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Council to take street repair issue to the streets

PENDLETON, Oregon – The first of three community meetings seeking input on how to pay for street repair is Monday at 7 p.m. at the Pendleton Convention Center. Mayor John Turner says it is vital to hear back from citizens.

“We want people to come,” he said. “If they can’t come to those meetings, there’s still an opportunity to fill out a survey online on the city’s website.”

For years the city refused to earmark any spending over and above state and federal gas taxes for road repair. The current council believes that’s created a road crisis, and is trying to find a way to fix it.

“We know that we’ve got our current budget up to $1.2 million a year on streets,” Turner said. “It needs to be at $2.2 million a year if we’re actually going to fix the problem over the course of the next decade.

Meetings will also be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Sherwood Heights Elementary School and Oct. 28 at Washington Elementary School.

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