I hope the graffiti boys are happy now that they put their
ugly handiwork all over our fences. I'm sure gangs and drugs go hand-in-hand.
If only we could send them to Iraq to help the U.S. soldiers instead of spitting
on our government. What pleasure do they get by hurting others and their
property? Don't they have fathers to guide them as they don't seem to have
anyone to raise them the honest way. Guess they don't know any better. Keep it
up boys, but remember you have to face our Lord and the be judged someday. What
are you going to tell him?
/s/ Bernice Seward, Sunnyside
If you read the letters to the editor, you probably notice
that I am thanking a lot of people and businesses in our community for their
involvement with the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation programs and facilities.
Due to the fact that the budget for the department has been
cut by 20 percent ($156,730) over the last two years, we are in need of
volunteers to help us with programs and maintenance of our parks and
facilities. In 2003, the department had more than 625 volunteers working more
than 29,000 hours in programs, youth sports special events and maintenance.
I hear a few citizens tell me that they pay too much in
taxes and do not use the programs, parks and facilities. Last year, 2003, there
were 17,000 participants in our recreation programs and classes for youth,
adults and senior citizens, 35,500 used the swimming pool, and approximately
37,500 rented parks and facilities. These numbers total 90,000 individuals that
were involved in the programs and facilities that are offered by the Sunnyside
Parks and Recreation Department. Over the past five years, the department has
provided more programs and maintenance with less funding.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-15, at Sunny View
Park, a softball tournament was played involving 20 teams. Of the 20 teams, 16
teams traveled to Sunnyside to compete in the tournament. Each team consisted
of at least 11 players. If you figure that some players have families that come
with them to the tournament, you can guess that each team will have
approximately 50 people attending the tournament. Sixteen teams multiplied by
50 people for each team equals 800 people. If, over the three-day tournament,
each person spent $25 per day on food, gas and lodging expenses, this would
total $60,000 in
business to the City of
Sunnyside. The City will expend approximately $32,000 to maintain this park for
the entire year. This one example shows the need and rationale to continue
support for the parks and recreation programs and facilities.
The City of Sunnyside is very fortunate to have the parks
and facilities within our community. The City Council has been very supportive
and proactive in maintaining the current assets and expanding with new parks
and facilities, such as Centennial Square, Sunny View Park and the new
As summer comes to a close, I want to thank all the staff
that has worked to make our parks, pool and programs successful. Joan Niemeyer,
recreation assistant; Luigi Rosal, parks maintenance supervisor; Jerry
Paeschke, Clarence Roosendaal, Edgar Garcia, Jose Vargas, Felipe Perales and
Raymond Mirelez, park maintenance crew; Laura Berkompas and Jane Swindell,
summer recreation; Brooks Salazar, baseball coordinator; Michael Sanchez and
James Sanchez, youth baseball umpires; Pat Barr, temporary receptionist; Rachel
Riojas, pool manager; Leslie Riojas and Ray Romero, assistant pool managers;
Anna Henry, Riley Morris, Kasey Hursh, Jessie Romero, Ryan Haringa, Nicholas
Howat, Brandi Padilla, Andrea Phillips, Cassandra Romero, Scott Taylor, Kyle
Tyler, David Pacheco, Aaron Garcia, Rudy Martinez, Sean Golob, Jordan Golob,
Amy Kilian, Derek Dolan, Angie Poff, Stacey Olivarez and David Elerding, pool
staff; and Resa Ibarra, Helen Gilliland and Tanner Kellogg, pool cashiers.
Patricia Emery, Maribel, Suzy Cruz, Jackie Gilleland and Jackie Zaragoza, all
of the Northwest Community Action's on-the-job training program provided the
department with receptionist and front desk help during the summer. Jennifer
Salazar, Winnie Alverez and Holly Daire assisted with office help through the
Sunnyside High School Leadership program.
I would like to thank the members of the Parks and
Recreation Commission for the time and effort that they volunteer to serve on
the commission. Commissioners include Sam Ramirez, Ellen Bird, Dorothy Aiken,
Steve Maltos, Andi Bieber, Mirtha Pearson and Jason Aguirre.
I appreciate the work that all of the staff has done over
the past months to make all our programs and facilities successful.
/s/ Tom Byers, director of Sunnyside Parks and Recreation
On Aug. 26, 2004, I met with the Sunnyside City Manager
concerning a refund of the ambulance fee the residents of Sunnyside had
previously paid. It is my understanding that Mr. Stockwell didn't think we
should have such a refund. I pointed out that the city of Kennewick was
refunding this fee due to a recent Court of Appeals ruling against Ocean Shores
and a possible class action against the city. This would be much more expensive
than the refund. Other cities including Richland could follow.
During Monday night's meeting Mr. Stockwell made a reference
about Kennewick, but neglected to say Kennewick was giving a refund.
/s/ C. Dale Bailey, Sunnyside