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Council votes 5-2 for roundabout at No-See-Um
Compiled by Vince Lovato,
Mirror Editor
Jan. 10, Chelan City Hall
Roll Call: Goedde, McCardle, Higgins, Isenhart, Cooney, Harper, Morehouse, Steele

A. Approve Minutes of Dec. 6, 2012 Special Meeting
B. Approve Minutes of Dec. 13, 2012 Council Meeting
C. Approve Year End Payroll & Claim Warrants (Reviewed by Cooney)
D. Approve Payroll & Claim Warrants (Reviewed by Higgins)
E. Excuse Council member Morehouse from Dec. 6, 2012 Special Meeting (Goedde)
F. Confirm Reappointment of Terri Emery to the P&R Advisory Board (Goedde)
G. Confirm Reappointment of Gary Searle to the P&R Advisory Board (Goedde)
H. Acknowledge Reappointment of Joe Collins to Planning Commission (Goedde)
I. Change Order #3 for WWTP Pipeline Project (Van Epps)
J. Change Order #5 for WWTP Phase II (Van Epps)
K. Addendum to Mack Restaurants (Lakeview ) Contract (Galbraith)
L. Set Special Meeting for Joint City Council & Planning Commission SMP Workshop (Gildroy)

Resolution Identifying Legislative Priorities (Schmidt)
AMENDED: At the Dec. 13, 2012 meeting, City Council asked the attached proposed Resolution be amended to include another legislative priority pertaining to Lake Chelan and Department of Ecology regulations. The amended proposed Resolution is attached with the additional legislative priority.

Suggested Motion: I move to adopt Resolution 2013-1250 identifying City Council's 2013 Legislative Priorities Resolution as presented.

1. Support the City of Chelan Public Works Trust Fund Application to fund the Woodin Ave Bridge Pedestrian Improvement Project.

2. Support transportation construction funding for the "No-See-Um" Intersection Improvement Project.

3. Encourage the Department of Ecology to recognize Lake Chelan as a unique body of water where usual shoreline regulations do not pertain or adeptly apply to deep water lakes such as Lake Chelan.

4. Restore diverted liquor revenue and retain existing state-shared city revenues during these fiscally challenging times.

5. Preserve current local revenue authorities like local business licensing taxes and seek to develop new options.

6. Collaborate with the state to increase multi-modal transportation funding and expand sustainable revenue options.

7. Authorize tax increment financing and fine-tune other tools that help foster job creation and retention in cities.

8. Keep funding for critical infrastructure programs like the Public Works Trust Fund and don't divert capital investment dollars to the general fund

9. Allow cities to be more flexible and responsive to fiscal challenges, such as managing personnel costs.

10. Fund critical mandates like municipal storm-water and refrain from adding any new unfunded or underfunded mandates. Support.

11. Strengthen public records access by curbing abusive requests.

12. Support a balanced approach to communication and information technology policy that allows new technologies to flourish while maintaining local regulatory and taxing authority.

13. Support increased state financial and other assistance to replace and upgrade aging infrastructure and fund new infrastructure to ensure public health and safety.

Resolution Stating Council's Position on GBI/Three Fingers

Contract for Emergency Services
with a fee based on population of the jurisdiction being serviced.

Bid Award for Sewer Lift Station No. 2 Construction

Contract for Construction Administration for Sewer Lift Station No. 2

Contract with KPFF for Woodin Avenue Bridge Sidewalk Project

Vince Lovato

Chelan City Council members gave a lukewarm 5-2 vote of support to a proposed roundabout and realignment project at No-See-Um Road and State Highway 150, that is only halfheartedly supported by the public and has little chances of receiving state funding in the near future.

Still, the issue brought strong concerns from council members and landowners who will be affected by the project.

A WSDOT engineer gave a presentation to the council Thursday (Jan. 10) stating that the public feedback from a November open house showed 30 residents supported a roundabout while 14 did not with 15 somewhere in the middle and eight suggesting alternatives.

"I can't believe 30 people supported this," Cooney said. "I have not found one person in support of this thing. To me it seems like when there's traffic enhancements the state immediately goes to roundabouts."

The WSDOT engineer said they must consider a roundabout before any other resolutions.

A Mirror survey of 13 attendees showed absolutely no support of a roundabout with many alluding to the controversial roundabout recently installed at the Stemilt Plant and U.S. 97A.

The WSDOT project proposes realigning No-See-Um Road and Golf Course Drive with Spader Bay Road, elevating the highway to reduce the grades, and installing an oval-shaped roundabout. It also calls for sidewalks and a speed reduction to 30 mph.

The engineer told council members he had to have support from them by June to have any chance of funding in 2014.
"Why spend money up there when nobody uses sidewalks up there?" asked Councilman Guy Harper. "Why can't we trail plan with the county? Widen shoulders for bikes and add walkways. Once growth takes place around that intersection, this (sidewalk proposal) will breakdown."

Council member Erin McCardle and Michael Steele voted not to support the proposal. McCardle feared state-level politicians representing Chelan might lose some political clout against other projects.

"My No. 1 priority is the Old Bridge," McCardle said. "I wouldn't want anything to impact that decision."
Steele didn't see the need for a $7 million to $9 million project without more reasons.

"What was the impetus for this?" Steele said. "There haven't been many accidents there as I recall. So what, with this design, does this do for traffic control?"

Public Works Director Dwane Van Eppps said when developers of land above the golf course and in Lord Acres applied for permits in 2006, residents complained that allowing growth would make the intersection more dangerous.

Planning Director Craig Gildroy said no matter what happened with the design of the intersection, new development would pay for it.

The project would also require the purchase of private property and the removal of one residential home.
"So you (WSDOT) don't want to fund it and we don't want to fund it," said Councilman Mike Cooney. "But I go up there two or three times a day and I don't see a $7 million spend. It seems like its overkill for what this is about."

Developer Ted Schroth, who recently purchased the subdivision known as Granite Ridge and renamed it Chelan Lookout, said he has and will invest considerable amounts of money in the project area.

"We are about to invest a lot of money into this and I don't want to waste it," he told the council.

Tara Agostinelli and her husband own land near Spader Bay Road.

"I love growth and I'm excited to see Chelan boom and new
development," she said. "But this seems excessive. Is there a way to do this without being so grand? It's still Chelan. Let's make it relevant to Chelan, not Seattle or Spokane or even Wenatchee."

Councilman Skip Morehouse supported the project.

"I look at this as a safety issue, primarily," he said. "We can spend a few million now and in 5 or 10 years you have to do it again. Or we can look at this as a 20- or 30-year plan and the safety aspect. If miss a signal light, you'll T-bone someone and probably kill them. A roundabout is designed so you have to slow down."

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Justin Saunders

What would you guys say if the article said this?

"The Council has proposed to hire Three Officers to specifically patrol 200 yards of no-seem-un-road five days a week on rotating 8 hour shifts. Each Deupty would be Lateral Entry at $3863-$4695 a month depending on experience and will be activily patrolling the area for the next 41 to 50 years. This would be based on a 7 million dollar budget created by the city council. The council is debating adding a 4th officer at the cost of about 2 million over the next 41 to 50 years."

$4695 a month x 3 Officers x 12 months = Yearly Cost,

7,000,000 / Yearly Cost = how many years you can employ Officers on that budget.

Keep in mind that's paying Lateral Entry Officers (2years+) at a maximum salary with the lowest of a 7 million dollar budget which would be funded for 41 years.

Is this a logical plan B? Not at all, but it's what you could do with the 7 million that they'll be spending on this very costly project for a round-about. I feel the round-about idea was sugarcoated enough to pass in vote without breaking it down to see the reality of the cost.

Also if you want to get technical it wouldn't be 41 years because raises would be given over that time period. So like, 35 maybe?

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