County Manager Outlines Some Summer Projects
During his regular visit to KPCW, we asked County Manager Tom Fisher about some items that will come up during the warm months.
The winter snow fading away have revealed some dead trees at the Ecker Hill park n ride lot. County Manager Tom Fisher doesn’t know how that happened, but the obligation to address it falls on the contractor.
“The landscaping was put in very late in the in the process last year. Still have an opened contract because that project is not completed yet. So any landscaping that didn't survive the winter is going to be redone. Those will be replaced as this contract winds up. It’s all part of their contract.”
On another item, the county’s Active Transportation Master Plan for the Basin will likely come forward in May. We asked about a long-discussed pedestrian undercrossing for 224, near the Blue Roof or Canyons area.
Fisher said he’s confident the plan will look at that.
“I'm quite certain that safe crossing of 224 is part of the active transportation plan. As well as other places in our County. In order to encourage people to walk and bike in this community we're going to have to make some of our larger vehicle facilities grade separated in order to do that.”
Finally, last week the council approved a series of agreements on the Gilmor parcel—to acquire the land, set its uses and approve an Administrative Decree with the EPA.
Fisher said the county will likely close on the property by August or early September.
“Still have to go through a federal comment period, published in the Federal Register. On the administrative order on consent that's a set process that has to happen. Then of course the documents that the council authorized signature on and I authorized signature on this last week then have to be processed through several federal Department to get signed as well. So that's going to take some time but we feel like we've extended the closing date far enough out to make that happen and so did our federal partners that are moving those documents through.”