Gateway project passes another step before council
(Port Angeles, WA) -- The Port Angeles City Council last night debated
for a long time before taking the next step toward completion of the
International Gateway Project. In question was an amendment to a Consultant
Agreement with the architectural firm of Merritt and Pardini, which
would include added architectural, engineering and associated design
services, required for revisions and additions for the expanded parking
facilities and revised transit lane, all of which had been recommended
by the Ad Hoc Downtown Parking Committee. The total cost of services,
including the added charges is not to exceed $251-thousand dollars.
Councilman Richard Headrick wanted to table the recommendation until
July 21st, to gather more information on further funding sources for
the project from the private community, but other councilmembrs wanted
the recommendation passed, to keep the momentum of the project going.
Councilman Larry Williams said the Gateway Project is moving forward
and there is very clear direction to the Clallam Transit. Representatives
say that the next meeting on July 21st will be a "Go, No Go"
kind of discussion. In other action, the Council approved a resolution
in support of a one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax increase for Emergency
Communications Services. The measure would be on the next ballot for
voters to consider. Police Chief Tom Riepe says the 9-1-1 system is
hurting, with no dedicated source of revenue. Police Communications
Manager Naomi Wu say some of the emergency communications equipment
is older than she is and badly needs upgrading. The largest percentage
of Sales Taxes go to the State. A local tax such as this would go
directly to local government emergency services, for the benefit of
the Clallam County residents.
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