By Karen Hutchinson-Talaski

Staff writer

HERMISTON — With one more e-mail received against a proposed name change from N. First Street to Highway 395, the Hermiston City Council voted against the proposal.

The councilors all agreed that the change would be too cost prohibitive for business owners, adding that the change should have happened a long time ago.

In other council news, a resolution officially stating the city's position regarding the potential danger of remote control locomotives traveling through Hermiston to Umatilla was passed.

"Whatever saving the railroad might make is not worth the risk to our residents," said City Manager Ed Brookshier.

Marie Baldo, city librarian, announced a bequest by Mary Ellen Paul of $20,000 to the library. The Library Board agreed to put the money in an endowment with the Oregon Community Foundation. The interest from the endowment would go back to the library to be invested in programs, Baldo said.

The council passed a resolution supporting the Oregon Oasis Project, which if it passes in the Oregon Legislature, would allow more water to be taken out of the Columbia River to assist with the state's critical ground water areas.

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