City Council Regular Meeting - Minutes

Mon., May. 23, 2016

Mayor Drotzmann called the regular meeting to order at 7:02 pm. Present were Councilors Myers, Gutierrez, Primmer, Hardin, Kirwan, Davis, Smith, and Beas-Fitzgerald. Staff members in attendance were City Manager Byron Smith, City Attorney Gary Luisi, Assistant City Manager Mark Morgan, Chief Edmiston, Larry Fetter, Ron Sivey, Bill Schmittle, Nate Rivera, Scott Clark, and Lilly Alarcon-Strong. News media present was Jade McDowell of the East Oregonian. 

Consent Items

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

  1. Recommendation of standing committee vacancies for the unexpired portion of a 4-year term beginning July 1st, 2016 and ending June 30th, 2020.
    • Library Board- Positions #1 Kay Bennett and #2 John F. Douglass.
  2. Liquor License Application - “Off-Premises Sales, New Outlet, Change Location” for Indulge located at 106 E. Main Street.
  3. Minutes of the May 9th, Work Session and regular City Council meeting.       
  4. Minutes of the April 6th, Airport Advisory Committee.
  5. Minutes of the April 13th, Planning Commission meeting.

Motion carried unanimously.

Police Department Introductions

Chief Edmiston introduced the two newest members of the Police Department; Officer Mario Cobian who was hired September of 2014. He served in the Marine Corps for 4 years and had been a millwright for just under 10 years. Officer Cobian is fluent in Spanish and both he and his wife have a desire to raise their family in this area. Officer Cobian was also featured on Facebook as the Dancing Cop.

Chief Edmiston introduced Officer Carlos Balli who was hired November of 2014. He served over 7 years as the lead security officer for the Yakima School District, with his past post at a very challenging alternative school. Officer Balli has extensive exposure to youths involved in gangs and is also fluent in Spanish. Both He and his wife also have a desire to raise their family in this area.

Chief Edmiston also introduced Sergeant Scott Clark and his son Landon.

The City Council welcomed and thanked the officers for their service.

EOTEC Monthly Report

City Manager Smith thanked all those who were able to attend the EOTEC Open House and estimated 350 to 400 participants attended.

Rob Dreier from Frew Development stated Granite Construction and Power Pro did an excellent job of getting projects finished before the Open House. Barn bids are out and are due back by June 16th with the bid being awarded on June 24th. The rodeo design is close to completion. EOTEC will also be asking for a variance to allow multiple EOTEC venues to take place at the same time/day instead of only one venue at a time; additional planning is also underway to allow for Larger events that do not comply with parking requirements at the EOTEC site, all must have planning commission approval.

Committee Reports    

Conference Center Advisory Board: Councilor Kirwan stated the committee met today to review the contract, financials, and improvements that the Conference Center feels are needed. Meetings will be held quarterly.

Councilor Kirwan stated he along with others met with Senator Jeff Merkley on Saturday to discuss items that Senator Merkeley may be able to help the Region with. Councilor Kirwan discussed items such as certificating the water rights, EOTEC, and the growth problems the City and especially the school district is experiencing. Senator Merkley stated he is very impressed that the region was able to raise the funds for the EOTEC.

Mayor’s Reports

Mayor Drotzmann stated the EOTEC Open House was a great event, it was nice to see all the people that were happy to celebrate the opportunity for the new Event Center, and it will be great to be able to use the facility for the community. Mayor Drotzmann thanked Heather Cannell EOTEC Business Development Manager and all those that helped put the event together.

Mayor Drotzmann stated the LOC meeting also took place at the EOTEC and had about 40 attendees; the event was very well represented by the City.

Council’s Report

Councilor Myers stated she was really impressed with the original pioneers that had the EOTEC vision and those who were able to be present at the Open House.

Councilor Hardin congratulated Mayor Drotzmann on his re-election.

Manager’s Report

City Manager Smith stated the School District will be changing their Board Meeting dates in order to be able to attend City Council meetings and, if possible, would like to have a City Council liaison at their meetings as well.

Mayor Drotzmann stated he will be happy to be the liaison and attend the school district meetings.

Parks and Recreation Director Larry Fetter stated the Hermiston Aquatic Center has been open for the 13 years, and as such, is in need of repairs that were presented to and approved by the City Council last year.  The repairs were completed this spring in order to be ready for this year’s summer use. Mr. Fetter will present more information at a later date regarding the solar project that will be completed in the fall.


There was no other business, and the meeting was adjourned at 7:29 pm.

/s/ Dr. David Drotzmann, Mayor

/s/Lilly Alarcon-Strong, Assistant City Recorder