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October 11, 2017 | View PDF

At this Monday’s workshop meeting, Oct. 9, Arlington City Council was scheduled to review two right-of-way acquisitions, an amendment to a contract with Reid Middleton, and an agreement with WSDOT, all toward construction of the Arlington Valley Road next year.

Terry Grooms, Stack Design, is conveying a strip of property along 188th Street NE for widening and improving the existing roadway and Vern Rengen is dedicating a 74th Avenue access road. That section of 74th Avenue was created by a Boundary Line Adjustment in 1996 and identified as a private access and utility easement that was to be dedicated eventually to the city of Arlington.

Staff is also proposing an amendment to a contract with Reid Middleton for additional engineering and design services for the Arlington Valley Road project. Middleton has been designing the road project that includes an intersection of 74th Avenue with 204th Street.

This contract supplement is for additional engineering design associated with a revised alignment due to a revised right-of-way acquisition.

The original contract for $176,230 has grown to $310,500, after four supplements to the contract, for planning a traffic signal ($55,478), water and sewer ($40,822) an additional intersection ($15,651) and this alignment revision ($22,322).

The design phase of the project is due for completion this year, with construction starting in early 2018.

An amendment to a right-of-way procedure defined by Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is needed to include City Attorney Steve Peiffle as city staff. In 20167, the city adopted the WSDOT policies as required for projects funded in part by a WSDOT federal grant, but Peiffle was not named in the original agreement.

Council is also considering the replacement of a third water pump that was planned for 2018. The first pump was replaced in 2016 and this year Public Works called for bids to replace pump No. 3. Staff is proposing to replace pump No. 2 this year as well, rather than wait for 2018, to use the current bid, which was the only response to the call for bids. The bid of $54,032 came from Pump Tech, Inc. and the vendor agreed to honor the bid price for a second pump, Public Works Director Jim Kelly said in council documents.

The pumps have been in use nearly 20 years and are critical to Water Treatment Plant operations for pumping potable water into the distribution system, Kelly said. Funds are available in the 2017 water capital budget without an amendment,.

Also this week, council is considering six applicants to the Arlington Youth Council, as proposed by Sarah Lopez, from the administration office. The youth council was established in 2016 as a strategy for community revitalization and to give youth a voice in city government. Youth in grades 8-12 in the Arlington School District or who have an Arlington address are eligible to join. The city received applications from last year’s council members Alec Villa, Cole Cramer and Olivia Walker and three new ones from Grace Williams, Aryana Ahlen and Victoria Wilde. Lopez recommended appointing all applicants to the 2017-2018 Youth Council.

Council is also reviewing a proposed amendment to a inter-local agreement with 11 other agencies for in-service training of police, as proposed by Police Chief Jonathan Ventura. Hosted by the city of Everett, the annual Police Skills Refresher training course covers various law enforcement topics aligned with state requirements. The proposed amendment adds the Stillaguamish Tribal Police Department to be party to the agreement.

An update to the Transportation 2035 Plan is proposed to bring it in alignment with the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The update was approved by the Arlington Planning Commission and received concurrence from Puget Sound Regional Council.

Votes are projected for the Oct. 16 regular council meeting.


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