Estrada recognized as Youth of the Month
GRANDVIEW - Monday night, the Grandview City Council
recognized Jaime Estrada as the recipient of the November Mayor's Youth of the
Estrada is a senior at Compass High School. He was nominated
for the award by Crystal Felman, a counselor at the school. Felman said Estrada
maintains a positive attitude and is honest, noting that he found a money order
written for a large sum of money in the Westside Market parking lot and turned
the money order into the staff at the school.
Council approves property tax levy for 2005
GRANDVIEW - Monday night, Grandview City Council members
approved the property tax levy for 2005, identifying $1.1 million of expected
revenue for next year.
City Treasurer John Myers explained that every year the city
has to levy property taxes so the Yakima County treasurer can assess them. He
noted that the property taxes levied by the city in 2005 will see a 1 percent
increase over this year. In 2004, Grandview levied $987,029 in property taxes.
The 1 percent increase will mean an additional $9,870 of revenue for the city.
The remaining $104,000, which makes up the difference between the amount levied
in 2004 and the amount to be levied in 2005, comes from new construction in
G'view Council approves specifications for well project
GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council voted to approve
specifications for the bid process involved with the creation of new well
The project includes the decommissioning of the original
well, as well as the drilling, casing and testing of the new well. It also
includes the construction of a new pump house for well #4.
Council pushes forward with charitable solicitations
GRANDVIEW - Monday night, the Grandview City Council gave
its nod to City Administrator Jim Sewell and City Attorney Jack Maxwell on the
subject of charitable solicitations.
Sewell noted that several months ago members of Grandview's
banking community brought a concern to Council regarding charitable solicitors
standing outside of their facilities. He noted that they were standing on
public right-of-way, blocking the sidewalk as they asked for donations.
Sewell said the city took a look at a solicitations
ordinance in place in Sunnyside and were working to adapt it to fit the
community of Grandview.
The ordinance would require charitable groups to register
with the city in order to be able to solicit donations on public right-of-ways.
Mayor Mike Bren noted that when the groups register the
ordinance should be written so the charitable organizations have to provide
proof of their 501(c)3 status.
Bren suggested that Council take another look at the
proposed ordinance after the first of the year.
Council approves amendment to correct sewer rates
GRANDVIEW - Grandview City Council members voted to approve
an amendment to the resolution originally passed in May 2004, which set sewer
rates for residential and public users within the city during the irrigation
City Clerk Anita Palacios noted that after the resolution
was originally approved she inadvertently inputted the wrong rate schedule into
the computer. The amendment corrects the rate change.
G'view city officials discuss fate of motorized scooters
GRANDVIEW - Monday night, Grandview Police Chief Dave
Charvet told Council members that he has been discussing the proposed motorized
scooter ordinance with his staff, noting that he knows the Council wants
Grandview to be a scooter friendly community.
However, he explained that looking at what other communities
are doing, including total scooter bans and banning the vehicles in the
downtown corridor, he doesn't know if being scooter friendly is something that
is going to be possible.
Charvet suggested Council hold off on implementing a
motorized scooter ordinance, until it sees what the results are of the newly
adopted ordinances in other surrounding communities.
"Let's see what the impact is," Charvet said.
Council agreed to put off making any decision on motorized
scooters until more information is known.