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Park ordinance tabled by Bonney Lake Council
Approval of an ordinance relating to park regulations was tabled until Monday's meeting of the Public Safety Committee by the Bonney Lake City Council during its Sept. 8 meeting.
Councilwoman Laurie Carter requested the ordinance be tabled and asked for a report from the Park Board about the proposed changes.
Community Services Director Gary Leaf termed the alterations "clarifications" rather than changes.
"We not proposing changing any fees," Leaf said.
Carter had questions about the monetary penalties and restitution for infractions at the parks.
"That change would be more cumbersome for the police to invoke...because they are switching over to the RCWs (Revised Code of Washington) rather than a set amount, or set number of violations," Carter said.
Leaf said the idea is to refer to the RCWs rather than re-create what the fees are by the Park Board.
"There are other references in the city code to the RCWs," Leaf said.
Carter said she wants the matter to go before the Public Safety Committee before returning to council.
Park regulations were last revised in 2007.
Also on Sept. 8, the council passed a motion to apply for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and set an Oct. 27 public hearing on the issue.
The grant would fund Phase II improvements to the intersection of state Route 410 and Sumner-Buckley Highway.
The grant seeks $3.4 million to supplement the city's contribution to Phase I of the project and design both phases.
A public hearing is required with at least 30 days notice.
Executive Assistant Brian Hartsell said the project would help relieve some of the traffic congestion during the peak morning and evening drive times.
In other action items, the council:
• passed an ordinance establishing temporary benefits policies and exceptions to benefit policies due to the current recession and accompanying reductions in city revenue.
• passed an ordinance changing the zoning designation for two parcels from single family residential to medium density residential.
• passed a resolution awarding the Interm Justice Center project contract to M.J. Takisaki Inc. The original low bidder, Sierra Construction, pulled its bid after discovering several miscalculations. Councilman Dan Decker abstained from voting on the resolution.
Councilmen Mark Hamilton and Dave King were absent from the meeting.