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City Council considers bids, board appointments

 


At this Monday’s workshop meeting, on April 10, Arlington City Council was scheduled to review the apparent low bidder for an asphalt overlay pavement preservation project on 67th Avenue from 172nd Street to 180th Street NE with the replacement of ADA curb ramps at Highland View Drive, Upland Drive and Bovee Lane.

Three bids were opened April 4 and the apparent low bid of $460,846 was offered by Lakeside Industries.

The city received a grant of $184,838 by Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) for the project, which was estimated by the city engineer at about $380,000. A vote is scheduled for April 17.

Council was also scheduled to discuss an estimate of $23,565 for a “Sensus Vehicle Gateway Base Station Package” to enable reading water meters from a moving vehicle and the purchase of a new John Deere 5115M Utility tractor for maintaining grass height at 6-12 inches in certain areas of the airport that were formerly cut and baled as hay rather than mowed. The additional tractor will allow staff to maintain compliance with the federal Wildlife Hazard Assessment recommendations that were adopted in the airport management plan. The $70,559 purchase was not included in the 2017/2018 budget, but there is $167,870 in the equipment replacement fund, according to council documents. The additional tractor would provide backup to the current 2002 John Deere 6410 with approximately 9,400 hours of use recorded. The tractor will use a 22-foot tow behind flex wing mower that was recently purchased. Mowing schedules will be modified so that both tractor/mowers can be used without the need for additional staffing.

The city is also considering revisions to cemetery fees in order to increase operating revenue. The cemetery board is recommending that an endowment fund diversion be reduced from 20 percent of sale price to 10 percent on each grave, niche or crypt sold, as required by state law, which requires a cemetery authority to deposit at least 10 percent of income from gross sales for an care endowment fund.

Staff is recommending appointment of Jesica Ronhaar to the city’s Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission (PARC) and Jennifer Holocker and Erik Granroth to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC). The LTAC is comprised of five members: two from businesses that collect the tax, two from organizations that are eligible to receive the funds and one member from City Council.

The committee is charged with making recommendations for allocation of lodging tax funds collected in city limits.

Currently, Matthew Rosenthal, from Arlington’s Best Western, represents hoteliers.

Last year's representatives from organizations funded by the program (Stillaguamish Genealogical Society and Arlington Arts Council) whose terms ended, are being replaced by Holocker and Granroth, both from the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce.

A second representative from a hotel or motel is still needed.

City Council is represented by Jesica Stickles.

Lodging tax grants were one of several items included in the agenda of the city council’s spring retreat held at Semiahmoo Resort this past weekend.

The agenda included a review of city goals, an update on marketing the city’s Manufacturing and Industrial Center (MIC) and other focus areas, further discussion of a regional fire authority and the horizontal mixed use development code and plans for transportation.

Council and staff were also expected to discuss policies on finance reserves and purchasing.

Monday’s workshop agenda included a presentation by Brenda White on PUD projects in Arlington.

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