Notes from the Council Chambers

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City Manager's highlights from the February 2nd City Council meeting:

New Firefighter/Paramedic Alex Baty took the oath of his new office given to him by Mayor Houk.  His new badge was pinned on him by his father, Capt. Dave Baty who told the audience that it was the badge he first received when starting his career as a new Firefighter in Pendleton under former Fire Chief Dick Hopper.

Former Councilor Jane Hill received a plaque from the Council as a token of appreciation for her years on the Council.  Jane recently resigned after accepting a position with CTUIR.  Her position will be filled by the City Council on February 16.  Those in the community interested in serving as Councilor for the remainder of her term (through 2016) are to submit their letter of interest by February 15th.

Regarding the City Council election coming up in May, there are four people who have filed forms declaring their candidacy for the at large position (vacated by Councilor Hill); and one each have filed for Ward 1 and Ward 3.  No one has yet filed to run for the Ward 2 or Mayor positions.

In other business, the Council heard and accepted the annual audit report, approved the first supplemental budget for the year, and adopted a Live Fire Training fee in order to recoup some of the costs associated with burning buildings when requested by citizens as a means of low-cost demolition of dilapidated buildings. Conducting such burns not only helps the community, but also provides a valuable training opportunity for the department.

Airport & Economic Development Manager Steve Chrisman gave the Council an overview of the Pendleton Test Range.  He is working to obtain marketing help with the receipt of a state grant.  The test range is scheduled to have two weeks of flight time this spring by Pacific Northwest Labs, who test high flying vehicles to measure environmental conditions.  The lab is in the Tri-Cities and previously trained in Alaska.