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Council OKs new phone system
The La Grande City Council authorized the purchase of a new phone system for the fire department Wednesday.
The La Grande Fire Department’s phone system quit working Sept. 19, Fire Chief Bruce Weimer said.
A Hermiston-based company was able to set up a new system for $6,500.
“It’s not totally in,” Weimer said of the system.
Weimer said repairing the old system would cost $4,000 to $5,000 plus reprogramming costs.
The council unanimously passed the resolution, which declared an emergency in order for the funds to be available.
Councilor John Lackey recommended the fire department and other city offices look into maintenance agreements so similar situations can be avoided.
City councilors also voted to renew the city’s attorney-client fee agreement with Joseph & Ricker, LLC. The new agreement, which has no change in hourly rates, expires in November 2015.
Also at the meeting the council voted to establish a lien on a piece of property after the owner failed to pay the costs of abating a nuisance of weeds.
Weimer said the fire department handles enforcing the city’s weed ordinance by first posting a notice on the property and mailing a certified letter.
If the problem is not addressed, the city contracts with a company to take care of the issue and bills the property owner.
Of 43 postings this year, three cases were handled by contractors, and one of those did not pay. Weimer said 43 postings is a little below average.