Third time could be the charm for the Hermiston City Council on Monday as it votes on an ordinance that would send the question of marijuana dispensaries to the voters.

The ordinance would put a measure on the November 2016 ballot that would ban all marijuana dispensaries and commercial grow sites from Hermiston.

Parliamentary procedure derailed the vote the previous two meetings. An ordinance must be passed with at least five votes in favor, but it also must be rejected with at least five votes against. An absence and an abstention caused a 4-2 vote in favor of the ordinance during the council’s Nov. 9 meeting. According to the city’s charter, the ordinance will automatically be placed on the city council agenda each meeting until it is passed or rejected by a five-person majority.

On Monday the council will also vote on a resolution to support the Hermiston Fire District and Stanfield Fire District’s effort to place a measure on the ballot asking voters for a new, combined fire district. A similar measure failed in November 2014, with 56 percent of voters in the Hermiston and Stanfield area voting against it.

The council will also consider a resolution to adopt a new employee handbook, which was the subject of a city council work session earlier in the month. The handbook includes new policies on sick leave and other benefits, and would give a two percent pay raise to bilingual staff.

After hearing reports on finances, committees and the results of the city’s branding survey, the council will meet in executive session to discuss the negotiation of a property transaction.

Prior to the council’s regular meeting, the council will discuss the municipal court at 6 p.m.

The council meets at 7 p.m. at city hall, 180 N.E. Second St., on the second and fourth Monday of every month.

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

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