Tuesday, February 3, 2004
Graffiti crackdown on Feb. 9 agenda
An interlocal jail agreement with the City of Yakima is
expected to be approved by the Sunnyside City Council at its Feb. 9 meeting.
The jail agreement is just one of the items on the Feb. 9
Other items include a public hearing to accept input on rate
increases in water and sewer services. Council will also consider the extension
of a housing rehabilitation contract with the Yakima Valley Conference of
Governments. Also, Council is expected to formally grant Interim City Manager
Mark Kunkler emergency power to deal with eradicating crows in the community.
One of the more impactful items to come before Council Feb.
9 will be a proposal for a graffiti ordinance. The ordinance is expected to
include a requirement that all city businesses not sell spray paint to minors,
implementing some strict standards for purchase. Councilman Don Vlieger is also
supposed to discuss the city implementing a program where graffiti offenders
would have to appear in civil court so victims could reclaim damages.
Pavers program honoring long-term councilmen to be on hold
Sunnyside City Councilwoman Bengie Aguilar opted to delay
her request for funding a pavers program at Centennial Square honoring Council
members who have served approximately 20 years or more.
At this past Monday night's meeting, Aguilar explained the
city is in a financial bind right now, so she opted to delay the program. She
said each paver will cost $300 to install. Aguilar did read the names of the
five councilmen who would be honored under the program, the first of whom is
Margaret Bond. Bond served 19 years and six months on the Sunnyside City
Council. Jerry Taylor represented Council for 21 years. Don Hughes has the
longest term of any council member, having served 31 years. Errol Brown and Roy
Anciso would be the last two councilmen honored through the program, having
served 23 and 20 years, respectively.
Council agrees to meet with
The Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night
collectively agreed to a joint meeting with the Sunnyside School Board. Interim
City Manager Mark Kunkler said he would get in contact with Sunnyside School
District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole to discuss a possible date, further suggesting
Council come up with agenda ideas for the gathering.
Council takes no action following executive session
The Sunnyside City Council took no action this past Monday
night following a 15-minute executive session concerning legal issues.
Mayor to miss next two meetings
The Sunnyside City Council granted Mayor Ed Prilucik an
excused absence for this past Monday night's meeting. Council excused the mayor
from the following week's meeting, as well. Councilman Bruce Ricks also
received an excused absence for the Feb. 9 meeting.
Martin Luther King Jr. holiday discussion to wait
Sunnyside City Councilwoman Bengie Aguilar told the Council
this past Monday night she wanted to wait until Mayor Ed Prilucik returned in
two weeks to discuss making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a recognized holiday by
the City of Sunnyside.