The Hermiston City Council Monday approved two resolutions aimed at changing the way the city assesses development charges and how the city distributes them.

One resolution imposes park and recreation system development charges on new development. City Manager Ed Brookshier said the charges remain basically the same, the only difference is how the fees are disbursed.

The second resolution establishes the rate for the park system development charges and adjusts the amount the water and wastewater departments receive.

Ivan Anderholm, director of the parks and recreation department, said in a memo to councilors the total fees charged remains the same.

The money would be used to fund a parks and recreation capital facilities project list.

The projects list is based on information developed in a report by Don Ganer of Don Ganer & Associates Inc. He reviewed the city's park master plan.

The fees are divided into three categories - water, sewer and parks. When a builder generates new development, the city imposes a fee according to the size of water meter required.

For example, a one-inch meter would generate $704 for the water department, $563.50 for the sewer department and $1,000 for the parks department, according to the rate schedule.

"There is no overall increase in system development charges," said Brookshier. "It just redistributes the funds."

In other council business, Mayor Bob Severson read a proclamation designating Aug. 5 as National Night Out.

Hermiston Police Chief Dan Coulombe said that, so far, 27 Neighborhood Watch parties are planned for that evening - a record number of National Night Out parties for the city.

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