City of Yakima

Yakima City Council Meeting Preview

The Yakima City Council holds its next regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015. The meeting begins at 2:00 pm at Yakima City Hall.

Items on the August 4th agenda include:

–       An Ordinance dealing with the use and definition of a “Mission” in various zoning districts

–       2015 Washington State legislative session review

–       2014 Yakima Police Department annual report

–       Amending an agreement with SOZO Sports concerning land acquisition for a proposed soccer and indoor sports complex

To see the complete agenda for the August 4th Council meeting, click on the following link http://bit.ly/1IbIQTE

Yakima City Council regular agenda business meetings air live on Charter Cable channel 194 and are replayed at 7:00 pm the following day. The meetings are shown again at 9:00 am on the following Saturday and Sunday and are also available on the City of Yakima website – http://www.yakimawa.gov/

Yakima City Council Study Session Review

The Yakima City Council held a study session on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at Yakima City Hall.

At the study session on July 28th the Council:

–     Directed staff to provide additional options for adjusting City refuse rates

–     Approved a letter urging Governor Inslee not to adopt low carbon fuel standards

Yakima City Council Study Sessions are aired live on Charter Cable Channel 194 and replays of the meetings are also available on Y-PAC and on the City of Yakima Website – http://www.yakimawa.gov/

Yakima City Council Study Session Preview

The Yakima City Council holds a study session on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015. The meeting begins at 10:00 am at Yakima City Hall.

Items on the July 28th study session include:

  •   Refuse and recycling rate study review

Additional study session information is available at http://bit.ly/1U2wbKa

Yakima City Council Study Session is aired live on Charter Cable Channel 194 and replays of the meeting are also available on Y-PAC and on the City of Yakima Website – http://www.yakimawa.gov/

Utility Work to Close a Portion of Kern Road

Repairs to a water line will result in the closure of Kern Road between North 39th Avenue and North 40th Avenue on Tuesday, July 28th. The work will begin at 7:00 am and should be completed by 3:30 pm.

Because of heavy traffic volumes, drivers can expect delays in and around the project area. Drivers should use alternate routes if possible until the work is completed.

Access to homes and businesses in the project area will be maintained as best as possible and emergency vehicles will be allowed through the project area if necessary.

As always, the schedule for this type of project is subject to change daily dependent on weather, equipment failure, and emergencies.

For more information about the project, contact Water Distribution Supervisor Emilio Lopez at 575-6196.

Kern Road Street Closure – News Release

Yakima City Council Meeting Review

The Yakima City Council held its most recent regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015.

Action taken by the Council on July 21st included:

–     Deferring a vote on the use and definition of a “Mission” until September

–     Setting an August 18th public hearing for appeals involving a “Use Interpretation Classification” decision by the Yakima Hearing Examiner

Follow this link to watch Y-PAC coverage of the July 21st Yakima City Council meeting – http://bit.ly/1g5vam9

Yakima City Council regular agenda business meetings air live on Charter Cable channel 194 and are replayed at 7:00 pm the following night. The meetings are shown again at 9:00 am on the following Saturday and Sunday and are also available on the City of Yakima website – http://www.yakimawa.gov/.

Road Repairs Planned For a Portion of 5th Avenue

Northbound traffic on 5th Avenue between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue has been restricted to a single lane because of road damage that was discovered this afternoon.

Yakima Street Division crews will start working early tomorrow (Wednesday, July 22nd) to determine why portions of the northbound lanes of 5th Avenue have begin to buckle near the 5th Avenue Safeway store. Repair work will begin at 6:00 am and hopefully will be completed by the afternoon. Northbound traffic on 5th Avenue will be continued to be restricted to a single lane while the project is underway.

While the street has an asphalt surface, large slabs of concrete make up the foundation of the roadway. Some of those slabs have shifted enough to cause vehicles to bottom out when they travel over the damaged road surface.

During the project, traffic delays in and around the project area are likely to occur. Drivers should use alternate routes if possible until the project is completed.

Access to homes in the project area will be impacted, but will be maintained when possible. Emergency vehicles will be allowed through the project area if necessary.

As always, the schedule for this type of a project is subject to change daily dependent on weather, equipment failure, and emergencies.

For additional information about this project, contact Streets and Traffic Operations Manager Joe Rosenlund at 576-6430.

5th Avenue Road Repairs – News Release

Randall Park Slated For Million Dollar Makeover

Thanks to the recent approval of a $500,000 state grant, the Yakima Parks Department now has more than $1 million available to fund major improvements at Randall Park. The grant will be combined with over $600,000 in local donations and matching funds to address several significant issues at the park.

The state funds come from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, which is administered by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office. The state legislature approved the grant funding during its recently-completed session. Revenue for the grants comes from a mix of federal funds, the sale of state bonds, gas taxes, and user fees.

“Competition for state grant funds is highly competitive and we are honored to have been selected as one of the recipients in this latest round,” said Yakima Parks and Recreation Manager Ken Wilkinson.

The money will be used for construction of a new restroom, rebuilding worn-out pathways, fixing parking lots and a variety of other improvements at the park such as new signage and fencing.

Randall Park has already seen a lot of improvements this year thanks to contributions made by local service clubs and other volunteer organizations. They include construction of a new wildlife observation deck by Yakima Southwest Rotary, funding of a walking trail bridge by the Downtown Yakima Lion’s Club, and fish and wildlife habitat improvements along Wide Hollow Creek funded by the Washington Department of Ecology and Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group. The Yakima County Master Gardeners and other volunteers completed the planting.

On Saturday, July 25th, members of the Yakima Downtown Rotary club will be assembling and installing new playground equipment at Randall Park. Rotary donated $110,000 for the project.

“This is just another wonderful example of a partnership that will make Randall Park even better,” said Wilkinson. “We couldn’t do it without the help of volunteers and others in the community.”

Randall Park covers more than 40 acres and is located south of Nob Hill Boulevard between 44th and 48th avenues.

State Grant Received for Randall Park Improvements – News Release

Yakima City Council Meeting Preview

The Yakima City Council holds its next regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm at Yakima City Hall.

Items on the July 21st agenda include:

–    A public hearing on the use and definition of a “Mission” in various zoning districts

–    The Central Washington State Fair Park quarterly report

–    Setting an August 18th public hearing date for appeals involving a “Use Interpretation Classification” decision by the Yakima Hearing Examiner

To see the complete agenda for the July 21st Council meeting, click on the following link http://bit.ly/1KcGDNy

Yakima City Council regular agenda business meetings air live on Charter Cable channel 194 and are replayed at 7:00 pm the following day. The meetings are shown again at 9:00 am on the following Saturday and Sunday and are also available on the City of Yakima website – http://www.yakimawa.gov/

Road Improvement Project Will Close Section of 48th Avenue July 20-31

Beginning on Monday, July 20th, the section of 48th Avenue between Tieton Drive and Summitview Avenue will be closed to traffic for about two weeks while a road improvement project is underway.

The project is expected to be completed by Friday, July 31st. Throughout the project, 48th between Tieton and Summitview will be closed from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. That section of 48th will be open to local traffic overnight during the project.

The project includes widening and replacing the road surface along the section of 48th between Tieton and Chestnut Avenue, rebuilding the 48th and Chestnut intersection, and replacing and repairing the section of 48th between Chestnut and Summitview.

Detours around the project area will be available, but because of heavy traffic volumes in the area, drivers can expect delays in and around the project area until the work is completed. Drivers should use alternate routes if possible until the project is completed.

Access to homes and businesses in the project area will be maintained as best as possible. Emergency vehicles will be allowed through the project area if necessary.

As always, the schedule for this type of a project is subject to change daily dependent on weather, equipment failure, and emergencies.

For additional information about this project, contact Streets and Traffic Operations Manager Joe Rosenlund at 576-6430.

48th Avenue Road Improvement Project – News Release

Utility Work to Close a Portion of South 8th Street

Repairs to a water line will result in the closure of South 8th Street between East Chestnut Avenue and East Walnut Street on Thursday, July 16th. The work will begin at 7:00 am and should be completed by 3:30 pm.

Detours around the construction site will be available, but because of heavy traffic volume in the area, drivers can expect delays in the project area. Drivers should use alternate routes if possible until the work is completed.

Access to homes and businesses in the project area will be maintained as best as possible and emergency vehicles will be allowed through the project area if necessary.

As always, the schedule for this type of project is subject to change daily dependent on weather, equipment failure, and emergencies.

For more information about the project, contact Water Distribution Supervisor Emilio Lopez at 575-6196.

South 8th Street Water Line Repair – News Release