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City Council Report: Final McCormick Woods plat approved

The Port Orchard City Council, at its Oct. 26 meeting, approved the final plat of the McCormick Woods Division 15, a 9.3-acre tract divided for 13 single-family residential lots.

Mark Dorsey, the city engineer, recommended approval of the final plat, and determined that “the proposed means of sewage disposal and water supply are adequate and recommends approval of the final plat.”

The county also approved a preliminary plat.

The city expects to make money on the project’s building permit fees.

In other council actions:

Resolution No. 036-10

The city council accepted a bid for two electronic parking pay and display systems, with an option for a third unit, for no more than $15,000 each.

The new Parkeon Pay and Display Systems will replace the cash-only parking box currently near the waterfront downtown.

“Over the years, we have had numerous complaints about the box of people paying and still getting a ticket,” wrote Police Chief Alan Townsend in an e-mail.

“We’ve heard everything from ‘the city is stealing my money’ to ‘we are too stupid to see they put their money in the slot,’” he wrote. “The real story is, many times people put the money in the wrong slot and they pay with cash so we can’t track the payment to a particular vehicle. We have had times where thieves have fished the money out of the slots, and we also have times when people just don’t pay.”

Installing the new machines will also cut down on the machine’s maintenance costs, since city staff will only need to restock the stickers at the machine, rather than removing money from it, daily.

Maintenance for the new machines will cost around $540 annually, and credit card processing fee will cost an additional $4,000.

Under the new system, the council plans to change the parking rates to $5 per day for all-day parking, offer reduced fares for parking for shorter periods of time and make no changes about which stalls are paid versus free.

However, they have taken no official action regarding parking fees, and they plan to host a hearing about the issue on Nov. 23.

City Councilman Fred Chang voted against the resolution because the machines don’t accept cash, so people who can only pay with cash will be left out.

The machines will be installed by early January, according to the project’s current timeline.

The city solicited bids for the project from July 16, 2010 through Aug. 13, 2010, and closed the bidding on Aug. 27.

They received one qualified bid in that time.

It was from the DGM Controls of Seattle, Washington who have contracted with the Seattle Center, Boise State University and Snohomish County.

The bid was below the budgeted price for the project.

Vote: 6-0-1

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Contract No. 037-10

Washington State’s Department of Commerce and the Puget Sound Regional Council chose Port Orchard and nine other cities in the state to receive a $97,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The city’s planning department will use the money to review a Transfer of Development Rights Program, a tool to simultaneously foster farm preservation and high-density infill in cities.

The council approved that the planning department go forward with the project.

Vote: 7-0-0

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Contract No. 064-10

Port Orchard Police received a $10,347 grant to buy evidence control equipment.

“Basically, it’s an inventory control system software and hardware package to enhance our evidence control and automation in the police department,” said Townsend at the meeting. “The whole cost of the equipment is $916 more than the grant.”

The remaining $916 will come out of the police department’s budget.

Vote: 7-0-0

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Change Order No. 11

to Contract No. 002-05

The city council started closing out the Bay Street Seawall Project it started in February 2002.

The wall still needs one final impact attenuator on its east side, to protect both the wall and motorists, but it’s currently about $30,000 under budget.

The project received funding from both federal and city funds for the project.

The city’s leftover money from the project will return to the city.

Vote: 7-0-0

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Change Order No. 11

to Contract No. 002-05

The planning phase for the Tremont Street Widening Project could take about seven months longer than its original timeline to give Berger/Abam Engineers Inc., the engineering firm working on the project, more time to complete the review and approval process.

“I think that we’re ready to submit the package to DOT now,” said Dorsey. “I just hate being like a poltergeist and having to keep coming back for time extensions on this.”

The council extended the contract completion date from Dec. 31 to June 30.

Vote: 7-0-0

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