Sunnyside City Council Briefs


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 Restaurant.

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 stormwater needs.

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 projects.

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.


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