|Public participation opportunities for future city improvement projects|
|Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff|
|Friday, 28 May 2010 08:49|
As the city begins putting together its "shopping list" of future road, sidewalk, facility, and other infrastructure projects, it is seeking citizen comments and ideas on proposed and new capital projects for the 2011-2017 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). An open house is scheduled for June 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Evergreen Room of the Carol Edwards Center (17401 133rd Avenue, NE Woodinville). Citizens will have the opportunity to talk to staff on all CIP-related subjects, ask questions, and even draw out their own ideas. Drawings and details of planned projects will be on display, along with complimentary refreshments to complete the experience.
A capital improvement project is a major, non-routine expenditure for property acquisition, new construction, or improvement to existing buildings, facilities, land or infrastructure (which includes roads) with an estimated useful life of five or more years and a total cost of $50,000 or more. Every two years, in conjunction with the city’s biennial budget process, the city revises its CIP, a list of priority projects showing the estimated costs and sources of revenue and funding for the selected projects (over a six-year period). The CIP is used to identify the city’s priorities and financial ability to manage the physical development of the community. The list of projects is divided into several different categories, encompassing all of the types of projects that the city constructs: roads, non-motorized transportation infrastructure, parks, stormwater infrastructure, and other city facilities. The city evaluates each project according to its ability to meet policy and service goals stated in the city’s comprehensive plan, while also taking into account its overall budget and revenue sources to ensure the conscientious use of taxpayer money.
If you have ideas about future city projects, let the city know. Nominations may be submitted at the open house or on-line at www.ci.woodinville.wa.us/ContactUs/Capital_Project_Nomination.asp. A paper version of the nomination form is also available at City Hall. For further details, contact Assistant to the City Manager, Alexandra Miller at (425) 877-2266.