Soon after city officials gathered at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 16, to break ground with golden shovels for Phase I of Airport Boulevard, city council approved an amendment at its 7 p.m. meeting to a contract with Perteet, Inc., to design the extension and connection of another street, 173rd, from 43rd Avenue to that same Airport Boulevard.
The initial contract with Perteet included design work and the procurement of right-of-way (ROW) from Smokey Point Boulevard to 43rd Street.
The design work is for approximately 2,700 feet of roadway, according to Public Works director James Kelly.
Design work for a new street behind the Cascade Skagit Health Alliance medical care facility at 3823-172nd Street in Smokey Point has been in the works for a while. Community input last winter suggested that three blocks wouldn't help traffic.
Both the extension of 173rd Street and Airport Boulevard are part of the city's transportation improvement plan, which is an element of its comprehensive plan.
The amendment to the contract also includes an analysis for a new signal at 173rd Street and Smokey Point Boulevard. The original contract with Perteet was for a little more than $117,100, and amendment will cost $65,000, for a total of $182,100.
Also on July 16, council approved a contract with Murray Smith & Associates to examine the Prairie Creek drainage system and explore strategies to reduce flooding. Development and stream routing in the headwaters of Prairie Creek have increased the amount of stormwater runoff and subsequent stream flow in Prairie Creek, according to public works. Due to undersized culverts at 71st Avenue, 74th Avenue, 204th Avenue, the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad, and 69th Avenue, increased stream flow flooding has caused impacts to businesses along 204th Street and in the business park.
MSA will propose interim flood mitigation solutions, a strategy for replacing Prairie Creek culverts, and other steps necessary to complete Phase 2, including construction plans, specifications and cost estimates.
It is the season for public works projects.
Council also agreed to hire Trenchless Construction, Inc., the low bidder, to relocate a city-owned water main along Burn Road. Snohomish County is planning to replace a 30-inch circular storm culvert with a 15-foot wide fish passable culvert to help alleviate flooding on Burn Road and promote fish migration. The city's franchise agreement with Snohomish County requires Arlington to accommodate any Snohomish County road improvement project at its own expense. Arlington was notified earlier this year that this project was set for construction on Aug. 6. Trenchless Construction will use a horizontal directional drilling (HDD) method.
Cannabis and gambling
• Council voted to extend the city's moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and collective gardens for another six months to Feb. 15, 2013. Collective gardens were authorized by the Legislature in 2011 and Arlington City Council approved its first moratorium on August 15, 2011. Staff reviewed strategies in Lake Stevens and Marysville, and Arlington joined them in their moratoriums, "until additional direction is provided by the state Legislature," as suggested by community development director, David Kuhl, last month.
Council held another public hearing on the issue on July 2, 2012, with no comments from the public.
• Earlier this year, the owners of Ace's Casino requested a change to the city's land use code on allowed locations for gambling establishments. In its review of the city's code for gambling establishments, Arlington's planning commission recommended that the city consider an update to its tax structure on gambling establishments and recommended adopting a stratified taxation system, similar to Tukwila's. Taxes levied on gambling establishments would increase if additional card rooms were to locate within the city limits. Council approved the revised ordinance to allow gambling along I-5, north of 172nd Street.