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Sunnyside City Council Briefs

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Council approves allocating money from 3/10th's tax

The Sunnyside City Council approved this past Monday night the allocation of funds from the money received from a sales tax initiative approved by Yakima County voters last fall.

The money comes from a measure, spearheaded by Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin, that put a 3/10ths sales tax on every penny spent in Yakima County. The tax doesn't apply to groceries, medical services, automobile sales or leases.

The tax is expected to raise $6.7 million in the county, with Yakima County receiving a majority of the money an expected $4 million.

The money from the tax is to support law and justice services.

At Monday night's meeting, Council approved the allocation of $147,000 it expects to receive from the tax.

"That $147,000 will be allocated to the courts and the police department," said Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell.

Of that money, $25,000 will go towards hiring another public defender for the city. Another $70,320 will go towards adding another police officer. The city will use $50,100 towards the cost of a lease for five police department vehicles. Another $1,380 will be used to increase the salary for the city's data processing clerk.

Council approved budget amendment for the community center

At Monday night's meeting, the Sunnyside City Council approved a budget amendment to help cover costs associated with the city taking over the operation of the community center.

Late last year, city officials were notified that the Washington State Migrant Council was terminating its lease to operate the community center, turning back operations to the city.

City Manager Bob Stockwell told Council Monday night that part of the cost of taking back the community center was a $6,000 per year lease for chairs. Stockwell said he found it less expensive to go out and purchase chairs and other building equipment than to continue the existing lease.

The $30,000, which the Council approved Monday night, will come from the city's current expense fund.

Bump on Lincoln Avenue to be fixed

Responding to an inquiry from Sunnyside resident Bob Johnson at Monday night's Sunnyside City Council meeting, Public Works Director Jim Bridges said he would fix, as soon as possible, a problem on Lincoln Avenue.

Johnson said on Lincoln Avenue there is a big bump from the trench that officials with the railroad had left behind. The local railroad services has been busy installing crossing arms at the area along Lincoln Avenue over near the Sunnyside School District administration office.

Bridges said his department would take care of the problem as soon as possible.

Swearing in ceremony on the horizon

Sunnyside resident Larry Hill wants to make sure that Sunnyside Fire Chief Aaron Markham gets his due accolades.

Hill approached the Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night asking when the city would be conducting the swearing-in ceremony of Markham as the new fire chief.

Markham took over the position after the retirement of former Fire Chief Jim Stanton.

Mayor Ed Prilucik referred the matter to City Manager Bob Stockwell. The issue is expected to be addressed at a later date.

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