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Sunnyside City Council Briefs

Next week’s workshop canceled The Sunnyside City Council has canceled its workshop meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 3, due to lack of agenda items. The next regular council meeting will be Monday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Law & Justice Center.

Weather system grant approved The Sunnyside City Council approved a resolution this past Monday night to accept a Federal Aviation Administration grant for $257,266 to fund the purchase and installation of the Sunnyside Municipal Airport’s automatic weather observing system.

The funding will pay for phase 2 of the installation of the system. The city has already received $114,123 in federal funding that paid for site selection, design engineering and site construction.

Sunshine Days closures OK’d The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce was granted its request of street closures for the city’s annual Sunshine Days celebration by the Sunnyside City Council Monday night.

The events will be taking place on Saturday, Oct. 5, and Sunday, Oct. 6, and will involve Sixth Street from Decatur to Franklin avenues and Edison Avenue from Fifth to Seventh streets, as well as the parade route on Saturday morning.

The chamber also intends to use Centennial Square to stage several events, including the Reptile Man and a demonstration by the robotic and science classes from Sunnyside High School.

Employees get upgraded pay The Sunnyside City Council on Monday approved an agreement between the city and Teamsters Local Union No. 760 to modify two employee classifications.

Two current accounting assistant positions have been upgraded to an accounts payable clerk position and a utility billing clerk position. The upgrade, effective July 1, will provide higher wages to the affected employees and will have an impact of about $5,000 on the city.

City updates growth plan Monday night the Sunnyside City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance amending the city’s comprehensive plan and development regulations to comply with the Growth Management Act.

The ordinance updates the plan, zoning map and future land use designation map.

Soccer fields focus of council The cost to finish the soccer fields near the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center would be more than $21,000, according to city staff at Monday night’s Sunnyside City Council meeting.

Superintendent of Public Works Shane Fisher said the material needed to overlay the fields would cost about $21,000. The city has the equipment to level the field itself, but the watering system for the field needs to be redone.

Deputy Mayor Don Vlieger suggested the use of Real Estate Excise Tax funds to complete the fields.

Councilwoman Theresa Hancock said she wants to see the fields a reality. The funding will be further discussed at a future council meeting.

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