City Council Regular Meeting - Minutes

Mon., Aug. 8, 2016

Mayor Drotzmann called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Present were Councilors Myers, Hardin, Gutierrez, Primmer, Davis, Beas-Fitzgerald and Smith.   Councilor Kirwan was excused.  Staff members in attendance were City Manager Byron Smith, City Attorney Gary Luisi, Assistant City Manager Mark Morgan, Larry Fetter, Clinton Spencer, Chief Edmiston, Bill Schmittle, Judge Creasing, Ron Sivey and Heather LaBeau. News media present were Jade McDowell of the East Oregonian and Michael Kane of NE Oregon Now.  The pledge of allegiance was given.

Consent Items

Councilor Hardin moved and Councilor Smith seconded to approve all Consent Agenda items, to include:

  1. Minutes of the July 25th, regular City Council meeting.  
  2. Minutes of the June 7th and July 5th, Faith-Based Advisory Committee meetings.
  3. Minutes of the June 20th, Hispanic Advisory Committee meeting.

Motion carried unanimously.


2016 City of Hermiston Public Art Plan:  Assistant City Manager Mark Morgan presented the City’s Public Art Plan and Policies.  This is a community based plan.  There are no public funds earmarked for this plan.  The plan helps logically facilitate donations of art and funding from the community.  The plan was developed using a consultant, Rebecca Couch.  Ms. Couch worked with the Community Enhancement Committee as well as receiving public input at several events.

The five themes and values developed as important aspects of life in Hermiston and that should be represented through the public art are Water, Agriculture, Heritage, Transportation and Watermelons. 

The plan includes a list of recommended public art locations and suggested concepts of art for that location.  There is also a list of the ten most preferred sites based on public comment.  Community groups who want to install public art can refer to the Art Plan and work with the City to plan accordingly.

The plan includes a process whereby the City will create up to five accounts which can receive donated funds for specific projects in the Public Art Plan.  This is similar to how the Christmas Express Fund is administered.

Councilor Primmer moved and Councilor Gutierrez seconded to adopt the 2016 City of Hermiston Public Art Plan.   Motion passed unanimously. 

Committee Reports  

Hispanic Advisory Committee: Councilor Gutierrez stated the Hispanic Advisory Committee has two new members and officers were elected.

Faith-Based Advisory Committee: Councilor Hardin reported that the committee is considering working with Kriss Dammeyer to oversee the family promise program.

Mayor’s Report

Mayor Drotzmann reported that he met with the Business Oregon Director and some of his staff on Tuesday prior to the West End Manager and Mayor’s committee meeting.   There were able to discuss ways to partner together to help economic development in our region.  Tuesday evening was National Night Out.  Thank you for the police and fire departments and Erica for their participation.  Mayor Drotzmann and others went to Portland on Thursday and had dinner with Commissioner Fish, Elizabeth Edwards, and Martha Pellegrino.   There were 6,000 pounds of watermelons given away in seventeen minutes on Friday.  Councilor Primmer was the winner of the watermelon seed spitting contest.   Mayor Drotzmann attended the fair appreciation dinner and parade on Saturday.  The mayor thanked everyone who helped with the parade.  A bicycle helmet was given to Mayor Drotzmann from Portland.  It was decided the helmet would be displayed in the case in the Council Chambers.  An additional helmet will be donated to the police department for a child in need.

Council Report

Councilor Gutierrez was in downtown Seattle during the evening hours and was impressed with the number of people at the businesses. 

Councilor Myers thanked the councilors who participated in the many events the past week.

Manager’s Report

The Environmental Quality Commission and the Water Resources Department will be given a tour of the recycled water plant next week.  They are highlighting the plant as a unique and innovative project.

City Manager Smith reported back that the Altrusa water project raised $2,500 that was given to a well rehabilitation project in Kenya. 

La Grande will host the upcoming City Hall Week.  The League of Cities conference is scheduled for the last week in September.


Mayor Drotzmann recessed the regular meeting at 7:47 pm and announced that an executive session will convene in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2)(h), which allows the Council to meet in Executive Session to consult regarding the legal rights and duties of a public body with regard to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed.

Representatives of the news media and designated staff will be allowed to attend the executive session. All other members of the audience are excluded. Representatives of the news media are specifically directed not to report on any of the deliberations during the executive session, except to state the general subject of the session as previously announced. No final decision may be made in executive session. At the end of the executive session, the council will return to open session which the audience may attend.


Mayor Drotzmann reconvened the regular meeting at 8:26 p.m.  There were no further comments.


Mayor Drotzmann adjourned the regular meeting at 8:26pm.

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