Twelve new homes could be on the way to Hermiston.

Hermiston City Council approved Monday night the final plat of Overlook Ridge Phase 2, a plan submitted by Worley Surveying to create 12 single-family lots on 2.3 acres of land east of Overlook Ridge Phase 1 and south of West Punkin Center Road.

The new lots will measure between 7,000 and 10,000 square feet, although no estimated construction dates were presented in information provided by the city.

In addition to the Overlook Ridge expansion, the council also approved the final plat to divide a property at 1474 S.W. Meadow View Drive. The 0.33 acre property is zoned multi-family residential although there is currently only one single-family home on the site.

Also during the meeting:

— Council members received a notice from Portland State University's Population Research Center on the 2010 preliminary population estimate. The City of Hermiston’s population increased more than 1 percent — or 165 people — from 16,215 in the 2009 certified estimate to 16,380 in the college’s preliminary estimate for 2010.

The growth rate was larger than Umatilla County as a whole, which grew 0.44 percent. The City of Pendleton is still officially the largest city in the county at 17,545 residents. Pendleton grew by 30 people, or 0.17 percent, according to Portland State.

The city will receive official population count from the U.S. Census Bureau some time in 2011.

— The council approved Resolution 1884 to establish “No Parking” and “School Zone” signs on Southeast Columbia Drive and Southeast 10th Street to create safe vehicle traffic around the new BMCC Learning Center Campus. The cost of the signs is estimated at $2,000, not including labor, and personnel from the Hermiston Street Department will install the signs.

— Hermiston’s Own Saturday Market was given approval to use the parking lot at the Hermiston Conference Center for its 2011 season.

— The council approved a one-year extension of the existing cable franchise with Charter Communications until Nov. 30, 2011. Over the next year, city and company officials will negotiate a new contract.

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