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City council debates school district’s share of school resource officer costs

It took quite a bit of discussion this past Monday evening before the Sunnyside City Council came to an agreement on a contract it was willing to enter into with the Sunnyside School District. Specifically, the agreement is a continuation of the policy of the city providing the schools with on-site police officers.

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Sunnyside City Council Briefs

Sunnyside reserve officers Joaquin and Josue Bustamante are introduced to the city council this past Monday night.

Traffic updates requested

Two traffic concerns were raised at the Monday night Sunnyside City Council meeting this week.

Support for car crash victim’s family expressed

Sunnyside City Manager Don Day, at Monday’s council meeting, expressed support to the family of Angela and Kyle Walker of Toppenish, who perished in a two-vehicle crash this past Sunday morning.

Budget process starting soon

The Sunnyside City Council will begin its budget process on Saturday, Aug. 15, with an eight-hour retreat. The location of the retreat has yet to be determined.

Paving problem being handled

Public Works Director Shane Fisher said the city is aware of some settling of paver bricks downtown near Navarro’s Community Center, and the contractor has been notified of the problem.

Jail staff overburdened

Police Chief Al Escalera said his jail department is understaffed.

Sheller Road accident victim at Harborview

Sunday’s collision believed to have been caused by an intoxicated motorist, which resulted in the injury of 62-year-old Erasmo Cerda of Sunnyside, is being investigated by both the Washington State Patrol and the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.

Two-car fatality investigation continuing

The Washington State Patrol is waiting for the results of blood toxicology reports to determine if 19-year-old Leticia Gasca-Esquivel of Wapato will be criminally charged, after last Sunday’s two-car crash that killed Angela and Kyle Walker near Toppenish.

Shoplifting incidents at Walmart reported to S’side cops

Police in Sunnyside have since yesterday (Tuesday) been alerted to two shoplifting incidents at Walmart.

Faulty smoke alarm blamed for aid call to S’side firemen

A dirty smoke detector triggered an automatic fire alarm to the Sunnyside Fire Department Tuesday morning. Upon their arrival, firemen were unable to locate a fire.

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Stadium upgrade progressing well

The $1.6 million construction of Grandview High School’s athletic facilities is well on its way.

S’side buses pass muster

The Sunnyside School District’s fleet of buses were inspected and passed with flying colors, according to a letter the district received from Randy Dorn, the state’s superintendent of public schools, and from John Batiste, chief of the Washington State Patrol.

School board calendar set

With few exceptions, the Sunnyside School Board for the 2015-16 school year will stick to the tried and true of holding its work sessions at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month and its regular action meetings at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Early budget estimates

Though a budget for the 2015-16 school year has yet to be finalized, the Sunnyside School Board Monday night received some early calculations.