Sunnyside City Council Briefs


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 department.

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 in 2005.

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 injection.

$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 Kunkler.


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