I’m trying out a new format for my council meeting recaps. Due to the number and variety of council meetings, it may not suit to provide a detailed recap of each event. Instead, I’m going to highlight current council issues and community news. Each update will have up to four categories- Regular Council Meetings, Work Sessions, Other News, and Information and Announcements. I hope this format will provide a more straightforward snapshot of what’s happening in the city!
May 5th Regular Council Meeting:
Phase 14 North Lions Park Street Reconstruction
The council authorized the sale of general obligation improvement bonds in the approximate amount of $2,620,000. The council will consider award of the bonds at the June 16th meeting.
Welcome Park 2015 Alley Reconstruction
The council authorized a resolution approving plans and specifications and ordering the advertisement for bids. The council will consider this project one more time before giving the final green light.
Repair of the 42nd Avenue Joint Water Commission Water Main
I covered our discussion of this topic in my previous recap. This issue is of utmost importance to the council. We have an aging water infrastructure, with most of the city’s water pipes installed in the 60’s when the city was being established. The recent water main disaster shows that we must maintain our infrastructure to prevent this from happening again. After considering several options, the council concluded that the most responsible and transparent financing option was to raise the water rate by $1.00 per 1,000 gallons. The council voted to approve this increase, with the intention to maintain this rate until at least January 2018. Even with the increase, Crystal provides clean and great tasting water at the rate of less than one cent per gallon. We can now ensure that this essential service is protected for the future.
The Council continues to discuss the ways to improve our Commissions. Read this Sun Post article for a little background. The article now contains outdated information, however, since we have made more progress in our conversation. Our ideas are still in a rough draft format, and I welcome your input if you have any ideas to add to this discussion. Please don’t hesitate to contact me!
We have recently interviewed candidates for the City Code Review Task Force. This group is charged with reviewing the entire code, and recommend changes to the Council. We have more Task Force projects planned for the future. For instance, the “Crystal Ball” Task Force will focus on organizing a new community celebration event with music and dancing. Another suggestion is to create an Urban Agriculture Task Force.
Download the Council packets here
Watch the Regular Council meetings here
Listen to the Work Sessions here.
Read Council Member Kolb's update here.
In other news:
Recently, I've been able to go on two bus tours of the city- one organized by the Parks and Rec board focusing on our parks, and the other a general tour of the city. We were able to see the various projects in process, and get a broad understanding of the needs for improvement. It's exciting to see the progress of the new Bassett Creek Playground, with the zipline going up first!
Another great event was the Arbor Day Celebration and Park Clean up at Forest Park. A fun time of cleaning up, food with neighbors, and the kids planted a tree with the help of our City Forester!
Memorial Day service at Glen Haven Gardens with Julie Deshler speaking on behalf of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.
Information and Announcements:
Basset Creek Park Cleanup is tomorrow morning, Saturday, May 30th, at 9am.
Lion’s Soo Line Neighborhood Community Garden: