May 4, 1998
Bothell council expected to finalize public safety building plans
by Northlake News staff
BOTHELL--The Bothell City Council was expected to finalize plans for the public safety facility early this week after spending last Thursday night discussing parking and other cost issues. Last week, Councilmen Mike Noblet and Jeff Merrill were ready to move forward on a chalkboard plan to spend $11.4 million to build the police station and municipal court. That would've been $1.7 million more than the $9.7 million voters approved for the project in the form of a bond last May.
The plan was roughly $300,000 more than previous estimates for the facility. It included putting $100,000 back in for sitework, $60,000 for air circulation and $100,000 to buy a 22-foot wide strip for parking. City officials told the council they would have to issue councilmanic bonds to raise money to pay the difference. The plan was voted down, 2-4, with Mayor Debbie Treen and councilmembers Sandy Guinn, Terry Olsen and Jeanne Edwards voting no.
Olsen said that while he voted no last week on the plan, he would vote yes when the council met early this week. He said he wanted more information on how much it would cost to renovate a bank building for the court instead of building a new court. Still, Treen worried about rising costs and indicated during discussion she would like to keep the project near $9.7 million. The council's decision is expected after the Northlake News' press deadline.