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Burns Vacates portion of North Date Street

At its regular meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 25, the Burns City Council approved a request from Chuck and Carol Lynde to vacate a portion of North Date Street. In their written request to the city, the Lyndes explained that the continuation of North Date Street was plotted a number of years ago, but the property…

Burns council considers transportation fee

Jeremy Green, legal counsel for the city of Burns, attended the city council meeting Wednesday, Sept. 27, to review the proposed transportation fee being considered by the council. Green explained that the city had a street evaluation performed earlier this year, and the report concluded that the city’s street system is failing. The report recommended…

Council discusses encroachment on Burns’ streets

A number of Burns residents attended the Burns City Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 13, requesting that the council vacate a portion of North Hemlock Avenue. Susan Ohlund, who lives on North Gordonia, told the council there is currently an electric pole, a shed, trees, and a portion of a house that are actually located…

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…

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