Shoreline City Manager's report week of 5/12/2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Update for the week of 5/12/2014
From Debbie Tarry, Shoreline City Manager

Council Meetings

·         May 12
o   Dinner Meeting: Joint meeting with the Planning Commission. The purpose of the meeting was for Council to share their vision of the 145th Light Rail Station subarea.
o   Regular Meeting:
§  Adoption of Ordinance No. 685 Amending the 2014 Budget: This ordinance amended the 2014 budget to reflect the carry-over items from 2013 and the recommended amendments discussed by Council on Monday, April 28. The budget amendments include funding for an inventory of the City’s fiber infrastructure, review of the City’s e-mail archiving software and recommendations going forward, upgrades to the City’s Adobe Acrobat software, and budget for the operating costs of the North Maintenance Facility (Brugger’s Bog).
§  Adoption of Resolution No. 357 – Growing Transit Communities Regional Compact: The Growing Transit Communities (GTC) Oversight Committee approved the GTC Strategy in October 2013. By signing the GTC Regional Compact, the City will be committing to work in partnership with other jurisdictions, agencies and organizations throughout the state and nation to implement the GTC goals and strategies as appropriate for Shoreline.
§  Discussion of Council Goals: Council discussed their goals for 2014-2016 based direction they gave at the Council's Strategic Planning Session in April.
§  Discussion of Concurrency and Impact Fees: On May 20, 2013, Council directed staff to proceed with development of an updated concurrency methodology and impact fee program for Shoreline. This was the follow-up discussion.
·         May 19
o   No Dinner Meeting
o   Regular Meeting:
§  Added – Authorizing the City Manager to Execute a Contract with OTAK for the 145th Light Rail Station Subarea Plan in the amount of $183,000. This is a multi-year project and funding was provided in the 2014 budget.
§  Removed – Award of Right-of-Way Landscape Contract. Staff needs more time to evaluate the bids received May 9 and other strategies we would like to explore. We may request the current contractor to do a monthly contract to provide the time for the analysis.
§  Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Contract with Doolittle Construction, LLC for 2014 BST Project: The 2014 BST project will address roads in the Briarcrest and Ridgecrest neighborhoods. Approximately 10.6 miles of roadway have been selected for BST treatment. The positive results from the BST bid opening have yielded a program balance of approximately $244,000. Staff is pursuing either an additional Small Works project for more BST, and/or an increase in the scope of the Hot Mix Asphalt & Crack Filling contract, in order to maximize the street maintenance program for 2014.
§  Adoption of Ordinance No. 686 – Seattle City Light Franchise: Seattle City Light has agreed to some minor language changes and to attaching the D-980 tree trimming standards to the Franchise.
§  Acceptance of the Utility Unification and Efficiency Study (UUES): Staff will be recommending that Council officially accept the UUES.
§  Introduction to 185th Light Rail Station Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Point Wells Update:
On April 28 Council asked about the proposed emergency moratorium that Snohomish County was considering on development in landslide prone areas. Even though the County’s legal analysis has determined that any such moratorium would not apply to the Point Wells development, City staff has been tracking the emergency moratorium legislation. The Snohomish County Council has decided to take more time to study the issue before taking any legislative action. They are scheduled to discuss this again on May 19. The County already has critical area regulations that have landslide hazard setback regulations, which the Point Wells development is being reviewed for compliance.

Ronald Wastewater District Update:
On Friday, Judge Bradshaw denied Arthur Wadekamper’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on a public vote to assume the Ronald Wastewater District. In other words, the court ruled that a public vote is not required for the City to assume the District under RCW 35.13A, which is what the City has contended all along.

King County Proposition No. 1 Outcome:
This week King County certified the election results on the Transportation Benefit District vote. Overall Shoreline voted 53.6% against and 46.3% in favor. A map shows how Shoreline precincts voted.

Key Contacts & Meetings
Over the last couple of weeks I have had several key contact/meetings. These include:
·         April 30 – Representative Kagi to review issues important to Shoreline. Currently I have a meeting scheduled with Representative Ryu for June 3.
·         May 7 – Innis Arden Board and representatives from Eglick, Kiker, Whited law firm, to discuss their frustrations with prior permit processes for tree removal/planting in the reserves. We have agreed to explore what the process and cost would look like to establish a longer term Vegetation Management Plan for the Reserves.

Shoreline Community College Master Development Plan Permit (SCC MDP)
Last week we were notified that the Hearing Examiner approved the SCC MDP with most of the conditions that the City recommended. The one change was that the Hearing Examiner changed our proposed monitoring method of the College’s Transportation Demand Management Program (TDMP), but stated that if the TDMP failed to meet the required objectives the City could then withhold permit issuance. We think that this was a great outcome and are pleased that the SCC can move forward with their long-term plans.

Placemaking Workshop – April 30
On Wednesday, April 30, Economic Development Manager Dan Eernissee, in partnership with our Neighborhoods staff, offered our first Placemaking Workshop. Approximately 45 residents attended and contributed to the potluck dinner and discussion. The content focused on key concepts from the Project for Public Spaces organization, and I've provided links below if you'd like to read more:
·         The PPS Illustration of the Key Principles of Placemaking
·         Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper
·         The Power of Ten
·         Zealous Nuts

The highlight of the evening was a half hour spent hearing “case studies” from the participants who shared an amazing array of placemaking they already were involved with including building little libraries, hosting neighborhood diversity nights, running barter events, feeding neighbors waffles every Saturday, putting neighbors trash bins away, and walking intentionally around neighborhoods.

Council of Neighborhoods Elections
On Wednesday night, the Council of Neighborhoods elected board members for the 2014-15 term. The CON elected June Howard, Innis Arden, as Chair; Krista Tenney, Highland Terrace, as Vice Chair; and Kevin Osborn, Ballinger, as Secretary. Gretchen Atkinson, Meridian Park, will continue to serve on the board as the Immediate Past Chair. The new board takes office in June and serves through May of 2015. Patti Dooley, Ballinger, and Jack Malek, Richmond Beach, completed their board service as Vice Chair and Immediate Past Chair respectively.

The meeting also marked the final CON meeting for Dick Nicholson, one of the longest serving CON members and a past chair. Dick is stepping down from the Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association Board though he will remain very active in the community through his service as a Shoreline School District board member.

Calendar Items
·         May 14 – 10-Year Financial Sustainability Open House, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall
·         May 19 – Retirement reception for Superintendent Sue Walker. The reception is from 4 to 6 p.m., Shorewood High School in the Commons. The official program will start at 5 p.m. There is no RSVP required.

This & That
·         Here's a link to an article describing the numerous Shoreline Community College connections to this year's Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and the Seattle True Independent Film Festival (STIFF). It was picked up by the Shoreline Area News, the Seattle Office of Film & Music, and various other blogs.
·         Recently Alaska Airlines announced that they were introducing a new program – Pronto! Cycle Share. This is a program with bike stations where people can rent bikes. Dan attended a seminar in which they discussed this – but seems pretty expensive for cities to buy into - $2,500 per bike with a minimum of five 20-bike stations. It is something we will continue to follow – as with light rail coming and a bicycle transportation grid I think it is something in Shoreline’s future!


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