Shoreline City Manager's Report 10-20-2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Update for the Week of 10/20/2014
From Shoreline City Manager Debbie Tarry

October 20 Council Meeting

Dinner Meeting
·         Joint Meeting with the Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees and President:  The City Council and Community College Board of Trustees were able to discuss partnership opportunities including long-term strategic planning, improvements to 145th, signage, and a Shoreline promotional campaign.

Regular Meeting
·         Authorized the City Manager to Execute a Contract with CH2MHill for the Development of the 145th Street Route Development Plan
·         Adopted Resolution No. 364, Hazard Mitigation Plan
·         2015 Budget Department Presentations

October 27 Council Meeting

Dinner Meeting (5:45 p.m.)
·         Joint Meeting with the Shoreline School District Board of Directors: Draft agenda.

Regular Meeting
·         Interlocal Agreement with the City of Bellevue for Pooled Funding for Human Services: Since 2003, the City has been participating in a pooled funding arrangement with other North and East King County cities for human service funding. The eight cities that participate in the Pool are Bellevue, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, Sammamish and Shoreline. This arrangement allows selected programs that receive funding from some or all participating cities to sign a single contract with the City of Bellevue. Until now, there has been no administrative fee charged by Bellevue. The proposed Interlocal Agreement updates this pooled funding arrangement and provides for the administrative fee for Bellevue to continue administering the pool. The City's costs are estimated to be $1,575 per year to participate in the Pooled Fund.
·         Committee of Elected Officials Update: This will be an opportunity to update the full Council on the work of the Ronald Wastewater District Transition Committee of Elected Officials. Councilmember McConnell and Roberts are the City’s representatives on this committee.
·         2015 Budget: This will be a continuation of the department presentations. It is anticipated that the focus of the presentation will be on Public Works and the Capital Improvement Program.
·         Executive Session Property Acquisition

Echo Lake Park Construction Update
The recently planted grass seed at Echo Lake Park has germinated and grass is growing. However a small pond has developed in the lowest portion of the seeded area near the playground. Staff is investigating why there is standing water in the park. The area where the water is “ponding” is 18" higher than this same area prior to construction, plus a drywell was installed in this area to allow water to percolate into the ground more quickly. As you can imagine we were surprised to see standing water where there was none before, especially after raising the elevation and installing the drywell. During construction new soils were brought onto the site and infiltration rates were disrupted, sometimes requiring some time until they become reestablished. By monitoring the site we can learn more and resolve any issues.

Aurora Construction
Staff and EnviroIssues have developed a brochure to help explain construction phasing along Aurora. EnviroIssues will be handing these out to businesses along the corridor, and it will be posted on the City’s website. We’ll also get the flyer to all residents along the eastside of Aurora in the construction area when we move to that side near the end of 2014.

Calendar Items
·         October 28, King County Youth Action Plan meeting. King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski is sponsoring this effort.

This and That
·         Snohomish County Boundary Review Board appeal submitted by Ronald Wastewater District on October 9.
·         The newest “Little Free Library” is at Spartan Gym. John Thielke, one of the regular basketball players at Spartan, made, installed and donated the Library to the City. His wife is on the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council and he made one for the Arts Auction that was purchased for $875. Mary Anne Kelly, Spartan Recreation Center Manager, took the initiative to work with John to have this installed at the Spartan Recreation Center.
·         The City received a $18,000 grant from King Conservation District to continue to remove invasive plants at Saltwater Park and Boeing Creek Open Space. Work will include the removal of invasive plants and the replanting of native vegetation to improve the environmental health of these parks. Bethany Wolbrecht-Dunn and Maureen Colazzi were the staff who worked on this grant application!
·         Police Officer Leona Obstler along with other police officers and our CRT staff worked together to address on-going concerns with a vacant home at 19015 8th Ave NW. This home has been vacant for over two years and has no power. Last week our police department received a call of transients in the home. The police removed three heroin users with one being arrested and two being trespassed. Police have contacted the attorney for this property and he has agreed to sign a Trespass Authorization, get the property better secured, and post No Trespass signs.


Anonymous,  October 24, 2014 at 11:58 AM  

"Police have contacted the attorney for this property." Properties don't have attorneys. You can't sue a property. Legal entities (people, corporations, etc.) have attorneys. Why haven't you contacted the properties owner, Joint Venture Fourplay, a real estate investment business owned by the late Frank Colacurcio, Sr.

Anonymous,  October 24, 2014 at 12:52 PM  

Rats and needles on 8th Ave NW. Is the neighborhood of Councilmember Hall's home and Councilmember McGlashan's workplace the City's next Community Renewal Area???

Anonymous,  October 25, 2014 at 2:23 AM  

· Executive Session – Property Acquisition


Round and round she goes, where she stops nobody knows!

This lack of transparency gives way to speculation/mistrust by the community, who feel as if Shoreline is about to unravel at the seams, at the hands of those who have been entrusted to make it a better place.

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