The Hermiston City Council heard a report Monday night from Oregon Department of Transportation representatives on current and upcoming projects.

Marilyn Holt, district manager for ODOT Region 12, listed several current projects, including repaving a portion of Diagonal Road, as well as projects that are scheduled to begin from now through 2015. Of special note was the Interstate 84 repaving project near Stanfield.

“That’s probably the biggest paving project in the State of Oregon,” Holt told the council.

In 2013, according to Holt, ODOT will upgrade a portion of Hermiston’s streetlights to incorporate signal upgrades designed to improve traffic flow, and repaving Highway 395 through town is scheduled to begin in 2015.

The council also:

• approved April expenditures in the amount of $1.38 million.

• passed Resolution 1890, electing to receive state revenues, including fuel taxes, cigarette taxes, and other state funds.

• passed Resolution 1891, approving installing new stop signs to make the intersection of Southwest Ninth Street and West Joseph Avenue a four-way stop.

• passed Ordinance No. 2172, initiating annexation of a 4-acre property immediately north of Big 5 Sporting Goods to the city. The property is owned by Octavio Rodriguez.

The Council also heard a report from Ray Jones, economic development specialist for the city, on the Contract Review Committee’s decision to declare a number of items surplus. Most of the items, including a dump truck, will be sold at auction. Four items, however, will be advertised for direct sale, including a 1991 street sweeper, a 1996 slurry buggy used for repairing streets, a snow plow and a 1994 fan for a Water Department variable frequency drive.

The next City Council will meet Monday, May 16 for a budget committee meeting at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for May 23 at 7 p.m.

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