Grandview City Council Briefs


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 proclamations

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

plant trees.

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 stadium.

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 survivors.

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 night.

The Council's acceptance of the project authorizes the release of $5,044.80 to the project contractor, Industrial Constructors, Inc. of Richland.

The project called for the retrofitting of the wells' pump house facility.

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 Management plan,

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.


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