Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Liquor license renewals delayed
The Sunnyside City Council pulled four liquor license
renewal requests off the consent agenda of Monday's meeting, noting only that
the applications will be reviewed at another time. The renewals are for Playa
Azul Sports Bar, Mariscos Playa Azul Restaurant, El Senor Camaron and Acapulco
City jail saving Sunnyside money
Sunnyside is saving about $400,000 this year by utilizing
its own jail rather than contracting with Yakima County. That's according to a
report presented to the city council Monday by Finance Director Scott James.
The net cost to operate the jail this year is $69,250, James
noted. That compares to the $480,214 it would have cost to not have a city jail
and instead rent beds in Yakima or elsewhere.
S'side adopts emergency response system
In keeping with federal mandates since 9/11, the city of
Sunnyside on Monday adopted the national incident management system as the
standard for all responses to emergency incidents. As a result of the adoption,
city personnel and elected officials will have training in mock drills to test
the effectiveness of the emergency system.
Sunnyside joins regional stormwater planning
Sunnyside will join Yakima County, Moxee, Union Gap and the
city of Yakima in an interlocal agreement to establish a regional stormwater
management planning group.
On Monday council approved participating in the cooperative
effort which will generate $75,000 in state money to the city to address
S'side changes small bid requirements
The city council adopted a small works roster and interlocal
agreement ordinance Tuesday which enables Sunnyside to bid out projects costing
less than $200,000 without formal notification or publication.
The program works by allowing Sunnyside to
"piggyback," or receive bids submitted to other cities for similar
The program is voluntary, and if the city finds the
"piggyback" bids too high it can then go through the formal
advertising procedure calling for bids.