Thirteen Apply to Fill District 2 Council Vacancy

The Yakima City Council has received thirteen applications from candidates interested in filling the vacancy on the Council created by Sara Bristol’s resignation from her District 2 seat.  The deadline for submitting an application to fill the District 2 position was December 31st at noon.  Bristol’s resignation officially took effect at midnight on December 31st. … Continued

Yakima City Council Meeting Preview

The Yakima City Council holds its next regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday January 7th, 2014.  The meeting begins at 6:00 pm at Yakima City Hall. Items on the January 7th agenda include: –   Downtown Yakima Plaza Design and Traffic Study requests for proposals –   2014 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process –   2014-2017 wage and benefit contract for … Continued

Longtime YFD Employee Bob Stewart Named Acting Fire Chief

Yakima Deputy Fire Chief Bob Stewart, who has spent his entire professional career with the Yakima Fire Department (“YFD”), has been appointed by Yakima City Manager Tony O’Rourke to serve as Acting Chief once current Chief Dave Willson retires on January 3rd, 2014. Stewart will assume his role as Acting Chief on January 4th.  O’Rourke … Continued

Permit Fees to increase 1.1% in 2014

After the first of the year, the cost of building, plumbing, mechanical, and sign permits in the City of Yakima will increase slightly.   The 1.1% adjustment that will be implemented is based on the Consumer Price Index (“CPI”) that is applicable to the Northwest region of the U.S. The CPI is published by the Bureau … Continued

December 2013 City of Yakima Issues Brief

In this edition of the City of Yakima Issues Brief e-Newsletter – New Year Will Bring a New Yakima Transit Route 1 – Help Keep Yakima Safe When Winter Weather Hits – Take Steps to Prevent Winter Home Fires Click on the link below to read those article. December 2013 City of Yakima Issues Brief

Yakima City Council Meeting Review

The Yakima City Council held its most recent regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013.  Action taken by the Council on December 10th included: –   Presentation of 2014 City of Yakima Business Plan –   Proclamation of appreciation for Council Member Sara Bristol –   Acceptance of 2012 State Auditor’s report Follow this link to … Continued

Initial Assessment Confirms Assumptions About Mill Site Plywood Plant Property

A preliminary environmental assessment of a portion of the former Boise Cascade mill site that was home to a plywood plant has confirmed that after decades of industrial use, the land will require some cleanup before it is redeveloped. Landau Associates, a Northwest-based environmental, geotechnical, and natural resources consulting firm, conducted the recently-completed assessment of … Continued

Yakima Fire Chief Dave Willson to Retire

For most of his adult life, Dave Willson has been at home in a fire house.  Just after the first of the year, Willson will move on to another stage of his life when he brings to an end a nearly 40-year career in the fire service. Willson, who has been Yakima’s fire chief for … Continued

Yakima City Council Preview

The Yakima City Council holds its next regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013.  The meeting begins at 6:00 pm at Yakima City Hall. Items on the December 3rd agenda include: –   Discussion on Pit Bull Ban Ordinance –   Conducting a final public hearing on the proposed 2014 City budget and consideration of … Continued