City Council Regular Meeting - Minutes

Mon., Apr. 10, 2017

Council President Primmer called the regular meeting to order at 7:00pm. Present were Councilors Kirwan, Hardin, Myers, and Smith. Mayor Drotzmann and Councilors Beas-Fitzgerald, Gutierrez, and Davis were excused. Staff members in attendance were City Manager Byron Smith, City Attorney Gary Luisi, Assistant City Manager Mark Morgan, Chief Edmiston, Bill Schmittle, Ron Sivey, Heather LaBeau, Tom Creasing, Larry Fetter (arrived at 7:22pm), Clint Spencer (arrived at 7:22pm), and Lilly Alarcon-Strong. News media present were Jayati Ramakrishnan with the Hermiston Herald and Jennifer Colton from KOHU. The pledge of allegiance was given.

City Manager Byron Smith stated with four Council members unable to attend tonight’s meeting; the Conference/Community Center agenda item has been postponed until the next City Council meeting on April 24th. There has also been some discussion with the Chamber Board to have a special meeting due to scheduling conflicts.

Non-Agenda items

Liz Marvin 1725 E. Highland Ave stated she believes both facilities, the Conference/Community Center and EOTEC, can operate in Hermiston with private fundraising and hopes the City will work with its citizens to accomplish this, and continue to inform the community of any Conference/Community Center related meetings.

Charlotte Dack 655 NW 7th St stated the Chamber of Commerce and Conference Center are in a good location; and, although the City is expanding, it would be a shame to move the Chamber to a basement. The Conference Center is continuously being used and needs to stay in the community so it can continue to prosper.

Consent Items

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

  • Minutes of the March 27th, regular City Council meeting.         
  • Minutes of the March 13th, Transit Planning Committee meeting.

Motion carried unanimously.

FAA Grant Funding Application to Complete Updates on the Airport’s Master Development Plan.

Assistant City Manager Mark Morgan stated the FFA requires an Airport Master Plan and must be renewed every 20 years with a cost of about $300,000 to complete. Hermiston Airports Master Plan is about 17 years old and, with approval from the City Council would like to apply for grant funding to help offset this cost. The City has also applied and received $30,000 in grant funding from the Oregon Aviation Fuel Tax Grant that will be used towards the Master Plan. After these grant funds have been applied, the total cost for the City will be about $3,300.

Some projects completed in the last Master Plan were:

  • 2008-Full length runway resurfacing
  • 2013- Installed perimeter security fencing
  • 2015-2016- Realigned and rehabilitated the taxiway
  • 2016- Rehabilitated the airport apron
  • 2016-  Expanded and relocated the fuel system
  • 2017- Working on the AGIS Mapping Project

Additionally, in 2013, substantial water and sewer utilities were extended to the EOTEC site along the southern border of the Airport property.

Councilor Kirwan moved and Councilor Hardin seconded to direct City staff to apply for $300,000 in grant funding from the FAA to complete an update to the Hermiston Airport’s Long-Range Master Development Plan. Motion carried unanimously.

Conference/Community Center Operating Changes and New Location for the Chamber of Commerce.

Council President Primmer stated, as announced earlier in the meeting by City Manager Smith, this item has been tabled until the following City Council meeting.

Council President’s Report

Council President Primmer stated this week is National Telecommunicators Week. This week is dedicated to those 911 operators, like his wife, who are the first contact people have in emergencies. Please make sure to thank them as they deserve our support.

Councilor Myers stated because of the many recent power outages in the area, what backups are in place for dispatch services.

Council President Primmer stated in this situation our area’s 911 calls would be routed to Morrow County, and Umatilla County is Morrow County’s backup as well.

Sergeant Karen Primmer confirmed this process.

Council President Primmer stated the memorial service for Staff Sergeant Austin Bieren from Umatilla will be on Saturday, April 15th at 1:00pm in the Umatilla High School gymnasium. Council President Primmer encouraged the community to attend and show support to the family.  

Council Report

Councilor Hardin stated he attended the March 27th LOC Training at EOTEC. The training was well attended and was very pleased with the materials presented at the training and regional meeting, specifically the topic of “serial meetings”. 

(Larry Fetter and Clint Spencer arrived 7:22pm)

Parks and Recreation Director Larry Fetter gave a brief report on the City’s Recycle Day Event, and the I Love My City faith-based group who had about 300 participants in the Downtown Cleanup effort. Specific numbers for the Recycle Day Event are yet to be tallied. There will be one more day to recycle hazardous materials on Saturday, April 22nd at EOTEC.

City Manager’s Report

City Manager Smith stated the EOTEC meeting for Friday, April 14th has been cancelled due to a lack of agenda items. The next EOTEC meeting will be Friday, April 28th at 7:00am.

City Manager Smith stated the Police Union Negotiations have been very productive and expect they will come to an agreement very soon.


There was no other business and Council President Primmer adjourned the meeting at 7:26pm.

/s/Doug Primmer, Council President

/s/Lilly Alarcon-Strong, Assistant City Recorder

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