Board to consider change in grant money purpose

By on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

UMATILLA COUNTY – Umatilla County Emergency Manager Tom Roberts is asking the Board of Commissioners to rework the purpose of a state grant that was originally for a commodity flow study. A consultant to perform such a study could not be located.

Roberts wants to use the funds of up to $26,040 to mount a training exercise and workshop involving a crisis. The workshop would be held in April 2023. The grant requires a 25 percent local match. The county has officially requested the state approve the change. The state money is a hazardous materials emergency preparedness grant.

The commissioners will also act on several payables. Those include air conditioning, painting, and electrical work. The board will also consider a request for increasing the hourly pay of seasonal lawn maintenance workers in Pendleton. At the present rate of $13 an hour, the county has not been able to find any willing lawn workers.

The meeting will be at 9 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Room 130 of the Umatilla County Courthouse in Pendleton. It may also be joined on Google Meets by calling 971-245-4232. The pin is 468 317 539#.