Welcome to Hermiston

Hermiston is embarking on the development of a new wayfinding system to help people find their way around town and encourage visitors to discover our attractions and community assets. The city has hired MERJE, a nationally recognized design firm with expertise in community wayfinding.

Hermiston will host a presentation to introduce the project to the community, provide information, and receive input as the design process begins.

When: Wednesday, January 22, from 4-6 p.m.

Where: Hermiston Community Center

 

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The City of Hermiston is accepting applications for the following Committees:

 

1) 4-year remaining term ending June 30, 2020:

·        Library Board- position #1

 

Deadline to apply for Committees in sections 1-3: October 14th, 2019

 

2) Remaining 3-year term beginning November 1st, 2019 and ending June 30th, 2022:

·        Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center Advisory Board- position: #6 & #7

 

3) Remaining 3-year term ending March 31, 2020:

·        Planning Commission- position #4

 

4) Remaining 3-year term ending December 31, 2019:

·        Recreation Projects Fund Advisory Committee- position #2

 

5)  3-year terms ending December 31st, 2021:

·        Budget Committee- positions: #8, and #9 

 

Deadline to apply for Committees in sections 2-5: Open until filled

 

Interested persons are asked to submit an application to City Hall, 180 NE 2nd Street, Hermiston, or at lalarcon-strongathermiston.or.us .  Application forms are available at City Hall or on the City’s website at https://hermiston.or.us/volunteer . If you have questions, please call Lilly Alarcon-Strong at 541-567-5521.

 

Proposed appointment and confirmation of these positions are made by the City Council.

 

All appointments to city boards and commissions shall be made in accordance with the ordinances and city charter.  Appointees shall not be full-time employees of the city, shall not be elected officials of the city, shall not be appointed to more than two boards or commissions at a time, and shall not sell to the city or its boards and commissions over which the council has appointive powers and budget control either directly as a prime contractor or supplier, or indirectly as a first tier subcontractor or supplier.  Sales shall be construed to mean sales, services or fees aggregating $7,500 or more in any one calendar year.  Preference for appointees shall be given to city residents.

Volunteer sign

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Hermiston Enacts COVID-19 Safety Measures
COVID-19

(Updated March 27, 2020, updates in bold)

In response to the increasing infection rate of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Oregon, the City of Hermiston is encouraging participation in directives issued by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Umatilla County Health Department.

In order to prevent the spread of the respiratory illness and protect the most vulnerable citizens, including the elderly and people with chronic health issues, the city has taken the following actions:

Community invited to parks master plan open house
McKenzie Park

The City of Hermiston is updating its Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan. The update began in July 2019 and is on track to be completed in April.

The City gathered information and ideas from residents through an online survey, several pop-up events, and stakeholder interviews to learn more about what parks and recreation facilities the City can improve or provide in the future.

City Hall Closure Extended

Hermiston City Hall will remain closed longer than originally anticipated due to the severity of damage caused by a December 17 fire.  City staff now expects the closure to last through the end of January.  It was originally planned that all City Hall functions would be able to return to the building at 180 NE 2nd Street by January 6.

 

Street Department checks off two major Capital Improvement projects in 2019
Hermiston Avenue construction

The Hermiston Street Department had a busy year in 2019, completing two large-scale projects from its Capital Improvement Plan and beginning work on two others.

(See the updated Capital Improvement Plan here)

The city replaced the S. 1st St. Bridge and resurfaced W. Hermiston Ave. The next projects on the Capital Improvement Plan list are paving E. Theater Lane and realigning the N.W. Geer and N.W. Harper intersection. 

City Hall Closure/Relocation

HERMISTON – City Hall will be closed to the public until Jan. 6 while smoke damage from the Tuesday, Dec. 17, fire is cleaned up.

The city has moved front office staff across the street to the Hermiston Building Department at 215 NW Gladys Ave., and utility payments may be made there until clean-up is complete. The office will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All water, sewer, and garbage bills can also be made online at https://hermiston.or.us/pay_home.

Notice of Election of City Officials for the 2020 Primary Election

Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 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:

MAYOR
David A. Drotzmann

MUNICIPAL JUDGE
Thomas J. Creasing, Jr.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING - Zoning Designation

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Hermiston City Council will hold a public hearing on February 24, 2020, at or after 7:00 PM in the council chambers of the City Hall, Hermiston, Oregon, on the proposed annexation to the City of Hermiston, withdrawal from the Umatilla County Library District, and establishing zoning designation of the following described property: approximately 20.65 acre tract located at 498 E Punkin Center Rd.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING - Amendments to Code of Ordinances

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Hermiston City Council will hold a public hearing on the 24th day of February, 2020, at or after 7:00 pm in the council chambers of City Hall, 180 NE 2nd Street, Hermiston, Oregon. The purpose of the hearing is to consider amendments to Title XV Chapter 157 of Hermiston Code of Ordinances. An amendment is proposed to add Junkyard to Section 157.055(A) Uses permitted outright in a Light Industrial (M-1) zone, and add Section 157.153 Secondhand Dealers and Junkyards.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING - Planning Commission

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Hermiston Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the 12th day of February, 2020, at or after 7:00 pm in the council chambers of City Hall, 180 NE 2nd Street, Hermiston, Oregon. The purpose of the hearing is to consider amendments to Title XV Chapter 157 of Hermiston Code of Ordinances. An amendment is proposed to add Junkyard to Section 157.055(A) Uses permitted outright in a Light Industrial (M-1) zone, and add Section 157.153 Secondhand Dealers and Junkyards.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING - Planning Commission

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Hermiston Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on February 12, 2020, at or after 7:00 PM in the council chambers of the City Hall, Hermiston, Oregon, on the proposed annexation to the City of Hermiston, withdrawal from the Umatilla County Library District, and establishing zoning designation of the following described property: approximately 20.65 acre tract located at 498 E Punkin Center Rd.

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