Hermiston Will Begin Limiting Facility Access, Offer Remote City Council Meeting on Monday
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 https://bit.ly/HermistonYouTube 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 https://hermiston.or.us/pay 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 on.or.us.