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Burns proposes fee to raise revenue for streets

As the streets in Burns continue to deteriorate, the Burns City Council agreed to move ahead with the adoption and implementation of a transportation utility fee to generate revenue for street maintenance and repair. At its regular meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 23, the council voted to move forward with a proposal of $5 per month,…

Burns Council considers city streets, donates to BHS athletic fields

With the goal of improving city streets, the city of Burns hired H.A. McCoy Engineering and Surveying of Redmond to evaluate the streets and make a recommendation for improvements. On Wednesday, July 26, Hayes McCoy attended the Burns City Council meeting to present his report. He acknowledged that street maintenance is a challenging issue for…

Burns council discusses economic development, flooding

At the Burns City Council meeting on Wednesday, June 28, Burns Mayor Jerry Woodfin gave a brief overview of the “hot topics” being discussed at the economic development meetings being held recently at the Harney County Courthouse. Woodfin said the first meeting was about small business and some of the ideas from those that attended…

Burns mayor discusses possible impact of Rainbow gathering

The Rainbow Family of Living Light is expected to hold their 2017 Gathering in north-central Oregon, and Burns Mayor Jerry Woodfin wants to make sure Harney County residents are aware of the possible impact on the community. At the Burns City Council meeting on Wednesday, June 14, Woodfin said he was gathering information on the…

Burns continues spring cleaning

  With the spring weather upon us, the city of Burns is continuing its effort to get residents to clean up their properties. The city will have several dumpsters placed around town May 12-14 to encourage property clean up. The dumpsters are for tree limbs, brush, and yard debris. C&B Sanitary will have the dump…

Burns council voices concern over flooding

As the spring runoff continues, so do concerns about flooding in some areas of the county. At the Burns City Council meeting on Wednesday, March 22, Public Works Director Pedro Zabala told the council pumps have been in place for 10 days, pumping water from the field at the end of North Broadway into the…

Burns council confers with OTEC representative

Lara Petitclerc-Stokes, manager of communications and government affairs for Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative (OTEC), attended the Burns City Council meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22, to give an update on recent OTEC activities in the county and to present a check to the city for the quarterly franchise fees. Petitclerc-Stokes reported that for 2017, the OTEC…

Burns to have streets analyzed

At the regularly scheduled Burns City Council meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8, the council approved a motion directing City Manager (CM) Dauna Wensenk to solicit for engineering fees for a street analysis. The street analysis would describe the condition of the city’s streets and identify an estimated funding amount required to repair, maintain, and improve…

Burns City Council welcomes new mayor, councilors

  A new mayor and three new councilors were sworn in at the first Burns City Council meeting of the new year, held Wednesday, Jan. 11. Municipal Judge/City Clerk Dawn Crafts first administered the oath of office to the newly-elected mayor Jerry Woodfin, and then to councilors Liz Appelman and Lynda Fine, who were elected…

LaFollette congratulates new mayor, councilors

At the start of the Burns City Council  meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16, Mayor Craig LaFollette congratulated those elected to council positions in the Nov. 8 election. Lynda Fine and Donna Liz Appelman were elected by write-in votes to Positions 1 and 2, respectively, Terri Presley was re-elected to Position No. 3, and Jerry Woodfin,…

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