PENDLETON - The Pendleton City Council approved the purchase of the computer "brain" of the city's water system during its Tuesday meeting.

The computer system, at a cost of $367,053, will replace the city's current computer system, which is 15 years old.

The current system is antiquated and is difficult to repair due to its age and the unavailability of parts, said Jerry Odman, public works director.

The new computer system should be in place by next March, which coincides with the water treatment plant's projected completion. The treatment plant is about six to eight weeks behind schedule, though.

The city also moved to purchase a street sweeper for $160,000, and unanimously approved a project to create mini parks at the foot of the 10th Street Viaduct. The mini parks will include two fountains and a bench area made out of pieces of the old viaduct, and will cost about $71,000. Work will begin this winter.

The city council also:

•Approved a letter and map that will be sent to residents regarding the proposed Urban Renewal District. The next step is approval of a contract for development of the district plan, which is estimated to cost $27,000.

•Gave the first reading of an ordinance creating local improvement districts for sewer line replacements at Southwest 15th Street, with a public hearing set for Nov. 19.

•Gave the first reading of ordinances to vacate portions of Southeast 11th Street, Southeast 16th Street, Southeast 21st Street, and Southeast Emigrant Avenue and Southeast 10th Street, with public hearings for Nov. 19.

•Set a public hearing Nov. 19 about an LID for street improvements on Southwest Hailey Avenue.

•Approved applying for a grant for an industrial land readiness study, which could include information on whether Barnhart Road could be extended to Eastern Oregon Regional Airport. There currently isn't enough property of sizable acreage that would quickly be available for industrial use, according to the city.

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