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05/28/2019 City Manager UpdateB US INE S S O F T HE C I T Y C O UNC IL YAK I M A, WAS HI NG T O N AG E ND A S TAT E M E NT I tem No. 3. F or Meeting of : May 28, 2019 I T E M T IT L E :City Manager update S UB M IT T E D B Y:Cliff Moore, City Manager S UM M ARY E X P L ANAT IO N: City Manager Update I tems: 1. Mill site 2. L etter to Yakima County D epartment of C orrections re: cost of medical care for inmates 3. Water bill issue with Astria R egional Medical Center 4. AW C Conf erence J une 25-28 S pokane 5. L E D streetlight project 6. A ssistant City Manager and Deputy F ire C hief positions 7. P lanning C ommission liaison 8. S enate B ill 5497 / I C E f lights I T E M B UD G E T E D: S T RAT E G I C P RIO RIT Y: AP P RO V E D F O R S UB M IT TAL :C ity Manager S TAF F RE C O M M E ND AT I O N: B O ARD/C O M M IT T E E RE C O M M E ND AT IO N: AT TAC HM E NT S: D escr iption Upload D ate Type 2.1. mill site update 5/23/2019 Cover Memo 2.2 healthcare county jail 5/21/2019 Cover Memo 1 2.3 Astria water bill 5/23/2019 Cover Memo 2.8 SB5497 5/23/2019 Cover Memo 2 Memorandum To: Honorable Mayor and City Council From: Joan Davenport, Community Development Director Jeff Cutter, City Attorney Date: May 21, 2019 Subject: Status Update on Cascade Mill Redevelopment Project Right of Way (ROW) acquisition for the East-West Corridor and Bravo Company Boulevard within the City limits 1. The ROW acquisition process changed after the Yakama Nation appealed the City of Yakima SEPA determination for Bravo Co Boulevard construction, and the City withdrew the SEPA process. To resolve that appeal, the City agreed to participate in the environmental review for the entire East-West Corridor under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Yakima County is the lead agency. The NEPA process requires compliance with the Federal Uniform Relocation Act (URA). 2. Among other obligations, compliance with the URA requires: a) The City offer to acquire property based on just compensation. b) The City set just compensation through the execution of appraisals from qualified appraisers, subject to WSDOT review. c) Once appraisals are completed and reviewed, the City must offer no less than the appraised value of the property. d) The City cannot begin negotiations with property owners prior to an offer based on just compensation. 3. The status of the ROW acquisition under the URA is as follows: a. The City is looking to acquire portions of six parcels located on the former Mill Site property. b. Total ROW acquisition is about 14 acres and is limited to the former Boise Cascade Mill site. No additional ROW is necessary along “H” Street. c. The City is in the final process of receiving the appraisals and the peer review from WSDOT to confirm the value of the compensation to be offered. At that point the City will make an offer on portions of the roadway, and inform the owners of their right to donate property. d. Purchase of ROW not donated is eligible for LIFT funding. 4. The Mill Site owners have partnered with the City over the last ten years in the redevelopment, I-82 access, and roadway projects. In addition, the owners and the City have a long history associated with cleanup of the former Boise Cascade Mill and the landfill the City briefly operated on the mill property. The unique relationship the City has with the owners due to ten years of project development, alongside project timing issues and cleanup obligations to Ecology, require information sharing. The City’s attorneys keep regular calls with the owners to provide project status updates. That said, before just compensation is set and an offer is made, no negotiations for ROW acquisition will take place. Therefore, the owners have been informed 3 of the URA process and status, but no ROW negotiations have occurred since the project was federalized. 5. The owners are aware of the URA process and are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to engage in negotiations once it is appropriate to do so. 6. We expect to meet project deadlines and needs. We continue to work closely with the County and the broad range of consultants and sub-consultants to ensure that this unique opportunity for the community is fully realized. In addition, WSDOT, FHWA, and Ecology are all working with the City to move the critical project forward. Interim Action Work Plan (IAWP) 1. The purpose of the IAWP is to authorize the construction of roadways over the Landfill Site and a portion of the Mill Site adjacent to the north prior to the cleanup of the remainder of the Landfill Site and ensure consistency of the environmental work at the entire Mill Site. 2. The City has worked closely with Ecology to ensure the roadway project does not pose a threat to human health and the environment, and the IAWP document outlines the steps the County and City contractors will take to ensure Ecology is comfortable with roadway construction. This includes: a) The inclusion of landfill gas mitigation measures b) Contingency planning for unexpected contamination encounters c) Proper handling of excavated materials d) Adequately addressing any displaced investigation wells, sampling events, or information gaps on either the Mill Site or the Landfill Site. NEPA Review in Cooperation with Yakima County On April 17, 2019 the City participated with Yakima County to host a public meeting to provide an opportunity for the public to come see the preliminary alignment of the entire East-West Corridor. We invited property owners adjacent to the planned roadway. The meeting was held at the Convention Center. About 100 persons attended. Many people had questions for Yakima County about the alignment of the corridor in Terrace Heights. Within the city of Yakima, the most frequent question we had were about the design of pedestrian and bicycle facilities on H Street. 4 5 6 City of Yakima Department of Finance and Budget 129 North 2nd Street, Yakima, WA 98901 (509) 575-6070 www.yakimawa.gov April 26, 2019 Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center Attn: Cary Rowan, Chief Financial Officer 110 South 9th Avenue Yakima, WA 98902 Re: Delinquent City of Yakima Water Accounts Dear Mr. Rowan: Please be advised that Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center is delinquent in payment of Seventy Six Thousand Eight Hundred Thirteen Dollars ($76,813) in domestic water and irrigation accounts, as detailed on the attached delinquent account summary. These delinquent accounts date back to invoices mailed in October with payments due November. The City is providing this notice of delinquent accounts in accordance with RCW 35.21.290 and 35.21.300, to advise you that unless these delinquent accounts are paid in full by no later than May 24, 2019, as provided by law, the City may suspend water service to all of the delinquent accounts until the past due amounts have been paid. If Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center disputes this past due amount, a representative of the Regional Medical & Cardiac Center may appear for a hearing on whatever amounts are in dispute. The hearing will be held on May 10, 2019, at the City of Yakima Finance Department, at which time your representative can present the basis for whatever disputed amount is claimed. Please call 576-6615 to arrange a convenient time to present whatever information you believe is relevant to support the disputed charge(s). If no hearing is scheduled, the City will expect payment in full on the delinquent accounts by the May 24, 2019 date in order to avoid suspension of water services. Please be further advised that in the event suspension of water service is necessary, in accordance with YMC 7.50.040 there will be an additional service charge for each water service disconnected prior to water service being restored. Payment on these delinquent accounts should be directed to: City of Yakima, Attn: Utility Billing 129 North 2nd Street, Yakima, WA 98901-2632 Sincerely, Steve Groom Finance Director Encl. 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20