I attended the Border Board Meeting on Monday. It looks like the state is tying up their housing incentive program. They said it could take a while before it gets approved. Meanwhile some of their grant and loan programs will open at the end of the month and be reviewed at the end of March. One of those could be funding for the Airport Master Plan.
We had a meeting at the Airport with TVCC. Mayor Riley Hill attended as well as the FBO and President Dana Young from TVCC. We spoke through some of the needs and what we are currently working on with the sewer and fiber extensions.
I met with the Finance Director and reviewed progress on our budget. Budgets from departments were due last week. We are scheduling meetings with them the week of the 13th through 17th.
We spent two hours reviewing the newest iteration of the SRCI contracts for both sewer and water.
The Malheur United Task Force met Friday morning. We reviewed the Presbyterian property. Amazingly, we have organizations in the community who will be applying for funding for numerous housing units in an upcoming state grant cycle.
I had lunch at the senior center, by invitation. I was able to see the needs first hand that the mayor brought to our attention. Jacobs will have someone help us with an estimate for the grant writer. I had several calls with the grant writer and connected him to a local citizen who has been an advocate with the facility. So, there has been a lot of conversation between the 3 of us this week.
I spent a lot of time working on the downtown plan. It may appear that we are implementing this disjointedly, but what we are doing is just biting off chunks of the Downtown Master Plan. We just aren’t doing it all at once. However, you can see that everything we have been doing as a city is from our Downtown Master Plan.
Fire & Rescue
The Chief started off the new year with quite a few meetings. Transitional housing planning, Rural Fire District, PDACs X 2, Malheur County Emergency Management Team, Malheur County traffic safety board.
On January 7 the crews trained on radio communications. On the 6th of January the crew had a college student ride along for exposure to the department. On January 9 we hosted a car seat fitting clinic.
Incidents: 12/23 Rescue 1 responded to a garbage truck on fire. 12/28 The crew responded to a cooking fire. 12/29 Rescue 1 responded to some burning trash containers. 1/6 The crew responded to SRCI for a transformer fire. 1/9 The staff responded to a motor vehicle crash that had leaking fluids they had to contain.
Chief Romero spent a good part of this week developing OPD’s written Standard Operating Procedures for what will become OPD’s new Investigations Unit. This organizational restructuring is intended to improve OPD’s investigative efficiency and effectiveness, improve crime information gathering and dissemination, assist with OPD’s strategic policing initiatives and will provide improved technical skills and training for OPD personnel.
Jan 7th- Chief Romero met with TVCC’s Computer Science department to explore potential data visualization platforms for OPD crime stats and fleet tracking. Chief Romero would like to expand OPD’s public notification of area crime statistics and visual crime mapping.
Jan 6th-Chief Romero and OPD personnel conducted a foot pursuit and search for a known, wanted felony warrant suspect, in the area of Beck Kiwanis Park. Suspect evaded arrest this time, but OPD will continue to seek out his current location.
Jan 7th- OPD patrol personnel conducted directed enforcement in area of 5th Ave and SE 2nd Street due to complaints about excessive slurry waste leakage from commercial transporters.
Jan 8th -OPD officers did a great job apprehending a burglar in the North east part of town, who was reported by a very astute and attentive community member.
Jan 9th- OPD personnel took a few minutes break at the Brookdale Senior Living facility to be recognized by our retired community on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Great wisdom shared with OPD and a lot of great smiles on our seniors faces.
CPR/ First aid training was providing for all staff. It was a worthwhile and a good course provided by one of our local fire fighters.
Staff moved gravel piles at the old city shop area in anticipation of homeless shelters soon coming to that location.
Staff addressed a water main break at 4th and Oregon. A defective fitting was the root cause. The repair was made in less than 4 hours and with minimal outage to local customers. Good job staff on addressing and correcting what could have been a real problem.
Sweeping continues as needed.
Meetings were held on our long-term water master plan. It was a positive meeting identifying future goals and milestones for completion.
Additional sampling continues to meet new permit requirements for the water system.
Staff had to trouble shoot and repair the chlorine generation system. Our current equipment is showing its age, it has been in service since 2004.
Groundwater sampling was completed this week, we have several water monitoring wells that surround the wastewater treatment plant and they must be sampled and analyzed for any potential leakage from out treatment ponds. This is a routine event mandated by permit requirements.
Parks and Cemetery
New tables that were purchased are being put together and will be placed throughout the parks in the spring.
We are working with the new surveillance camera system installer to help in the installation process. This continues as a work in progress.
The engineer is staying busy with SRCI contract negotiations, the Water Master Plan, and preparation for budget meetings to be held next month.
Each week, City Manager Adam Brown brings you up to date on the comings and goings of the City of Ontario in The Weekend Update.