Council to unveil sleeping ordinance

PENDLETON – The Pendleton City Council will have the first reading of an ordinance that is intended to lay out rules regarding sleeping in public places. Court rulings from Oregon and other states make it clear that until a city establishes where sleeping is permitted, it cannot develop ordinances that prevent the homeless and transients from sleeping in specific areas.

The council meets at 7 p.m. today and the first reading of the proposed ordinance will be held. The council could send it back to the drawing board or decide to schedule a hearing, second reading, and vote at a future date. The proposed ordinance is published in full at https://cityofpendletonor.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=1121.

Also at the council meeting, the council will vote on approving a UAS Industrial Park power backbone with Pacific Power, and authorizing a grant assurance for the McKay Creek Watershed Basin Study and mapping grants from FEMA.

An hour before the council meeting, the Pendleton Development Commission will meet. Items on that agenda include a continued discussion of developing parklets on Main Street. The PDC will also consider issuing a grant for further work on the Bowman Building by developer Al Plute which would lead to the construction of 11 additional apartments.

The city council meeting Zoom ID is 821 9745 5683 and the pass code is 776862. The Pendleton Development Commission Zoom ID is 836 6352 2368 and the pass code is pend97801.