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Raines questions whether Sunnyside's Promise is fulfilling its contract with the city of Sunnyside

At last night's Sunnyside council meeting, Councilman Jason Raines asked for the voucher to pay Sunnyside's Promise to be pulled for further discussion.

Raines read from the city's contract with Sunnyside's Promise and asked if the requirements of the contract were being met by the organization.

The first item he questioned was regarding fees collected for programs run by the organization. Raines asked Interim City Manager Frank Sweet if the city had received any remittance from Sunnyside's Promise.

Sweet responded that the city had not received any funds and that he had already contacted the organization regarding the issue.

Raines then noted that Sunnyside's Promise is required to submit quarterly reports to the city about the programs and argued that the first report did not meet the criteria in the contract.

Sweet said he is already working with Sunnyside's Promise to improve the reports. Sweet noted that this is a first-time effort for both the city and the organization and problems were being worked out.

Councilman Nick Paulakis asked if the council should withhold payment until the terms of the contract have been met. Sweet asked that the council wait until the June payment before taking action to give Sunnyside's Promise time to fix the issues.

"I have no objection to approving this voucher tonight," said Raines, citing the services already rendered by the organization. "However, I want to make it crystal clear if anyone out there has any doubt where I stand on this, if there is not any indication that Promise can fulfill its obligations under this contract, if that becomes in doubt, I will not vote to support more payments going to this organization."

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