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By JOHN McCALLUM
Managing Editor 

Cheney City Council approves Harvest Bluff final plat

 

Last updated 11/21/2018 at 5:11pm



Cheney’s City Council voted unanimously at its Nov. 13 meeting to extend final plat approval on phase four of the Harvest Bluff subdivision.

Located across Betz Road from Cheney Middle School, Harvest Bluff is a 136-lot, single-family dwelling unit subdivision on 38.3 acres of land that was previously occupied by a single house. Lot sizes range from 6,600 to 12,143 square feet, with a neighborhood park including a wetland on the subdivisions southwest corner and a trail system that parallels the stormwater drainage system.

Public Works Director Todd Ableman told the council that the original plat included six phases of construction, but that those were now condensed into four, with four being the last. The fourth phase included 52 lots, not the 51 lots referenced in the staff report, he added.

Council also approved an interlocal agreement between the Cheney Police Department and Snohomish County Facilities and Fleet Division to provide vehicle and equipment maintenance on the department’s patrol vehicles. The five-year agreement, running 2019 – 2023, stipulates a maximum cost of repairs at $500, with costs exceeding original estimates by $100 or more be approved by the department.

The agreement also requires that parts supplied by Snohomish County be supplied at cost plus 40 percent, with labor assessed at $102 per hour, $102.50 per hour for radio and radar services and $70 per hour for small equipment. Overtime would be provided at 1.5 times appropriate labor rate.

The contract also includes a heavy equipment labor rate of $120 per hour for vehicles above the one-ton category.

Cheney Police Chief John Hensley said the costs of outfitting police vehicles was increasing, and that working with Snohomish County would save the city money. Councilman John Taves noted that language in the contract indicated work for maintenance and operations, and sought clarification from Hensley that it was for outfitting vehicles, which Hensley confirmed.

“I was going to say it seemed like a long way to go for an oil change,” Taves added.

Hensley estimated the contract with Snohomish County could save the city between $5,000 – $6,000 annually.

“It’s a big deal,” he added.

Finally, the council approved a contract with Olympia lobbyist Debora Munguia to represent Cheney in “connection with legislative, regulatory and administrative matters,” replacing long-time lobbyist Jennifer Ziegler. Under the contract, Munguia will be paid $2,500 a month while the state Legislature is in session an $1,500 a month when it’s not.

Munguia will report to Cheney Mayor Chris Grover “or designee, unless otherwise directed.”

“The terms of the contract are the same, the only changes are the names,” City Administrator Mark Schuller said.

John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com.

 

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