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Council discusses variety of issues


August 9, 2017 | View PDF

Arlington City Council met on Monday, Aug. 7, to vote on several issues discussed at the July 25 workshop meeting, before launching their summer break. There will be no more meetings until after Labor Day.

On July 24, Police Chief Jonathan Venture presented another strategy for ridding city streets of drug dealers. He explained a program called SODA (Stay Out of Designated Areas) to “trespass” repeat offenders from the Smokey Point corridor, where special forces are arresting 20 people a night. An ordinance was to be presented at this Monday’s meeting for a vote.

The Planning Commission voted unanimously against a tax exemption for urban center/multi-family developments and staff also recommended rejecting the idea, because it would conflict with mixed-use development strategies, said Marc Hayes, community development director.

Public Works has proposed modifying the billing structure for multi-family and commercial services, with no changes to single family residential rates. Modifications include changing from metering each apartment to a single meter for apartment complexes. It will be up to landlords to determine charges to their tenants, said Jim Kelly, Public Works Director, at the July 24 workshop meeting.

Council is also expected to approve an agreement for the acquisition of right-of-way for Arlington Valley Road, which is scheduled for construction next year, from 188th Street to 204th Street.

And a contract with Murraysmith Inc. (MSA) engineers to prepare construction documents, including drawings, specifications and cost estimates, for water main replacement and pavement preservation work planned from 2018 to 2021. An estimate of $320,000 will cover the cost of the advance planning. Funding for this work will be divided among water Capital Improvement Fund, Sewer CIP Fund, Storm CIP fund and the Transportation Benefit District funds, Kelly told council.

Staff is also requesting approval to pay almost $78,000 for an upgrade from an 8-inch water main to a 12-inch water main, beyond city limits to Hayden Park on 91st Avenue NE. A staff analysis determined that an 8-inch pipe would be adequate for Hayden Park but a 12-inch water main would accommodate future growth in the area, so the city needs to pay the difference.

State auditors are expected to show up on Aug. 21 to conduct an accountability and financial statement audit of 2016, according to Kristin Garcia, finance director.


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