City of Yakima

Maintenance Work on Portion of Powerhouse Road to Affect Drivers

A shoulder maintenance and cleanup project will result in the closure of a section of Powerhouse Road for most of the day on Friday, November 21st.

City of Yakima crews will be doing basic work along the should of Powerhouse Road between Pecks Canyon Road and Cowiche Canyon Road. As a result, that portion of Powerhouse will be closed from 9:00 am until about 12:00 pm on November 21st.

Access to homes and businesses in the area will be maintained and traffic will be allowed through the project area when possible.

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.

Shoulder Maintenance & Cleanup Project – News Release

Irrigation Project Phase 2 Update

P.O.W. Contracting, Inc., a Pasco-based construction firm, is the primary contractor for an approximately $980,000 project that will improve the irrigation system in several neighborhoods in Yakima. Work on the West Yakima Irrigation System Phase 2 Improvements project will continue in the coming weeks and is expected to be completed by the start of the 2015 irrigation season next spring.

The project will improve the irrigation water delivery system in neighborhoods between Summitview Avenue to the south, Lincoln Avenue to the north, 21st Avenue to the east, and 37th Avenue to the west.

As part of the project, approximately 5,130 linear feet of new 3-inch and 4-inch high-density polyethylene (“HDPE”) pipe and approximately 7,390 linear feet of new 3-inch to 12-inch polyvinyl chloride (“PVC”) pipe will be installed. More than 200 new irrigation service connections will also be completed as part of the project.

“The new pipe will address leakage issues that we have had with the old pipe and significantly reduce the need for repairs to be made,” said Water/Irrigation Engineer Mike Shane. “Because of the improvements, the annual operating and maintenance costs will drop for that part of the irrigation system. When the project is finished, we will allow be able to provide much more reliable irrigation service in that part of the community well into the future,” said Shane.

Work on the project will continue on the part of the system north of Summitview Avenue between North 24th Avenue and North 21st Avenue. The contractor will continue with directional drill installation of a new 4-inch HDPE irrigation mains, as well as completing the new service installations in throughout these areas.

While the project is underway, construction equipment such as backhoes and dump trucks will be used. Traffic control devices will be used in the areas of construction and traffic will be routed around project areas. Travel will periodically be restricted to one lane in each direction on Summitview Avenue through the project area. Although access may be temporarily restricted in the immediate areas of construction, access to homes in the project area will be maintained as best as possible.

Funding for the project is provided from the City’s Irrigation Capital Improvement budget.

For more information about the project, contact Water/Irrigation Engineer Mike Shane at 576-6480.

West Yakima Irrigation Project Phase 2 Update – News Release

Yakima City Council Meeting Review

The Yakima City Council held its most recent regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014.

Action taken by the Council on November 18th included:

–    Continuation of a temporary moratorium on new homeless shelters

–    Approval of an agreement to provide fire protection services for the City of Union Gap

–    Seeking additional input on the possible formation of a community court

Follow this link to watch Y-PAC coverage of the November 18th Yakima City Council meeting – http://bit.ly/1uJLA7F

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/

Tree Trimming on 80th Avenue to Affect Drivers

Tree trimming along 80th Avenue will result in the closure of portions of the northbound lane of the street for most of the day on Wednesday, November 19th.

City of Yakima crews will be cutting back branches on trees along the roadway to improve safety in the area. As a result, portions of the northbound lane of 80th Avenue within a few blocks in each direction from the Midvale Road/80th Avenue intersection will be closed from 9:00 am until about 3:00 pm on November 19th.

Flaggers will be in place to direct drivers to the one lane of 80th Avenue that will remain open. The southbound lane will be used to accommodate both northbound and southbound traffic on a rotating basis.

The westbound lane of Wide Hollow will remain open while the tree trimming project is underway, although traffic may be slowed in that lane between 80th and 96th.

Access to homes and businesses in the area will be maintained and traffic will be allowed through the project area when possible.

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.

Tree Trimming Along 80th Avenue – News Release

Yakima City Council Meeting Preview

The Yakima City Council holds its next regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm at Yakima City Hall.

Items on the November 18th agenda include:

–      A public hearing on a six month moratorium for new homeless shelters

–      A public hearing on the proposed 2015 City of Yakima budget

–      Consideration of a proposed community court

–      An agreement to provide fire protection services for the City of Union Gap

To see the complete agenda for the November 18th Council meeting, click on the following link http://bit.ly/11e7PXu

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 – www.yakimawa.gov

City Knows It Will Take Some Time to Adjust to New Snow Routes

Understanding that its new snow removal plan, which includes the use of designated “snow routes”, will come as a surprise to some people this winter, the City of Yakima will lean toward notification and education during the first snowfall that results in the plan being initiated.

With a focus on speeding up the City’s process of getting streets cleared of snow as quickly as possible, earlier this year the Yakima City Council revised its snow removal plan and established snow routes. The snow routes are primarily centered in the downtown core. When a snowfall reaches three inches in depth, a “Snow Alert” will be issued by the City letting car owners know they need to move their vehicles from the designated snow routes as soon as possible. With cars off of those streets, the work of plowing crews will be faster and safer.

To see a map of the snow routes, along with the rest of the priority plowing routes throughout the city, click on the following link – http://www.yakimawa.gov/apps/snow-routes/.

Cars that are not moved off of the designated snow routes can be towed and their owners fined $50 per violation. But the City does not plan to enforce the new snow route rules right away.

“It’s going to take some time for everyone to become familiar with how the snow route concept works,” said Communications & Public Affairs Director Randy Beehler. “For the first snowfall that requires the new plan to be initiated, we’re going to focus on helping people get up to speed with what we’re trying to accomplish. We’ll use flyers that we’ll place on cars, businesses, and houses in the downtown area, announcements to the media, information on the City own communications platforms, and other means to get the word out,” said Beehler. “The ultimate goal of the snow removal plan and the snow routes is to get the community moving again as soon as we can after a big snowfall.”

The City Council decided to revise the City’s snow removal plan after having heard complaints about how long it sometimes took to get downtown streets and main arterials plowed. Under the old plan, downtown streets were sometimes the last to be plowed. Car owners were given plenty of time to move their cars from downtown streets, which resulted in plows having to maneuver around them or simply avoid streets that had a lot of cars parked on them. The new plan makes getting downtown streets cleared of snow a priority.

“Utilizing the snow routes approach will require the cooperation of people who park along those streets,” said Beehler. “Once the system is understood, we’re confident that the community will be happy with the results. Our streets will be safer to drive on more quickly than what Yakima has been used to,” said Beehler.

When snow is falling, people can find out if a Snow Alert has been issued by looking at posts on the City’s various communications platforms, paying attention to local media reports, or can call 575-3012.

City of Yakima Snow Removal Plan – News Release

 

Irrigation System Improvements Continue in Yakima Neighborhoods

P.O.W. Contracting, Inc., a Pasco-based construction firm, is the primary contractor for an approximately $980,000 project that will improve the irrigation system in several neighborhoods in Yakima. Work on the West Yakima Irrigation System Phase 2 Improvements project will continue in the coming weeks is expected to be completed by the start of the 2015 irrigation season next spring.

The project will improve the irrigation water delivery system in neighborhoods between Summitview Avenue to the south, Lincoln Avenue to the north, 21st Avenue to the east, and 37th Avenue to the west.

As part of the project, approximately 5,130 linear feet of new 3-inch and 4-inch high-density polyethylene (“HDPE”) pipe and approximately 7,390 linear feet of new 3-inch to 12-inch polyvinyl chloride (“PVC”) pipe will be installed. More than 200 new irrigation service connections will also be completed as part of the project.

“The new pipe will address leakage issues that we have had with the old pipe and significantly reduce the need for repairs to be made,” said Water/Irrigation Engineer Mike Shane. “Because of the improvements, the annual operating and maintenance costs will drop for that part of the irrigation system. When the project is finished, we will allow be able to provide much more reliable irrigation service in that part of the community well into the future,” said Shane.

Work on the project will continue on the part of the system north of Summitview Avenue between North 29th Avenue and North 21st Avenue. The contractor will continue with directional drill installation of a new 4-inch HDPE irrigation mains, as well as completing the new service installations in throughout these areas.

While the project is underway, construction equipment such as backhoes and dump trucks will be used. Traffic control devices will be used in the areas of construction and traffic will be routed around project areas.  Travel will periodically be restricted to one lane in each direction on Summitview Avenue through the project area. Although access may be temporarily restricted in the immediate areas of construction, access to homes in the project area will be maintained as best as possible.

Funding for the project is provided from the City’s Irrigation Capital Improvement budget.

For more information about the project, contact Water/Irrigation Engineer Mike Shane at 576-6480.

West Yakima Irrigation Project Phase 2 – 11-14-14

Domestic Violence Allegations Against YPD Captain Unfounded

Yakima City Manager Tony O’Rourke has determined that domestic violence allegations against Yakima Police Captain Rod Light are unfounded based on facts collected during an independent investigation conducted by the Kennewick Police Department (“KPD”).

The City requested the KPD conduct an outside investigation after a complaint was filed by Yakima resident Ashley Garza concerning two alleged incidents of domestic violence – one in late June at the home of Captain Light and his wife Darla and another in Vancouver after Darla Light had moved there.

The investigation began in early July. The investigation report was provided to O’Rourke about a week ago.

“The investigation did not result in any corroborating evidence being discovered to support the allegation that acts of domestic violence occurred,” said O’Rourke. “There is no statement from Darla Light nor from any of the people she talked to about the incidents to give credence to a claim of domestic violence. There are no law enforcement reports, no medical reports, nor any other evidence to sustain the allegations of domestic violence,” said O’Rourke

O’Rourke said investigators talked to numerous friends, family, and acquaintances of Darla Light and none of them said that she had mentioned incidents of domestic violence to them.

Ashely Garza told the KPD investigators that she doesn’t really know Darla Light and does not consider herself Darla Light’s advocate, but filed a complaint because she is an advocate against domestic violence.

Since the investigation of the allegations began, Captain Light has been on administrative leave. He will be returned to duty immediately and will serve in a special assignment capacity focused on evaluating future facilities needs of the Yakima Police Department, including the possible relocation of the department’s downtown headquarters and the potential location of a substation in the West Valley area.

Yakima Police Captain Rod Light Investigation – News Release

Yakima Avenue Section Damaged by Water Break Reopens

A one-block section of Yakima Avenue damaged by a water main break on October 25th has been repaired and will be reopened to traffic later today.

This afternoon, Columbia Asphalt & Gravel, Inc., a Yakima-based contracting firm, finished repaving sections of Yakima Avenue between 1st Street and 2nd Street that sustained damage from the break to both the road surface and the subbase. The entire outside, westbound lane of Yakima Avenue and the parking strip on the north side of the street were repaved. Paving on part of the inside, westbound lane and short sections of the two eastbound lanes was also replaced.

“It’s fortunate that the damage to the subbase was not as severe as it might have been,” said Communications & Public Affairs Director Randy Beehler. “Because the actual effects of the break on the roadway and subbase were relatively limited, the repairs were able to be made rather quickly and the overall cost is likely to be lower than originally estimated. Plus, that section of Yakima Avenue will be open for tomorrow’s Veterans Day parade,” said Beehler. “The great tradition of the parade will continue uninterrupted.”

The break occurred when an approximately 10-foot crack formed along a section of the old pipe and resulted in water flowing through the street’s subbase, across the road and the adjacent sidewalk, and even into some nearby buildings. While the cracked section of pipe was removed and replaced the same day the break occurred, City officials decided to replace the entire one-block section of pipe to avoid future leaks that could develop in the old pipe. Late last week, Yakima-based Ken Leingang Excavating, Inc. removed a one-block section of old water pipe and replaced it with new pipe.

A portion of sidewalk that collapsed as a result of the break still needs to be replaced. That work is expected to occur within the next few days.

Initial estimates put the cost of repairs to the sidewalk and roadway, along with the installation of the new one-block section of pipe, at about $150,000. Because the damage to the roadway sections was not as significant as it could have been, the actual cost of the repair project is likely to be lower than that, although the final cost won’t be determined for several days.

A capital fund specifically used for projects related to the water system will cover the cost of the road repairs and installing the new water pipe.

Downtown Yakima Water Main Break – News Release