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Public Works

 

Buildings
Cemetery
Equipment Rental
Job Openings
Parks
Pool
Public Works Service Center
Sewer
Streets
Utility Billing
Water

Public Works Department is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all residents of Wapato by providing the highest professional level of customer service and the best infrastructure facilities possible while working within the budgetary funds available.

Buildings

BuildingsThe Building Division office is located in the Wapato Fire Station. The Building Official and Code Enforcement Officer is available by appointment through Wapato City Hall. Over the last couple of years this division coordinated the efforts to abate a number of dilapidated buildings and clean up many areas of the community in partnership with supportive landowners.  The Code Enforcement Officer also assists the Police Department with the removal of abandoned vehicles.

For specific building code questions or to apply for a building permit, contact the Building Inspector at 509.877.7146.

Projects and Programs

  • Numerous Residential remodels
  • Many code inspections
  • Construction of a new high school building and gym remodel
  • Building Expansion of Valley Fruit

Mechanical Permit Application
Building Permit Application - coming soon

Cemetery

CemetaryReservation Community Memorial Park is owned and operated by the City of Wapato. Visit the Reservation Community Memorial Park page for information on the location, funeral information, visiting the cemetery and researching family members who may be buried there.

The Wapato Cemetery is located 3.5 miles west of the City limits on West Wapato Road. The Cemetery is within a beautifully landscaped high maintenance park setting. City staff handles a variety of aspects of approximately 75 opening and closing per year. The Public Works Department maintains the lovely park appearance as well as sets markers and assists customers in locating grave sites for family members.

Inquiries related to Cemetery Information, and City services provided at the cemetery, can be received by contacting Wapato City Hall during regular office hours.

 

Equipment Rental

Equipment RentalThis division of Public Works supports all departments within the City of Wapato.  The main function is to pay for and track expenditures of 50 pieces of rolling stock as well as maintain equipment replacement reserve along with bill payment and record keeping to keep the equipment running. 

 

Parks

ParksThe community parks in Wapato are probably some of the best-kept secrets in the Yakima Valley. They range in size from 20 acres to small neighborhood size. They are well-maintained and provide a quiet environment for family enjoyment. 

The Lions Park is central to the Olympic size swimming pool, the Community Center, and soccer and baseball fields. It includes a walking trail, picnic shelters, kitchen/barbeque areas, as well as a stage and public restrooms. An additional 17 acres of park improvement is in the master planning stage with a goal of facility completion in the next few years.

Reservations for group activities and the use of park facilities will be accommodated by completing the Facilities Rental Form and submitting it to City Hall during regular office hours.

There are a number of scheduled events throughout the year that are held at the parks. You are welcome to come and enjoy any of the festivities. Contact City Hall for additional information.

 

Pool

PoolThe Wapato Swimming Pool is located within the boundary of one of the nicest looking parks in the Lower Yakima Valley. It is Olympic size and as such Wapato has the ability to host a number of seasonal swimming events.  Sited next to the City Community Center and surrounded by park the pool is an ideal place for many activities. 

The 2013 Season was the last year of the three-year agreement with the Yakama Nation for the operations of the pool. As of February 2014, the contract has not been extended yet. Please contact City Hall for additional information about the pool schedule for summer 2014.

Please contact City Hall for pool schedule information.

 

Public Works Job Openings

There are no openings at this time. Please see the employment section for more information on employment with the City of Wapato

 

Public Works Service Center

Public Works Service CenterThe Public Works Service Center houses, within an impoundment area, the Water, Streets, Parks, Equipment Rental, and Administration offices of the Public Works Department.  Most of the public interaction is handled at the Wapato City Hall location. However, the Public Works operation is managed from the Service Center.

The Service Center is located at: 100 French Lane, near the 1 million gallons standpipe water reservoir.

 

Sewer

SewerThis is a city enterprise fund that provides for all aspects of operation and maintenance of Wapato’s wastewater utility.  The division facilities include many miles of collection lines, 4 lift stations, and a wastewater treatment plant.

Some ongoing projects include:

  • Sewer collection line yearly flushing
  • Lift station repair
  • 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 $10 million. You will see construction start in the fall 2014 and go through 2015.

Streets

StreetsAs with most small communities, the streets department competes directly with current expense fund accounts in providing services to its residents. Even with the tight budgets, the City of Wapato has managed to complete projects on South Camas Avenue, Wapato Avenue (in the downtown section), Donald Road, and North Track Road within recent years.  A recent street project was completed for Ahtanum Avenue. This project was primarily funded through the State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) and was completed in 2013.

See Wapato Transportation Benefit District

Future Streets Projects

The following is a list of street projects which are included on the City’s Six Year Transportation Improvement Program. This project listing is updated each year and approved by City Council resolution prior to submitting to the State Department of Transportation. The estimated cost of these improvements is 6 million dollars. A majority of these funds come from State or Federal funding sources. For detail information related to any of these projects contact the Public Works Department.

  • Resurfacing of West 1st Street
  • Trader Street Reconstruction
  • Track Road Improvements
  • Intersection Improvement at 9th Street and Highway 97

Utility BillingUtility Billing

Visit the City's Administrative Services section for information on utility services.

 

Water

WaterThe Water Division of Public Works is an enterprise fund.  Considering revenues and expenditures it acts like a stand-alone business within the city organization.  Primarily its revenues are generated from the selling of water services to its customers. Wapato employs a number of Washington State certified water managers to maintain a superb quality of water to our residents and customers.

Some ongoing projects include:

  • Water Comprehensive Plan
  • Cross-connection control
  • Fire hydrant flushing
  • Valve exercise

Interesting Water facts:

  • Wapato has 1.47 million gallons of storage water within the two main water reservoirs.
  • The Water Division maintains 5 municipal water wells which are the sources of water for Wapato’s residents and customers.
  • There are approximately 1285 water service connections supporting our 5035 resident population.

2012 Water Quality Report PDF file
2013 Water Quality Report PDF file

 

 

Contacts
City Hall
205 E 3rd Street
Wapato WA 98951
Tel. 509.877.2334
Fax 509.877.3979
City Council Meetings

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.