City News

Updated Landscaping Ordinance Ready for Sept. 14 Council Meeting

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The last revisions to the City of Hermiston’s proposed landscaping ordinance before a Public Hearing on September 14 were released Tuesday.  A copy of the updated draft ordinance is available HERE.

Oregon College Savings Plan Launches Be College Ready Program in Hermiston Elementary Schools

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The State of Oregon’s 40-40-20 education plan sets a goal that by 2025, 40 percent of adult Oregonians will have a bachelor’s degree or higher, another 40 percent will have associate degrees or other certificates and the remaining 20 percent will have high school diplomas. The Oregon College Savings Plan can play an instrumental role in achieving this goal.

Council Continues Hearing on Landscape Ordinance

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The Hermiston City Council unanimously agreed to extend the public hearing on a proposed landcape ordinance to their September 14th meeting.

The Council listened to public testimony on August 24th, and directed staff to make revisions to the proposed ordinance based on the testimony.  The most current version of the proposed ordinance will be available in the City Council Agendas section of the City website when the changes have been made.

Hermiston-Portland Resurrect Watermelon Rivalry

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Elected officials from the City of Hermiston and the City of Portland are getting together July 31st to resurrect a long-standing rivalry over a slice of watermelon. 


Where:  Pioneer Courthouse Square- Portland

When:  11:30am-  Hermiston/Portland Seed Spitting Contest

Additional Service Provider for Taxi Ticket Program

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Hermiston Residents who use the city’s subsidized taxi ticket program will gain a new option in July.  Umatilla Cab Company will begin accepting “City Taxi Tickets” in return for rides starting July 1, 2015.  Residents can call the company directly for a taxi ride at (541) 567-6055.

Highland Avenue Resurfacing Slated for July

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One of Hermiston’s major East-West corridors is slated for a resurfacing project to begin in mid-July and conclude by the end of the month.  The project will affect 19 blocks on Highland Avenue from SW 11th Street on the west side of town to SE 8th Street on the east side of town.

City Moves Forward with Potential Landscaping Ordinance

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An ordinance which would set minimum landscaping requirements for commercial and multi-family properties in Hermiston will move forward for public hearings.  Mayor Drotzmann broke a four to four tie Monday night in favor of forwarding the change to the Planning Commission for hearings.

Draft presented at June 22 City Council Meeting HERE  (***Check City Council Agenda for most recent draft***)

City Aims to Improve Taxi Service & Availability

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The Hermiston City Council voted unanimously Monday night to end a 51 year old ban which prevented multiple taxi companies from operating within eastern Oregon’s largest city.  The council replaced the existing Exclusive Franchise with a licensing system which allows any taxi company to operate in the community so long as they meet minimum standards established by the City and receive a license.

Taxicab Company Certificate Application

Hermiston "Clean Sweep" Clears 60 Tons of Junk from City

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The Hermiston area is a lot cleaner this week after Saturday’s “Hermiston Clean Sweep” event hauled away more than 60 tons of hard to get rid of items like tires, paint, appliances, and scrap metal.  The event was a top goal of the Hermiston City Council last year when it formed the Community Enhancement Committee to help polish the city’s image.  The city sponsored the event at a cost of nearly $4,000 to assist residents with disposing and recycling difficult items to get rid of.  This year the event was open to residents  from Umatilla and Morro

City Names Senior Center: Harkenrider Center

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Frank Harkenrider’s first Hermiston City Council meeting was in January, 1959, and he has been a fixture of the community’s leadership until he attended his last meeting in January, 2015.  In honor of his decades of service to the community, the Hermiston City Council unanimously approved naming the community’s new senior center the “Harkenrider Center.”

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