City of Yakima

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 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.

The contractor will begin trench installation of new 6-inch, 8-inch and 12-inch PVC irrigation main along the north side of Summitview between 21st Avenue and 37th Avenue. Trenching will start on Monday, December 15th at North 37th Avenue and progress east on Summitview Avenue.

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 Update – News Release

Yakima City Council Meeting Review

The Yakima City Council held its most recent regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014.

Action taken by the Council on December 9th included:

–     Approving the 2015 City of Yakima budget

–     Adding the Yakima central plaza to the Capital facilities plan

–     Approving the Yakima police command staff succession plan

–     Authorizing increased compensation for non-represented employees and the City Manager in 2015

–     Eliminating automatic annual increases in building permit fees

Follow this link to watch Y-PAC coverage of the December 9th Yakima City Council meeting – http://bit.ly/12KyZWu

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/

HR Director Cheryl Ann Mattia to Leave the City at the End of the Year

City of Yakima Human Resources Director Cheryl Ann Mattia will be leaving the City at the end of this year in order to focus on the next step in her professional development.

Mattia has worked for the City Yakima for the last three-and-a-half years. She was originally hired by the City in July 2011 as the Deputy Human Resources Manager and was promoted to her current position in August 2013.

“Cheryl Ann has done an outstanding job transforming the City’s Human Resources Department into a top quality provider of service to City employees,” said City Manager Tony O’Rourke. “She led the way in creating the City’s miCare clinic, which is helping the City to significantly reduce healthcare costs. She reinvigorated the City’s wellness program, modernized recruitment and hiring processes, built positive labor/management relations, launched a new employee training program, and raised the overall professionalism of the City HR efforts,” said O’Rourke. “Cheryl Ann’s contributions have been substantial and have positioned the City’s HR Department for ongoing, long-term success.”

A native of Selah, Mattia has worked in the human resources field since 1990 when she was hired as the Human Resources Manager for Mitsubishi (MC Snack) Yakima. From 1994 to 1995, Mattia served as a Personnel Representative for Yakima County. In 1998, she became the Human Resources Manager for John I. Haas Inc., an international hops grower and distributor. From 2002 to 2007, Mattia was the Western Regional Human Resources Manager for Filtrona Extrusion, USA, Inc., a plastics extrusion company now known as Pexco. In 2007, Mattia became the Assistant Human Resources Director for Triumph Treatment Services, a Yakima-based chemical dependency recovery provider. Just prior to being hired by the City in July 2011, Mattia had been the Human Resources Director for E.W. Brandt & Sons, Inc., a leading Yakima Valley tree fruit growing and shipping company.

O’Rourke is developing a plan to recruit and hire a new Director of Human Resources. He expects to announce the process that will be followed within the next few weeks.

HR Director to Leave City – News Release

Yakima City Council Meeting Preview

The Yakima City Council holds its next regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014. The meeting begins at 2:00 pm at Yakima City Hall.

Items on the December 9th agenda include:

–        Adoption of the 2015 City budget

–        A public hearing to amend the comprehensive plan to include the Yakima central plaza project

–        Implementation of a Yakima police command staff succession plan

–        Elimination of automatic annual increases in building permit fees

–        Increased compensation for non-represented employees and the City Manager in 2015

To see the complete agenda for the December 2nd Council meeting, click on the following link http://bit.ly/1ynMww0

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

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 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 has completed the directional drill installation of all new 4-inch HDPE irrigation mains, and will continue completing the new service installations in throughout these areas.

The contractor will also begin trench installation of new 6-inch, 8-inch and 12-inch PVC irrigation main along the north side of Summitview between 21st Avenue and 37th Avenue.

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 – News Release

Downtown Yakima Winter Wonderland Events

The calendar is full of family fun holiday festivities this December in Downtown Yakima.

On Friday, December 5th Yakima’s Community Christmas tree will serve as the centerpiece during a free Light Up the Plaza celebration at Millennium Plaza. The event will start at 5:00 pm with free tours of Downtown Yakima aboard horse drawn carriages, which will be available until 9:00 pm. Performances by Tim Snider (6:00 pm – 6:40 pm) and Mikey & Matty (6:50 pm – 7:30 pm) will also be part of the event. At 6:40 pm, Santa will help Yakima’s Community Christmas Tree spring to life during a special lighting ceremony. Free photos with Santa will also be available inside Ron’s Coin and Collectibles (6th N. 3rd Street) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Friday evening will also feature multiple First Friday activities at a variety of Downtown Yakima businesses and a performance by the Wailin’ Jennys at the Capitol Theatre at 8:00 pm.

Free horse drawn carriage rides will also be available on December 12th and 19th from

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and on December 6th, 13th, and 20th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and will board at both the Millennium Plaza and the Train Depot on North Front Street.

The merchants in the Historic North Front Street District will host a holiday open house event on Saturday, December 6th from noon to 5:00 pm. The Seasons Performance Hall (101 N. Naches Avenue) stage will welcome the Seattle Rock Orchestra for a rousing show at 7:30 pm.

The activities on Sunday, December 7th will begin with a Pottery Ornament Workshop at Yakima Maker Space (16 South 1st Street) from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The Yakima Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Pops Spectacular at the Capitol Theatre will start at 4:00 pm that day. The festivities on December 7th will culminate with the 15th Annual Yakima Holiday Light Parade at 6:00 pm, which will follow a route from 6th Avenue to the Millennium Plaza. An awards ceremony will take place after the parade near the 2014 Community Christmas Tree in Millennium Plaza.

The Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform its holiday Magical Sensations program at the Capitol Theatre on Sunday, December 14th at 3:00 pm. Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker will take to the Capitol Theatre stage on Sunday, December 16th for a

5:00 pm performance. Through Stained Glass, a telling of the Christmas story with classical music and stained glass imagery will be at the Seasons on Friday, December 19th at 6:00 pm. And, on Saturday, December 20th, Seattle’s Vaudeville Etiquette will perform at the Seasons with The Common Deer and The Banner Days at 7:00 pm.

On Monday, December 22nd, Yakima Craft Brewing’s Taproom on the Ave will host a holiday dinner with drink specials beginning at 7:00 pm.

A complete list of Downtown Yakima holiday festivities can be found on the Downtown Yakima website at www.downtownyakima.com.

Downtown Yakima Holiday Activities – News Release

Yakima City Council Meeting Review

The Yakima City Council held its most recent regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014.

Action taken by the Council on December 2nd included:

–    Seeking committee review of long-term funding options for Yakima trolleys

–    Conducting second public hearing on the preliminary 2015 City of Yakima budget

–   Approval of bargaining agreement between the City and Yakima police captains and lieutenants

Follow this link to watch Y-PAC coverage of the December 2nd Yakima City Council meeting – http://bit.ly/1yhoaUJ

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/

New Dog Park at Randall Park Ready to Welcome Visitors

After several months of construction and thanks to countless hours invested by volunteers, the first dog park built by the City of Yakima is opening its gates. As of Wednesday, December 3rd, the dog park, located on a 1.6 acre section of Randall Park south of Wide Hollow Creek near 48th Avenue, will be open, even though a few final touches won’t be added until warmer weather arrives.

Work on the park started earlier this year after a dedicated group of dog lovers approached the City about building a place for dogs to roam and enjoy. The group not only helped to design the dog park, but also helped raise money to pay for its construction.

“The people who volunteered their time to turn the dream of a dog park in Yakima into a reality worked very hard to make this project happen,” said Recreation Supervisor Traci Bennett. “They really believed in the value of getting a dog park built on the west side of Yakima and pushed to get it done. Yakima is a great place to live and the addition of the dog park at Randall Park is going to make it even better for dogs and dog lovers,” said Bennett.

The dog park project involved clearing, leveling, and fencing the area. New water service was also extended to the property that is now home to the dog park. New signage and a pathway were also installed as part of the project.

Next spring, a shade structure and a drinking fountain for dogs will be added to the park. Installation of dog waste bag dispensers also still needs to be completed. In the meantime, dog owners are asked to bring their own waste bags and to use them to clean up after their pets.

Randall Park is already one of Yakima’s most popular outdoor recreation spots. In addition to the new dog park, several improvements are planned at Randall Park. The City is in the midst of the Randall Park Improvement Challenge, a fundraising effort designed to generate $100,000 in donations from the community to match large financial gifts provided last fall by two individual donors. Money from the community fundraising effort will be combined with the two individual donations and a potential state grant to make more than $500,000 in improvements to Randall Park.

If you are interested in contributing to the effort to upgrade Randall Park, send your donation to the Randall Park Improvement Challenge, Yakima Valley Community Foundation, 111 University Parkway, Suite 102, Yakima, Washington, 98901.

Randall Park Dog Park Opening – News Release

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