Council approves voucher payments totaling $279,073
City coffers were drained more than a quarter of a million
dollars with Monday night's approval of paying the November vouchers.
The City Council OK'd the list of vouchers for payments
totaling $279,073. Copies of the vouchers in question, ranging from #53465
through #53714, are available for public review in the city's finance
Last December meeting cancelled
The Sunnyside City Council will not hold its regularly
scheduled second meeting of the month on Monday, Dec. 27. Council unanimously
cancelled the meeting because of a lack of agenda items.
Police officers contract OK’d
As part of Monday's consent agenda, the City Council
unanimously approved a salary and benefits agreement struck by City Manager Bob
Stockwell and the Sunnyside Police Officers Guild.
The agreement, to be in effect for all of 2005, includes a 3
percent wage increase for police officers. Also, the employer-paid portion of
the health insurance benefit for the officers and their families has been
increased from $764 per month, per employee, to $811 per month.
Stockwell said these increases retain consistency with wage
increases and health contributions paid by the city for other employee groups
Stockwell also noted agreements with all collective
bargaining groups within the city ranks will expire on Dec. 31, 2005.
City renews agreement with Humane Society
Via the consent agenda, the City Council this past Monday
approved a resolution that renews the agreement between Sunnyside and the
Humane Society of Central Washington.
The agreement calls for the city to pay the Humane Society
$1,870 a month, for which in return animal control services will be provided.
The agreement stipulates that at least 20 hours per week be spent in Sunnyside
by animal control officers. The contracted hours are to be staggered and are to
include weekend time on a random basis.
The Humane Society has agreed to provide all aspects of
animal control work, including patrol, impounding stray dogs, investigating
citizen complaints and investigating charges of cruelty or neglect to animals.
Dogs that are impounded in Sunnyside are to be kept at the
Humane Society shelter for three days, allowing local citizens 72 hours to
claim their pets. The Humane Society will be allowed to sell unclaimed animals
and retain all monies derived from such sales. Those animals which are not
reclaimed by their owners or are not sold will be put to death by legal
$2,253 goes unclaimed locally
Checks, totaling $2,253, that were issued by Sunnyside
Municipal Court have been cancelled.
The City Council on Monday adopted a resolution that
authorizes the cancellation of the city warrants and checks. The checks were
written more than a year ago and are currently outstanding and unclaimed.
The checks include those written to Domingo Cruz ($298),
Wal-Mart (32.89), Asad Saed ($500), Martha Chavez ($282), Epitacio Navarro
($10), Gloria Palacios ($1,000), Across the Dial ($50), Planned Parenthood
($28), Safeway ($2.23) and Safari ($50).
Housing rehab program closed
As part of a housekeeping measure, the Sunnyside City
Council officially closed the books on the 2002 community development block
grant program that included rehabilitating 22 Sunnyside homes and making water
and street improvements in the Ninth Street area.
Although the program is officially closed, the city
anticipates receiving nearly $185,000 from repayment of the housing
rehabilitation loans made to the 22 local homeowners. Standard loans were 50
percent of construction costs. The standard loan payment by each family to the
city is once a year in the amount of $480, while loan payments for senior
citizens are $240 per year.
Councilman Paul Garcia commended city leaders for initiating
the program, saying that all the housing rehabilitations were done well and
were much appreciated by the 22 loan applicants.
Restucci, Warren reappointed to YVCOG board
Councilman Jim Restucci and Planning Commissioner Jim Warren
have been reappointed to represent Sunnyside on the Yakima Valley Conference of
Governments general membership board.
The YVCOG board is scheduled to meet six times throughout
2005, with the group's executive committee set to meet monthly next year.
New city planner doesn’t report
to work Monday
City Manager Bob Stockwell informed the City Council that
the new associate planner that had been hired and was to start work this past
Monday opted to not accept employment here.
Stockwell said the man informed city staff that his wife was
experiencing health problems, and he reconsidered his decision to relocate to
Sunnyside. Stockwell said the search will begin anew for another associate
planner, who will work closely with City Attorney/Assistant City Manager Mark