Shoreline City Manager: Update for week of 4/20/2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

From Debbie Tarry, Shoreline City Manager

Weekly Update for Week of 4/20/2015

A few quick celebrations before the update!
·         Yesterday the Sound Transit Board made their final project selection for the “Lynnwood Link” extension.  This is the extension that will bring two stations to Shoreline – at 145th and 185th.  The final project selection included a preference to keep the parking garage at the 185th station on the west side of I-5.  The Sound Transit Board also adopted an amendment that clarified their commitment to partner with local jurisdictions with stations to make sure that there is adequate pedestrian, bike and vehicle access within the ¼ mile area around each station.
·         Late last week the State House of Representatives included $25 million for the 145th/SR 523 Corridor improvements in their recommended transportation budget.  Now we hope that the Senate will concur and include the final transportation budget!  Representatives Kaggi, Ryu, and Clibborn were instrumental in getting this included in the House budget.

Council Meetings

April 13 Follow-Up
·         Ordinance No. 711 - Debt Collection: Councilmember Roberts requested a copy of the City’s current Policy and Procedure for debt collection.

April 20  - Business Meeting
Council Approved the following:

·         Authorized the City Manager to sign a Cooperative Joint Agreement with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) for Patrol and Emergency Police Services.  This agreement provides that DSHS will pay for 50% of the cost of new police officer in return for that officer spending approximately 20 hours a week of dedicated campus patrol and response services to the DSHS-operated Fircrest School in Shoreline.
·         Adopted Resolution No. 372 - Repealing Post-Issuance Tax Compliance Policies for Tax-Exempt Bonds Adopted in Resolution No. 308 and Approved the Revised Policies

·         Adopted Ordinance No. 709 – 2015 Budget Amendment – This amendment included establishing a 2015 Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Extra-Help Pay Schedule; funding for a new police officer with approximately 50% of their time dedicated to patrol and emergency police services to the Fircrest School and 50% of their time providing jail transport services; additional funding related to the light-rail station sub-area planning processes; increased funding to acquire a asphalt patching machine; and increased funding for a few capital projects including the Einstein Safe Routes to School sidewalk project, Surface Water Green Works Projects, and the Puget Sound Drainage Basin Plan.

·         Adopted Ordinance No. 708 Amending the 2015 Budget for Uncompleted 2014 Operating and Capital Projects -

·         Held a Public Hearing and Discussion on Ordinance No. 715 – Amending the Shoreline Municipal Code Section 3.60 Revenue Authority for the Transportation Benefit District (Tolling) - This was a public hearing on changing the municipal code related to the TBD's ability to collect tolls. Adoption of the Code amendment does not enact tolls; this just provides for the ability to do so as is already outlined in state law. The item will be brought back for Council adoption on May 4.

·         Adopted a Resolution to Transfer Fiber Optic Franchise Agreement to Zayo from Abovenet - This Resolution changes control of this fiber optic franchise from Abovenet to Zayo following Zayo's purchase of Abovenet.

·         Discussed the 4th Quarter Update Financial Report and 2014 CIP Update: The highlights include that we exceeded our ten-year financial sustainability goals for 2014!  The 10 Financial Sustainability Plan (10YFSP) included targets of annually collecting 101% of the budgeted revenue and only spending 98% of the budgeted expenditures.  In 2014, we collected 104.6% of the budgeted revenues, about $1.6 million more than expected, and we expended approximately 95% of the adopted operating budget, or approximately $1.8 less than originally planned.  As a result – $3.4 million was added to the City’s reserves.  It is likely that some of this increase in reserves will be used to increase our grant-match fund and to help fund some key capital investment projects.   

April 27 – Meeting Cancelled

Shoreline Community College (SCC) Meeting

Last week, Mayor Winstead and I met with the College President, members of the SCC Foundation, the School District Superintendent and the President of the Shoreline Public School Foundation to discuss SCC’s plans to kick-off a strategic planning process and their plans to “modernize” some of the interiors of their facilities. In conjunction with the recent kick-off of their Shoreline Scholars (2 Year Full-Ride Scholarships), they are looking for opportunities to heighten the awareness and presence of the college in the Shoreline community.


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