Grandview selects Daily Sun

City Council names paper of record

— The City Council approved several housekeeping items last night.

Among the approvals was the bid for the city’s official newspaper of record for 2016, the Daily Sun News.

The newspaper submitted the low bid from among three publications. Bids were also submitted by the Grandview Herald and Toppenish Review-Independent.

In other action, the mayor was authorized to sign contract documents with Banlin Construction of Kennewick for the museum project. The project is budgeted at about $220,500.

The 2016 budget of $15.5 million was also approved at Tuesday’s meeting.

The current expense fund makes up more than one-third of the budget, while the city’s water, sewer and solid waste fund expenses are more than $7 million next year.

In other business, the council:

• Approved a contract for Supporting Investments in Economic Diversity funding to cover the cost of Euclid and Forsell roads improvements.

Half of the $414,600 was awarded as a grant, the other half is a 10-year low-interest loan.

The city provided more than $103,000 in matching funds. FruitSmart will reimburse the city $64,000 and the Port of Grandview will reimburse $5,000.

• Approved a state Transportation Improvement Board fuel tax agreement for improvements to Wine Country Road between Ash and Fir streets.

The pact provides the city with more than $400,000 for an overlay project.

• Authorized a 2015 cemetery budget change to more accurately reflect salaries and professional services.

Treasurer Matt Kordray said the changes do not alter the ending fund balance.

• Vacated a portion of Bonnieview Road.

• Authorized the mayor to renew a technical assistance contract with Yakima Valley Conference of Governments for assistance in planning and applying for grants.

• Canceled its Dec. 22 meeting due to a lack of agenda items.

The next scheduled City Council meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 15.



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