Hear what your neighbors have to say about NEP and learn about the process from this informational video: What is NEP?
West Bellevue NEP kicks off virtually January 27!
West Bellevue residents - mark your calendars to join your neighbors and city staff to learn about NEP coming to your area.
Wednesday, Jan. 27
Virtual Zoom Meeting
A Zoom link will be sent prior to the meeting date.
City staff will provide attendees with a brief overview of the program guidelines and schedule, answer questions, and invite folks to share, discuss and submit project ideas. City project managers will be available in breakout rooms for specific project discussion.
Bring your ideas and brainstorm about projects you'd like to see funded with the $294,000 in funds available to your neighborhood.
Wilburton projects chosen by residents
Wilburton residents: Thank you to all Wilburton neighbors who participated in the Neighborhood Enhancement Program over the past several months!
Three new capital improvement projects will be funded from the $133,000 Wilburton allotted budget:
Wilburton Corner Street Lighting: This project will install new LED streetlights on existing PSE utility poles at select intersections of neighborhood streets in the Wilburton area. Up to six (6) new streetlights will be installed. Ongoing electricity costs will be paid for by the city.
Wilburton Hill Park Ivy Out: This project will involve the removal of non-native English ivy (Hedera helix) from natural forested areas within Wilburton Hill Park. The scope of work will involve removal of English ivy from the forest floor and removal of ivy growing up existing native trees. Although ivy will be the primary target, other non-native invasive weeds such as hawthorn, Himalayan blackberry and periwinkle will also be removed. All the areas impacted by the removal of invasive weeds will be replanted with native trees and shrubs that are suitable for site conditions. The new plantings will be watered and maintained by city staff until they are established and self-sustainable. This project will result in a more diverse and healthy forest ecosystem at Wilburton Hill Park that will enhance wildlife habitat and improve ecosystem functions.
Kelsey Pollinator Interpretive Display at Kelsey Creek Park: Bees are excellent pollinators and essential for life on earth. Bees alone are responsible for about one-third of the food we eat. Agriculture is highly dependent on honeybees. Honeybee populations have been in decline for the past decade. This project will create a living, interactive interpretive exhibit at Kelsey Creek Farm. The exhibit will include an observation hive, interpretive signage, and possibly incorporate installation of non-stinging mason bee nests in the park.
A Wilburton NEP Newsletter was mailed to each household in your area in late November with complete voting results.
When NEP comes to your neighborhood area, it follows a sequence that includes the following steps.
- Solicitation: Residents submit project ideas (mail, website or kick-off meeting).
- Scoping: Staff review project ideas using screening criteria and generate ballot projects.
- Preview: Residents review ballot projects at public open house.
- Voting: Households in the neighborhood area receive ballots in the mail to vote for three projects of their choice.
- Implementation: The city implements projects that receive the most votes within five years.