Dark Horse Inn liquor license request put on hold
At the request of Councilman Don Vlieger, the approval of
the liquor license renewal for Sunnyside's Dark Horse Inn was put on hold
Vlieger asked, and received, for the request for approval to
be tabled until a more detailed report from the Sunnyside Police Department is
available. He said the initial report shows local police were called to the
establishment 44 times in 2004.
"Loud music is a lot of it," Vlieger said.
"Who would want to be a neighbor to it? Forty-four calls is too
Police Chief Ed Radder said he anticipates having a more
detailed report on the types of calls his officers responded to at the lounge
available by the Jan. 24 Council meeting.
The Sunnyside Council did approve the liquor license renewal
requests from STM Market, the Blue Moon Bar and Grill, Highway Fruit and Rite
Restucci named president of Industrial Development
The Industrial Development Corporation board of directors,
comprised of Sunnyside City councilmen and Sunnyside Port District
commissioners, Monday night elected Jim Restucci as the board's president for
2005. He succeeds fellow City Councilman Don Vlieger.
Also named as officers of the 2005 board were Port Commissioner
Arnold St. Martin as vice president and City Councilman Bruce Ricks as
Sunnyside's Industrial Development Corporation, formed in
1982, is charged with facilitating economic development and employment
opportunities. The agency helps secure financing for industrial development
facilities, through issuance of revenue bonds.
Monday night, the City Council also approved to amend the
Industrial Development Corporation's charter, which increases the boundaries of
the agency from the city limits to encompass all Sunnyside Port District
Four-day work week to continue
City Manager Bob Stockwell Monday night informed the City
Council he plans to continue with the 10-hour, four-day work week he
implemented for city staff in July 2004.
The six-month trial period, said Stockwell, has proven to be
Stockwell noted that usage of sick leave by city employees
decreased by 26 percent since the city switched to a four-day work week, and
overtime decreased by 43 percent. He said using an average hourly rate of $20
for the 1,511 hours saved in overtime the last six months, that translates to a
savings of more than $30,000.
He also said the city has noted a significant number of
visits by customers during the extended hours at city hall Monday through
Thursday. Stockwell, too, detailed that initially there was a concern
contractors wouldn't have access to city staff for building inspections on
Fridays, but arrangements were made so contractors can schedule needed
inspections on Fridays by calling in Thursday afternoon.
Council refers annexation request to city planners
The Sunnyside City Council Monday evening, via a 6-1 vote,
approved forwarding an annexation request to the Sunnyside Planning Commission.
The Bonny family has filed a notice of intention to commence
annexation proceedings. The family's property, about 40 acres in size, fronts
both SR-241 and Factory Road. City Manager Bob Stockwell said the Bonny's have
indicated they want their property zoned R-1, which is designated for single
family, stick-built homes.
Councilman Don Vlieger said he is excited to see R-1
property being added to the city, and asked that Council add a recommendation
to the Planning Commission that the property be zoned R-1.
Councilman Paul Garcia, a former member of the Planning
Commission, said making such a recommendation when forwarding the annexation
request to the Planning Commission ties the hands of the commissioners. Garcia
said the city planners should be allowed to arrive at their own conclusions, in
terms of zoning designations.
Vlieger disagreed, saying the recommendation is simply a
Garcia countered that with Vlieger already saying he
wouldn't vote for the annexation unless it's zoned R-1, "...it's more than
just a recommendation."
The remaining Council members didn't see it Garcia's way and
voted 6-1 to forward the annexation request to the Planning Commission with the
recommendation noted by Vlieger.
Police to lease five vehicles
Police Chief Ed Radder's request to sign a lease-purchase
agreement for five police vehicles with a Dennison, Texas firm was approved
Monday night by the Sunnyside City Council.
The agreement, which totals $140,635, will bring in three
marked sedans, an unmarked sedan and one unmarked SUV for use by the local
police department. All five vehicles will come fully equipped with police
At the end of the three-year lease agreement the city will
take possession of the five vehicles. The plan, said Radder, is to sell the
three-year-old vehicles to other police departments while they still have