After 32 years, longtime city administrator says fond farewell
By Randy Parks
The City of Hines has a new City Administrator.
After holding an executive session on Monday, Dec. 13, the Hines Common Council voted the following day at their regular meeting to offer the position to Joan Davies, who said she would accept.
Davies will be replacing Pam Mather who is retiring as of Jan. 1.
Mather addressed the council and audience at the end of the meeting and thanked them for the opportunity to serve the community for the past 32 years. Mather stated that during her tenure as administrator and recorder, she had performed 130 marriages since 1990, had worked with eight different mayors, 60 council members, three fire chiefs, nine police chiefs, five treasurers, six maintenance men and 19 police officers. “I’ll miss you all,” Mather said.
Mathers was given a standing ovation by those in attendance for her many years of service.
City Engineer Amy Woodruff was in attendance to discuss the options the city had to deal with the trees at Hines Park. She said last fall the council had put together a list of specifications to have the trees trimmed or removed, depending on the health of the tree.
The job was put out to bid, and the only bid received was too costly for the city.
After some discussion, the council agreed by consensus to have trees pruned, and one by the restrooms removed as it posed a safety hazard. The bid would be structured so it would be a per unit or per tree cost, and the city would have the work performed with money available. The council made a motion to offer the job to Bill Winn, a local contractor, and it passed unanimously.
Woodruff also discussed putting in a new water main along South Saginaw. Cost of the project was estimated at between $80,000 and $100,000.
Mather told the council the city currently had $41,550 saved for the project.
Woodruff said the city had three options: do nothing now and keep saving toward the project; do half of the project; apply for grants and/or loans.
The council asked Woodruff to get an estimate on what doing half the project would cost and they would revisit the issue at a later meeting and make a decision.
In other business, the council:
• approved Resolution No. 2113 regarding applying for a Special City Allotment Grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation to install a six-foot wide pedestrian path along the south side of West Barnes;
• the council voted to present city employees with $30 beef certificates as Christmas bonuses, approved sponsoring a table at the annual Harney County Chamber of Commerce banquet and agreed to hold the lighting contest on Dec. 20.