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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