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PENDLETON — The Pendleton Development Commission approved its 2022-23 budget at its meeting Tuesday, June 21, as well as bids for street reconstruction projects. Then the Pendleton City Council adopted changes to the city’s street tree ordinance.

Pendleton city councilors also serve as the city’s development commissioners.

The PDC adopted a budget of almost $5.47 million, including reserves, then approved two bids for street work.

One was for partial widening and reconstruction of Southeast Byers Avenue from Seventh Street to Main Street. The other was for work on Southeast Fourth Street from Byers to Court avenues. Humbert Asphalt Inc. of Milton-Freewater, was low bidder for both projects, at just shy of $1.59 million.

Following the PDC meeting, the city council held a public hearing to consider changes to Pendleton’s street tree ordinance.

“The council approved unanimously every item on the agenda,” city manager Robb Corbett reported.

The tree commission recommended separating the prohibited and discouraged tree list from the body of the ordinance. The commission updated its list of trees unsuitable for public rights of way. It argued that updating the list of prohibited and discouraged trees would be easier if separate from the ordinance.

Discussion of the city’s taxi contract for transportation services, plus its Dial-a-Ride and Bus Route Contract, were on the council agenda, too. Elite Taxi Inc. and city finance director Linda Carter have negotiated a dial-a-ride rate increase. The city planned to cover the rate increase instead of passing it on to riders.

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