Council buys land for park, addresses other issues last week
SNOHOMISH - The City Council discussed a land purchase for a future park, a traffic signal project and parking permits at the City Council’s Tuesday, Aug. 6 meeting.
The city has closed on a deal to buy a 10-acre piece of property in the northwest part of town that will someday be turned into a new city park.
The property is large enough to create space for an off-leash dog park.
The property is located at 2000 Weaver Road, west of Bickford Avenue.
“The next step will be to conduct a master planning process for this park, potentially in 2014,” City Manager Larry Bauman said. “The master plan will help us determine how to design uses for the park and decide what should be recommended regarding the house.”
There is a 1907 single-family farmhouse on the property, which the former owner of the property is renting from the city for one month. The city will need to decide what to do with the house.
The city bought the property for $699,000 and was mostly paid for by park impact fees and real estate excise taxes.
Second and Lincoln traffic signal
The city may be ready to begin construction on a traffic signal and sidewalk improvements at Second Street and Lincoln Avenue as early as mid-September, city project engineer Andy Sics said.
The project went out to bid Aug. 1. The city will know more information regarding traffic impacts once a company is selected. The bid selection is currently scheduled for the Sept. 3 City Council meeting.
The $760,000 project will be fully paid for with state and federal dollars.
The city says the project will allow the intersection of Second and Lincoln to function better logistically and provide a safer crossing for Centennial Trail users.
The project is estimated to take eight months and be completed by spring 2014.
Design work for the traffic signal project was completed in 2012.
Residents’ request to remove permit parking near Snohomish High School was denied.
The City Council did grant residents’ request to eliminate the $20 permit fee. The area will now be enforced for non-permit parking holders parking longer than the allotted time.
The City Council initially considered the request after one woman with a 15-signature petition brought the issue up at a June meeting. The petition was signed by neighbors on her block of Avenue E.
The issue was tabled until the city could further speak with the Snohomish School District, partly to ask if the high school would be willing to relax or remove its parking fees on campus. The school’s parking fees, set at $50 to $65 a year, push students to park in outlying areas, creating the need for permit parking.
In Mayor Karen Guzak’s discussion with the district, it was discovered that the school couldn’t eliminate the parking fees as they are used for the Associated Student Body (ASB) budget. According to city documents, Guzak learned that it would be “unlikely that the ASB would be able to eliminate these fees without negative impact on ASB-funded programs and events.”
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