PENDLETON - More improvements are planned at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport, mainly funded by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Pendleton City Council Tuesday accepted a $2.5 million FAA grant for the project, which will finance most of the two-year project. Larry Dalrymple, airport manager, said the project will rehabilitate a runway, including high intensity runway lights, and a taxiway.

The council also awarded a $2.8 million contract for the work to Pioneer Construction of Pendleton, the lone bidder. The difference between the grant amount and the contract amount will be covered by carryover funding from an existing airport improvement project, Dalrymple said.

In other business, the council:

•Authorized an agreement with the Umatilla-Morrow County Head Start, the city of Umatilla and possibly Hermiston to apply for a U.S. Department of Justice grant to support a "Free to Grow" neighborhood revitalization project. City Manager Larry Lehman said the city's cost would be $5,000 to $10,000 over 18 months, if the grant is approved.

•Adopted a policy regarding selling unbuildable city parcels to neighboring property owners, and authorized selling a 2,174 square-foot parcel at the north end of Southeast 16th Street to Enoch and Bernita Hickey.

•Heard the first reading of an ordinance establishing a wood-burning stove replacement program.

•Authorized the use of a public-address system in Rice Park from 5-9 p.m. Aug. 21.

•Authorized the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce to add Friday, Aug. 27, to the previously approved closures associated with Friday Night Alive.

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