Big read month in Sunnyside
Mayor Jim Restucci declared October to be “The Big Read Month” in the city of Sunnyside.
Every citizen is urged to read Luis Alberto Urrea’s “Into the Beautiful North” during October to help promote discussion.
The Yakima Valley Regional Library was awarded a grant to promote this effort. Book discussions, dramatic presentations, moving viewings and other programs will be held throughout the city to promote the reading effort.
Council agrees to construction installation
The Sunnyside City Council voted 5-0 to approve a service agreement with Cascade Natural Gas for installation of new service at the new fire station.
The installation will relocate an existing gas meter and connect it to the service line of the new addition. The cost of the installation is $3,894.
Emergency management fee approved
The Sunnyside City Council approved a resolution in support of a 2.5 percent increase in the local assessment for the fiscal year 2014 for the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management.
The assessment fee pays for required emergency plan services and maintains staffing for three employees. Sunnyside’s share of the fee for 2014 will be $12,124, an increase of $347 from 2013.
City Manager Don Day noted that he has worked as an emergency manager in the past and believes the city is getting a good deal. He said if the city chose to create an emergency plan itself, it would have to hire a person at a much higher cost.
The council voted 4-1 in favor of the resolution with Councilman Jason Raines dissenting.
Construction agreement amendment approved
The Sunnyside City Council approved a resolution to amend the professional services agreement with M.J. Neal Associates for the construction of the fire station.
The amendment became necessary when a complaint about construction vibration causing damage to nearby buildings was filed. M. J. Neal Associates hired a firm on the authority of the interim city manager to conduct seismic monitoring and do a baseline survey of cracks in the adjacent building.
The amendment will cost the city between $15,000 and $16,000 and was approved by a 5-0 vote.
Technology services approved
The city manager has been authorized by the Sunnyside City Council to sign an interlocal agreement with Yakima County Technology Services for business related technology services for the city in 2014.
The $154,468 price tag for 2014 is the same as what the city paid for services in 2013. Council members noted the services are a good choice for the city.
The council approved the resolution 5-0.
Police chief search nearly completed
Sunnyside City Manager Don Day will be interviewing candidates for police chief tomorrow, Sept. 25, and is expected to make a final decision by Monday, Sept. 30.
Workshop meeting canceled
The Sunnyside City Council has canceled its workshop meeting scheduled for Monday, Oct. 7.
The next city council meeting will be on Monday, Sept. 30, and will be a public hearing on the city’s moratorium on accepting business license applications for the purpose of recreational marijuana.