Talking Streets in Bremerton

During the conversation about the parks levy last year, the mayor and council members would occasionally reference the street-repair funding mechanism that Bremerton could begin to consider using with the new year.

That it wasn’t available until this year may have played a role into why the council decided to push a park-improvement tax measure to voters before streets. City council candidate Roy Runyon argued during his successful run for the council that the city should have made streets the top priority, at one point wondering if asking for park money would one day hurt the city’s chances of getting voters to approve of street funding.

Streets are on the top of the list. The Legislature gave cities and counties the ability to charge $20 more on car tab fees generated within the city. The council can do it without a residential vote, requiring only a 5-4 vote from the council. It seems unlikely the council will do that, though who knows what kind of arguments can take place between now and the time the council makes a decision.

The public input process begins Wednesday with a town meeting that will take place of the regular city council meeting. At 5:30 p.m. Public Works Director Phil Williams will lead a discussion of what the city can do to dramatically improve its efforts at paving city streets. The meeting will be in the Norm, in the first-floor meeting chambers.

2 thoughts on “Talking Streets in Bremerton

  1. City Council Town Meeting
    City Council Town Meeting, Wednesday, January 30, 2008; 5:30 to 7:00PM at the 1st Floor Meeting Chambers, Norm Dicks Government Center located at 345 6th Street.

    Program agenda to include “Funding Options for Street Paving Projects” with Guest Speaker Phil Williams, Public Works & Utilities Director.

    For more information, please contact the Council Office at 360-473-5280.

    ____________________________________________________________________
    CITY COUNCIL 345 6th Street, Suite 600, Bremerton, WA 98337 _ Phone (360) 473-5280
    DATE NOTICE ISSUED: JANUARY 23, 2008
    You are hereby notified that the BREMERTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING on
    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2008 will not be held due to the lack of a quorum
    as a majority of the Council Members are attending the “2008 Association of Washington
    Cities (AWC) Legislative Action Conference” in Olympia, WA from January 30 to 31, 2008.
    Signed this 23rd day of January 2008
    _____________________________________
    WILL MAUPIN, Council President

    Does anyone see any problem with this? The call a City “COUNCIL” town meeting and the majority of the council members will not even be there!!!! Thanks for listening to our input!!!!

  2. Thanks for posting this paradyne64.

    It is discouraging that council members will not be there in person to listen to testimony. Because it is still a meeting with some official capacity, statements from the public should be a part of the public record and thereby available for council members to access and read when they return from their conference. At least that is the hopeful outcome anyway.

    Please come and make your thoughts known. It is a much better process when we all participate.

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