On Saturday, April 23, 2022, Snoqualmie City Councilmembers met for a special meeting to learn more about the projects included in the City’s proposed Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which is an integral part of maintaining Snoqualmie’s livability.
Following a presentation by Parks and Public Works Director Mike Chambless, Councilmembers and staff hit the road for an on-site tour of proposed CIP projects, making stops at Centennial Park, Sandy Cove Park, Snoqualmie Community Park, and the Water Reclamation Facility (AKA - wastewater treatment plant).
The Capital Improvement Plan Tour was part of the Council’s budget planning process in preparation for the City’s 2023-24 biennial budget. The tour was designed to increase understanding of complex projects contained in the CIP that invest in multiple areas of City infrastructure.
In addition to the four pre-planned stops, the tour route also included driving by identified project areas like the Kimball Creek bridge and riparian restoration area, Meadowbrook Bridge, and various downtown infrastructure improvements.
During stops at Centennial and Sandy Cove Parks, staff provided Councilmembers an overview of projects like the all-inclusive playground planned for Centennial Park, the Riverview Park Playground Replacement project, and the Sandy Cove Riverbank Restoration and Riverwalk projects.
While at Snoqualmie Community Park, Mayor Ross gave an update on the City’s ongoing assessment of a potential Community Center expansion and pool addition, which had been put on hold for the past two years due to the pandemic.
During the final tour stop at the City’s Water Reclamation Facility, an overview was provided of phase 3 of the critical project designed to increase wastewater treatment capacity and replace critical components that are nearing the end of their expected service life.
“It’s only through careful planning and proactive investment that we maintain the high livability of Snoqualmie,” explained Mayor Ross. “Our boots on the ground approach this past weekend gave Councilmembers an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the important work staff does behind the scenes, while also offering time for Q&A with our project engineers.”
Snoqualmie CIP projects included in last weekend’s tour are planned for 2023 – 2028.
Councilmembers, Mayor Ross and staff at Sandy Cove Park, 4.23.2022
Councilmembers, Mayor Ross and staff at Snoqualmie Community Park, 4/23/22