Plus, commission appointment and Bellevue College presentation
The eight candidates for the vacant Position 5 seat had an opportunity to share more about themselves with the City Council at Monday night's extended study session. The finalists were each given 10 minutes to provide an introductory statement and respond to three standardized questions.
The candidates under consideration, who were narrowed down from a pool of 43 last week, are:
- Grant Degginger
- John deVadoss
- Aaron Laing
- Scott Lampe
- Jared Nieuwenhuis
- Ernie Simas
- Stephanie Walter
- Janice Zahn
The full interviews are available for the public to view online via Bellevue Television, Channel 21.
The council hopes to make an appointment by the end of February. Per the Revised Code of Washington, the council has until April 14 to fill the vacated seat.
The successful candidate's term will run through certification of the November General Election.
Environmental Services Commission appointment
Earlier in the meeting, councilmembers voted unanimously to appoint Sanjay Kumar to the city's Environmental Services Commission. The ESC advises the council on a number of utilities-related topics including water, wastewater, garbage programs and Capital Investment Program financing. The volunteer body is comprised of seven persons who reside in the city or within the city's service area for either the water or sewer system. Kumar will serve the remaining term for Position 2, set to expire in 2019.
The ESC is one of Bellevue's 13 boards, commissions and committees that provide detailed study and recommendations on key policy matters. Residents interested in serving can sign up for vacancy notifications at board vacancies.
Bellevue College campus master plan
The council was given an briefing on Bellevue College's ongoing plans to develop its campus. The master plan includes ideas for additional buildings on campus as well as the introduction of on-campus housing for students. The update also provided additional context around the college's request for a street vacation. A public hearing on the topic is scheduled for the Feb. 21 council meeting.
With over 32,000 students, Bellevue College is currently the third largest institution of higher education in Washington state. Councilmembers reaffirmed the city's commitment to higher education in the 2016-17 Council Priorities, adopted last year. In addition to "building on higher education opportunities in Bellevue," the council also indicated its desire to work with the college in "its efforts to develop student housing" and "establish more baccalaureate degrees."
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