City News

"Fake" Bus Stops Pop Up Around Town

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Hermiston residents may notice fake bus stops near their homes and businesses for the next week.  Each stop is identified as a proposed stop for a new intra-city bus route planned to start operations in early January, and is intended to let the public know about the proposed new service, and get feedback about the proposed route and stop locations.

Construction Starts on Rodeo Arena

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Dirt work has officially begun at the site of the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center to construct a new rodeo arena.  The arena, being built by Hendon Construction, is scheduled to host the 2017 Farm City Pro Rodeo during the same time as the Umatilla County Fair.  A contract for purchase of barn buildings for the new fairgrounds to host the Umatilla County Fair is expe

HURA to Hold Festival Street Public Open House Oct. 10

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The Hermiston Urban Renewal Agency (HURA) will hold an open house on Monday, October 10, at 6 pm.  The open house will kick-off the planning and design of the new downtown festival street to be built on NE 2nd Street connecting Main Street to the new Harkenrider Center.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.  Refreshments and entertainment will be provided.  Participants will be encouraged to provide ideas on features to be incorporated into the new event space.  Representatives from HURA, Greenworks, and Anderson Perry will be on-hand to present the concept

Hermiston Welcomes First Main Street Coordinator

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The City of Hermiston, Umatilla County, Greater Hermiston Chamber of Commerce, and Hermiston Downtown District welcome RARE participant Emma Porricolo. She will be working in Hermiston as the Main Street Program Coordinator. Her scope of work will include strengthening the Hermiston Downtown District and working to revitalize downtown by using the Main Street approach, a nationally renowned program that has been implemented in cities of all sizes across the country. The program focuses on four points - organization, economic vitality, design, and promotion.

Fixed Route Bus Survey Available

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Hermiston officials are hoping to have their first fixed-route intra-city bus system shuttling residents through the community by early 2017, and are seeking feedback from residents about what they would like to see out of the service.  Take the survey HERE.

Council Adopts Public Art Master Plan

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Art is the expression of human creativity, skill, and the power of imagination. The City of Hermiston is proud to announce the City Councils adoption of a Public Art Master Plan to its City with the goal of placing public art throughout the community.

City Publishes LOC Open Data

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Hermiston residents with a healthy appetite for data about how their city is operated and compares to others can now dig through piles and piles of open source data compiled by the League of Oregon Cities through a new user-friendly online tool through the City of Hermiston’s website at

Council Approves HES Rate Adjustments

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HES To Increase Retail Rates An Average Of 2.59 Percent

HERMISTON, Ore. – The Hermiston City Council on Monday approved adjustments on electric rates for all classes of service that will become effective on bills calculated after September 1, 2016.

Hermiston Energy Services (HES) will adjust electric rates, ranging from 0.4 percent for large commercial accounts to an average increase of 6.43 percent for irrigation accounts. The overall effect for all classes combined is a 2.59 percent increase. 

City Seeks Public Art Input

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The City of Hermiston is seeking public input on draft recommendations for public art locations within the City. Input will be solicited during the Eastern Oregon Arts Festival on Friday, May 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the Artist's Reception, and on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Arts Festival. Both events will be on NE 2nd Street directly in front of Hermiston City Hall.  

Enterprise Zone Adds $60M to Tax Rolls

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Taxing districts in Western Umatilla County received a major boost in 2015 as a result of the Hermiston Enterprise Zone attracting investment to the region.  A $35 million investment in 2009 by DuPont-Pioneer Seed, and a 2011 investment of $25 million by Shearer’s Foods, both saw their property tax incentives expire on July 1, 2015.  The expiration of those incentives means that the companies will now pay property taxes on those investments to the City of Hermiston, Umatilla County, Hermiston Fire & Emergency Services District, and Hermiston School District, among others

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