Pacific Power will continue to operate within the City of Enterprise at least until 2017, under an agreement approved last Monday, Sept. 10.

The Enterprise City Council unanimously approved a 10-year extension to Pacific Power and Light Company to operate an electricity franchise within the city. The ordinance set a 7 percent fee on gross operating revenues, which was up from 5.5 percent in the company's previous contract with the city.

The council also unanimously approved $300 to go toward an Oregon Business is Good tour. The money would cover an invitation to ride the Wallowa-Union Railroad from Elgin into Wallowa County.

The tour will also make stops at Wallowa Lake Lodge and Terminal Gravity brewpub.

The council made no decision regarding a request for $3,000 of Motel Tax Funds from the Wallowa Valley Ice Rink Committee.

Jo Ann Snead, the retiring EHIG Coordinator, reported that the Enterprise Hometown Improvement Group (EHIG) was being absorbed by the Economic Action Team (EAT). About $1,000 remaining in its budget, in addition to copies of its books, would be donated to the Enterprise City Library, Snead said.

A discussion on the feasibility of keeping the library open on Fridays ensued.

Newly hired Public Works Director Dave Griffin reported on progress of sidewalk repair efforts. He also talked about problems with people reporting the taste of chlorine in the city's drinking water. Griffin said that the problem of tasting chorine was more due to areas where turbidity or muddy water seeps into the lines.

City Administrator Michele Young said that Griffin plans to pressure wash and repaint city hall. She passed out samples of the proposed colors of city hall, which would be earth tones, rather than its current white color, she said.

"I find those (colors) pretty depressing myself. It makes you think you need Zoloft," Councilor Sharon Sherlock said.

"That's about the color the school used to be and they called it Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory," Councilor Larry Chrisman said.

Young also brought up the need for members of the public works department to use cell phones, rather than their existing system of walkie-talkie radios. The hand-held radios tend to get poor reception in some parts of the city and often she cannot get a hold of employees when she needs to.

The council unanimously passed a motion authorizing Young to purchase a cell phone plan for employees of the public works and police departments.

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