A final replat for a planned Ranch & Home store is on the agenda for Hermiston’s city council on Monday night.

George Dress, owner of Tri-Cities retailer Ranch & Home, plans to build a Hermiston location on an 18 acre piece of property on South Highway 395 near the Wal-Mart Distribution Center. The property is currently made up of three separate lots; the replat would reconfigure the lines between those lots. The agenda also includes an item to “consider authorizing the city manager to sign the development agreement with George Dress for development of a Ranch & Home store.”

On Monday the council will consider a recommendation from city manager Byron Smith to petition the county to rename East Airport Road. The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center is located on the road, and Smith said in a memo to the council that since the event center opened many delivery drivers and visitors have ended up lost on the neighboring Airport Way. Renaming East Airport Road to something less similar could alleviate some of the confusion, Smith said. He did not make a recommendation for what the new name might be.

Mayor David Drotzmann, municipal judge Thomas Creasing and at-large city councilors Manuel Gutierrez, Doug Primmer, John Kirwan and Rod Hardin will be sworn in on Monday night and the council will be asked to elect a new council president for the year.

Before the regular 7 p.m. meeting, the council will hold a work session at 6 p.m. with city staff on the subject of downtown parking.

The meeting will be at city hall, 180 NE 2nd Street. The full agenda can be found online at hermiston.or.us/citycouncil-meetings.


Contact Jade McDowell at jmcdowell@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4536.

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