PENDLETON — One of Umatilla County’s ugliest buildings is at least about to become more secure.
The county board of commissioners on Wednesday awarded a $15,750 bid to LandMark Contracting of Baker City to board up the Rodeo City Inn. LandMark owner and operator Sam Brown said he plans to begin the work next week.
Out-of-state owners have yet to make good on promises to bring new life to the derelict former hotel a few miles west of Pendleton off Interstate 84. The large two-story structure now lacks most windows and multiple doors.
The county in October sent a “dangerous building” notice to the Western Hotels & Properties, a limited-liability company in El Centro, California. The notice directed the company to clean up and secure the building within 60 days and make structural repairs within 180 days. Western Hotels took no action, and the county sought bids to board up the place.
County counsel Doug Olsen told commissioners LandMark submitted the lone bid, which commissioners approved 2-0.
Brown said this weekend his crew is gathering lumber and materials for the job, and they would be on site within days.
“It’s going to happen,” he said.
Additionally, Olsen also said the county is going to pay around another $1,000 for workers to move broken toilets and other outside debris inside the building.