City of Yakima

Yakima City Council Meeting Preview

The Yakima City Council holds its next regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm at Yakima City Hall.

Items on the December 2nd agenda include:

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

–     Special recognition for response to water main break on Yakima Avenue

–     Collective bargaining agreement between the City and Yakima police captains and lieutenants

To see the complete agenda for the December 2nd Council meeting, click on the following link http://bit.ly/11v6jAl

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

YFD Discourages Using Hot Oil Gas Fueled Turkey Fryers

The Yakima Fire Department would like to discourage cooking your holiday turkey with an outdoor, gas-fueled turkey fryer which uses hot oil. The process of submerging a turkey in oil at a temperature of 350 degrees or more, on an open flame, elevated stand presents numerous safety hazards. Unintentional spills of boiling cooking oil could seriously burn or injure someone as well as place one’s property at risk of a fire if the cooking pot is placed near combustible materials.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) also does not encourage the outdoor, gas-fueled in oil cooking method. The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. For more information by the NFPA on the outdoor turkey frying method, visit their website at: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/causes/cooking/safety-with-cooking-equipment/turkey-fryers.

The Underwriters Laboratory (UL), has provided a video on the hazards of the outdoor oil cooking method. Please see this video: http://site.ul.com/global/eng/pages/offerings/perspectives/consumer/productsafety/turkeys/

The commercial retail market does provide oil – less, outdoor Turkey Fryers which are approved by the Underwriters Laboratory and are a safer method of turkey frying. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Captain Tom Schneider of the Yakima Fire Department.

Lastly, on behalf of the Yakima Fire Department and Fire Chief Bob Stewart, we would like to extend to everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

YFD Discourages Using Turkey Fryers

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