More discussion of Civic Field, use of US bailout funds on July 13 council agenda
Edmonds City Council, at its business meeting on Tuesday, July 13, is scheduled to discuss further the planned redevelopment of Edmonds Civic Field – a topic that sparked much debate last week. The council is also expected to consider a proposal from Mayor Mike Nelson regarding the use of nearly $ 11.9 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds allocated to Edmonds.
The city has been working since 2017 to find ways to fund the Civic Field project – estimated in 2017 at $ 12.1 million. But now, with the challenges of site design and rising construction costs, the project faces an even higher price tag, between $ 13.5 million and $ 15 million.
At the July 13 meeting, the board will consider whether to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder – A-1 Landscaping and Construction – and approve the additional funding needed through two more construction contracts to build the park. . In addition to the base offering, the board will consider four alternative offers, each with an additional price tag. They include an interactive water feature at the entrance to the park, a climbing / climbing wall, a proposal for rubberizing the current asphalt perimeter path and the addition of metal tree grates.
Last week, council members Adrienne Fraley-Monillas and Laura Johnson questioned whether the city should go ahead with the downtown project, given its increasing cost – especially in light of the fact that ‘There are pockets of the city – like Highway 99 from Edmonds. neighborhood – which have very few parks nearby.
Regarding the use of federal COVID-19 recovery money approved by Congress earlier this year, Mayor Nelson proposed creating five programs – named the Edmonds Rescue Plan Fund – that would benefit from the full allocation of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) $ 11,893,099:
Household support: $ 4,150,000. This would include up to $ 3 million in grants to households earning no more than 40% of Edmonds’ median income for housing expenses, food, medical bills, child care, internet access. and other household expenses. Up to 400 households can receive grants of up to $ 2,500 in 2021 and 2022, with up to 200 households receiving grants of up to $ 2,500 in 2023 and 2024. In addition, $ 150,000 would be allocated for Utility Bill Support, with one-time grants of up to $ 1,000 for 150 households to help defray expenses related to the Town of Edmonds’ unpaid utility bills. Finally, up to $ 1 million (200 grants of $ 5,000 each or less) would be allocated to one-time grants for home repair, particularly focused on energy saving measures such as roof repairs. , window replacement and HVAC repair / replacement.
Business support: $ 1,125,000. This would include up to $ 200,000 in installments of $ 50,000 per year in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 for general support of Edmond’s small businesses, business districts and the broader business community. . There would also be $ 300,000 allocated to the promotion of tourism in increments of $ 75,000 per year in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 to support the promotion of tourism. And up to $ 625,000 in direct grants would be awarded to small businesses most affected by the economic recession linked to COVID-19. Grants will take the form of individual financial support grants (in the form of loans that are repayable after four months of performance), with grants of 50 grants at $ 10,000 each in 2021 and 25 grants of $ 5,000 or less in 2022. Emphasis will be placed on companies with up to 30 employees, those that have lost at least 50% of revenue due to the pandemic and that have not received more than $ 5,000 in other government support, as well as ” businesses located outside of downtown Edmonds owned by people of color, women, veterans and other minorities.
Non-profit support: $ 500,000 would be allocated to help Edmonds nonprofits that have suffered substantial financial losses due to extended shutdowns, downsizing or loss of business.
Retraining : $ 600,000 to provide financial assistance to working adults seeking vocational training, certifications, graduation or other skills upgrades at local community colleges serving Edmonds residents in the form of grants ranging up to $ 5,000 per year per student to cover tuition, fees, supplies and living expenses during the study period.
Green infrastructure: Up to $ 4,768,099 allocated to reimburse the city’s capital expenditures through 2026 associated with green infrastructure projects to improve the quality of stormwater entering Puget Sound, as directed by the American Rescue Plan Act. These projects include the water quality and flood control of Edmonds Marsh, the realignment of the lower Perrinville Creek for flood control and water quality, as well as green streets and rain gardens. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a green street is a stormwater management approach that integrates vegetation (perennials, shrubs, trees), soil, and technical systems (for example, permeable pavements) to slow, filter and clean stormwater runoff from impermeable surfaces. .
According to Nelson’s proposal, the city will also create an account for $ 750,000 from federal funds to reimburse the city’s expenses associated with responding to the COVID-19 health emergency.
“COVID has had a huge impact on many residents and businesses in our community that will not be fixed overnight,” Nelson said in a press release Friday announcing his proposal. “It is crucial that we help those who need it most to get them back on their feet. I look forward to presenting my ARPA proposals to City Council.
Prior to the 7:00 p.m. business meeting, the board is to hold its three regular committee meetings (no public comments are taken), beginning consecutively at 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The agendas are as follows:
4 p.m. Parks and Public Works Committee
-Taste Edmonds & Oktoberfest Event Contracts
-Report on bids for the phase 2 stormwater replacement project
-Presentation of a 128 square foot property dedication at the northwest corner of 4th Avenue North and Daley Street
-Presentation of the Stormwater Management Code
5:00 p.m. Town Planning, Public Security and Personnel Committee
– Proposals for various changes in the staff of the Edmonds Municipal Court
– A proposal to streamline the way special events are allowed in the city.
6 p.m. Finance Committee
– Monthly financial report for May 2021
– Discussion on the city’s financing needs, including the possible issuance of additional bonds.
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