City of Yakima

Special Yakima City Council Meeting Review

The Yakima City Council held a special meeting and study session on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014.

Action taken by the Council on September 30th included:

–      Approval of a proposed redistricting plan for the election of City Council members

–      Future consideration of budget requests to raise water, wastewater and stormwater utility rates in 2015

Follow this link to watch Y-PAC coverage of the September 30th Yakima City Council meeting -http://bit.ly/1rE96Bj

The Yakima City Council special meeting/study session was aired live on Charter Cable channel 194 and will be replayed at 7:00 pm on Wednesday night. The meeting will also be shown again at 9:00 am on Saturday and Sunday.

Installation of Speed Bumps Will Impact 45th Avenue Traffic

Installation of speed bumps will impact drivers during most of the day on October 1st on the portion of 45th Avenue between Summitview Avenue and Chestnut Avenue.

That section of 45th Avenue will be closed to all through traffic on Wednesday, October 1st from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm while the speed bumps project is underway.

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 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.

Speed Bump Installation Project – 9-30-14

City and ACLU to Present Separate Election System Proposals to Judge

The City of Yakima and the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) will present separate proposals to a federal judge this Friday, October 3rd in response to the judge’s August 22nd ruling that requires the City’s current method of electing Council members to change.

In his August ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice determined that the City’s current election system violates elements of Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act. Judge Rice directed the City and the ACLU to work together to develop a joint redistricting proposal or, if the City and the ACLU could not agree on a joint proposal, to submit separate proposals to him by October 3rd.

During a special City Council meeting this morning, attorneys contracted by the City to handle the lawsuit, which was originally filed by the ACLU on behalf of former City Council candidate Rogelio Montes and Yakima resident Mateo Arteaga in August 2012, informed the Council that the City and the ACLU would present separate proposals to Judge Rice this Friday.

At its special meeting today, the Council voted 4 (Adkison, Cawley, Coffey, Dittmar) to 3 (Ensey, Ettl, Lover) in favor of presenting a plan to Judge Rice that would change the current election system, which includes four district-specific Council positions and three at-large seats, to a system that would include five district-specific Council positions and two at-large seats.

Under the existing election system, district-specific Council seats are voted on during primary elections only by voters within each district. During general elections, district-specific Council seats and the at-large seats are voted on by voters throughout the city.

Under the City’s proposal that will be presented to Judge Rice, the five district-specific Council seats would be voted on only by voters within each individual district in both primary elections and general elections. The proposed new District 1 would contain an eligible voter population that is more than 50% Latino and the proposed new District 5 would contain an eligible voter population that is more than one-third Latino.

Also according to the City’s proposal, the two at-large seats would be voted on by voters citywide in both primary and general elections. The top vote getter in at-large races would serve as mayor and the second highest vote getter would serve as assistant mayor.

The City’s redistricting proposal can be found on the City’s website at http://bit.ly/1pEwJnV.

According to the ACLU of Washington’s Seattle office, the organization does not intend to make its redistricting proposal public prior to presenting it to Judge Rice this Friday.

City of Yakima Proposed Council District Election Map

City of Yakima Current Council District Election Map

City of Yakima Council Election Redistricting Proposal

 

Special Yakima City Council Meeting

The Yakima City Council will hold a special agenda meeting and study session on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014. The meeting begins at 10:00 am at Yakima City Hall.

Items on the September 30th agenda include:

–     Consideration of a court ordered City Council redistricting plan

–     Wastewater/stormwater rate study and pre-treatment program

–     Drinking water rate study

–     Drinking water connection fee update

To see the complete agenda for the September 30th special Council meeting and study session, click on the following link http://bit.ly/YCvEHe

The Yakima City Council special meeting/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 – www.yakimawa.gov

 

Citywide Road Resurfacing Project Update

An ongoing citywide street repaving project that began in May will affect traffic in several areas of Yakima from September 29th through October 3rd. The project involves reconditioning more than 90 lane miles of roads and will cost a total of $15 million.

From Monday, September 29th through Friday, October 3rd, periodic lane closures will occur each day from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm on Mead Avenue between 12th Avenue and Fair Avenue.

From 9:00 am on Monday, September 29th through 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 1st, the intersection of MLK, Jr. Boulevard and North 8th Street will be closed to all traffic while the intersection is regraded and repaved. North 6th Street between Lincoln Avenue and H Street will be closed from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 2nd. The center lanes of 40th Avenue between River Road and Fruitvale Boulevard will be closed from 7:00 pm on October 1st through 6:00 am on October 2nd.

Various sections of the following streets will be also be completely closed to traffic overnight from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am on different days during the week of September 29th to October 3rd:

  • Nob Hill Boulevard between 3rd Avenue and just west of the Nob Hill overpass
  • MLK, Jr. Boulevard between 8th Street and Pierce Avenue
  • Lincoln Avenue between 1st Street and 10th Street
  • Washington Avenue between 15th Avenue and 1st Street
  • 6th Street between Lincoln Avenue and Pacific Avenue
  • Mead Avenue between 10th Avenue and Fair Avenue

Detour routes will be in place so drivers can go around the closed portions of those streets.

A map showing the sections of roads that will be repaved during the project is posted on the City’s website at http://www.yakimawa.gov/apps/streets/resurfacing/. Updated travel alerts related to the resurfacing project can also be found by clicking on that link.

While the grind and overlay work is underway, traffic delays in the project areas will occur. Drivers should use alternate routes if possible until the work is completed.

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

As always, the schedule for these types of projects is subject to change daily dependent on weather, equipment failure, and emergencies.

For additional information regarding the grind and overlay project, contact Senior Engineer Bob Desgrosellier at 575-6228.

Citywide Road Repaving Project Update – News Release

Stormwater Drainage Improvement Projects Could Impact Traffic

Crews from the City of Yakima will be working on making improvements to parts of the City’s stormwater drainage system that may impact traffic during the day in two parts of Yakima between Tuesday, September 30th and Thursday, October 2nd.

Crews will be working off the shoulder in and around the 300 block of Chalmers Road, which is near Sarg Hubbard Park, from September 30th through October 1st. Minimal impact to traffic is expected to occur because of the project, but drivers are encouraged to exercise increased caution in the area and be on the lookout for crew members. Work will occur from 7:00 am until 5:30 pm each day of the project.

Crews will also be working off the shoulder in and around the 4600 block of Washington Avenue, which is south of Randall Park, from September 30th through October 2nd. Eastbound traffic on Washington Avenue in the project area may periodically be restricted to one lane while the project is underway. Work will occur from 7:00 am until 5:30 pm each day of the project.

While local access will be maintained during the projects, traffic delays in the project areas may occur. Drivers may prefer to use alternate routes until the projects are completed.

As always, the schedule for these types of a projects is subject to change daily dependent on weather, equipment failure, and emergencies.

For additional information about this project, contact Wastewater Superintendent Marc Cawley at 249-6854.

Storwater Drainage Improvement Projects – News Release

Road Repair Will Result in Closure of Part of Yakima Avenue

A three-block section of Yakima Avenue will be closed to all traffic for a good portion of the day on Monday, September 29th while crews repair and repave the street.

Yakima Avenue between 19th Avenue and 22nd Avenue will be closed from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm while the project is underway. Detour routes utilizing 19th Avenue, 22nd Avenue, and Park Avenue will available to allow drivers to avoid the project area.

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 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.

Yakima Avenue Road Repair – News Release

City Revokes Asian Massage Business Licenses

Following formal charges being filed on Monday, September 22nd against five of the seven people who were arrested during a multi-agency sting earlier in the month, the City of Yakima has revoked the businesses of a half-dozen so-called “Asian Massage” outlets.

The buildings where each of the outlets were located have been posted with an official notice from the City of Yakima that the business license for that location has been revoked based on evidence gathered during the sting “…conducted by the Yakima Police Department on September 6th consisting of criminal activities.” The same notices were simultaneously mailed to the last known address of the owners of the businesses.

Officials from the Washington State Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security also took part in the September 6th sting.

The City has revoked the business licenses of Far East Spa (1517 Summitview Avenue), Sunshine Massage (901 W. Yakima Avenue), Oriental Spa (707 North 1st Street), Asian Massage (111 North 1st Street), Lavender Spa (4809 Tieton Drive), and Asian Foot Massage (1102 West Lincoln Avenue).

Xue Mei Dilley, Yue Ping Feng, Yu Xue Guan, Ping Jiang, and Ming Lei were charged in Yakima County District Court on Monday with gross misdemeanors for practicing medicine without a license. Jiang and Lei were also charged with prostitution. Additionally, a bench warrant was issued on Monday by District Court Judge Al Schwepee for the arrest of Tao Wang who failed to appear in court.

Prosecutors decided not to charge the seventh person arrested during the sting.

“The licenses of those business have been revoked based on multiple violations of the Yakima Municipal Code,” said Code Administration Manager Joe Caruso. “The City had to wait until the people who were arrested during the sting were formally charged before revoking the business licenses. One of the reasons the City can revoke a business license is if the licensee or a licensee’s employee is charged with a crime that directly relates to the activity for which the license was granted,” said Caruso. “That’s exactly what happened in this case.”

According to the revocation notices, the owners of the six massage outlets will not be granted another business license for at least one year.

Business Licenses Revoked – News Release

Water Line Replacement to Close 6th Street from Maple to Beech

Replacement of a water line will result in the closure of South 6th Street between East Maple Street and East Beech Street on Thursday, September 25th. The work will begin at 6:00 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.

Water Line Replacement – News Release

Relocation of Signal Pole Will Impact 16th Avenue and Nob Hill Traffic

The relocation of a traffic signal pole and the activation of the relocated pole will impact drivers during the evening of September 23rd in the area near the intersection of 16th Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard.

Crews from the City of Yakima and Knobel Electric will begin setting up cones and diverting traffic around the project area at about 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 23rd. Crews will then relocate a traffic signal pole to accommodate a new, northbound right turn lane. Full activation of the relocated traffic signal pole is expected to be completed by about 12:00 am.

While the project is underway, traffic signals at the intersection of 16th Avenue and Nob Hill will be disabled. Yakima Police Department officers will be on site to direct drivers through the project area.

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 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.

16th Avenue and Nob Hill Traffic Signal Pole Replacement – News Release