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Two small eastern Oregon towns are exploring the possibility of combining to become one city.

 

The Burns-Hines Task Force met for the first time last week to begin the study of a joint effort; residents of Harney County were also included in discussions.

 

The Burns Times-Herald reports the idea to consolidate is a financial one - studies of cities that are the same size of a combined Burns-Hines would spend considerably less than the individual cities.

 

Burns has a population of about 2800 people and Hines has about 1550 residents, and both cities are shrinking in population.

 

Governor Kitzhaber's Office is behind consolidation of services in the state and there are bills already proposed and money in the budget to help cities and counties coordinate services.

 

The Burns-Hines Task Force is currently looking for public input about a possible consolidation.

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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