City Council Regular Meeting - Minutes

Mon., Jul. 25, 2016

Council President Kirwan called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Present were Councilors Myers, Hardin, Gutierrez, Primmer, Davis, and Smith.   Mayor Drotzmann and Councilor Beas-Fitzgerald were excused.  Staff members in attendance were City Manager Byron Smith, City Attorney Gary Luisi, Assistant City Manager Mark Morgan, Clinton Spencer, Chief Edmiston, Sergeant Scott Clark, Sergeant Kelly Parsons, Bill Schmittle, Judge Creasing, Amy Palmer, Larry Fetter, and Lilly Alarcon-Strong. News media present were Jade McDowell of the East Oregonian.  The pledge of allegiance was given.


Council President Kirwan read the National Night Out Proclamation.

Chief Edmiston stated that National Night Out is Thursday, August 2nd. A medallion has been hidden within the City and clues will start being mentioned in the paper starting tomorrow. The winner of the medallion will have an ice cream social served at their neighborhood gathering sponsored by the City Council with police and fire departments present. Chief Edmiston stated he will have more information for the Council at a later date regarding the winner and event.

Consent Items

Councilor Gutierrez moved and Councilor Primmer seconded to approve all Consent Agenda items, to include:

  1. Minutes of the July 11th, regular City Council meeting.  
  2. Minutes of the June 8th, Planning Commission meeting.

Motion carried unanimously.

June Financial Report

Councilor Primmer moved and Councilor Hardin seconded to approve June’s financial report as prepared and presented by Finance Director Amy Palmer. Motion carried unanimously.

Committee Reports  

Hispanic Advisory Committee

Councilor Gutierrez stated the Hispanic Advisory Committee welcomed new members Jose Garcia and Roy Nayar Barron.

Community Enhancement Committee

Councilor Myers stated the Committee met with the Public Art Consultant and discussed the Public Art Policy. 37 locations in Hermiston have been designated as good places to place public art. More information will be presented to the Council at the Work Session Meeting on August 8th.

Public Safety Committee

Council President Kirwan stated Captain Johnson will retire June 2017. Officer Gutierrez and Sergeant Parsons both completed their Degree’s. The 2nd Quarter Crime Report was reviewed, as well as the one-year snap shot on the newly created Youth Officer Position.

Parks and Recreation Committee

Councilor Primmer stated the Parks and Recreation Committee discussed: Steelhead Park, the Skateboard Park, and Greenwood Park.

Council President Kirwan asked when Newport Park and Sunset Park will be complete.

Parks and Recreation Director Larry Fetter stated with the hot weather and unusual amount of flooding, it has been very difficult to try to plant grass, but attempts are being made at both locations. And finishing pieces to the backstop area are needed to complete Newport Park. Most of the work at Sunset Park will be done by city employees. As a result, the park will take longer to complete as employees will also continue to do their normal job duties as well.

Manager’s Report

City Manager Smith stated due to scheduling conflicts Frew’s staff was unable to make tonight’s meeting. EOTEC Rodeo Bids are due by Thursday afternoon, and EOTEC will review and choose a contractor on Friday morning. Barn bids will be divided out. Frew has partnered with Knerr Construction to be the general contractor.

City Manager Smith stated two committees will be formed that will need Council participation.

Festival Street Design Committee: will require one council member, one member from the Parks and Recreation Committee, and three members from the general public. The Committee will meet for about 12 months to finalize the Festival Street design. The positions will be advertised like other committee openings. The deadline to apply will be August 15th.

Transit Advisory Committee: will require two council members, one member from the Planning Commission, one member from the taxi ticket program, one member for the general public, one member from senior care industry, and one member from Conference Center. This Committee will recommend improvements on transit system, as well as review ideas from ODOT regarding the program.


Council President Kirwan adjourned the regular meeting at 7:28pm.

/s/ John Kirwan, City Council President

/s/Lilly Alarcon-Strong, Assistant City Recorder

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