Trestle decision awaits public input
by Jeff Switzer
In an unexpected turn of events, the Bothell City Council has authorized the City Manager to sign the interlocal agreement between King County and the City of Bothell contingent upon King County holding up their end of the bargain with a public meeting.
The change came after citizens testified that a more thorough public process had not taken place. The agreement had been part of the consent agenda and not scheduled for discussion.
"It's not just a neighborhood bridge, it's a city thing," said area resident Steve Seiller. "I could live with [the upgrade] if most people were in favor of it, but there hasn't been any process to assess that or the local impacts."
A design open house is scheduled for June 4 at 7 p.m. at Bothell's City Hall, 18305 101st Ave. NE, Bothell, where the county will be presenting the proposals for the upgrade to the public, as well as discussing access and the future trail route to Blyth Park.
The interlocal agreement has Bothell paying $53,000 for its share of the trestle upgrade, which will place concrete decking and railing on the trestle, as well as complete the trail link to Blyth Park.
"When the council made that decision to contribute, they also emphasized the importance of public input and encouraged King County to seek input," said Manny Ocampo, assistant city manager.