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Weed Enforcement will be in full force.

It’s That Time Of Year….

Now is the time to get that tall grass and those noxious weeds under control! Noxious weeds must be eliminated to prevent spreading. While there are 28 species of noxious weeds on the Tri-County Cooperative Weed Management list, here are a few of the most detrimental to our area: Puncture Vine, Knapweed, Whitetop and Thistle. You can check out A Field Guide to Eastern Oregon’s Noxious Weeds from the Union Library for help identifying all noxious weeds.
We want to remind all property owners and tenants that it is your responsibility to keep your grass cut and not over 10” tall, and to aggressively eliminate noxious weeds

Emergency Loan Information

The City of Union Emergency Relief Loan (UERL) was established by the City of Union Council and Mayor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  During their April 27, 2020 special meeting, the Union City Council unanimously approved to make available $40,000 for Union Businesses that have been affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.  It was further discussed to allow the Mayor, Council President and City Administrator work up a plan to distribute these funds to our local businesses through a forgivable loan program.  The awards were directed to be of no more than $3,000 per business per round.  If after the first call for applications and awards that money remains, a business can again apply in a new round of funding. Receipt of a loan by an applicant in the first round of awards does not guarantee award of a loan in any subsequent round.  Loans awarded under this program are the personal obligation of the borrower and co-borrower (if applicable), who must sign a promissory note for the obligation.  Loans are available for only one (1) business per location.

The City of Union has now opened their first round of applications which will be due on May 17, 2020 by 5pm.  The forms and program details are attached here to fill out or you may fill in the electronic form.

Click here for application

Click here for program guidelines and application instructions

You can fill in the application, print, sign and attached the required documentation and drop it by City Hall prior to the due date.

Thank you for all you do and while the awards are small, Council does truly wish it could be more.  We look forward to your applications.  Should you have any questions, please call me at 541-562-5197.

Check for Leaks

Need Help?

At the request of the property owner the City of Union has a leak detector that can be placed on the meter, which employees use to determine if water is passing through the meter. This is a $10 charge.

To locate a leak, first check all faucets and showerheads to ensure that they are not leaking and be sure to include any outside taps. If no leak is discovered, check under counter tops and sinks to see if there is any moisture and inspect all fittings and valves. Most leaky faucets can be fixed inexpensively by replacing worn washers.

Next, check your toilets for leaks. It is not uncommon to find toilets leaking much more water than the average 22 gallons. Silent toilet leaks can account for up to 300 gallons a day of lost water without anybody noticing the leakage. This size of leak is extremely costly and should be repaired immediately.

Another method of checking for toilet leaks is to place dye tablets or 15 drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. Wait fifteen to twenty minutes and check the toilet bowl. If there is a color in the bowl, you have a leak from the tank to the bowl. This is fairly common and usually indicates a worn flapper valve, which is inexpensive to repair. Another common leak in a toilet can be water running into the overflow tube. Remember when in doubt, check with a professional plumber.

Next check your washing machine, dishwasher, hot water tank, refrigerator and any other water using devices for leaks. Look around the floor for moist areas and check all water connecting valves and fittings. It is advised to hire a professional plumber.

At the request of the property owner the City of Union has a leak detector that can be placed on the meter, which employees use to determine if water is passing through the meter. This is a $10 charge. If a customer has shutoff valves they can use them in the event of a leak to isolate the area where the leak is. Not all water leaks surface and some take some time to surface depending on multiple things like soil conditions location of the leak and pipe type.

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