City of Yakima

Irrigation System Improvements Nearly Complete

P.O.W. Contracting, Inc., a Pasco-based construction firm, is the primary contractor for an approximately $980,000 project that has improved the irrigation system in several neighborhoods in Yakima.  Work on the West Yakima Irrigation System Phase 2 Improvements project, which began in November of 2014, is nearly complete.

The contractor has completed the installation of all new irrigation mains and services throughout the project area and the system is now operational. The final asphalt surface restoration on Summitview Avenue and Cleman Avenue has also been completed.

On Monday April 27th and Tuesday, April 28th, the contractor will raise the existing utility structures in Summitview Avenue in the area of the pavement, and then will finish the lane striping on Wednesday, April 29th.

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

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 was installed.  More than 200 new irrigation service connections have also been completed as part of the project.

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 Improvement Project Update – News Release

Yakima City Council Meeting Review

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

Action taken by the Council on April 21st included:

–   Setting a May 19th public hearing date on the definition of a “Mission” in various zoning districts

–   Referring formation of a law enforcement Critical Response Unit to the Public Safety Committee for review

Follow this link to watch Y-PAC coverage of the April 21st Yakima City Council meeting –http://bit.ly/1Defq3C

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/.

Alaska Airlines Adding Fourth Daily Flight Between Yakima and Seattle

An effort by the City of Yakima to boost the number of people flying into and out of the Yakima Airport in order to convince Alaska Airlines to add a fourth daily flight between Yakima and Seattle has paid off. A marketing campaign called FLYYKM, which the City launched last spring, helped the Yakima Airport exceed an annual customer target for 2014 set by Alaska Airlines in order for it to consider enhancing air service between Yakima and Seattle.

As a result, Alaska Airlines has announced that in early October of this year it will add a new 4:10 pm flight from Yakima to Seattle and a new 3:00 pm flight from Seattle to Yakima. Alaska Airlines flights between Yakima and Seattle are operated by Horizon Air using a Bombardier Q400 aircraft. Free soft drinks and Starbucks coffee, a la cart planeside baggage service, and complementary Northwest wines and microbrews (for passengers 21 years of age and older) are available on flights operated by Horizon Air.

“Having a fourth daily flight between Yakima and Seattle provides travelers with more flexibility,” said Economic Development Manager Sean Hawkins. “The additional flight will make flying in and out of the Yakima Airport a more attractive option. It will eliminate the long layovers in Seattle that passengers have experienced in recent years,” said Hawkins. “The City is grateful that Alaska Airlines has made the decision to add a fourth daily flight between Yakima and Seattle and is pleased the FLYYKM campaign played a part in it.”

The fourth daily flight to and from the Yakima Airport begins October 5. Tickets are available for purchase now at alaskaair.com.

The last time Alaska offered four daily flights between Yakima and Seattle was about five years ago. In 2009, the Yakima Airport’s annual load factor was about 59%, prompting Alaska to drop a flight from the Alaska Yakima-to-Seattle schedule in 2010 leaving just three flights a day to and from Yakima.

After the City unsuccessfully applied for a federal Small Community Air Service Development Program (“SCASDP”) grant in 2013, it decided to invest $75,000 in local money in the FLYYKM marketing campaign. The campaign was launched in March 2014 and utilized multiple media platforms to point out the relative cost of flying in and out of the Yakima Airport versus driving to either SeaTac or the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco.

The City applied again for a SCASDP grant in late 2014 and learned earlier this year that it had been awarded $290,000 in federal funds. The City will match that amount, meaning almost $600,000 will be invested in the FLYYKM campaign.

As of October 5th, Horizon will fly out of Yakima at 5:40 am, 11:30 am, 4:10 pm, and 7:35 pm. Flights to Yakima from Seattle will be at 10:15 am, 3:00 pm, 6:25 pm, and 11:20 pm. All flight times are subject to change.

Fourth Daily Flight Between Yakima and Seattle – News Release – Updated

Tree Removal Will Result in Closure of Portion of Peach Street

The removal of several trees along a one-block section of Peach Street will result in the daytime closure of that portion of Peach Street on Wednesday, April 22nd, Thursday, April 23rd, and Friday, April 24th.

While City of Yakima crews are removing the trees, Peach Street between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue will be closed to all traffic. The closures will begin each day at 7:00 am and last until 4:00 pm from April 22nd through April 24th.

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

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 Removal Project on Peach Street – News Release

Sewer Line Extension Project Update

Paving activities will occur on Nob Hill Boulevard between South 1st Street and South 6th Street, on Monday, April 20th, resulting in a nighttime closure of the two eastbound travel lanes and center turn lane. A detour will be posted at South 1st Street and South 6th Street.

Construction activities may temporarily affect homeowners and businesses adjacent to the project area.

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

Access to homes and businesses 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 project is subject to change daily dependent on weather, equipment failure, and emergencies.

P.O.W. Contracting, Inc., a Pasco-based firm, is serving as the primary contractor on the industrial waste sewer extension project.

For additional information regarding this project, contact Wastewater Operations Manager Marc Cawley at 576-6303.

Sewer Line Extension Project – News Release

Manhole Repair Project to Impact Drivers on East Nob Hill

Repairs to a manhole will result in the closure of eastbound and westbound inside lanes on a section East Nob Hill Boulevard just west of the Fair Avenue intersection on Monday, April 20th. The work will begin at 6:00 am and should be completed within two or three hours.

About 120 feet of both inside lanes of East Nob Hill Boulevard west of Fair Avenue will be closed while crews are working.

While the project is underway, drivers can expect delays on roads near 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 Wastewater Collections Supervisor Dana Kallevig at 406-7103.

Manhole Repair Project on East Nob Hill – News Release

Yakima City Council Meeting Preview

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

Items on the April 21st agenda include:

–   Presentation of the 2015 City of Yakima Business Plan

–   Presentation of the 2015 City of Yakima Strategic Plan

–   A public hearing to consider amending the 6-year transportation improvement plan

–   Formation of a law enforcement Critical Response Unit to handle high risk incidents

To see the complete agenda for the April 21st Council meeting, click on the following link

http://bit.ly/1OOEeYD

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/

Traffic Signal Work at Fair Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard to Affect Drivers

Traffic signals at the intersection of Fair Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard will be shut down temporarily during the day on Sunday, April 19th for a few hours while work is done to replace the signal cabinet at that location.

City of Yakima crews will be installing a signal cabinet from 8:00 am until about noon that day. At times while the work is underway, the signals at the Fair Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard intersection won’t be working. Yakima Police Department officers will be in place to direct traffic through the intersection.

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

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.

Fair and Nob Hill Signal Work – News Release

April 2015 City of Yakima Issues Brief

Articles in the 2015 City of Yakima Issues Brief include: Yakima Making Another Run at All-America City Status –  Viva La Música Free Concert Series Returns for Second Year Longtime City Employee Named Interim Human Resources Director.  Click on the link below to see the latest edition of the City of Yakima Issues Brief, a publication of the City of Yakima Community Relations office.

April 2015 City of Yakima Issues Brief

Randall Park Wildlife Viewing Deck Nearing Completion

Construction on the $70,000 Randall Park wildlife viewing deck began earlier this year thanks to fund raising efforts that were spearheaded by the Yakima Southwest Rotary Club and a grant from the Yakima Rotary Trust.

“The new deck will be a tremendous improvement for visitors and replaces a structure that was in really bad shape,” said Yakima Parks and Recreation Manager Ken Wilkinson. “Service clubs have demonstrated a real commitment to Yakima’s parks and this is just another example of their generosity.”

Members of the Yakima Southwest Rotary Club will be busy on Saturday, April 18th installing hand railings around the new wildlife viewing deck located in the northeast corner of Randall Park. The volunteers will begin their work around 9:00 am.

After the railing is installed, plans call for placing concrete pavers on the viewing deck along with outdoor lighting and a circular bench for visitors to watch ducks, geese and other wildlife that live in the nearby pond and wetlands. The entire project is expected to be finished by May.

The wildlife viewing deck is just one of many improvements being planned for Randall Park this year.

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

 

Wildlife Viewing Deck News Release pdf