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Cities of Yakima & Selah come to an agreement

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Yakima, WASH.--A new partnership between the cities of Yakima and Selah will be made official during Tuesday's Yakima City Council meeting.

The City of Yakima will be providing Selah with building inspection services.

With several large construction projects set to begin in the new year, the Selah code inspector is in need of some help.

The City of Selah agrees to pay the set hourly rate for the inspectors. They've also agreed to pay full reimbursement for travel costs.

This agreement only comes on an "as needed basis."

Yakima's Code Enforcement Manager, Joe Caruso, said the inspectors primary duties will still be to Yakima.

"It's not slow, but it's not fast here in Yakima," Caruso said. "We're still fairly busy, and we should be able to handle on an average three to four a day in Selah."

Selah's Director of Public Works said the city plans to add a brand new junior high, and on top of that, they'll be expanding their high school.

He said it's times like these, that it just becomes too much work for Selah's one code inspector to handle.

Yakima's Code Administrator said this contract is nothing new. They already extend city police and fire services.

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