The 9th Street Sidewalk construction project will start on August 23, 2016. The contractor is DW Excavating based in Davenport, WA.The City will use a grant of $402,850.00 from WSDOT Safe Routes to School Program and Transportation Benefit District ($20 Car Tab Fees) fund of $30,000 to construct a 6-foot and 8-foot wide sidewalk on the south side of 9th Street. Retrofit wheelchair ramps to meet the ADA standards, and install speed feedback signs on S. Camas Ave. The project will close the last gap of sidewalk in the school area, increase connectivity of the existing sidewalk network, improve pedestrian safety, and encourage students to walk and bike to school.
View photos of the early phase of construction.
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Thank you to all those who have stopped to compliment the crew on the good job they are doing!
We are sorry to announce that the Wapato Swimming Pool will not be open this summer. Mayor Tony has stated he will start early working with the Nation to see if the pool can be opened again next year.
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Thanks to our community businesses and members who donated money to the Wapato Police Department in order for us to purchase brochures, pamphlets, books, posters that contain drug & alcohol prevention and general safety information. These materials from L.A.W. Publications A leader in Drug and Safety Education will be used at Wapato schools, and distributed by the Police Department and through community events like Bike Rodeo & Wapato Night Out.
Read Police Chief Rick Needham's statement of appreciation for the community supportThank you to these community sponsors who supported the Wapato Police Department's efforts to educate our youth:
At Wapato City Council on April 4, 2016, American Legion Post 133's Commander Ed Malecki presented awards for Volunteer of the Year (Karen Schoonover), Veteran of the Year (Charlie Gonzalez). Commander Malecki had Fire Chief Santos Valdez present the Firefighter of the Year to Johnny Gomez and Police Chief Richard Needham present the Police Officer of the Year to Officer Charles Lawther.
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The American Legion joined City Council on Monday, June 15, 2015, to hand out the 2015 American Legion Awards. Police Chief Richard Needham handed out the 2015 Award to a Police Officer which went to Officer Randy Sperle. He also handed out the 2015 Award to a Corrections Officer went to Police Officer Andreas Eismann, Acting Jail Manager. Fire Chief Santos Valdez handed out the 2015 Award to a Firefighter went to Lieutenant/Training Officer Gregg Klutts. American Legion Commander Ed Meleki handed out awards to members Dan Ross and Sharon Schoonover. Congratulations to all for their dedication to Wapato!
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The City of Wapato has a new fire truck ... learn more
Construction on a road improvement project that will allow a fruit packing company to expand operations and add 80 jobs is expected to get underway this summer.
August 29th, 2014
Pictured (left to right):
Dan Koszczewski, Key Bank (Interim Financing)
Ted Pooler, HLA (Engineer)
Marti Canatsey, USDA-RD (Funding)
Roberto Reyna (Councilmember, Position 6)
Debbie Manjarrez (Wapato Chamber of Commerce)
Kevin Bouchey (Yakima County Commissioner)
Jim Honeyford (Senator, 15th District)
Norm Johnson (Representative, 14th District)
Bruce Chandler (Representative, 15th District)
Sue Pearson (City Clerk-Treasurer, City of Wapato)
Jesse Farias (Mayor, City of Wapato)
The City of Wapato is upgrading its Wastewater Treatment Plant. The new plant will use the membrane biological reactor (MBR) process in order to meet the discharge permit requirements. The construction cost is approximately $7.5 million and total project cost is approximately $10 million. The project has been advertised for bid and bid open date will be July 24, 2014. Construction will start in September 2014 and the new plant will be in full operation in December 2015. For more information about the wastewater treatment plant project, contact City Hall.
The City has constructed a new picnic shelter in Lions Park for the benefit and enjoyment of the citizens. The new picnic shelter is located on the east side of the swimming pool and south side of the Public Works Service Center. The shelter was designed by city staff and built by Job Corps in order to save money. The shelter was ready for use in early August, 2014.
If you would like to reserve the picnic shelter, please please complete the Facility Rental Form.
If a company, organization, family or individual is interested in sponsoring the picnic shelter, please contact the City Hall or the Mayor.
The Wapato Police Department is pleased to announce we will be participating in Chief for a Day 2014. We are asking you to partner with us to bring our chosen child, Carlos Hernandez, and his family a very special day. He is 8 years old and in the second grade at Satus Elementary in Wapato. Learn more
The public is invited and encouraged to all open public meetings of the City Council Regular and Work Session meetings. Both meetings are held at City Hall Council Chambers, 205 E Third Street, Wapato, WA. City Council meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 pm.Council Work Sessions are informal and informational. They are just before City Council meetings starting as early as 6:00 pm.