The city of Pendleton will begin its annual budget process Tuesday morning with the initial meeting of the Pendleton Capital Improvement Program Commission.

The commission will meet at 7 a.m. in the Community Conference Room on the first floor of city hall, 500 S.W. Emigrant Ave. The commission will take input from the public on new or revised capital improvement projects.

Capital improvements are city projects that cost more than $5,000 and involve equipment, buildings or infrastructure. City Manager Larry Lehman said the commission will review the city's five-year capital improvement needs and consider new proposals for 2013-2014.

During Tuesday's meeting the commission will review capital improvement proposals from the commission itself and from the finance, library, airport, administration and police departments.

The commission then will meet Thursday at the same time and place to review projects for the departments of fire and ambulance, parks, recreation, cemetery, facilities and public water works.

Then March 24, also at 7 a.m. in the community room, the commission will review public works engineering, street and wastewater projects.

On April 15, the commission will present the 2009-2010 projects to the city council.

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