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Grandview Council tweaks transportation improvement plan, revises ordinance dealing with suspension of business licenses

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council last night in just 17 minutes was able to approve its consent agenda, hold a public hearing on amendments to the city's six-year transportation improvement plan and make a revision to its business license ordinance.

The amendments to the transportation improvement plan, said City Administrator Cus Arteaga during the public hearing, are required when funding for transportation projects is secured.

"The status is changed from pending to secure," he said.

The city of Grandview has secured funding for improvements to Euclid Road from Groom Lane to the south city limits. Also funded are improvements to Bonnieview Road from Wilson Highway to Elm Street and sidewalk improvements on Elm, Fir and Larson streets.

Arteaga said the city also secured the Safe Routes to Schools funding for improvements to roadways and sidewalks surrounding the schools on West Second Street.

No citizens voiced opinions or concerns regarding the public hearing, and the city council unanimously approved the amendments to the six-year transportation improvement plan.

The city council also approved revisions to the municipal code dealing with suspension, revocation and appeals regarding business licenses.

Arteaga said he and Police Chief Dave Charvet had been dealing with a local business and upon review of the city ordinances found there wasn't any language detailing who had the authority to revoke or suspend business licenses.

The old ordinance said, "Any license may be suspended or revoked at any time during the term of such license for any violation of the licensee of any of the provisions of this code related to the license, the subject matter of the license, or to the premises occupied or upon the following grounds..."

The new language of the code reads, "Upon receiving written approval from the city administrator, the city clerk may suspend or revoke any license under this title at any time during the term of such license for any violation of the licensee of any of the provisions of this code related to the license..."

Included in the consent agenda during last night's Grandview City Council meeting was approving a bid for resurfacing East Second and Elm streets.

The bids were opened on March 27. Four bids were received, including the low bid from Granite Construction Company of Watsonville, Calif. The firm submitted a bid of $217,109, which is approximately 24 percent higher than the city engineer's estimate of approximately $174,300.

Because it submitted the low bid, Granite Construction Company was awarded the contract.

Also submitting bids were Inland Asphalt Company of Richland, Columbia Asphalt and Gravel Inc. of Yakima and A&B Asphalt Inc.

A&B Asphalt recently completed improvements to East Wine Country Road. The Grandview City Council accepted and released the completed project within the consent agenda of last night's meeting.

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