City Council Meeting
September 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
The public is always welcome to attend. If possible, please let City Hall know in advance if you would like to be on the agenda for any items.
Mayor's Message: I recently saw a meme that said Summer should get a speeding ticket this year! I would have to agree. Kids are back to school and everyone is having those fleeting moments of looking to Fall, while still trying to enjoy the last of the longer days and beautiful evenings. Be sure to take some time to spend doing whatever you love most in the Summer season! Pendleton Roundup is just around the corner so be sure to check our community page for a link for more information on that. Best Regards...
In August of 1928, film director F.W. Murnau filmed the wheat harvest scenes of the Fox silent feature film "City Girl" in Thorn Hollow, five miles from the Gem.
The film used local harvesting crews and livestock. We knew a lady whose husband was one of the farmhands and remembered visiting the filming.
The layout of our mural is based upon an original "City Girl" lobby card. The images are local harvest scenes that were promotional images for the film.
The mural was produced and installed by John Sasser of Integrity Design and Copyworks, Walla Walla WA.
Beginning next week citizens will see fencing placed and 3rd street marked for the beginning of the 3rd street bridge replacement. This is a combined effort with the Umatilla Basin Watershed Council, Umatilla County, CTUIR Board of Trustees and the City of Athena. Rod Anderson is the General Contractor for the project. Work will begin September 3rd and is expected to last approximately 2 months. Third street from Hwy 11 past the bridge will be closed to both vehicle and foot traffic during this time. Please make other travel arrangements if you normally use 3rd street to enter or exit from Athena. Signage will be placed on Hwy 11 before the east and west exits into Athena so motorists are aware of the road closure and can adjust their routes. The project was scheduled for this time of year because water flows in Wildhorse Creek are low, and there would be minimum impact harvest vehicles. We appreciate your understanding and patience.
Athena's City Pool will close for the season on Thursday, August 29. Special thanks to our Pool Manager, Colleen Bagdon, the lifeguards, our own Public Works Department and City Hall workers for all their hard work in providing this great activity for our town. Until next summer!
July 10, 11, 12, 2020.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-566-3880.