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Sunnyside City Council Briefs

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Mayor proclaims 'Judie Essary Day'

Sunnyside Mayor Ed Prilucik proclaimed at Monday night's city council meeting that March 27 was "Judie Essary Day."

Prilucik made the announcement to honor Essary, the City Clerk, for her 26 years of service to city hall.

"Judie Essary has shown excellence in the performance of service to the citizens of the City of Sunnyside," Prilucik noted in the proclamation.

Deborah Estrada, former assistant to Toppenish's City Manager, was hired as Sunnyside's new city clerk.

Community center topic of discussion

During public comment at Monday night's Sunnyside City Council meeting, resident Don Outhet addressed council regarding funding for the community center.

Pointing to an e-mail exchange provided by a council person, Outhet said City Manager Bob Stockwell wrote that the center received $16,165 in rental proceeds last year, while it costs the city $70,000 each year to run the center.

"Why don't we rent it out on weekends?" Outhet asked council.

Mayor Ed Prilucik responded that public recreation facilities aren't built with a view towards making money, but as a service to the community. Income from the city pool, he noted, at best meets 50 percent of the city's expenses in running the pool.

Sartin named to planning commission

On Monday, the Sunnyside City Council confirmed Mayor Ed Prilucik's appointment of Ben Sartin to the city planning commission. Sartin's appointment was for a full term, expiring on Jan. 8, 2010.

Diocese housing given final nod

In keeping with a recommendation by the planning commission, the Sunnyside City Council Monday night approved a rezone request by the Diocese of Yakima Housing Services.

With the approval, the Diocese's six-acre, 51-unit migrant worker housing plan will be rezoned from R-2, medium density, to a Planned Unit Development.

The change allows the Diocese to build tri-plexes and four-plexes at the site, located at the corner of North 16th Street and Sheller Road, rather than only duplexes.

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