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Sunnyside City Council Briefs

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Council pulls item from agenda

Mayor Ed Prilucik Monday night informed the Sunnyside City Council that city staff asked him to remove an item from the agenda.

The item was an agreement with the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments (COG) to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for a city-wide housing rehabilitation project.

Councilwoman Bengie Aguilar, who is heavily involved with the Sunnyside Up! housing rehabilitation program, asked about the delay. Aguilar was concerned that any delays would stop COG and the city from being able to obtain CDBG funds.

City Manager Robert Stockwell said he asked the mayor to remove the item because he felt there were too many blanks in what was being presented. Stockwell said he wanted to bring a complete document before Council, instead of asking members to approve a document without knowing all the facts.

"We do have time," said Stockwell.

Stockwell said the application for CDBG funds doesn't have to be submitted until September.

Stockwell said last night he was scheduled to meet with COG representatives today (Tuesday) to further discuss the issue.

Councilman concerned about loud music and reports of racers

Councilman Bruce Ricks expressed his concern at this past Monday night's Sunnyside City Council meeting about problems with loud music and street racing over the weekend.

Ricks said he had received several comments from residents about the problems with loud music and street racing this past weekend. Ricks said he was even amazed to hear during Sunday night's power outage that people were still able to play loud music.

Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder responded to Ricks' concerns. Radder said he didn't know if there was an increase in activity this past weekend, but his officers did make a couple of street racing related arrests. Radder also said the police department received 15 reports of loud music from 8 a.m. last Friday to 8 a.m. Monday. The police chief said a majority of the complaints were from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday.

911 board to meet this Wednesday

Mayor Ed Prilucik told Sunnyside City Council members this past Monday night there will be a special meeting of the Yakima County 911 Board of Directors this Wednesday.

Prilucik, who sits on the board, said the lone discussion item will be the possibility of consolidating dispatching services in the county.

Aguilar to represent Council on Sunnyside Inc. committee

The Sunnyside City Council approved a request from Councilwoman Bengie Aguilar this past Monday night to serve on a marketing committee overseen by Sunnyside Inc.

Councilman Jim Restucci is the Council representative to Sunnyside Inc., but Aguilar expressed a desire to represent Council on the Sunnyside Inc. marketing committee. Restucci gave his blessing to Aguilar's request.

Council to hold May 17 meeting at community center

At Monday night's meeting, the Sunnyside City Council approved a motion to change the venue for the May 17 gathering.

Council will meet next week at the new Sunnyside Community Center at South Hill Park instead of at the Law and Justice Center.

Mayor Ed Prilucik explained the Council had to formally approve the change of location for next week's meeting to comply with the Sunnyside Municipal Code. The city's municipal code establishes the time and location of council meetings.

Next week's Council meeting will formally begin at 7 p.m., but Council will be involved in a set of activities prior. Prilucik said unless there are any pressing issues he would like to have next week's meeting set aside for the dedication of the community center.

"This is a fantastic facility," said Prilucik.

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