From the Council Chambers

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Appointment to Replace John Brenne    

City Council received two applications to replace John Brenne; Carol Innes and Chuck Lavelle.  Carol was not at the meeting because she was traveling.  She had come to the workshop the previous Tuesday and introduced herself to the Council.  Chuck was interviewed Tuesday night and they voted 6-1 to appoint him.  I believe they felt he brought a perspective to the Council that complimented the group.  He moved to Pendleton two years ago from Georgia, is a small business owner and also works at Interpath labs.  He has two small children and wanted to be on the City Council because he likes Pendleton, feels good about what we have accomplished and wants to be a part of our future.  He also has served as a state legislative delegation as a Republican, describes himself as “fiscally conservative” and was once a union boss.


Council Presentations

Council received a presentation by the Airport Commission Chairman Jim Webster who gave them an overview of the work of the commission this past year and what he anticipates they will be working on moving forward.

Council also heard a presentation by Steve Chrisman who gave the Council the annual Enterprise Zone report.  The Enterprise Zone provides industrial companies a minimum 3-year tax abatement for investment in Pendleton and jobs.  The strategy is to attract the company into a community, allow them to sink roots before they start paying.


Consent Agenda

The City Council approved an update to the airport lease for a 36-acre solar farm.  This lease will generate substantial money for the airport by allowing a 36-acre solar field on the sloped property between I84 and the top of the hill.

The Council approved increased pool fees for the upcoming swim season.



Council had their first reading of an amendment to the code increasing the minimum value of a surplus property that can be sold at the discretion of the department head from $500 to $5,000.  Anything above $5,000 requires City Manager authorization.


Bid Award

Council approved the bid for the NE Ellis waterline project to Eastern Oregon Contracting, LLC out of Milton Freewater for $334,956.  This bid is almost $70,000 under the engineer's estimate and bill begin ASAP.


John Brenne Meeting Room

The City Council approved naming what is commonly known as the Chamber Annex Room, which serves as an overflow to the City Council Chambers as the John Brenne Room in John’s honor.  A ceremony will be put together soon.