funds to support wildfire recovery in the McKenzie River Valley.

The Selection Committee is made up of wildfire survivors, disaster recovery partners, and special districts and includes representatives from Rural Development Initiatives, McKenzie Community Land Trust, Upper McKenzie Rural Fire Protection District, McKenzie Track and Field, McKenzie Fire and Rescue, McKenzie Valley Long Term Recovery Group, McKenzie Community Partners, Oregon Community Foundation, McKenzie Food Pantry, McKenzie School District, McKenzie Discovery Center, McKenzie River Locals Helping Locals, Eugene Water and Electric Board, and Lane County. The group will formally vote on priorities during upcoming meetings including this one set for July 17. This will not be the last opportunity to provide public testimony. Written comments should be directed to the staff contact listed below prior to the meeting or submitted at the public meeting on July 17th, 2023. Written comments will be accepted until the close of the public meeting. Oral statements and testimony must be given at the public meeting either in person or by calling in. If you are interested in providing public testimony, please notify the staff contact below to help staff plan sufficient meeting time and space to accommodate everyone. For questions or additional information, please call or email the staff contact.

Future meetings of the Holiday Farm Fire Recovery PIER Funding Selection Committee will also be open to the public, provide an opportunity for testimony, and be publicly noticed. Those interested in future meetings can be added to an interested parties list by reaching out to the staff contact.

Staff contact: Megan Heurion, Senior Program Services Coordinator

Lane County Administration Policy Division

125 E 8th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401

541-852-8259, [email protected]


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