Also, departments reaccredited and Girl Scouts' 100th year
Councilmembers advanced the long-planned extension of Northeast Fourth Street, from 116th to 120th Avenue Northeast. The project is part of a broader effort to address future growth downtown, in the Wilburton area and in the Bel-Red Corridor.
After considering an alternative in an attempt to minimize impacts to specific properties, the council stuck with the original design. Even though it significantly impacts one building, it has less overall impact and is less expensive.
The Mobility and Infrastructure Initiative, first supported by the council three years ago, is a package of road improvement projects and other investments. The Northeast Fourth Street project is now estimated to cost $28 million, significantly less than originally projected because of changing economic conditions.
A construction contract for the first of the two-phase project is expected to be awarded late this year. Construction is forecast to begin in early 2013 and last through the end of the year.
A contract for another Initiative project, the first stage of widening 120th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast Fourth to Northeast Eighth Street, is also expected to be awarded later this year.
Financing for the projects comes from a variety of sources, including impact fees, bond proceeds, a local revitalization financing program, along with state and federal grants. The council also wants to reconsider the use of a smaller local improvement district (LID).
For more information, see the council agenda item at http://www.bellevuewa.gov/pdf/City%20Council/PacketStudySession3-5-122a.pdf. Video of the Council meeting, and previous meetings, is available on the Bellevue TV web page at http://www.bellevuewa.gov/bellevue_tv.htm
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Utilities, Transportation departments reaccredited
Also on Monday the council recognized Bellevue’s Utilities and Transportation departments for earning the American Public Works Association (APWA) reaccreditation. APWA recognizes agencies for their leadership in the field of public works and their dedication to continuous improvement.
Nav Otal, Utilities Director, and David Berg, Transportation Director, accepted awards for Bellevue, which is one of only four municipal agencies in Washington to receive the award. Utilities earned its first accreditation in 2004 and was reaccredited in 2008. Transportation was first accredited in 2008.
"This is a good news story," said City Manager Steve Sarkozy. "We try to benchmark what we do to the very best operations in the country, so we can assure councilmembers and the public what’s going on is service at the highest level."
During the past year, employees from both departments documented and improved 419 policies and procedures. The departments also were recognized for five "model practices" that could serve as examples to other public works agencies.
Girl Scouts 100th anniversary marked
Deputy Mayor Jennifer Robertson, a former Girl Scout and current troop leader, noted the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America with a proclamation.
There are more than 1,000 Girl Scouts and 574 adult volunteers and lifetime members in Bellevue, according to the proclamation, the full text of which is available at http://www.bellevuewa.gov/pdf/City%20Council/PacketRegularSession3-5-122a.pdf
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