Yakima, WA - Yakima County Commissioners have settled claims with King County and the City of Seattle regarding a delay in opening the new Justice Center.
County Commissioners say they will not lose any bed rentals. King County and Seattle have basically agreed to go back to their original agreements.
Commissioners approved new agreements with them today. This was a sharp turn from A few months ago when the county received claims and notices to terminate contracts from both King and Seattle.
"We appreciate King County understanding the difficult issues that we have been dealing with, culminating in no harm to Yakima County," says County Commissioner Mike Leita.
The contract with King County accounts for nine million dollars a year.
"We are just trying to do a better job of interacting with each other as partners," says Leita.
The communication improved when the Justice Center finally opened on March 1st.
County Commissioners say they had weekly meetings with officials from King county and Seattle to reduce concerns and come to these new agreements.
"You know this has been an ongoing challenge for Yakima County. The whole DOC operational issues."
This new agreement also hinges on the county opening the third and fourth pods at the Justice Center before 2008.