The city council Tuesday night voted 5-0 to have city staff offer the job to a candidate. The council, though, only identified the man and how much it would offer in salary during a closed-door session.

If the candidate accepts, the city may not have to go through with a deal to contract with the Pendleton Police Department for handling administrative duties in the three-member department (a chief and two officers).

The council also kicked the tires on the project to upgrade the city’s aging sewer lagoons and now wants more information from the engineering firm of Anderson Perry & Associates Inc., La Grande. The council at the Aug. 25 meeting approved the creation of a draft plan for new wastewater lagoons.

The project would cost about $4 million, about $1.6 million more than another viable option. Councilman Deacon Perkins said when his wife asked him to explain the difference in costs for the projects, he could not provide satisfactory answers.

Pilot Rock resident John Taylor, a regular at the council’s meetings, also said he questioned the project’s cost and recommended a third, unbiased financial expert should review the costs for the city.

Perkins said whatever option the council takes, it must be able to justify the cost to residents, and right now he could not.

The council voted 5-0 to bring back Anderson Perry representatives to explain the options, their costs and to answer more questions.

And with more hot weather coming and little rain in the next few weeks, the council extended the city’s burn ban until Oct. 15.

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