City Manager’s Weekly Report for week ending June 28, 2019

City Manager’s Weekly Report
for week ending June 28, 2019

Manhattan View Stormwater and Paving Nears Completion. The largest neighborhood preservation project addressed by any contemporary City Council is almost complete. Water, stormwater and paving improvements preserve the value of this neighborhood for decades. Final paving is underway and approaching completion. Smaller and more easily manageable stormwater projects will follow, based on the upcoming Stormwater Master Plan – an element of City of Normandy Park Comprehensive Plan – being developed by Gray and Osborne, the city’s contract engineering firm, employer of the “city engineer.” Normandy Park’s stormwater plan, also commissioned by the current City Council, once finished, will be the first such plan for the City of Normandy Park. The plan will not only guide future stormwater utility planning and expenditures, it will guide stormwater culvert replacement and development, particularly as it relates to salmon recovery and the city’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for stormwater.

City of Normandy Park Metropolitan Park District. How does the Metropolitan Park District relate to city parks? The City of Normandy Park Metropolitan Park District was formed in order to maintain city park and recreation services, so that the City of Normandy Park would have a dedicated source of park revenue that would not be in competition with other General Fund costs, like police service costs. MPD revenues are intended for expenditure on city parks and park facilities, including the city Rec Center building and programs. The City Council chooses how to allocate all MPD and parks-related dollars through the city budget. The MPD can fund a new Rec Center or fund new city space that has recreation use or parks-related function. The MPD cannot fund a police station or government offices. Other, non-General Fund revenue sources, such as Real Estate Excise Tax revenues, can fund a police station and government offices.

Currently, quarterly, the MPD transfers funds to the Normandy Park General Fund sufficient to cover the cost of all city park and recreation purposes, and those city park (MPD) purposes are determined solely by the City Council through the city budget or budget adjustment.

The mission of the MPD and City Parks (budgeted in the General Fund of the City of Normandy Park 2019-2020 Operating and Capital Budget) is clearly expressed in the City of Normandy Park PROS Plan. The city’s Parks Recreation and Open Space Plan (2018 PROS Plan) is the currently adopted expression of the City Council’s parks and recreation mission and obligation. Although the City Council is not completely bound to PROS Plan specifics, it must generally adhere to objectives and narratives in the plan.

For instance, city park objectives, relative to the Recreation Center, assigned to the staff by City Council 2018 adoption of this document, are clearly identified on p. 46 of the PROS Plan. (See page bottom for a page number.) The PROS Plan document is found at

1st Avenue Pedestrian Crossing and Safety. WSDOT is finishing traffic modeling relative to any possible, future safety improvements on 1st Avenue north of Normandy Road. (Without WSDOT consent, nothing on 1st Avenue/SR-509 can change.) City staff and engineering met with the lead engineer for the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) this week. According to TIB, it appears our best near-term path for funding safety improvements on 1st Avenue is likely to be a crosswalk at 178th with a center island, built with a TIB grant. In order to finish the area from Normandy Road to the south, TIB informed us that the city will need to design a traffic revision improvement north of Normandy Road, in addition to installing sidewalks and other amenities south of Normandy Road. Why north of the road? The potential improvements south of Normandy Road are ineligible for TIB grant dollars without travel lane roadway improvements north of Normandy Road (vehicle lane improvements as opposed to bike lanes, sidewalks, etc.). The goal will be to build out the roadway corridor as a full service, modern city arterial, completing the 1st Avenue corridor. The difference between TIB funding and the designed project cost, which will be considerable, will need to be bridged by funds from the Washington State capital budget developed by the State legislature in 2021. The schematic design to propose these road improvements to the State of Washington, with help from local State representatives is underway, budgeted in the 2019-2020 City of Normandy Park Operating and Capital Budget. It would be smart to finish these improvements prior to 2028, the estimated completion date for SR-509, when the State may wish to turn over all of 1st Avenue to local control. The State provides roadway maintenance support for 10 years after turnover.

– 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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