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Sunnyside Council allocates $9,000 to spruce up downtown

Sunnyside resident Bill Flower, representing the Downtown Sunnyside Association, spoke to the Sunnyside City Council at last night's meeting and requested a donation to help revitalize the downtown retail core.

Needing $12,000 to get the project off the ground, the Sunnyside City Council agreed to allocate $9,000 for the cause.

The association's plan is to install hanging baskets in the downtown area. The area targeted is from Yakima Valley Highway to Grant Avenue on Sixth Street, from Decatur Avenue to Franklin Avenue on Seventh Street, from Decatur Avenue to Grant Avenue on Fifth Street, from Fifth Street to Seventh Street on Franklin Avenue, from Fifth Street to Seventh Street on Decatur and from Sixth Street to Seventh Street on Custer Avenue.

A total of 70 stands and 140 baskets will be installed.

Flower told the council the association has several partners to help with this project. He said B-1 Engineering will design the stands. CANAM Steel will furnish the materials at cost. The Sunnyside High School welding class will build all of the stands. Sunshine Greenhouse will furnish the planted pots for less than cost, Flower said.

Sunnyside city staff will drill the holes for the placement of the posts that will hold the hanging baskets. Flower said there is a group of dedicated retired citizens that will keep up with the maintenance of the baskets and do all the watering. The association is still looking for partners to furnish a vehicle with a water tank.

The council voted to allocate the $9,000 from the city's general fund.

Immediately after council passed the motion to give the money Councilman Don Vlieger requested that the city submit the costs to LTAC so the general fund can be reimbursed. LTAC is tax money the city receives from its hotel industry. Use of LTAC money is restricted to promoting tourism in the city.

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