City News

New Electric Superintendent Appointed

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City Manager Ed Brookshier today announced the appointment of Nate Rivera of Hermiston as the City's new superintendent for its electric distribution utility, Hermiston Energy Services.  Rivera has been employed by Umatilla Electric Cooperative as its Community Relations Representative for approximately 10 years.

Rivera will assume his new duties on March 24.  He will succeed Russ Dorran, the City's first electric superintendent, who passed away in January.

Resident Survey for New City Manager

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The City of Hermiston will soon be hiring a new City Manager, and the Mayor & City Council want to hear from residents about what’s most important in the city’s next Chief Executive.  A very brief survey is available online for residents to fill out at where respondents are asked to rank which skills are most important in the next City Manager.  The survey will be available from Feb. 16 through Feb. 28.

Hermiston Has Lowest Utility Burden

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Hermiston residents pay less for their basic utilities than similar users in comparable Eastern Oregon cities.  That’s the conclusion of an updated study of utility rates in Hermiston, The Dalles, Pendleton, La Grande, Baker City, and Ontario.

See a breakdown of the study and the full report HERE.

City Seeks Designation for Regionally Significant Industrial Area

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The Hermiston City Council voted Monday to nominate the Cook Industrial Site as a Regionally Significant Industrial Area (RSIA).  The Oregon Economic Recovery Review Council will now consider the nomination and could make a determination as early as May.

Hermiston Population Passes 17,000

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Certified population estimates released this week from Portland State University show Hermiston’s population stood at 17,240 as of July 1, 2013.  The number, which is an increase of 245 residents, indicates that Hermiston’s continued population growth picked up steam since the 2012 estimate by nearly doubling the year over year increase.

Hotel Occupancy Exceeds State Avg. by 8%

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Continued strong growth in eastern Oregon’s largest city means hotel space is at a premium, and a recent study shows that Hermiston’s occupancy rate is well above national and statewide averages.  Community-wide occupancy rates for all seven hotels in Hermiston stood at 77% in the 3rd quarter of 2013.  The analysis further shows that the highest demand is in the upper-end and lower-end market segments.

ODOT Advisory on Traction Tires

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With more winter weather rolling across the state, many motorists are reviewing their options when it comes to different types of chains and traction tires. Oregon state law allows motorists to use studded tires from Nov. 1 through March 31. Because studded tires damage highways, ODOT encourages drivers to consider using chains or non-studded traction tires.

Water Customers Urged to Insulate Meters

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The City of Hermiston Water Department is urging water users to insulate their water meters to prevent freezing.  Overnight temperatures are forecast to be in the single digits for several days in a row in the Hermiston area, which poses a major threat to cause damage to homeowners’ water meters.

“When we get these really low temperatures for an extended period of time, that’s when we really see the most calls from customers having their pipes freeze,” said Roy Bicknell, Water Department Superintendent.

City Partners with County on Building Codes

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The Hermiston City Council approved an agreement with Umatilla County Monday night which is expected to improve service for people who build outside of city limits.  The agreement is part of a larger plan by Umatilla County to assume Building Code administration from the State of Oregon.  Umatilla County would then contract with the cities of Pendleton and Hermiston to use their existing Building Departments to provide the service on the county’s behalf.

Council Picks Firm to Find Next City Manager

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The Hermiston City Council has picked The Prothman Company to help in a national search for its new City Manager to replace Ed Brookshier, who will retire at the end of 2014 after 23 years at the helm of eastern Oregon’s largest city.  A replacement for Brookshier is expected to take up to six months to put in place once the search process starts.

“Selection of a City Manager is the most important thing this City Council will do for a long time,” said George Anderson, City Councilor.

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For more information on how to report an issue related to the accessibility or how to file a formal Section 504 or ADA (Title II) complaint about the accessibility of any content on our website, please see our full Accessibility Statement.

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