City Council Regular Meeting - Minutes

Mon., Jul. 11, 2016

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

Consent Items

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

  1. Minutes of the June 27th, work session and regular City Council meeting.        
  2. Minutes of the March 30th, Community Enhancement Committee.
  3. Confirm appointments of standing committee vacancies for the unexpired portion of a 3-year term beginning July 12th, 2016 and ending June 30th, 2019.
    Hispanic Advisory Committee-Positions #4 Jose Garcia and #7 Roy Nayar Barron.

Motion carried unanimously.

Res No. 2034- A resolution authorizing the issuance and negotiated sale of full faith and credit obligations to restrict HES’s existing 2005 bond and finance $4.5M construction work plan improvements- was read and discussed.  Nate Rivera, HES superintendent gave a brief presentation on the restructuring of the existing bond while adding funds for capital improvement projects.   The restructured debt will be a Full Faith and Credit model as opposed to the existing Insurance based model.  This will save money in principal borrowing costs.  The bond will not exceed $15,000,000.  Councilor Davis moved and Councilor Kirwan seconded to approve Resolution No. 2034 and lay upon the record.  Motion carried unanimously.

Committee Reports   

Community Enhancement Committee:  Councilor Myers stated that the consultant has submitted the first draft of the City’s public art plan.  The committee reviewed and will make changes prior to sending to the Council.  

Mayor’s Report

Mayor Drotzmann represented the City at the Transportation sub-committee meeting from the state.   He expressed the need for flexibility in the money available from the state to be used for streets.

Council Report

Councilor Beas-Fitzgerald stated that the Cinco de Mayo committee was awarded a TRT grant and planning has begun for next year’s event.

Manager’s Report

Assistant City Manager Morgan stated that the airport project is 99.9% complete.  The airport was reopened on July 8. 

The City’s new logo and tagline were officially unveiled at FunFest this past weekend.  The event was well attended and the response was positive.


Mayor Drotzmann adjourned the regular meeting at 7:20 pm and announced a meeting regarding the Hermiston Urban Renewal Agency will reconvene immediately.


Mayor Drotzmann convened the meeting- Hermiston Urban Renewal Agency meeting at 7:21 pm.

New Business

City Planner Spencer presented the façade grant recommendation from the review committee for a 50% match to the Simmons Agency for façade improvements at 203 E Main St.   The proposed improvements are window replacement on the south side of the building.  The owners may apply for a grant for improvements on the other building in the future as it is on a separate lot.  Councilor Smith moved and Councilor Primmer seconded to approve the grant award.  Motion carried unanimously. 


Mayor Drotzmann adjourned the Hermiston Urban Renewal Agency meeting at 7:26 pm