City Council Meeting
December 10, 2020
6:00 PM
@ Athena City Hall- Miller Family Community Room

Mayor's Message:

"The only thing you can count on is change.” There are many variations of this old adage. The predictability of change – it’s ironic, isn’t it? Some change is welcome – like the beauty of fall colors and new members joining our families through births and marriages. Other changes are difficult, like losing those we love,  or losing hope. Athena somehow seems to maintain a healthy balance of stability and change. We have families with roots going back for generations, and new families bringing energy and ideas to strengthen us all. We have the Gem Theater and Stahl building with rich histories in days gone by, now being refurbished through the hard work of remarkably dedicated and creative individuals. We have a Main Street that has been traveled since the days when we were called Centerville, and is now made beautiful and vibrant by those who volunteer to maintain the flower boxes and banners and put out flags on our country’s holidays. Change can be destructive, as in the floods we saw last February. But more often than not, change opens the way to new avenues that broaden our horizons and bring new possibilities, when we embrace them. If you’ve lived in Athena for a long time, look around and see the changes. Don’t let the next generation forget the foundation they have been built on. If you are new to Athena, take some time to learn about this special place you now call home, and ask where you can build on what has been started here. It takes all of us. Cheers to a beautiful Fall! 

Mayor Becky Schroeder



The two-week measures, which apply to Malheur, Marion, Multnomah, Jackson, and Umatilla Counties, include:

*  Urging all businesses to mandate work from home to the greatest extent possible
*  Pausing long-term care facility visits to protect staff and residents
*  Reducing maximum restaurant capacity to 50 people (including customers and staff) for indoor dining, with a     maximum party size of six. Continuing to encourage outdoor dining and take out.
*  Reducing all indoor activity maximum capacity to 50 people (includes gyms, fitness organizations/studios,   bowling alleys, ice rinks, indoor sports, pools, museums, and venues).
* Reinforcing the importance of limiting social gatherings to no more than 10 people, limiting the frequency of those social gatherings (aim for three or fewer gatherings in a two-week period), and keeping the same 10 people in your social gathering circle.

 ** The City of Athena will be limiting in office traffic as much as possible during this time.  There will be someone in the office for emergencies and phone calls.  Please place your payments in the drop box.  Thank you for your patience during this time.  Thank you!

CAPECO COVID-19 Relief Information

Have you lost income due to COVID-19? Help is available at Community Action Program East Central Oregon


Pendleton Office: (541)276-1926

UTILITY SUPPORT: Assistance paying electrical, fuel, utility bills and emergency heating/cooling repairs

HOUSING: Helping people retain or obtain housing (rent)


Umatilla County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan Update

The City of Athena is collaborating with DLCD, Umatilla County, and several cities, jurisdictions, and special districts in Umatilla County to update the Umatilla County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP) which is currently expired.  A Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan described the hazards a community is most likely to face, identifies their potential impacts on people and property, and establishes a strategy to reduce those impacts.  NHMP’s that are current/valid provide the jurisdictions with eligibility for pre and post disaster funding.  The NHMP is targeted for completion and adoption by mid-2021.

White recycling symbol isolated on green background.


The City of Athena is in grave danger of losing our recycling center if we do not start following the rules!  As most of you know, we have already lost our priveldge of having a bottle and can recycle bin.  This was due to residents using the recycle area for excess garbage that does not belong there.  This is a reminder to everyone that it is ALL of our responsibility to keep the recycle center clean and only deposit the correct items into the bins.  Also, please remember that all boxes need to be broke down before they are thrown into the bin.  Please keep in mind, it is a PRIVILEGE for our town to have a recycling center. If we all work together, we can save our recycle center!

Caledonian Days


Come join us the 2nd weekend in July for our annual celebration of our Scottish heritage!  To get involved or find out details please email Sue Friese at: or 541-566-3293