Pump Track and Trolleys Keep City Leaders Busy

Yakima City Council meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The agenda is short with two important presentations planned.

Yakima City Council Members to Hear Presentations on Yakima Valley Carts

Council members will hear a presentation from Yakima Valley Trolleys who last month enjoyed having Santa ride the cart. The local railroad is already listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Yakima Valley Trolleys are historic because there are no longer any other electric intercity railroads in America that still use all of their original infrastructure, streetcars and locomotives.

The council will also receive an update on a planned pump track at Randall Park

Council will also hear about and vote on a resolution to develop a bike path in Randall Park. A city press release says pump tracks typically feature a circuit of rollers and banked turns. They are designed to be ridden completely by “pumping”, generating momentum through up and down body movements, instead of pedaling or pushing.
As the state’s legislative session continues, the council will also receive an update on this work and the cities’ requests.

City prepares to receive over $300,000 in funding to fight gangs

City is seeking help to address gang violence, and council members will discuss a resolution ratifying a grant application to the Washington State Department of Commerce for funding to support intervention strategies against group violence. In other words, the city would have to approve the resolution that would get the city more than $300,000 in state grants to fight gang violence.

The meeting will be held in a hybrid Zoom/face-to-face format:

For those wishing to attend the meeting in person at Yakima City Hall, 129 N. 2nd Street, the city is required to follow the governor’s proclamation regarding face coverings. Everyone entering City Hall, including those entering to attend a City Council meeting, must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth at all times. Masks will be available in the alcove of the town hall.

The meeting will be available live via Zoom. Live public commentary on agenda items via Zoom is available. Click Public Comment | City Council (yakimawa.gov) for instructions and a request for public comment form.

Another option is to call and listen to the meeting:
Dial 1-253-215-8782 or 1-971-247-1195
When prompted for the Meeting ID, enter 949 5723 2110#
When prompted for the participant ID, enter #
When prompted for the meeting password, enter 721981#

The regular Yakima City Council meeting on January 18 will be broadcast live at 5:30 p.m. on Y-PAC, Charter Spectrum Channel 194, and will be streamed live at https://www.yakimawa.gov/council/live-stream/

At 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18, just prior to the regular meeting that evening, Council will hold an executive session regarding the acquisition of real estate.

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