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Bryant Avenue closed July 28 - August 1

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Bryant Avenue from Fern Avenue to Chestnut Drive will be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. July 28 through August 1 for asphalt overlay work by the Street Division. The road will be open to traffic each evening.

For additional information, please contact the Street Division at.

For more project updates and road closure information, please visit the website.


Community Pool Survey

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What do Walla Walla residents want as a community pool?  Click here to take the survey.


July 21, 2014

Walla Walla police are investigating a Sunday evening drive-by shooting in the 1000 block of West Alder. There are no known injuries from the shooting, but one home was struck by several bullets.
Police are actively investigating leads and interviewing witnesses. There are no other details at this time.

For more information, please contact Tim Bennett, Public Information Officer at the Walla Walla Police Department at.


Below are the current openings on our Boards, Commissions and Committees:

LEOFF 1 Disability Board - One opening
Planning Commission - One opening
Sustainability Committee - Two openings
Water & Wastewater Advisory Committee - One opening

The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, August 5.

Applications for these unpaid positions are available in the City Clerk's Office, City Hall, 15 North Third Avenue, by calling or online.  Additional information may be found here.


Draft CDBG Consolidated Plan Review

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The City of Walla Walla's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Consolidated Plan and 2014 Action Plan are available for public review and comment for the next thirty days on the city's website, and at the Walla Walla Public Library. Further information or a copy of the plan is available upon request to the City of Walla Walla Support Services Department, 15 N. 3rd Avenue, Walla Walla WA 99362,. The City will accept your written comments on the Consolidated Plan until August 7, 2014, by letter to the same address.

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June 30, 2014

The City of Walla Walla Finance Department has announced that $480,000 will be returned to City of Walla Walla property tax payers in 2015 in the form of a partial property tax holiday. This results from excess funds from the $11,595,000 Walla Walla Police Station Bond issue approved by voters in 2009.

City Finance Manager Jean Teasdale calculates this will result in reducing the 2015 Police Station bond payment in half. She states "the reduction will be about 24¢ per $1,000 of assessed valuation, which equates to $24 for every $100,000 of assessed valuation. For the average price Walla Walla home of $167,000 this means a reduction of $40.41 for 2015."

Mayor Jerry Cummins notes the City Council pledged to return any excess funding to property owners. "I'm pleased that $480,000 is being returned to our citizens. The Council made this pledge and it's important we follow through. We truly appreciate our citizens' support in providing our Police Department with this great new facility."

For additional information please contact Jean Teasdale, Finance Manager, at or


National Night Out - August 5 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

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National Night Out
Prevention + Partnership + Education = SUCCESS!

When:  August 5, 2014
Time:  5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Pioneer Park

FREE event for families and citizens of the Walla Walla Valley!
Walla Walla's National Night Out is an award winning fun crime prevention, drug prevention, educational opportunity geared for families and our seniors!
5:00 p.m. Parade of emergency services vehicles will kick off the event starting from Fire Station 2 and winding its way to Pioneer Park from Alder Street.
Chief for a Day Swearing in Ceremony. Children with life threatening illnesses or disabilities were chosen to represent seven emergency services agencies.
Free Hot Dogs/Ice Cream Bars/Pop
Lots of fun prizes geared for children 12 and under!
Booths representing over 30 agencies or organizations will have fun activities for kids and educational materials for adults.
SHRED truck will be on hand.
Un-used cell phone box will be at the NNO registration Booth
Special Guest Appearances by: Ronald McDonald, McGruff, and Scruff


June 11, 2014
There are several projects occurring on and around Alder Street beginning in June of 2014. The City's Water Division will kick off the work by replacing 11 water services on Alder Street, between First Avenue and Spokane Street, beginning this week. Detour routes will be in place.

The two remaining projects are slated to begin in July.

The Alder Street Alley sewer main replacement project will replace the sewer main in the alleyway between Alder Street and Main Street, from First Avenue to Palouse Street. The project also includes sewer and water replacement on Spokane Street from Alder Street to Mill Creek, as well as rebuilding the roadway within this section. The project is funded with water and sewer utility funds as well as funding from the City's Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Program (IRRP). The estimated construction cost is $600,000.
The final project is the Alder Signal Replacement and Alder Street Improvements Project. This project will replace the traffic signals at Third Avenue, First Avenue, and Colville Street. As part of these improvements, the intersections above, as well as the Spokane Street and Second Avenue intersections, will be updated to meet current ADA standards. The project will also replace the pavement from Third Avenue to Palouse Street. Following the roadway improvements, the road will be re-striped from Fifth Avenue to Palouse Street with a single lane of travel in each direction in order to increase on-street parking. Finally the project will remove and replace the existing street lights from Third Avenue to Palouse Street. Every effort to minimize impacts to traffic and businesses in the downtown corridor will be made throughout the project duration, however detours will be in place during the course of intersection work with only one intersection closed at a time. Please help the downtown businesses through the disruption of construction traffic by making an extra effort to visit them. Thank you in advance for you patience through another busy summer of construction.

The estimated cost of the Alder Street improvements project is $2,685,183. Funding for this project was secured over the past four years and includes:
• Four separate Federal Highway and Safety Grants totaling $1,883,014
• Port of Walla Walla Economic Development Grant - $200,000
• City Stormwater Funds - $44,500
• City Real Estate Excise Tax - $155,000
• City Transportation Benefit District - $300,000
• City General Fund - $145,000

For more information, please contact Doug Eaton in the Engineering Division at.

For more project information, including regularly updated road closure information, please visit



Wilbur Avenue closed for three months starting June 10

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May 27, 2014

The Walla Walla Police Department wants to remind motorists to be watchful of bicyclists as riding weather improves and to remind bicyclists of their responsibilities when it comes to obeying the "rules of the road".
Summer months bring many more bicyclists to our roadways, both adults and children. Motorists are encouraged to be extra vigilant while driving in areas where bicyclists may be present, as children may ride out into traffic suddenly or from between parked cars. Motorists should also provide ample room around bicycles when passing in case of any unexpected movement.
Bicyclists are required to obey all of the same traffic laws as motorists. This includes stopping at stop signs and obeying all other traffic control devices. Bicyclists are also required to ride as far to the right side of the right lane of travel as is safe (with the flow of traffic, not against it), except when preparing to make a turn or overtaking other traffic. Riders are also forbidden from riding more than 2 abreast on any roadway maintained for vehicular use.
Bicycles are prohibited from being ridden on sidewalks in the downtown business district and must yield to pedestrians when ridden on sidewalks in other sections of town. This also applies to skateboards.
When ridden during hours of darkness, bikes are required to use a headlight (front white light visible from a distance of at least 500') and a rear reflector (visible from a minimum of 600' by a vehicle using low-beam headlights). Bicyclists are cautioned not to use or position the headlight on their bikes in such a way that would be blinding to approaching drivers or to use a strobe function on the headlight.
Violations of any of the above ordinances are an infraction and can lead to a monetary fine, impoundment, or both.
City ordinance also requires bicycles to be licensed. A non-expiring bike license can be purchased for $5.00 at the police department during regular lobby hours—8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Unlicensed bicycles can be subject to impoundment. Victims of bicycle theft are much more likely to have their bike returned if it has been licensed. The vast majority of recovered stolen bicycles end up being sold because the identity of the owner is unknown.

For more information, please contact Tim Bennett, Public Information Officer at the Walla Walla Police Department at.


New topic on Open City Hall

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Submit your photos that represent the best of living in Walla Walla!

We look forward to seeing what photos you post!
Thank you for participating!


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