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Sunnyside City Council Briefs

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Mayor pro-tem, Hancock to miss Aug. 8 meeting

The Sunnyside City Council formally approved a request this past Monday night from Mayor Pro-tem Mike Farmer to miss the Aug. 8 meeting.

Councilwoman Theresa Hancock will also not be in attendance at the Aug. 8 meeting. Council had already granted Hancock an excused absence prior to Monday night's meeting.

The Aug. 8 agenda looks to be rather slim for Council right now. At next month's meeting, Council is expected to approved a resolution to join efforts with the Sunnyside School District for improvements to Washout Road. Council is also expected to approve an agreement with the school district for the school resource officers.

A possible agenda item on Aug. 8 is a discussion on Sunnyside providing probation services.

Council is also expected to be provided with a written report on the number of annexations taking place.

Dying grass responds for city park crews

Sunnyside Public Works Director Jim Bridges reported to Council Monday night that he is keeping a close eye on the grass near the guardrail at the entrance to Central Park.

Council had brought up the concern about a portion of grass closest to the guardrail looking as if it was dying. Bridges told Council Monday night he has a couple of ideas about what is causing the problem, but nothing concrete. He said his staff has been aggressively watering the grass and it looks to be getting healthier.

Councilman dislikes Lower Valley reference

Sunnyside City Councilman Bruce Ricks issued a challenge of sorts this past Monday night.

Ricks said for the past few months he has been toying with a proposal of changing the name of the Lower Valley. Ricks challenged everyone from the news media to the local chamber of commerce to now refer to the Lower Valley as Southern Valley.

Ricks said the term Lower Valley can have many negative aspects to it. Ricks said he doesn't see being referred to as the Lower Valley as something very positive.

Ricks said he was open to hearing other ideas about having a new name for the Lower Valley. Ricks will be taking his proposal before the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce.

"Southern Valley sounds a lot better to me," said Ricks. "I think as a Valley we can do better. I know it is a leap."

Ricks votes against consent agenda

Holding true to form, Sunnyside City Councilman Bruce Ricks cast the lone vote against approving the consent agenda this past Monday night.

No specific reason was given for Ricks' objection. But if past practices hold true, the objection had to center around the four liquor license renewal requests.

The four liquor license renewal requests that did receive Council approval are for the following establishments: El Conquistador, 612 East Edison Ave.; Pik a Pop #11, 1524 Yakima Valley Highway; Safeway, 613 Sixth Street; and Valley Lanes, 1802 East Edison.

Also on the consent agenda were approving the minutes of the regular meeting of Monday, July 11, and a series of voucher payments. Council approved payment vouchers in the amount of $1.1 million. Copies of the vouchers are available in the finance department for review by the public.

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