REC prepares to say good-bye after 10 years of service

The Lower Yakima Valley Rural Enterprise Community (REC) is planning to to bid on ey prepare for their final report to the community and sunset meeting to be held next week.

The Sunnyside Community Center will host the sunset meeting of the REC board Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. During the event, board members will talk about the accomplishments the group has made over the past 10 years.

Those in attendance will also have a chance to hear from other officials involved in the REC program, as well as have an opportunity to watch a slide show presentation highlighting all of the different contributions REC has made to the Lower Valley community.

Last night (Tuesday), the board met to go over their plans for next week. They reviewed their slide show presentation, retooled the agenda for the sunset meeting and discussed what they will talk about during their speeches.

Steve Hill with Yakima County reminded the board that next week's celebration will be the board's last official meeting. This means the celebration will have a meeting-like feel to it, with Board Chair Joan Souders calling the meeting to order before the festivities begin and entertaining a motion to adjourn at the end of the evening.

"That will be the final meeting," Hill said.

REC is an organization that has been involved in the communities of Grandview and Sunnyside for the past 10 years. Over the past decade the group has helped fund projects ranging from the extension of water and sewer lines to the construction of sidewalks in Sunnyside. After 10 years REC has allocated all of the funding it had available and, due to federal regulations, will be dissolving after Dec. 31.

Sandra Linde with Sunnyside Community Hospital took time Tuesday night to thank members of the REC board for the funds they have donated to the hospital over the years. She noted that the money helped start up several different educational programs, including one for high school students.

"You started something I don't think will ever stop," Linde told the board.

Kim Tully, grants manager for Yakima County, noted that although the REC Board has allocated all of its funding, it is still waiting for at least one of the funding recipients to turn their reciepts back in to the organization for billing. She said the deadline for billing is Nov. 30.

Tully said although there is still one outstanding project it is not something she is worried about, noting she is sure the deadline will be met.

Tully said the organization will still have about $1,600 in its coffers, money that will be used to cover closing costs. She noted the amount should cover closing, audit and storage costs. Tully explained that because REC was created through a state contract, its records will have to be stored for three years.


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