PENDLETON — With recent activity dominated by the response to last week’s flood, the Pendleton City Council will turn some of its focus to the city’s other ongoing issues at a meeting on Tuesday.
As a part of its goal to raise more than $1 million in funding for street repair, the council will consider a $3 raise to the street utility fee.
The council plans to pair the higher fee with a 4-cent gas tax and a $2 hotel room tax. The council recently voted to put the gas tax on the May ballot and intends to pass the hotel room tax at a later date.
The council has discussed discounting the street utility fee for low-income residents, but staff is recommending members include it in a subsequent resolution that will expand the city’s existing utility discount program.
The council is also slated to continue discussion over the status of Edwards Apartments, a vacant, dilapidated complex at 602 S.E. Dorion Ave.
The owner of the property recently offered to sell the building to the city, allowing officials to either demolish or restore the building.