There is a series of videos of the City Council Meeting on CFD’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSX4x6EbBCVTaxjYFMtON27aGEtArFEZ3 I ran out of battery at the very end since it was a long meeting! So you can pick up at around 3:20 on the audio provided by the City of Duvall: http://www.duvallwa.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/325
I am writing about some of the highlights of the meeting, so be sure and watch the videos and/or listen to the audio for all content.
Six applications were received for the council seat vacancy. Since there are over three applications, the next step is for the council to narrow it down to 3 applicants in an executive session and vote in an open session at the next Council Meeting on March 21, 2017.
King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert gave a presentation that starts at 17:08 on ‘3-7-17 City Council Meeting Part 2’. She spoke about the local radio station 103.1 which is a great resource. She also mentioned the Snoqualmie Network Gala was a great success and how it’s important to make sure our kids have safe places, such as any King County Metro bus, our city library and City Hall. King County had a sewage overflow at West Water Treatment Plant and all King County Councilmembers are on the same page that this needs to get fixed well. While the treatment plant was starting to fall apart there were complaints about the rural sewer systems out here and over 700 people showed up to the town hall and completely changed what was going to happen. KC Councilmember Lambert thanked everyone who took the time to attend that town hall meeting. The City of Duvall was presented with a check for fifty thousand dollars toward our sports field improvements.
There was a public hearing for the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) with a presentation by Public Works Director, Boyd Benson. There were no public comments.
There was a public hearing for the Park Impact Fee. A staff report was presented by Boyd Benson, Public Works Director; Lara Thomas, Planning Director; and Larissa Grundell, City Engineer. There was one public comment.
From the Meeting Minutes: “Jennifer Knaplund, Duvall resident, expressed her support for updating the Park Impact Fee saying that new homes being built should pay for the parks they will use. Ms. Knaplund said that she is concerned about the proposal to remove the park in the east urban growth area from the plan.”
There was a public hearing for the Big Rock Annexation 10% Petition. Planning Director, Lara Thomas, presented the staff report. There were sixteen public commentators recorded.
From the Meeting Minutes: “Richard Wilson, Duvall resident, said that after the public hearing at the Planning Commission, he did some research and could not find a reason for more annexations. Mr. Wilson said that annexing now will reduce the future park options and asked Council to not accept the 10% petition and to extend the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU ) with WPM.
Kate Leonard, Duvall resident, read an email she sent into the record. Ms. Leonard expressed her concern that the City will lose an opportunity for future park expansions and the rural character of the area. Ms. Leonard asked Council to slow down and think long term.
James Dorn, Duvall resident, said that he opposes this annexation largely due to the impacts it will have on local roads and traffic as well as the loss of potential future park expansion.
Celeste Dorn, Duvall resident, thanked Council for listening to the public and said she is opposed to the annexation. Ms. Dorn said that she would like to see the land preserved for future park expansion and asked Council to extend the MOU so as to pace growth in Duvall.
Loke Tan, Duvall resident, said that he has seen Duvall grow each year since moving eleven years ago and he understands that we will grow, but is worried about the pace. Mr. Tan expressed his concerns about the impacts of more development on traffic and the loss of opportunity for future park expansion.
Mike Komola, President of the Sno-Valley North Little League, said that the board unanimously supports this annexation. Mr. Komola said that with the upcoming improvements to the Ball Park, there will be expanded use and this will require more parking.
Jennifer Knaplund, Duvall resident, said that the sports fields at Big Rock Ball Park will be used primarily by those on specific teams and asked Council to consider future park expansion that could be used by others as well.
Laura Tisdale, Duvall resident, said she is worried that if we annex now, we will lose potential future park expansion and asked Council to move forward with caution.
Bairavi Vijay, Duvall resident, said that with all of the homes already scheduled to be built, those families will need parks to use. Ms. Vijay expressed her concerns about the impacts on infrastructure that already needs updating and asked Council to step back and look at the big picture.
Alison Hawkins, Duvall resident, said she lives outside city limits and has seen a lot of the area around her develop and the loss of land that involves. Ms. Hawkins expressed her concerns about the impacts more development will have on the roads in the area which are already damaged.
Mark Quern, member of the family that owns the parcel south of Big Rock Ball park, also known as WPM property, said that he understands there is a legitimate reason to extend the MOU. Mr. Quern said that this property will be sold either way in the next year.
Sonia Wille, Duvall resident, said that ball fields are where you meet your neighbors and if this annexation goes through, it will land lock the current park and we will lose the option for future park expansion.
David Lewis, representing Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association, said that there are 450 Duvall children and 250 Carnation children in their league. Mr. Lewis said the proposed development with the additional park parking will be a huge benefit to the kids.
Mike Walsh, developer of the parcel north of Big Rock Ball Park, also known as the Dazey property, reminded Council of the pros of this proposed development including improved storm water retention, a park expansion and wildlife corridor. Mr. Walsh said he is willing to look at additional land dedication for the park and he is prepared to put in a dedicated landscape buffer between the development and the adjacent neighborhood.
Nate Veranth, representing WPM, said that the proposal is in line with the current Parks, Trails and Open Space plan and that the additional parking that is being proposed has been shown as a need. Mr. Veranth said that one of the reasons the additional parking is so important is it will be much safer than parking on the street as people currently do.
Barry Margales, developer of the WPM property, said that they are willing to adjust what elements are in the proposed park expansion of the dedicated land.”
It was unanimously voted by counsel to approve and authorize the Mayor to sign Contract #2017-13 with Premier Field Development for the construction of the Big Rock Ball Fields Renovation Project in the amount of $2,264,737.88.
It was unanimously voted by counsel to approve and authorize the Mayor to sign Contract #2017-15 with Field Turf for the construction of the Big Rock Ball Fields Renovation Project, Synthetic Turf Surfacing in the amount of $783,997.80.
A video with Mayor Pro Tem Amy Ockerlander’s summary of this meeting is here: http://www.facebook.com/City-of-Duvall-572315659514974/
The entire Council Packet for tomorrow’s City Council meeting can be viewed here: http://www.duvallwa.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=368&month=3&year=2017&day=20&calType=0
City Council Meeting (includes 2 Public Hearings): http://www.facebook.com/events/284552925309425/
Citizens For Duvall Meeting: Economics of Growth (at Longevity Foods): http://www.facebook.com/events/173818913116006/
City Park Design Community Open House: http://www.facebook.com/events/101950133675547/