The Yakima City Council will hold a study session Thursday to talk about what's called the Clean City Project and the Safe Routes to Schools Program. The session is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Yakima City Hall.
The Clean City Program is a proposal to help address illegal dumping and homeless encampments. The city is looking at commercial waste collection and residential recycling, community cleanups and working with owners of abandoned homes as a way to clean up the city and homeless encampments. Council members Thursday will look at ways to fund the $170,000 annual cost of the project including increasing city utility rates.
The council will also talk about the ongoing Safe Routes to Schools Program which is designed to make walking to and from school safer for area students. Through the program the city has already completed a city lighting project, installed traffic calming devices and it continues to install sidewalks near area schools. The council will talk Thursday about current sidewalk projects underway in the city. The council study sesssion starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Yakima City Hall.