Letter to the Editor: City of Lake Forest Park paid consultants $ 923,749

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

To the Editor:

The Stewardship Foundation has continuing concerns about the lack of environmental care shown in the process leading up to changing development regulations for the Lake Forest Park Town Center.

In particular we have been concerned about the viewpoints of the consultants hired by the City to guide this process, who appear to favor excessive residential development at the Town Center area. These contracts are adopted by the Council and signed by the Mayor.

The diversion of this large amount of public funds unwisely left other city projects and community needs behind.

On May 16 we filed a public records request with the City to learn the amount of City funds being paid to three consultants. These contracts began in 2017. From the official records we received several days ago, we learned that the grand total paid to the City's three primary Town Center consultants through March 16, is $ 923,749.50.

The contracted work continues, so there will be more payments, made after May 16, 2019, to add to the total.

The information we received were summary reports for these three contractors that did not clearly identify specific payments with the particular task being supported; nor is it a complete accounting of funds paid to all contractors engaged by the City for this project.

Integral to the City’s own Strategic Plan’s Values and Vision is the commitment to be “effective, efficient, financially prudent and innovative stewards of the public’s resources, and strive to achieve sustainable results.” We urge the City to fulfill this responsibility to its citizenry by demonstrating this stewardship with a timely, detailed, and comprehensive report.

Julian Andersen, President
Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation


Anonymous,  June 5, 2019 at 3:49 PM  

You can thank the brainiacs at Otak for the disastrous Shoreline rezones. Now, apparently they failed to do the city's/SoundTransit's bidding for the actually rail line with overlooking convenants because they were too focused on ruining the surrounding neighborhoods. Incompetent!

Anonymous,  June 10, 2019 at 7:23 AM  

This is a hit piece. Ironically the Stewardship Foundation (Stewarding what exactly?) spent a $1,000,000 of City funds to by 5 acres of property. Funds from the City's Capital Fund that is needed for much more important projects. The Foundation seems to want us all to live in single family homes are large lots sprawling to the mountains.

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