Notes from the Council Chambers

Release Date: 
08/23/2016

Council Workshop August 9

Update to the Utility Rate Reduction

Staff gave the Council an overview of the implementation process to implement a 10% utility rate reduction for people who qualify based on income.  Previously, our assistance was limited to helping people who had fallen behind on their bills and sought a waiver of their balance through a program in partnership with Helping Hand, a local non-profit entity set up to help people in crisis, which will remain in place.

Fire Bond Update

Chief Ciraulo gave the Council an update on the bond effort.  St. Anthony’s and the City have agreed to an option to purchase the site at the appraised value to be determined upon the successful passage of a bond measure.  Architects are updating cost estimates and design.  Staff will be bringing the package to Council at the September meeting seeking approval by council to place the measure on the ballot.

 

Council Meeting August 16

Police Vehicles

Council approved the purchase of one new SUV and two cruisers.

Westgate Ave. Paving

Council approved ODOT for nighttime paving of Westgate to alleviate conflicts with industrial traffic during business hours.  Paving to begin April ’17.

Essential Air Service Contract

Pendleton is the recipient of the only FAA grant for subsidized air service in the western United States.  Boutique Airlines was chosen over SeaPort Airlines for the next two-year grant cycle, starting on January 1.  The selection was as a result of background work confirming that Boutique has a history of steady growth in the markets they operate in, versus the up and down volume experienced with SeaPort.  Problems with SeaPort have included unreliable flight times, pilot shortages, and type of aircraft used.

Street Seal Bid Award

A few meetings back, staff reported to the Council that the only bid received for the street seal project was substantially higher than engineer's estimates.  Staff recommended Council re-bid the work hoping to get more bids at a lower cost.  This re-bid resulted in three bids for just over $200,000, much lower than the previous bid which was over $400,000.

Employee Recognition

Chief Ciraulo introduced FF/PM Jordan Tyer to the Mayor and City Council. On August 15, Jordan (who just recently completed his Paramedic training) along with the entire crew responded to a cardiac arrest. Thanks to citizen CPR, a quick response time (3 minutes) and aggressive intervention, the patient was revived and was in the hospital within 15 minutes of calling 911. At last report the citizen is doing fine.

Thank you to all the employees of the City who work every day to make Pendleton a premier place to live.

Robb Corbett, City Manager