Friday, November 25, 2005
Hearing set for Outlook irrigation franchise
A public hearing is set for Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 10:30 a.m.
for County Commissioners to consider a non-exclusive irrigation franchise for
Phipps Road in Outlook.
Paul Hollander, a Phipps Road resident, is seeking the
franchise to construct and maintain an irrigation pipe.
The Dec. 13 hearing will be held at the commissioners
meeting room, following the regular agenda meeting.
New jail open on trial basis
YAKIMA - A source of the county's budget woes for 2006,
Yakima County's new county jail finally received a certificate of occupancy on
The county is testing the new facility with male inmates
transferred from a restitution center. The jail, with a capacity of 288
inmates, will hold 140 low-risk inmates during the testing phase.
The jail's trial run is expected to last from 30 to 90 days.
At completion, inmates will be returned to the restitution center.
There are no plans at the present time to open the facility
on a full-time basis, according to a statement from the county's Department of
Repairs made to transfer station scales
Weigh scales at the Lower Valley Transfer Station are back
in balance, thanks to a county contract recently completed.
County Commissioners accepted the project as complete on
Tuesday. Public Works Director Vern Redifer said the scales had settled over
time, requiring the recent repairs.
Transfer station users are charged depending on the weight
of the garbage left behind.
"We weren't overcharging or undercharging anyone,"
said Redifer. "But we knew the scale could bind up and start mis-reading
based on the settling that occurred."
Crewport agreement approved
After being tabled last week, County Commissioners on
Tuesday approved an agreement with the firm Liquivision Technology to perform
underwater inspections on water tank improvements made for the community of