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Arlington considers ordinance against camping, solicitation


Arlington City Council was scheduled to hold a public hearing Monday, April 6, on amending an ordinance against camping and solicitation and on an ordinance to vacate Union Street.

The ACLU of Washington asked the city to reconsider an ordinance adopted in July 2014 regulating pedestrian interference, unlawful camping and other matters aimed at people living on the streets.

Under new business, council was expected to vote on a proposed settlement of a lawsuit filed against the Kinman family and a mortgage company responsible for property at 127 W. Gilman Street. Kinman had turned the property over to the mortgage company as part of a foreclosure. Squatters took over the property and connected to city utilities illegally. With the cooperation of the Kinmans, the city was able to remove the tenants and the mortgage company is willing to reimburse the city for its costs and attorney fees of about $4,500.

City council was asked to approve a partial street closure for a 5K run, sponsored by Cascade Valley Hospital and presented by Color Vibe, on Saturday, May 9. The event will begin and end at Haller Middle School stadium.

Suggested traffic control plans call for use of the parking lane (no more than 8 feet from curb), the Centennial Trail, and sidewalks. The request included a full road closure on Division Street at Talcott.

Starting at 9 a.m., runners will run north on Stillaguamish Avenue to Division Street, west to Centennial Trail, south on the trail to Olympic Hill, south on Olympic Avenue to Jensen Park, Portage Street and back north on Stillaguamish Avenue to Haller Stadium. Organizers expect the route to be reopened by 10:30 a.m. after last runner.

The closeout of phase 1 of the Prairie Creek project was also on Monday’s agenda. Taylor’s Excavators Inc. was awarded the contract in July 2013. Significant completion was issued in February 2014 with the remaining work depending on the one-year plant establishment period.

In February this year, the plantings were acceptable and the project is now fully complete to the satisfaction of city requirements.

The culvert project cost $971,912, with funding from economic development grants.

Now, council is being asked for authority to bid a waterline project in the Jensen/Kona neighborhood, after several breaks in the water main last year.

The water mains of asbestos concrete (AC) pipe and have served their useful life, according to council documents.

Replacement of AC water mains is identified in the water utility capital improvement plan and the city engineer has completed designs for water system replacement in that neighborhood.

The project includes replacement of failing AC water mains, installation of new fire hydrants and installation of new water meters. The project is being coordinated with the Transportation Benefit District’s 2015 pavement overlay program so that all impacted streets will be resurfaced after completion of the water main installation.

Council was expected to authorize the mayor to sign contracts with Rosenbauer America for new fire apparatus that was approved in October, when council approved the purchase of a ladder truck and pumper engine to replace units that are beyond their useful lives.

Contract documents have been reviewed by fire department staff, the city’s central purchasing coordinator and the city attorney.

Three proclamations were on Monday’s agenda: National Volunteer Week April 12 - 18; Arbor Day on April 11; and a “Stand Up for Transportation Day,” on April 9, a national day that highlights the critical need to invest in the nation’s transportation infrastructure.


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