Owners of a new business want to pave an entire section of Ninth Street, but they will need help from their neighbors before the road can be improved.

The Pendleton City Council voted unanimously to set up a public hearing on creating a local improvement district on Ninth Street at a meeting Tuesday.

Community Development Director Tim Simons said Dusty Pace and Toby Carlson are building a tire shop and auto service center on the corner of Southwest Emigrant Avenue and Southwest Ninth Street.

The city requires Pace and Carlson to pave the street and add sidewalks to their side of Ninth Street, which is a gravel road, or irrevocably consent to participate in a future local improvement district.

Rather than sign a form, Pace went a step further and suggested the city designate Ninth Street a local improvement district, which would require each property owner to financially contribute to the improvements of the whole street.

With Pace and Carlson’s property comprising the entire southwest side of the street, six other properties sit on the other side.

One of those six property owners signed a irrevocable consent form, meaning that more than 50 percent of the square footage of the property lining both sides of Ninth Street would vote yes to a local improvement district.

Another issue that will be considered for a public hearing is a proposed update to the city’s nuisance ordinance.

The new ordinance would repeal the current nuisance ordinance and a city rule that assesses fines to owners of cats that haven’t been spayed or neutered. Both local laws will combine under a single ordinance.

Other changes to the nuisance ordinance include adding a recovery cost for disposing of diseased animals, setting a six-day time limit for yard sales and putting forth limitations on the municipal court’s abilities in trying solid waste violations.

The Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter thrift store has a waste problem of their own, though the issue isn’t considered a violation.

A shelter representative attended the last council meeting and requested financial assistance to repair a sewer line to the shelter thrift store.

City Manager Robb Corbett said he met with shelter staff and proposed the city cover the excavation costs while the shelter pay for the pipework and patching.

Corbett did not receive a final response from the shelter. At the last meeting, the shelter representative said the project would cost more than $5,000.

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

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