When the Yakima City Council meets Tuesday night the council will talk about temporary farmworker housing and they'll talk about a letter from the ACLU. However the council won't be talking about the pit bull ban and the downtown plaza, issues that were shelved during the last council meeting because a council member was absent. In the letter the American Civil Liberties Union warns the city needs to make sure tax money isn't being used to advocate religion at Yakima's Camp Hope homeless shelter. The council is expected to talk about the letter.
Also on the agenda is a proposal to allow temporary farmworker housing on property at 305 West Lincoln Avenue. The council will look at the proposal tonight. Also the Council will talk about a change to the funding structure of the planned Yakima Rotary Aquatics Center at Chesterly Park. The City of Yakima’s initial capital construction contribution will increase from $4.5 million dollars to $8 million dollars. But The City of Yakima will no longer be responsible for any of the initial start-up operational costs for the Aquatic Center. And For a period of 10 years, rather than being charged for 50% of the annual operating deficit of the Aquatic Center, the City will not be responsible for funding any operating deficit costs. Starting in year 11, the City will be responsible for providing 50% of the annual operating deficit, except that that funding will be eventually reduced to $10,000 over a 15 year period.
The council meets at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at Yakima City Hall.