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City of Hermiston to amend conference center agreement with Chamber

The Hermiston city council will discuss the conference center, parking, a facade grant and staff organization Monday.
Jade McDowell

East Oregonian

Published on May 5, 2017 7:36PM


The Hermiston City Council will vote on an amendment to its agreement with the Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday reflecting planned changes in management at the Hermiston Conference Center.

The chamber has been running the conference center under contract with the city, but in April the city council voted to have the city’s parks and recreation department manage the center directly starting in 2018.

The chamber’s conference center coordinator recently resigned, and the contract amendments before the council state that the city will provide an employee to fill the position for the rest of the year in exchange for the training the chamber will provide to that employee in running the center.

Rental policies, fees and compensation to the chamber will stay the same during the transition period between now and Jan. 1.

On Monday the council will also vote on a proposal to change parking spaces along Northeast Second Street between Main Street and Hurlburt Avenue from parallel parking to diagonal parking. On Friday the city began work on re-striping parking on Gladys Avenue from parallel parking to diagonal.

During the meeting the council will review and be asked to approve a report formally outlining the goals for 2017 they set at a goal-setting session earlier in the year. Those goals fall under the headings of increasing livability, completing the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, promoting economic development and completion of a comprehensive capital improvement plan.

The council will also consider a facade grant to the LuAnn Davidson State Farm building at 125 Hurlburt Avenue and will convene to an executive session to discuss negotiations for real property transaction.

At 6 p.m. before its regular meeting, the council will hold a work session about staff organization. Assistant city manager Mark Morgan said in the three years city manager Byron Smith has been working for the city, some duties have slowly shifted from where they were under former city manager Ed Brookshier, creating confusion over whether people should report certain things to Morgan, Smith or a department head. He said the work session will be to discuss formalizing and clarifying those staff roles and who reports to them.

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Contact Jade McDowell at jmcdowell@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4536.



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