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Hermiston City Council to discuss water rates Monday

The city council meets Monday with a 6 p.m. work session and regular meeting at 7 p.m.
Jade McDowell

East Oregonian

Published on September 7, 2018 5:17PM


The Hermiston City Council will discuss water rates, airport management and new projects for the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center on Monday.

The meeting at city hall, 180 N.E. Second St., will begin with a work session at 6 p.m. to discuss water and sewer rates.

The city’s public infrastructure committee has been working on a long-term capital improvement plan for the city and will provide the council with recommendations for the water and sewer portions of the plan and how the recommended projects might be funded.

During its regular 7 p.m. meeting the council will hold a public hearing about the bid process for planned improvements to EOTEC. When the city and Umatilla County agreed earlier this year that the city should take full control of the formerly joint project, the city agreed to pay half of the cost of adding office and storage space for the Umatilla County Fair staff, up to $250,000. The city also plans to improve the RV park located in the northwest corner of EOTEC.

According to a memo in the agenda packet from city manager Byron Smith, the city would like to use a bid-design-build format that brings in a contractor before the project is designed.

“This process allows the contractor and the designer of the project to work together from the beginning of the project and provides for savings on the construction side because the contractor is able to comment on the construct-ability of the design from its earliest stages,” he wrote.

The city will take public comment and vote on a resolution that would allow the city to use this alternative method of procurement.

On Monday the council will also consider an agreement with Gorge Aviation Services to take over management of the Hermiston Municipal Airport. According to assistant city manager Mark Morgan, Hermiston Aviation Services has provided “excellent” services for the city and has been working with the city to find a successor. After putting out a request for proposals, the airport committee voted unanimously to select Gorge Aviation Services, which previously provided airport management services for the airport across from The Dalles in Dallesport, Washington.

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



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