City Manager’s Weekly Report for week ending March 15, 2019

City Manager’s Weekly Report
for week ending March 15, 2019

Signs. Remember the wooden signs and the entry signs? City staff members are preparing to place all these signs, obtaining permits for the entry signs, and purchasing large poles for the wooden signs. Nothing really stands in our way at this point. It is likely a matter of one more month before all the signs are displayed.

The next issue of City Scene Magazine. The next issue will feature the theme “Ever wonder…?”

Traffic Study on 1st Avenue. The City of Normandy Park and WSDOT have initiated a $17K city-funded study to determine means to provide safe passage for pedestrians across 1st Avenue north of Normandy Road. The City of Normandy Park has established a “joint account application,“ which enables WSDOT to send monthly invoices to the City for work performed the month prior. For example, Highline schools will be on Spring Break the week beginning April 8th, so WSDOT will begin data collection in the latter half of April. The hours billed for data collection and data processing in April will be invoiced to Normandy Park in May. In May, WSDOT will start building the existing conditions model, and those hours will be invoiced in June, and so on. The City is only invoiced for the hours worked each month. $17,000 is the estimate for this phase of work; the true cost might be somewhat below or above this amount. The city and WSDOT will keep tabs on hours billed as we progress through the project.

City of Normandy Park Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. Needing renewal and revision every five years, the city is beginning the process of recertifying the city’s emergency management plan with the State of Washington. This process must be completed by September 2019.

Bond rating. The city bond rating increased this week to ‘AA’ from ‘AA-‘, based on stronger reserves, and aided in part by a multi-year voter-approved property tax increase. This is the second such rating increase in recent years. The stable outlook reflects the assessment of S&P Global Ratings, which said, “The stable outlook reflects our view that the city’s medium-term financial picture is bright, partly as a result of strong AV growth that will allow the city to fully realize the property tax revenue adjustment flexibility that voters recently authorized.”

Mark E. Hoppen, City Manager
City of Normandy Park
801 SW 174th Street
Normandy Park, WA 98166
(206) 248-8246 (Direct Phone)

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