Hermiston herald. (Hermiston, Or.) 1994-current, May 23, 2015, Image 18

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SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015
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learn whether they have
veterans in their families.
Websites, such as fold3.
com and findagrave.com
and even general Internet
searches provide valuable
information, he said.
“It can give you a bet-
ter idea where your an-
cestors did come from,”
he said.
While researching his
own family and helping
others, May discovered
other Civil War veterans
in Hermiston. He said the
city was formed in 1907,
but the cemetery was not
established until about
1911, so he began to re-
“In roughly that five-
year period, where did
settlers actually get bur-
ied?” he said. “It got me
thinking: Where’s the
early burials, and that’s
when I started to come
across the Civil War vet-
Benjamin Parsons is one of at least four Civil War veterans buried at Hermiston Cemetery.
Local observances will
include a ceremony at
continued from page A1 the Hermiston Ceme-
Led by VFW Post
Union and Confeder- 4750 and American Le-
ate soldiers at Arlington gion Post 37, a Memo-
National Cemetery, ac- rial Day service begins
cording to the Oregon at 10 a.m. Monday at the
Department of Veterans’ Hermiston Cemetery, lo-
Affairs. Now, as a feder- cated off South Highway
al holiday, it is observed 395.
the last Monday in May.
Members of the Army
New HPD landscape complies REVIEW:
with proposed ordinance
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ments of the commercial
landscape code,” he said.
“Some people might look
New landscaping at at it and think, ‘I don’t like
the Bob Shannon Safety that’ or ‘I don’t want to fol-
Center not only improves low that.’ You can apply
the aesthetic appeal of those rules in very different
Hermiston’s police and ways, but this is an exam-
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serves as an example of
The project included
how to comply with the a new stamped concrete
city’s proposed landscap- walkway, a new irriga-
ing ordinance.
tion system and new trees,
Hermiston Parks and VKUXEV ÀRZHUV VRG DQG
Recreation Director Larry mulch. Fetter said he se-
Fetter said he designed the lected plants suited for the
landscape following the local environment and de-
guidelines established by signed the site to comple-
the Community Enhance- ment the area.
ment Committee.
“It’s a real game-chang-
“I did it in a way so that er over there,” he said. “It
we could show an example looks great. It ties it in with
of how to meet the require- the landscaping of McK-
enzie Park, and then they
have an annex building
that we did two years ago,
so it kind of ties those land-
scapes all together.”
Except for the concrete,
Fetter said parks depart-
ment employees com-
pleted all of the work in
about six weeks while still
performing other duties.
He said the total cost was
about $4,000.
Before the project, Fet-
ter said, the concrete was
broken, and trees had been
removed after growing
into power lines.
“It was long overdue,”
he said. “It’s really nicely
done, and, as the plants
mature, it’s going to look
even better.”
Commission for further
work or to schedule a pub-
lic hearing, likely in July, at
which point the new regula-
tions could be adopted.
According to the draft or-
dinance, new construction on
commercial, industrial and
multi-family residential devel-
opments would be required to
landscape a certain percentage
of the property. The ordinance
would not impact single-fami-
ly residences and would only
impact properties already de-
veloped if they undergo reno-
vations in excess of half of the
assessed value of an existing
The ordinance would
set different coverage re-
quirements for each type of
development: multi-family
residential, 15 percent; out-
lying C-2 commercial zone,
6 percent; central C-1 com-
mercial zone, 3 percent; M-1
and M-2 industrial zones, 3
percent or 10,000 square feet.
Developments in the down-
town commercial overlay and
other areas with impediments
to meeting the requirements
could receive credit for spec-
ments, such as ornamental
May said James T. Da-
vie, Benjamin H. Parsons,
William C. Morse and Ben-
jamin F. Strohm are the
Civil War veterans buried
at Hermiston Cemetery that
he is aware of, but there are
also many veterans from
other wars as well.
“There’s a lot of not
only local history, but
U.S. history, that are bur-
ied in these cemeteries,”
he said. “Take the time
to look at their past and
remember the other vet-
National Guard will
ny. The program also
includes the reading of
names of all area veter-
ans who died in the past
year and a Naval piping
The Avenue of Flags,
featuring more than 600
through Tuesday.
lighting and water features.
Morgan said three people of-
fered feedback on the ordinance
and an accompanying manual
that provides examples at an
open house earlier this month.
“The comments that we
got were, ‘This is too specif-
ic,’ but, really, what they were
talking about was the com-
panion document,” he said.
“The ordinance is more broad
than that. The ordinance sets
the requirements, but the city
also made a document to
show some examples.”
Morgan said the com-
mittee tried to incorporate
the feedback, but no major
changes were made.
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