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Sunnyside City Council Briefs

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Council approves reciprocal jail agreement with Yakima County

The Sunnyside City Council formally approved a reciprocal jail agreement with Yakima County at this past Monday night's meeting.

The agreement means that the two agencies will provide mutual assistance to one another and will further house prisoners.

Under the terms of the agreement, Yakima County will not charge Sunnyside for housing its prisoners and in return the city will not charge the county for doing the same. The two agencies will only house one another's prisoners when space is available.

Grant writing partnership approved

The Sunnyside City Council approved funding its portion of a city-wide partnership involving the retention of a grant writer.

The agreement is a partnership of four agencies within the city—the Port of Sunnyside, Sunnyside Community Hospital, Sunnyside School District and the city. The program is ran under the direction of the Sunnyside Economic Development Association (SEDA).

Each partner in the program pays an equal annual amount to take advantage of the grant writing services offered by SEDA.

The cost of the grant writer program for 2005 is $98,395, with each partner in the program paying $24,598.

Also at Monday night's meeting, Council approved its annual funding for SEDA to the tune of $40,000.

The city is involved in a partnership with the Port of Sunnyside and the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce to provide funding for SEDA. SEDA, in return, provides services to each of the agencies with its efforts in promoting business in Sunnyside.

The port has also agreed to provide $40,000 in funding with the chamber of commerce providing in-kind services as its contribution towards the economic development program.

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