Internet in municipal parks? Yakima council speaks Tuesday

Yakima City Council members are busy with a regular meeting this week at Yakima City Hall. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when the city introduces new deputy city manager Rosylen Oglesby.

The new deputy city manager last served in the city of Portsmouth in Virginia

City officials state that “Oglesby has held various positions for the City of Portsmouth, Va., since 2006. She began her tenure with the City of Portsmouth as a Management Analyst (2006-2010). She is becoming the Resource Development and Management Coordinator in 2010 before being promoted to Director of Management Services in 2013. That same year, Oglesby was appointed Assistant to the General Manager, a position she held for two years. is promoted again, this time to deputy chief executive.. She was deputy city manager until last year when she left the city of Portsmouth.

Council will talk about letting you connect to the internet in a park

City Council members will speak about the County American Rescue Plan Act’s request for funds to provide internet in city parks. City of Yakima staff express concern about the provision of free Internet access in Yakima City parks. But they’re telling the Yakima City Council if they decide to go ahead “it’s staff recommendation that we consider providing Wi-Fi only in existing community service locations such as: community center Henry Beauchamp Jr., the Washington Community Fruit Center and the Harman Center as a more cost-effective route that provides the means to monitor usage and potentially reduce liability.
They say the city should try a test first at Gilbert, MLK or Miller parks.

City officials say they only have rough cost estimates at this time.

Cost is a big factor and city officials say “at this time we estimate an initial cost of $50,000 to $60,000. About 1/3 of that is for technical equipment and internet service required, with the remainder covering electrical and other expenses. In addition, we estimate an ongoing annual equipment replacement fund of $3,500-$5,000.”

City council members only want feedback from Yakima residents

The council will also discuss changing council rules of procedure relating to limiting public comment to Yakima County residents only at weekly council meetings.
The council will also pass three proclamations;
Proclamation of the National Day of Prayer. The day is set for April 17.
Proclamation of Missing and Unidentified Persons Awareness Month
Proclamation of Mental Health Month

You can watch on Zoom or attend in person

The meeting will be held via Zoom and in person at Yakima City Hall, 129 N. 2nd Street.

Live public commentary on agenda items via Zoom is available. Click Public Comment | Municipal Council ( for instructions and a request for public consultation form.

Another option is to call and listen to the meeting:
Dial 1-253-215-8782 or 1-971-247-1195
When prompted for the Meeting ID, enter 969 3009 4772#
When prompted for the participant ID, enter #
When prompted for the meeting password, enter 693750#

The regular Yakima City Council meeting on May 3 will be broadcast live at 5:30 p.m. on Y-PAC, Charter Spectrum Channel 194, and will be streamed live at

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