Council gives its support to aquatic center bond issue
GRANDVIEW - In an evening dedicated to clearing routine
business matters from its agenda, Monday night the Grandview Council approved
and signed an resolution of governmental support for a major civic improvement.
The Council gave its support to the Grandview Family Aquatic
Center bond issue, which will be going before the voters on the May 17.
The bond issue will be used to construct a new city pool and
aquatic center, at a cost estimated to be more than $6 million dollars.
Grandview Mayor Norm Childress said he and City Manager Jim
Sewell will be meeting with the Granger and Mabton city mayors to encourage the
use of the new recreational facility by their citizens.
"We will be meeting with them at our next mayor's
meeting," said Childress.
In addition, Childress said he would be going to a Grandview
School Board meeting to encourage the board to voice its public support of the
aquatic center bond issue.
If the bond measure is approved by the Grandview voters, it
will likely be built by next summer.
Grandview Mayor signs Arbor Day, Relay for Life
GRANDVIEW - Being a designated Tree City USA carries some
additional responsibilities for the citizens of Grandview.
In fact, the recognition of Arbor Day in Grandview, set for
April 13, calls for residents to
Grandview Mayor Norm Childress signed the city's annual
Arbor Day proclamation during Monday night's Grandview City Council meeting.
In his Arbor Day proclamation, he reaffirmed Grandview's
designation as a Tree City, and
encouraged residents to celebrate Arbor Day. He asked residents to
support efforts to protect city trees and surrounding wooded habitat.
Additionally, Childress signed a second mayoral proclamation
supporting the annual American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The cancer
research fund-raiser is annually held in Grandview at the high school football
This year's 24-hour event will be held May 14-15, at
Leenhouts Stadium, said Tim Smith, coordinator of the annual event. He said
teams are now forming for the event, which raises money to seek a cure for
cancer and to celebrate the lives of cancer
Grandview pumphouse project accepted
GRANDVIEW- The completion of pump houses for Grandview City
wells 7A and 7B was accepted as completed by the Grandview City Council Monday
The Council's acceptance of the project authorizes the
release of $5,044.80 to the project contractor, Industrial Constructors, Inc.
The project called for the retrofitting of the wells' pump
Grandview approves facilities agreement
GRANDVIEW- Like many communities, the City of Grandview
makes use of school district facilities for many of its recreational programs.
As a part of an ongoing agreement with the Grandview School
Board, the Grandview City Council approved a joint agreement with the Grandview
School District for use of facilities, equipment and personnel used by both
entities for recreational purposes.
Mayor Norm Childress said the signing of the agreement is in
keeping with a long-time agreement between the school district and the city.
The agreement calls for the cooperation of both parties to
coordinate use of facilities, schedules and to share costs and fees, regarding
the use of shared facilities.
County emergency response plan
earns Grandview Council approval
GRANDVIEW - Following the disastrous Jan. 26 Wilbur Ellis
chemical fire, Grandview emergency response staff has been discussing ways to
improve and update its emergency response plan.
Monday night, the Grandview Council heard that the city is
joining the Yakima County Emergency Management team to develop a comprehensive
plan in cooperation with Yakima County.
The plan, called the Yakima County Comprehensive Emergency
provides a method for
cities and the county to share services in the event of disasters, explained
City Manager Jim Sewell.
He said the plan calls for all cities in the county to join
in supporting the plan.
Sewell said by signing on with the county's emergency plan
Grandview will be eligible for disaster grant funds available through the
Federal Emergency Management Association.
"We will continue to update our own emergency plan to
conform with the county plan," Sewell added.