SELAH, Wash-- The Aquatics Center is an ongoing discussion between Yakima, Union Gap and Selah. As of Tuesday, still no progress has been made.
Mayor Edler's visit to Selah is similar to his visit to Union Gap two weeks ago; at that time, he addressed the city council but no vote was held.
As for Tuesday's visit to Selah City Council, Mayor Edler says he went not to ask for a commitment to the proposal, but to simply answer any questions and move the project forward. Edler admits there are still questions to be answered and says a $34 million project is a lot to ask of communities. With that in mind, he hoped to ease any concerns and get a feel of where the city council members stand.
"There was a sense that there was some for it, and there were some that had deep reservations, some silent ones," says Mayor Edler. "Those are the ones you don't know much about. That's true in all three of the city councils, quite honestly."
Edler says he knows the project won't happen tomorrow, but hopes it eventually moves forward because he believes it will increase the Yakima Valley's quality of life. Yakima has already volunteered to foot the bill if there are any shortcomings.