PENDLETON - The Umatilla County Commissioners examined Thursday how to keep a new house on a property on the outskirts of Pendleton's city limits from exacerbating water problems the area has had in the past.

The contractor, Jack Ingram with W.I. Construction Inc., said the property owner wanted to put a manufactured home on the property but needed approval from the county before being able to connect to Pendleton's sewer and water lines. The property, on Sunset Drive, is not in Pendleton's city limits but lies within the urban growth boundary.

Ingram agreed that as part of the approval, they would install a culvert to help with the water flow and angle the construction grade so the water flowed away from the problem areas.

In other business, commissioners adopted an inter-governmental agreement with the North East Oregon Alliance to add a sixth representative to all the participating groups. Umatilla County's additional member will be someone from the Confederate Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

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