Several Public Hearings at Monday Council Meeting

The City Council will hold several public hearings on Monday, November 1 at the Interim City Hall Council Chambers, 6100 219th Street SW, Suite 220 at 7pm. Topics of the hearings include the 2011-2012 Proposed Biennial Budget, 2011 Property Tax Ordinance, the proposed 2011-2016 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) and electric vehicle charging standards.

The proposed 2011-2012 Biennial Budget maintains services for residents at current levels and does not include layoffs or reductions in services. The city will continue moving forward on many key fronts including economic development, Town Center, capital infrastructure improvements and a strategy that ensures financial stability and sustainability.

The proposed 2011-2016 TIP totals $25.8 million and includes core projects such as pavement preservation, sidewalks and sidewalk ramp construction, traffic signal equipment upgrades, bicycle route development, and traffic calming along with street and signal construction projects in the current TIP.

Following the November 1 public hearings, the Council will take action on the proposed TIP ordinance. On November 15, the Council will consider the remaining ordinances as well as the 2011-2015 Recreation and Park Fee Resolution.

The electric vehicle charging standards under consideration were recommended by the Planning Commission, following an October 25 public hearing. They require a minimum amount of electric vehicle capability to be installed with new development and set standards for installation.

Under state legislation passed last year, cities such as Mountlake Terrace that are on a major transportation corridor must adopt regulations to allow electric vehicle charging stations. The law was aimed at providing places to plug in electric vehicles, especially since new electric vehicles are coming on the market soon.

The greater Seattle area is targeted for early release of an all-electric car, the Nissan Leaf. Another electric car, the Chevrolet Volt, is due for release this year, as well.

As part of its adopted Sustainability Strategy, Mountlake Terrace is promoting environmentally-friendly transportation, including electric vehicles.

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