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									                         YAKIMA CITY COUNCIL
                          BUSINESS MEETING
                         JUNE 3, 2008 – 5:00 P.M.
                   YAKIMA CONVENTION CENTER


1.   Roll Call

     Present:
        Council:    Mayor Dave Edler, presiding, Assistant Mayor Micah Cawley, Council
                    Members Kathy Coffey, Rick Ensey, Norm Johnson, Bill Lover and
                    Neil McClure
        Staff:      City Manager Zais, Assistant City Attorney Zabell, City Attorney
                    Paolella, Assistant City Attorney Harvey. Bob Tenney, outside
                    counsel, was also present.

     MCCLURE MOVED AND CAWLEY SECONDED TO ADJOURN TO
     EXECUTIVE SESSION. The motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

2.   Executive Session – Prospective and Pending Litigation
     The Executive Session was held and adjourned at 5:29 p.m.

                           6:00 P.M. – PUBLIC SESSION

1.   Roll Call

     Present:
        Council:    Mayor Dave Edler, presiding, Assistant Mayor Micah Cawley, Council
                    Members Kathy Coffey, Rick Ensey, Norm Johnson, Bill Lover and
                    Neil McClure
        Staff:      City Manager Zais, City Attorney Paolella, City Clerk Moore, and
                    Deputy City Clerk Watkins

2.   Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance
     Council Member McClure gave an invocation.

3.   Open Discussion for the Good of the Order

     A. Proclamations – None

     B. Special presentations/recognitions
        Mayor Edler, Council Member Johnson, and Juven Garcia gave a report
        regarding the official visit to Sister City Morelia. Economic development is
        the major benefit of sister city visits. A delegation from Morelia is expected to
        visit Yakima and, hopefully, open this year’s Central Washington State Fair.

     C. Status report on prior meeting’s citizen service requests – None
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       D. Appointments to Boards and Commissions- None

  4.   Consent Agenda
       Mayor Edler referred to the items placed on the Consent Agenda, questioning
       whether there were any additions or deletions from either Council members or
       citizens present. There were no changes. The City Clerk read the Consent
       Agenda items, including resolutions and ordinances by title. CAWLEY MOVED
       AND JOHNSON SECONDED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS READ.
       The motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. (Subsequent paragraphs
       preceded by an asterisk (*) indicate items on the Consent Agenda handled under
       one motion without further discussion.)
       *A. Consideration of approval of Council Minutes
             Special Meeting – March 18, 2008
             Adjourned Meeting – March 25, 2008
             Business Meeting – April 1, 2008
       *B. Consideration of approval of Council Committee Meeting Minutes
             City/County Intergovernmental Committee – May 5 & May 21, 2008
             Economic Development Committee – May 7, 2008
             Public Safety Committee – May 7, 2008
             Neighborhood Development Committee – May 14, 2008
             Budget Committee - May 15, 2008

  5.   Audience Participation
        James Parks, 1119 Garfield Avenue, said a tree located on City right-of-way
          has grown into the sewer system causing a sewer back up problem at his
          home. He does not agree with the City’s claim that it is his responsibility to
          remove the tree.
        Bob Cook recently moved to Yakima from Seattle. He encouraged Council to
          pass a law making recycling mandatory. He also spoke about graffiti
          problems and said he was willing to share how the Capital Hill Council in the
          Seattle area handled the problem.

       Council Member McClure requested the Transit/Transportation Committee, be
       split into two committees and that they hold their meetings on alternate months.
       McCLURE MOVED AND EDLER SECONDED TO MOVE THE TRANSIT
       COMMITTEE MEETINGS BACK TO PUBLIC WORKS AND NOT HAVE THEM
       TELEVISED. The motion failed by a 4-3 roll call vote; Ensey, Johnson Lover
       and Coffey voting nay.

       Public Works Director, Chris Waarvick, gave an update on the skate park. They
       have been working with Engineering; the bids came in higher than expected due
       to the increase in the price of concrete, although they believe they have a
       solution. It is their intent to make an award quickly and begin construction.

At 6:30 p.m. the meeting was recessed until 7:00 p.m. for the public hearing phase of the
meeting.




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                  7: 00 P.M. -- PUBLIC HEARINGS / MEETINGS

6.   Public Meeting for the Final Plat of Englewood West Phase 2, 3, and 4

     Vaughn McBride, Associate Planner, said that on April 14, 2008 J&R Enterprises,
     submitted the final plat of Phases 2, 3, and 4 of the Englewood West subdivision
     for approval. The proposed plat complies with the City Zoning Ordinance, the
     Comprehensive Plan and the Subdivision Ordinance of the Urban Area Zoning
     Ordinance. A mitigated determination of non significance was issued and not
     appealed. Staff is recommending approval of the final plat for Phases 2, 3, & 4
     as presented.

     Mayor Edler opened the public meeting. No one came forward to speak on the
     subject; therefore, Mayor Edler closed the public meeting.

     The City Clerk read the resolution by title; CAWLEY MOVED AND McCLURE
     SECONDED TO ADOPT THE RESOLUTION. The motion carried by unanimous
     roll call vote.

     RESOLUTION NO. R-2008-83,A RESOLUTION approving the final plat for
     Phases 2, 3, and 4 of Englewood West, a 78-lot subdivision located in the vicinity
     of North 74th and Englewood Avenues, and authorizing the Mayor to sign the final
     plat for Phases 2, 3, and 4. J&R Enterprises is the applicant herein.

7.   Public Hearing to consider declaring the Southeast Community Center
     (SECC) and Park as surplus City-owned property

     Dave Zabell, Assistant City Manager, noted that the hearing is part of the
     required process when considering surplusing property. The proposal to surplus
     the Center was precipitated by a request from Ready-by-Five. The proposal was
     reviewed by the City Parks Commission as well as the Neighborhood
     Development Committee. The SEPA process was initiated May 14, 2008 and
     the City has been receiving comments.

     Bill Cook, acting as the SEPA responsible official, reported that five letters were
     received during the public comment period. One was from the State Department
     of Ecology with regard to a procedural requirement, and four primarily focused on
     current programming housed in the facility. Because the public comment period
     did not end until 5:00 p.m. tonight, an environmental determination has not been
     made. Therefore, it is recommended that the surplusing decision not be acted
     upon until a determination is made. Once made, we will advertise the
     environmental determination and there will be a 14-day appeal period.

     Rick Linneweh spoke as the President of the voluntary board of Ready by Five
     who is working in conjunction with the Gates Foundation, Thrive by Five, and the
     Department of Early Education. He explained that the hearing is the result of a
     process where, working with the City, they looked at public pieces of property to
     locate the new Early Learning Center facility. The selection criteria for the
     property was approximately 3-5 acres located in the project area and to keep
     costs down by partnering with the City. Convenience was also a consideration.


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This project will touch the lives of at least 3,500 to 3,700 children in this area,
and will be affecting at least 200 children on a rolling basis. Mr. Linneweh
explained the efforts expended for Yakima to become the recipient of this grant.
He pointed out that, to avoid displacing people in the densely populated target
area, they were looking for open land. Following conversations with the
Economic Development Committee and the Parks Commission, the Southeast
Community Center appeared to meet the needs best. Another premise they had
was for everyone to win. Certainly the children win now, and for the years
ahead; but the families of those children also win, businesses of that community
win, the schools will win by having children that are ready for education, and this
community will win. Up until this point, everything has been done without conflict.
He firmly stated that they have a deep desire that this education facility cannot,
and will not, be born in conflict. We have to be wanted and accepted in an area
for this to go forward.

Helen Marieskind, Executive Director of Ready by Five, gave a short overview of
the project. She also emphasized that Bill and Melinda Gates are not driving the
selection of the site; it is entirely up to the committee. Mr. Linneweh displayed an
architectural diagram showing how the various parts of the facility will operate.
He emphasized that it will be a quality building, a beautiful structure that will
enhance the properties around them. He again emphasized that overall, they
want to be wanted in the area.

   Mayor Edler opened the public hearing at 7:28 p.m.

Tony Sandoval spoke against surplusing the Southeast Community Center and
suggested there be fundraising done to improve the building for its current use.
Ana Maria Gucinun, through a translator, agreed that we need both the new
project and the Southeast Community Center.

Hector Franco commented that it is time for a change at the SECC and made
accusations of nepotism and conflicts of interest while questioning the number of
people actually served.

David Wayeneth said there needs to be input from the youth who are currently
benefiting from the programs at the SECC. He firmly endorses the idea of the
educare center, but we also need something for kids five and above. He said
there must be a community center to combat the gang issue.

Joya Marzette, supports the Ready by Five project but does not support tearing
down the Southeast Community Center. John Carter does not support
surplusing the center. James Parks pointed out that the City has expended a lot
of money on the SECC over the last few years and to tear it down would be
suspect. He also claimed the reason the center doesn’t have enough programs
is because the City doesn’t give them any money.

Clara Eustis, wants to be sure the library service is continued. Kathy Medford
hopes the new and the old could be combined into one facility.




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       Luz Gutierrez is supportive of the Ready by Five program and of having a facility
       built on east side of Yakima. She noted that a majority of the population on the
       southeast side of Yakima speak primarily Spanish. The young population will
       need a lot of help. In her opinion, the current center is dysfunctional and more
       Hispanics need to be involved.

       Nicole Surber expressed doubt that the list of stake holders who are in support of
       bringing the foundation to Yakima would be in support of tearing down the
       community center. She questioned why the SECC is a more viable site than
       others that were considered.

       Nick Hughes is against eliminating the community center and, although supports
       the new project, he expressed concern that it would benefit only a narrow group
       of people. He also suggested limiting services to legal citizens.

       Barba Greco, For a Better Tomorrow, spoke fondly of the SECC and her family’s
       volunteer efforts there; but, times change, needs change, resources dwindle,
       necessitating life changes. She and her husband realize it is not the physical
       building they love and feel drawn too, but it is the people who have come out of
       there. She felt it was reassuring that the leadership of both Thrive by Five and
       the SECC have already thought about where to relocate programs that will be
       displaced

       Tammy Soderberg said she heard Mr. Linneweh say the Ready by Five program
       does not want to go where there is conflict; but this is a huge conflict.

       Pastor Rosetta Horne spoke of all the people who gave their lives, homes and
       property to build the Southeast Community Center. Tearing down the facility
       would take away their heritage. Dr. Michael Horne gave some history of the
       center and that the word “surplus” was an offense. He felt compromises were
       being made for the sake of money and that change is necessary but it has to
       start at the top.

       Bobbie Carter feels Ready by Five should find a different site. He asked why the
       SECC, being run by the OIC, does not have a community advisory board. He
       would like to have the center enhanced rather than demolished.

       Daphine German commented that the community center never has graffiti on it
       because the kids love it so much. The solution is not tearing down the center,
       but we should try to improve it. Asia Munir questioned how the center could be
       considered surplus when it is always being used. She suggested using an area
       on South 6th Street, by Arlington, and how it would improve the area if it was
       placed there. Jessie Santos spoke of her memories at the center and claimed
       you can’t sacrifice many to save a few.

A short break was taken at 8:34 p.m.




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      Following the break, Rick Linneweh requested the opportunity to speak; a
      summary of his comments follow:

             We are touched by the comments that have been made
             here and heartened by the support for Ready by Five. We
             recognize the fact that there is opportunity for existence of
             community centers and for Ready by Five child care. I
             started this evening with the statement that we did not, and
             will not, be born in conflict. It is very evident there is
             conflict. We don’t want this to be a fight between your
             constituents and you and our efforts. Please let us look for
             other alternatives.

      Mayor Edler responded that there is no longer a need to declare the Southeast
      Community Center surplus. He went on to say that one of the wonderful things
      about being a City Council member is hearing people’s passions. Speaking on
      behalf of the Council, but more specifically himself, he questioned whether those
      who made passionate comments about the SECC have been in that center for a
      long time. They have not served it in a long time, nor have they been a part of
      the blood, sweat and tears to keep it moving. He challenged them, if they are
      truly interested in seeing it be the jewel that they declare it is, to roll up their
      sleeves, because the city can no longer continue to supplement it.

         Mayor Edler closed the public hearing at 8:52 p.m.


                             CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS

*8.   Consideration of a joint City-County Resolution authorizing federal Yakima
      Air Terminal entitlements exchange with Pasco Airport

      RESOLUTION NO. R-2008-84, A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF
      YAKIMA AND YAKIMA COUNTY authorizing the execution of and ratifying the
      signature of Buck Taylor, Airport Manager, on an Agreement for Transfer of
      Entitlement Funds from the Yakima Air Terminal – McAllister Field, an agency of
      the City of Yakima and Yakima County, to the Port of Pasco, Tri Cities Airport in
      accordance with Section 47117(c)(2) of Title 49 U.S.C., and as authorized by and
      Federal Aviation Administration.

*9.   Consideration of a Resolution authorizing execution of a Temporary
      Parking Easement in favor of Lady Liberty, LLC

      RESOLUTION NO. R-2008-85, A RESOLUTION authorizing the City Manager
      and the City Clerk of the City ofYakima to execute a “Temporary Parking
      Easement” in favor of Lady Liberty, LLC.




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*10.   Consideration of a Resolution authorizing execution of a professional
       services agreement with Ruegsegger Polygraph Service to provide
       polygraph services to the Yakima Police Department

       RESOLUTION NO. R-2007-86, A RESOLUTION authorizing and directing the City
       Manager to execute a professional services agreement between the City of Yakima and
       Randy Ruegsegger for the provision of polygraph services.

*11.   Consideration of a Resolution authorizing execution of a contract with
       Golder and Associates for design of the Gardner Park Well

       RESOLUTION NO. R-2008-87, A RESOLUTION authorizing the City Manager to
       execute the attached and incorporated engineering and consulting services
       agreement with Golder Associates, Inc for engineering and consulting services
       associated with the design and preparation bid documents for the Gardner Park
       Well; also authorizing the execution of other documents related to the design,
       contract administration and construction associated with completion of the
       Gardner Park Well.

*12.   Consideration of a Resolution authorizing execution of a professional
       services agreement with Conley Engineering, Inc., to assess electrical
       needs for the Yakima Downtown Initiative Project Phase 3 (Central
       Business District Street Segments).”

       RESOLUTION NO. R-2008-88, A RESOLUTION authorizing and directing
       the City Manager and City Clerk of the City of Yakima to execute a
       professional services agreement in an amount not to exceed $19,000 for
       assessment of existing electrical uses, determination of new electrical
       needs, design and diagrams of all new electrical needs on Phase 3 of the
       Yakima Downtown Initiatives Project that includes one and two block street
       segments within the Central Business District.

*13.   Consideration of Resolution authorizing the assignment of City of Yakima
       Contract No. 2006-70 for Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services
       from AJ Consultants to Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health

       RESOLUTION NO. R-2008-89, A RESOLUTION consenting to and authorizing the
       assignment of City of Yakima Contract No. 2006-70 for Employee Assistance Program
       (EAP) services from AJ Consultants to Central Washington Comprehensive Mental
       Health effective July 1, 2008.

*14.   Consideration of a Resolution declaring PVC pipe used on the Washington
       Avenue and River Road projects as surplus and authorizing donation to the
       City Of Union Gap’s Valley Mall Boulevard Extension Phase 3 project

       RESOLUTION NO. R-2008-90, A RESOLUTION declaring the PVC pipe
       used for trench dewatering during sanitary sewer pipe installation on the
       Washington Avenue and River Road projects as surplus and authorizing
       donation of the pipe to the City of Union Gap’s Valley Mall Boulevard
       Extension, Phase 3 Project. (Valley Mall Project)



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*15.   Consideration of Notice of Intent to commence annexation proceedings by
       Doug Metz for 1.74 acres located at North 96th Avenue between Chestnut
       Avenue and Summitview Avenue (adopt Standard Motions A & B)
       June 3, 2008 was set as the time of a meeting with the initiating parties who have
       signed a Notice of Intent to Commence Annexation Proceedings, the initiating
       party being Doug Metz. The annexation proposed was accepted by the City of
       Yakima, and the area to be annexed will be required to assume its share of the
       City’s existing indebtedness, and staff was directed to file a Notice of Intent to
       Annex with the Yakima County Boundary Review Board.

*16.   Consideration of Notice of Intent to commence annexation proceedings by
       Harris Farms for .88 acres located at 5313 Scenic Drive (adopt Standard
       Motions A & B)

       June 3, 2008 was set as the time of a meeting with the initiating parties who have
       signed a Notice of Intent to Commence Annexation Proceedings, the initiating
       parties being Harris Farms. The annexation proposed was accepted by the City
       of Yakima, and the area to be annexed will be required to assume its share of the
       City’s existing indebtedness, and staff was directed to file a Notice of Intent to
       Annex with the Yakima County Boundary Review Board.

*17.   Consideration of Final Contract Payments:
        A. Glenn Drive Reservoir Irrigation Pump Station Improvements (Adopt
           Standard Motion V-B – accept project; and approve final payment)

            The report from the Huibregtse, Louman Associates, Inc, dated April 4, 2008
            , with respect to the completion of the work on the Glenn Drive Reservoir
            Irrigation Pump Station Improvements, performed by P.O.W. Contracting,
            was approved, the work accepted and payment of the final estimates as
            therein set forth was authorized.

       B.   Level 2 Domestic Water System Improvements Phase 2 (Adopt
            Standard Motion V-B – accept project, and approve final payment)

            The report from the Huibregtse, Louman Associates, Inc, dated May 6,
            2008, with respect to the completion of the work on the Level 2 Domestic
            Water System Improvements – Phase 2, performed by TTC Construction,
            LLC, was approved, the work accepted and payment of the final estimates
            as therein set forth was authorized.

*18.   Set date of Public Hearing for June 10, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. to consider the
       results of the Washington State Auditor’s Office performance audit report
       on providing public records to citizens

       June 10, 2008 was set as the date of public hearing to consider the results of the
       Washington State Auditor’s Office performance audit report on providing public records
       to citizens.




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*19.   Set date of closed record public hearing for July 1, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. on the
       Preliminary Plat Phase 1 of Washington Heights

       July 1, 2008 was set as the date of closed record public hearing to consider the
       Preliminary Plat Phase 1 of Washington Heights

*20.   Set date of open record public hearing for July 1, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. on a
       right-of-way vacation petition by Larry Loveless and WCS
       Enterprises/Chuck Johnson

       July 1, 2008 was set as the date of open record public hearing to consider a
       right-of-way vacation petition by Larry Loveless and WCS Enterprises/Chuck
       Johnson

*21.   Set date of public hearing for July 1, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. to consider a request
       by the Yakima Greenway Association for a Public Agency and Utility
       Exception under the City of Yakima’s Critical Area Ordinance

       July 1, 2008 was set as the date of public hearing to consider a request by the
       Yakima Greenway Association for a Public Agency and Utility Exception under
       the City of Yakima’s Critical Area Ordinance

22.    Other Business

       No other business was brought before the Council.

23.    Adjournment

       CAWLEY MOVED AND McCLURE SECONDED TO ADJOURN. The motion
       carried by unanimous voice vote. The meeting adjourned at 8:52 p.m.



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CITY CLERK                                                 DAVID EDLER, MAYOR

Minutes prepared by Linda Watkins. A CD and DVD of this meeting are available in the City Clerk’s
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