This week, the vacant City Council position continues to spark interest with emails pouring into City Hall regarding the public’s thoughts on various candidates. The City Council will conduct the final interview and appointment on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Council candidates are: Caroline Belleci, Frank Boykin, Ken Campbell, Ross Hjelseth and Mark Kahley.
People still have the opportunity to watch the League of Women Voters’ Forum which is approximately 1.5 hours long and plays back at 6 and 12 am and 6 and 12 pm each day within the City of University Place limits on Click! Channel 12 and Comcast Channel 21. You can also view the forum and obtain additional information about the candidates on the City website at www.CityofUP.com.
We encourage you to send your comments to the City Council via email at City_Hall@CityofUP.com, by phone at (253) 566-5656 or by mail to City Hall, 3715 Bridgeport Way W, University Place 98466. We look forward to hearing from you!
Road projects can only mean Spring is around the corner! Some of our current projects include:
- Bridgeport Way (between Cirque and 54th). You may have noticed road crews are installing irrigation, landscaping and street signals along Bridgeport Way. If the weather cooperates, the crews will start working on road striping within the next few weeks with final completion scheduled for this Spring.
- Bridgeport Way (35th to 37th). The creation of a new left turn and signal leading into Market court will result in temporary lane closures over the next three weeks between 35th and 37th Street along Bridgeport Way. The new left turn lane required a “lane shift” which meant the medians had to be redone as well. Crews are also working on irrigation, electricity and landscaping for the project which should be completed by Spring.
Progress on the future Library/City Hall is coming along nicely. This month we began applying the exterior finishes to the building. The major electrical and mechanical work is also underway along with the first elevator being scheduled for installation in late February. Free hardhat tours of the site are available by calling Diana Neufeld at 460-2526.
70th Avenue – New sidewalks and streetlights are being installed on the west side of the street in this project which is funded by a Community Development Block Grant.
Fees & Charges Discussion
Our Economic Development Commission along with a group of stakeholders (including representatives from Master Builders Association), is examining fee and rate increases for various building projects. Discussions will center around issues such as the city’s ability to recover the cost of processing permits and inspections while balancing the need for economic development. For more information, contact David Swindale at 460-2519.
Thinking about a building project or remodel? Make sure you’re up to date on current codes and requirements. You can go online at www.cityofup.com or contact our Building and Planning Department at 460-2524.
As always, I welcome your questions and comments. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Mayor, City of University Place