Two months after voters gave them the go-ahead, the city of Pendleton is starting to spend money from the $10 million fire bond.

At a meeting Tuesday, the Pendleton City Council unanimously agreed to hire the Mackenzie engineering firm of Portland to provide architectural designs and engineering services for the fire department’s new primary station on Southeast Court Avenue.

Fire Chief Mike Ciraulo said Mackenzie has a reputation of avoiding change orders and keeping a project under budget.

According to Ciraulo, the $701,891 cost for Mackenzie’s services is $8,000 less than estimated.

The city council was also set to consider sending out a request for a proposal to hire a general contractor during the design stage, but the city postponed that decision to meet an advertisement requirement for the public hearing.

The council did make a decision on some of Ciraulo’s emergency equipment requests, which are also a part of the bond. The council unanimously approved spending $27,530 for “Jaws of Life” extrication equipment and $103,714 for heart monitors.

Before the meeting, firefighter/paramedic Jared Uselman told the council that the new heart monitors were lighter, smaller, Bluetooth-capable and able to provide better readings.

In addition to the fire bond, the council also approved $503,000 in work orders with Anderson Perry & Associates.

Anderson Perry will assist the city in collecting data on the city’s streets and stormwater systems. The engineering firm will also help the city develop a street master plan and a stormwater utility fee.

City Manager Robb Corbett explained the importance of the street master plan.

“If we anticipate longterm having a robust conversation on street maintenance, we have to talk about things like street lights, painting, curbs, (the Americans with Disabilities Act),” he said. “It’s not just about asphalt maintenance. That’s what I think the value of a master plan is. It helps provide the council with the information to have a conversation about what to do with the limited tax dollars that we have.”

The council unanimously approved the work orders.

Pendleton city council also took action on other issues, including:

• The council unanimously approved offloading two properties.

The city sold a 3,300-square-foot property near the intersection of Southwest Court Avenue and Westgate to a business looking to develop mini-storage units on the site.

The city originally acquired the property in 2004 through eminent domain.

The council also transferred ownership of a property at 1103 S.E. Court Place to Domestic Violence Services.

The city originally bought the property in 1991 for $89,500 and leased it to Domestic Violence Services, but because of the property’s future maintenance needs and the grant opportunities the nonprofit can access if it owns the property, the city decided to relinquish ownership. The property is now worth $300,000, according to Umatilla County.

• As the Pendleton Development Commission, the council unanimously approved a $3.5 million line of credit from Banner Bank.

The money will be used to fund the commission’s operations through the end of urban renewal district in 2023.

• The council unanimously approved spending $77,517 for equipment at the Pendleton Unmanned Aerial Systems Range mission control room.

The funds are derived from a state grant mainly used to build a hangar at the airport.

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Contact Antonio Sierra at asierra@eastoregonian.com or 541-966-0836.

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