July 15, 2013
NEW — 10:22 p.m., July 15, 2013
Compared with the intense study process, the City Council’s Klahanie annexation decision was a mostly subdued affair.
With a vote of 6-1, the council’s role in this round of potential annexation took a large step forward with the decision to place the future of the Klahanie’s residents in the hands of its voters.
As opposed to the vocal public hearings and the numerous hours examining the Nesbitt Planning, Inc. financial study, a small presentation was delivered to the council by Finance Director Diane Marcotte and Bob Harrison summarizing the Land & Shore Committee’s recommendation. Following that, most of the council gave detailed reasons for individual support on the resolution and approved it.
May 14, 2013
To help the chances of receiving additional transportation funds from the Puget Sound Regional Council, the City Council has decided to apply for the title of Regional Growth Center.
The Puget Sound Regional Council provides transportation grants and support for four counties in the area. Regional Growth Centers have a heightened visibility when money is available for such projects.
April 9, 2013
After a hourlong presentation delivered from the Parks & Recreations Department on a proposed park bond, the City Council decided to move forward with the discussion instead of acting immediately.
It was introduced by Councilwoman Eileen Barber, chairwoman of the council Services & Safety Committee, who detailed the goals the city accomplished with previous park bonds. In the 2006 passage that gave the department $3.5 million of tax funds, the Parks & Recreation administration was able to leverage it into $6.25 million through grant funding.
“We do well with our park bonds,” Barber said.
March 27, 2013
New on March 27, 3:30 p.m.
The city’s four council committees appear poised to turn into three.
Discussed at the March 26 Whole of the Council committee meeting as members looked through recommendations from the Services and Safety Committee on how to more efficiently structure the government, the five present council members all voiced their initial support for folding the Transportation and Utilities committees together.