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Hermiston Will Begin Limiting Facility Access, Offer Remote City Council Meeting on Monday
Hermiston, OR
03/23/2020 09:01 AM


MARCH 20, 2020

CONTACT: Byron Smith, City Manager

(541) 567-5521,



Hermiston Will Begin Limited Facility Access, Offer Remote City Council Meeting on Monday


HERMISTON, Oregon -   Following guidelines set forth by the Centers for  Disease Control and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, the City of Hermiston will adjust access to  city facilities and City Council meetings beginning Monday, March 23.


City staff  will continue to work on site, but residents are asked to  call and make an appointment for  any service. Direct contact numbers for  each department  are included at the end of  this release.

The Hermiston City Council will hold its regular meeting Monday, March 23 at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, 1705 E. Airport Road, Hermiston. The facility will allow for online video broadcast and dial-in phone access to  residents wishing to  participate remotely while following
public gathering and social distancing guidelines.


A limited number of chairs will be available for  citizens to  view the meeting in person, but  an overflow room will be made available with audio and video access to  the meeting.


A livestream will be broadcast at and will also be available following the meeting. Thanks to  a partnership with Amazon Web Services and the Amazon Chime platform, citizens can listen to  the meeting by phone or offer comment remotely by dialing 1-206-462-5569 and using the code 8262-77-4726. External phone lines will be muted except during public comment periods.


These temporary  measures are to protect the health of  city staff and citizens. Residents who are sick are asked to  contact  their health care provider and avoid public places.Offices will resume normal operations on April 14, pending further state or federal direction.


"Just as many businesses have limited their contact  with customers  to stop the spread of coronavirus, the City of Hermiston is taking precautions  to  stay in compliance  with state and federal guidelines,"  said Hermiston City Manager Byron Smith. "We will continue to operate and meet the needs of residents, and we appreciate everyone doing their part to keep this community safe."


Bill payment  can be made through Express Bill Pay at  home, over  the phone at  541-567-5521, or  at the drive-through drop box outside the old city hall. The city will also provide a temporary payment window at  the rear entrance to the temporary City Hall.

To schedule an appointment, call the number below:


  • For City Hall or  Planning Department, call 541-567-5521.
  • For the Building Department, call 541-667-5025.
  • For Parks and Recreation, call 541-667-5018.
  • For the Police Department (non-emergency), call 541-567-5519.
  • For the Hermiston Library, call 541-567-2882
  • For the Municipal Court, call 541-567-6610


The City of Hermiston is a vibrant, growing community  of more than 18,000 residents at  the crossroads of  the Pacific Northwest. Located near the intersection of Interstate 84 and Interstate 82, just minutes from a Columbia River port and the Washington state line, Hermiston is capitalizing on its location as a transportation center and gateway to  Oregon. To learn more, go to  www.her mist

Byron Smith, City Manager
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