HERMISTON - The Hermiston?City Council last week voted to allocate $39,600 in recreation project funds for the 2009-10 fiscal year - which begins Wednesday - and hold nearly $6,000 for the following year.

The money, collected from the transient room tax during the past year, will go toward seven projects. Among the largest are the purchase of a $15,000 commercial lawnmower for the city's Parks and Recreation Department, and $10,000 for new playground equipment at Victory Square Park.

Other items include funding for the city's annual Oktoberfest and Fourth of July events, along with money to support free movies and public concerts at McKenzie Park.

The projects were recommended by a recreation projects fund advisory committee, which originally considered nine proposals for how to spend the money. The council approved those recommendations unanimously.

- Eric Florip

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