City of Victorian Heritage

Welcome to Union, Oregon.

Union has maintained its rural charm and friendly atmosphere. With a population of just over 2100 this town has clean air and fabulous water and is a highly desirable place to live, play, retire and visit. Open space, appealing Victorian style homes, buildings and tree-lined streets preserves its historic authenticity.

Union has many great amenities including Buffalo Peak Golf Course, Eastern Oregon Live Stockshow, Union County Museum, Union Historic Cemetery, Union Historic Hotel, Historic Carnegie Library, too many to list.

Union offers a unique character and quality of life. Strategically placed between La Grande
and North Powder on Highway 203 and 237, Union has much to offer. With the Federal
Highway (Interstate 84) 11 miles northwest of Union, access to and from the community is
efficient and diverse. Union has infrastructure to allow growth without disturbing the beauty
of the landscape.

In 1862, Conrad Miller planted apple and pear trees and began one of the first nurseries in the Grande Ronde Valley. Other settlers soon followed and a town was established in 1878. Victorian homes and charming brick buildings lined Main Street through what is now known as the town’s National Historic District. Traditionally a lumber and agriculture town, Union has broadened its interests to include serving visitors. A few more of Union’s amenities are; a health clinic, gift shops, pharmacy, Post Office, City Park with gazebo,  proximity to camping, hiking and hunting, Historic Hotel, Catherine Creek, community/school athletic facility with several fields geared to tournament size activities, and an amazing school district.

We encourage you to browse our site and if you have any questions please feel free to
contact City Hall.

 

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NEW UTILITY RATES JULY 1ST

As of July 1, 2014 per ordinance 508 utility rates will increase.  Each year rates increase by 2.5% on the 1st of July to help with the increasing cost of materials, services, capital projects and personnel.  Additionally the city needs to build capital reserve to cover the cost of anticipated future capital costs that will be needed to maintain, upgrade and rehabilitate components of the systems as they age and degrade.

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DOWNTOWN SIDEWALKS

UNSAFE ON WHEELS

On these nice sunny days kids and adults are out and about enjoying the weather here in Union.  Downtown shops are being visited by local residents and visitors.  For that reason, city hall wants to remind you there is no riding of bikes, skateboards or scooters on the sidewalks.  Many business doors open out onto the sidewalk, this is why the city has asked for bikes and other devises with wheels be walked in the downtown area.  When cyclists are on the sidewalk they move much faster than a pedestrian, which can confuse drives and walkers, because they’re not expecting them to be on the sidewalk. Please be respectful and walk your bike downtown.


Antelope Ridge Wind Farm

Antelope Ridge Wind Power Project LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Horizon Wind Energy LLC, is proposing to construct and operate the Antelope Ridge Wind Power project (Project). The Project would involve erecting up to 164 wind turbines, varying in height from 328-475 feet each, on 11,000 acres of land in Union County in the vicinity of the City of Union (City), with the potential to generate up to 300 megawatts of electricity. The city had investigated the potential for the Project to impact the City’s costs of providing public services, and its property tax revenue. In general, we found that other communities near similar wind projects have so far experienced minimal impacts related to the projects. Still, the Project-related burden on the City’s voluntary and understaffed fire and emergency resources could be noticeable relative to its existing needs and responsibilities. Also, while data from other communities do not show that nearby wind projects have so far resulted in substantial reductions in property values, other evidence suggest that there is potential for the City’s property tax revenues to decrease due to the Project. This is formaiton is  summarize in a report by ECONORTHWEST, click here.

For ARWF most resent update, click here.

Letter from Antelope Wind Farm September 2013, click here.


INTERESTED IN CITY GOVERNMENT

 

The City of Union will have 3 Council positions and a Mayor position open as of January 1, 2015

The City Council is not only a representative body, it is a law-making body. The Council enacts rules, which affect the quality of life in Union. The Mayor is the recognized civic leader in the eyes of the community.

If you have any questions regarding these positions please contact city hall 541~562~5197 or stop by and pick up a packet at city hall. Deadline to file will be late in August 25, 2014

 


 

 

City of Union Public Service Impact Study

Posted by on Dec 17th, 2011 in News | 0 comments

The new report entitled, Evaluation of Public Service Provisions Costs Impacts ofAntelope Ridge Wind Power Project on the City of Union, defines several public service concerns. The report demonstrates a likelihood of impact to the City of Union as a result of the proposed wind farm project. Report prepared by “ECONorthwest” was responsible to insure citizens of Union that any and all concerns would be address in the report regarding public service impacts. It is the city’s position to protect Union citizens and...

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Welcome to the historic City of Union, in beautiful Eastern Oregon

Posted by on Dec 16th, 2011 in Articles of Interest | 0 comments

  Union was platted on November 11, 1864 along the Oregon Trail.[3] The name references the Union states, or Northern States, of the American Civil War.[4] La Grande was named the county seat when Union County was created in 1865.[4] Due to the Thomas and Ruckle Road going through Union, it elected the county seat in 1872, but when the railroad was built it was put through La Grande instead of Union. La Grande became the bigger town within the county and regained the county seat in 1902.[4] J. W. Shelton, a local attorney,...

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