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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 Nov. 14.

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 Corrections.

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 Crewport.

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