Feb. 2021 Issues Brief e-Newsletter

This month’s issue includes information on a second round of grants the Yakima City Council approved to assist the city’s smallest businesses with expenses related to COVID-19, the return of public comment to City Council meetings on Zoom, a survey of housing needs, news from the Yakima Airport and much more. Issues Brief is published monthly … Continued

Project to Impact Traffic at 40th and Chestnut

Traffic will be restricted tomorrow, Thursday, at the intersection of 40th Avenue and Chestnut Avenue. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction through the intersection from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm tomorrow so crews can repair a concrete barrier. Access will be maintained to homes and businesses in the project area. Emergency … Continued

Yakima City Council February 2nd Regular Meeting Review

The Yakima City Council held a regular meeting yesterday, Tuesday, February 2nd. Action taken by the Council yesterday included: Welcoming new City Attorney Sara Watkins. Receiving the Washington Fruit Community Center Proposed Operation Plan. Agreeing to resume Council study sessions and identifying a tentative schedule. The February 2nd Yakima City Council regular meeting will air … Continued

Mayor Patricia Byers Earns Certificate of Municipal Leadership

City of Yakima Mayor Patricia Byers recently received a Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). AWC’s Certificate of Municipal Leadership program recognizes city and town elected officials for accomplishing training in four core areas: Roles, responsibilities and legal requirements Public sector resource management Community planning and development Effective local leadership … Continued

City Council to Resume Study Sessions

The Yakima City Council has agreed to resume study sessions. Council members approved the move during their regular meeting last night, Tuesday, February 2nd. The schedule approved last night calls for study sessions at 5:00 pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month beginning next Tuesday, February 9th. Study sessions will include topics … Continued

City Council Approves Second Round of Small Business Grants

The Yakima City Council has approved $266,406 for a second round of assistance for micro-businesses (five or fewer employees) for reimbursement of expenses related to COVID-19. The application process for this second round is being finalized, with the program expected to launch the week of February 15th. A contract with the Yakima County Development Association … Continued

City Seeks Input for Housing Action Plan

The City of Yakima continues to seek the community’s input on housing needs through a survey in English and Spanish. The City received a $100,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce to develop a Housing Action Plan (HAP). The survey will assist the City in creating the plan. “Help us develop a great … Continued

Stormwater Project to Impact Traffic on Washington Avenue

Maintenance of a stormwater manhole will result in lane restrictions at the intersection of Washington Avenue and South 3rd Avenue from 8:00 am to 9:00 am on Tuesday, February 2nd. City of Yakima crews will restrict northbound 3rd Avenue traffic and eastbound Washington Avenue traffic to one lane, in addition to closing the southbound right … Continued

Yakima City Council February 2nd Regular Meeting Preview

The Yakima City Council will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, February 2nd in Council Chambers at Yakima City Hall, 129 North 2nd Street. Agenda items for the February 2nd regular meeting include: A resolution approving extension of Mayoral Proclamation declaring an emergency order, if the Mayor issues a proclamation extending the … Continued