YAKIMA, Wash - It's official, the controversial new banners in Downtown Yakima will be coming down. The city council voted Tuesday night to have them replaced with different banners. The replacement banners will play more into a wine theme.
Some people have complained the current banners look like the outlines of rifles. Other banners already near Third Street and Yakima Avenue will be put up in the place of the controversial banners. The good news is the city won't have to pay the $8,000 to have them replaced. That money will come from Wine Country Washington. One city councilmember is just happy to move on and focus on other things.
"I didn't see rifles, I didn't see anything till it was pointed out to me. The thing right now is we need to put this to rest, we need to get rid of the graffiti, crime and gangs," says Kathy Coffey, Yakima City Councilmember.
Mayor Dave Edler was the only one who didn't vote for the replacement. He says he voted against in protest because he was disappointed at the whole situation with the controversial banners.
The new banners will be up by the beginning of next month.