>La Grande Observer | Union and Wallowa Counties' News Leader

Observer news NE Oregon Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Follow LaGrandeObserver.com

La Grande Observer print edition

view all La Grande Observer print publications »

La Grande Observer Daily Paper 07/21/14

The LaGrande Observer is now online in a Replica E-edition form and publishes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Current subscribers have full access to the E-edition.

View Paper

If you are not a current subscriber, subscribe today for immediate access.


Recent article comments

Powered by Disqus



By T.L. Petersen

Observer Staff Writer

UNION — Less than two years after Union found itself without a city administrator, it is again in the same position.

But things are covered.

Monday night, resigning City Administrator Bill Searles agreed to serve as interim administrator, working nights and weekends as needed, until a new administrator is hired.

The new administrator, Union Mayor Dave Thomas said, could be hired by the end of the first or second week in July.

Applications are being accepted for the position until the end of June, Thomas explained, and the interview process isn't expected to take long.

"I would hope maybe we could even have somebody by the eighth (of July)," he said, noting that will be the next regular Union City Council meeting. If not by July 8, Thomas said a special council meeting would be set in July to formalize the new hiring.

Even as Union leaders deal with finding a new administrator, they must also deal with a new budget for the 2002-2003 fiscal year.

Work on the city budget is expected to be completed by June 18, Thomas said, with a special city council meeting expected on June 25 to approve the new budget.

The new budget has been hit especially hard by increases in insurance rates and utility rates, Thomas said, to the point that many budgets have been frozen or will see only minor increases to offset the increasing rates.

A primary charge in the next year's budget will also be the probable loss of two members of the Union Police Department.

Two positions, now filled by Officers Dusty Perry and Ronetta Prince, are currently paid for by the federal CopsMore program.

The grant paying Perry's salary and expenses expires June 14, while the grant covering Prince's position is finished in mid-August.

The city's budget isn't expected to be able to pick up the cost of either position, Thomas said.

Without Perry and Prince, the Union Police Department would have one paid officer and its chief and would need to rely more heavily on the reserves.

Reach T.L. Petersen at tpetersen


blog comments powered by Disqus
Local / Sports / Business / State / National / Obituaries / Public Notices
Editorials / Letters / Guest Columns / Columnists
Outdoors / Ag / Spiritual / Go Magazine / Portraits
View all classifieds / Jobs / Autos / Real Estate / Rentals / Place an Ad
The Observer
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Site Map
Also Online
Photo Reprints / Slideshows / Weather and Valley Cam / /index.php?option=com_rss&feed=RSS2.0&no_html=1">RSS Feed ?> RSS Feed

Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use

LaGrandeObserver.com works best with the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer or Apple Safari

levitra 20 mg comprar viagra voor de vrouw cialis generico mg prezzo comprare cialis online in italia viagra indien bestellen köpa viagra online commander du viagra en belgique kamagra eu prescrizione viagra acheter viagra toulouse viagra x le donne vendo viagra concepcion achat viagra 50mg tadalafil rezeptfrei viagra rezeptfrei billig viagra rotterdam cialis sin receta vendita cialis generico in italia cialis vendita farmacia acquisto cialis in italia consegna rapida pris viagra apoteket viagra forum bestellen kamagra paris génériques viagra viagra soft generico viagra naisille venta de tadalafil viagra sans ordonnances viagra cialis levitra kamagra levitra vente