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Harkenrider Center Groundbreaking

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We cordially invite our community to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Harkenrider Center, the new home of the Hermiston Senior Center. Join us 12:30 PM on April 26 at 255 NE 2nd Street.

Image: Harkenrider Center Groundbreaking, April 26, 12:30PM at 255 NE 2nd Street

Winter Storms Create Costly Challenge

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City Crews have been kept busy in Hermiston this winter as a result of the unusually snowy weather this year.  So far for this winter, the costs of keeping the streets open in Eastern Oregon’s largest city have topped $50,000, just for operational costs.  From December 16 through January 26, costs associated with clearing snow and ice have totaled:

Water & Sewer Rate Increase Will Contain Long-Term Costs

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Water & Sewer Rates will increase over the next year to pay for two projects which will help the City better contain long-term operational costs.  The phased increases will take effect March 1, 2017 (5%), October 1, 2017 (5%), and March 1, 2018 (4.9%). 

Hermiston HART Free Bus Service to Begin Operations January 3, 2017

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Hermiston residents will find it easier to get around town in 2017, thanks to a new free fixed-route bus service which will start operations January 3.  The service, called the Hermiston Area Regional Transit (HART), is a partnership between the City of Hermiston and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s KAYAK Public Transit.  The free service will run nearly hourly Monday through Friday from 9am through 4pm.  A map and timetable for the service is availab

Committee Reviews Festival Street Designs

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The Hermiston Urban Renewal Agency’s Downtown Festival Street Committee will review and discuss two potential options for the new gathering space at their meeting at 3:30 p.m., December 15th at Hermiston City Hall.  Both designs (VIEW HERE) include interactive water fountains, additional shade trees, large areas for off-street gatherings, and the ability to close down portions of Northeast 2nd Street.

City of Hermiston to Consider Adopting Public Art Master Plan

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The Hermiston City Council will consider adopting a Public Art Master Plan at its August 8 meeting with the goal of helping to facilitate increased placement of public art throughout the community.

Hermiston Community Brand Public Launch at Funfest

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The City of Hermiston and Chamber of Commerce will host the public launch of the “Where Life is Sweet” Hermiston community brand July 9 at Funfest in downtown Hermiston.

The launch will begin at 10:45 a.m. on Hermiston’s Main Street Stage. Yo-Country will provide free watermelon frozen yogurt from 11 a.m. to noon. There will be balloons for the kids, and some branded T-shirts will also be given away.

Garbage Rates to Increase 7.81% July 1st

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The Hermiston City Council has approved a 7.81% rate increase for garbage customers.  The increase will cost residential customers with 90 gallon cart service an extra $1.25 per month.  The increase will take effect July 1st.  Additional detail can be found HERE.

Hermiston Kicks Off Capital Improvement Plan Development

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The City of Hermiston has started to develop its first comprehensive Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for all of its Public Works departments.  The purpose of developing a CIP is to more efficiently plan for maintenance of aging infrastructure and to proactively accommodate for continued growth in the community.  The final approval of the first CIP is expected in the Fall, and will be updated annually.

Notice of Elections of City Officials

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Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, an election will be held in the City of Hermiston, Umatilla County, Oregon for your choice of candidates for the office of Mayor and Municipal Judge.  The election will be conducted by mail.  Your choice of candidates will be presented upon the official ballots as follows and shall be voted upon by all qualified voters of the City: