Shoreline City Council Meeting July 22, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Devon Vose Rickabaugh
Photo by Jerry Pickard
Shoreline City Council Meeting
July 22, 2013
By Devon Vose Rickabaugh

Mayor McGlashan Presented the Proclamation of “30” Annual National Night Out Against Crime. The Shoreline Police Department is joining with the National Association of Town Watch in sponsoring this year’s “National Night Out” in Shoreline August 6.Shoreline neighborhood associations and block watches are participating by sponsoring a variety of activities to celebrate this annual event. The goal of the event is to emphasize police-community partnerships as well as to promote and enhance the City’s safe community and neighborhood initiatives and programs. Herb and Gloria Bryce from a Block Watch group in the Highland Terrace neighborhood accepted the proclamation.

The Council adapted the six year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) for 2014-2019.Generally, the desire and need for transportation improvements greatly exceeds the available revenues. Senior Transportation Planner Alicia McIntire stressed that the six year TIP is a planning document of what cities would like to do if funding becomes available.

Councilmember Hall voted against the resolution. He pointed out that it could be confusing for citizens to see that $30,000,000 is the most spent for transportation in a year  but  the TIP for year 2019 covers $185,000,000 worth of projects. Since much of the work depends on matching funds from the city he was concerned that lower priority projects could be funded to the detriment higher priority projects. Councilmember Winstead said “Let’s be clear the TIP is a plan, not a budget”. Transportation Services Manager Kirk McKinley said, "If it's not in the TIP it's a lot harder to chase funding".

Through development of the TIP, the City prioritizes unfunded needs utilizing information such as the City’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP), safety and accident history, growth trends, traffic studies and the transportation element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Project descriptions, costs, funding options and the project status are identified for each project in the TIP.

Mark Relph Public Works Director said current priorities include road overlays and BST treatment as high Priority, curb ramps second priority and sidewalk repair third priority.


1. Curb Ramp, Gutter and Sidewalk Program (underfunded)
2. Traffic Safety Improvements (underfunded)
3. Annual Road Surface Maintenance Program (underfunded)
4. Traffic Signal Rehabilitation (underfunded)


5. NE 195th Street Trail – 1st Avenue NE to 5th Avenue NE
6. Interurban/Burke-Gilman Connectors
7. NW 195th Street – Safe Routes to School project
8. Aurora Corridor Improvement Project – N 192nd Street to N 205th Street
9. Safety Enhancements on Aurora Avenue N
10.145th Street (SR 523) Corridor Improvements (partially)
11. 10th Avenue NW Hidden Lake Bridge Rehabilitation/Replacement (partially)


13. New Sidewalk Projects
14. N 160th Street Corridor Improvements
15. NE Perkins Way Improvements – 10th Avenue NE to 15th Avenue NE
16. 15th Avenue NE – NE 172nd Street to NE 195th Street
17. Fremont Avenue N – N 175th Street to N 185th Street
18. N/NE 175th Street Corridor Improvements
19. NW Richmond Beach Road Corridor Improvements
20. N/NE 185th Street Corridor Improvements
21. Major Preservation Projects
22. Meridian Avenue N Corridor Improvements
23. Aurora Avenue N at N 145th Street Dual Left Turn Lane
24. Midvale Avenue N – N 175th Street to N 183rd Street
25. N 165th Street and Carlyle Hall Road N Sidewalk and Intersection Safety
26. Firlands Way N – Linden Ave N to Aurora Avenue N

Mark Relph said projects will be further explained with options at the August 5th Council Meeting.

An Executive Session to discuss Litigation took place at the end of the council meeting.


Tom Jamieson,  July 26, 2013 at 9:41 AM  

The Executive Session was one hour long, and was called, not at the end of the meeting, but just prior, as they conducted further business following the Executive Session. Originally scheduled to last 30 minutes, the Council was required by the Open Public Meetings Act to return to the business meeting and officially extend the Executive Session. There is no evidence they did so. On the contrary, the video record shows them calling the Executive Session, then a fade-out, a fade-in, and then a resumption of the business meeting, during which Council took further action. Taking up an unscheduled agenda item, they passed a motion to authorize the hiring of external counsel for their lawsuit by Ronald Wastewater District over the disputed Interlocal Operating Agreement between the two governments. Arguably the most newsworthy portion of the meeting, the action was reported in a SAN article 2 nights later, and has received at least 12 comments.

Anonymous,  July 26, 2013 at 9:50 AM  

I love these council meeting summaries. They are a great service to SAN readers. Thank you.

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