|10/31/2012 12:46:00 PM|
City applies for funds to repair Ski Hill Drive
Leavenworth city officials received a bit of good news last week regarding Ski Hill Drive. City Engineer Dave Schettler reported to the council, at the Oct. 23 city council meeting, funds to repair Ski Hill Drive may be available from the state Transportation Improvement Board.
Schettler said the TIB had approved additional funding for preservation projects in red towns, which are small town or cities with a system wide average road condition rating of under 60. The current rating for Leavenworth roads is 52.
"The targeted funds are those roads that qualify as TIB arterials. Ski Hill Drive qualifies as a candidate for the funding," Schettler said. "The proposed project would provide a two-inch overlay on Ski Hill Drive from Highway 2 to Pine Street."
The TIB requires a 5 percent local match, Schettler said. This is an application for $300,000 in funding. Mayor Cheri Kelley Farivar was excited to hear the news and quickly signed the application, he said.
"This is money we did not expect. It is a terrific opportunity for us to do a better job with Ski Hill than we thought we could do," Farivar said.
The city was planning to do some repairs to intersections on Ski Hill Drive, but the TIB funding would provide the fund for a complete overhaul of the road.
"We were going to do cut-outs of the intersections that were real bad," Schettler said. "Now, it looks as though we can do a two inch grind-out and two inch overlay."
If the funding comes in, Ski Hill could be repaired as soon as next summer.
"This means Ski Hill Drive is going to be gorgeous. We are really thrilled," Farivar said.
Health Grant Application
The city council voted unanimously to support the Chelan-Douglas Health District grant application. The money would be used to create an ordinance to reduce the non-point phosphorus pollution from septic systems in the Wenatchee River Watershed
Point sources are sewage systems operated by municipalities like Leavenworth, Cashmere and the Chelan County PUD. Non-point sources are home or private septic systems.
"Basically, we don't have an ordinance that governs inspections or improvements for these types of septic systems in regard to phosphorus," said Joel Walinski, Leavenworth city administrator. "What would the grant do? It would identify areas of the watershed where guidelines should be implemented. So, not everywhere, but definitely those close to the river."
Guidelines should be implemented to protect surface waters, Walinski said. They will start out with the science and move toward establishing those ordinances. Removal rate targets will be established for each site.
Walinski said they are primarily looking at some of the large site systems.
"Their exercise would be to look at soil maps, and do on-site testing. They will use groundwater data collect in different areas," he said. "Then, eventually they move toward putting an ordinance in place."
Councilman Elmer Larsen felt this effort would balance things out because it would focus on non-municipal systems.
The city of Leavenworth, along with other point sources in the county, is currently moving toward reducing the phosphorus pollution into the river.
Icicle Station Building
The Leavenworth City Council has approved funding to purchase a temporary waiting building at the Icicle Station on North Road. The building will be outfitted with Bavarian trim by the manufacturer. This added $3,000 to overall cost.
The cost of the building is $23,000. City officials were considering buying the building over time, but that would add $7,000 in interest to cost. Walinski recommended purchasing the building outright.
It is expected to take around a month before the building would be delivered. It is hoped the building would be ready by December, in time for Christmas Lighting.
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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