Public Works honored, Salmon recovery grant, Farmers Market vendors
May 23, 2012
Snoqualmie public works department honored
The city of Snoqualmie Public Works Department recently won an award for its Town Center Infrastructure Improvement Project Phase I, according to a May 11 press release.
The American Public Works Association Washington State Chapter award is for chapter project of the year for the category Transportation Less Than $5 Million, and recognizes excellence in management and administration to successfully complete public works projects.
“This project will attract visitors, support local merchants and improve the vitality of our historic downtown,” Director of Public Works Daniel J. Marcinko said in a press release. “It was a great team effort on a job well done by everyone involved.”
The Public Works Fleet division also received certification as an Evergreen Fleet with a three-star rating from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency program. The Evergreen Fleet’s Star-Rating System recognizes and rewards fleets that are taking significant steps to incorporate green initiatives into their everyday operations. Snoqualmie’s Fleet division rating is on par with King County, Snohomish County and Waste Management.
“Public Works is what makes this city run,” Mayor Matt Larson said in a press release. “Our Public Works staff contributes directly to the high quality of life in Snoqualmie and the public’s safety, as well as successfully accommodating community growth we will continue to experience for many years to come.”
The Public Works Department has many significant projects in the planning stages, such as the Town Center Infrastructure Improvement Project Phase II, the Falls Avenue Southeast and Southeast Cedar Street Rehabilitation and Infrastructure Improvement Project, the Tokul Roundabout and other general street improvements, according to the press release.
New funding gives
clean water and salmon recovery projects a boost
The King County Flood Control District board of supervisors approved $3 million in funding May 14 for a range of projects to improve water quality, protect and restore habitat, and support salmon recovery efforts, including the Snoqualmie Watershed.
The board’s action will boost the efforts of local organizations by providing funding grants in the following areas: $1.2 million for Water Resource Inventory Area 8, $1.2 million for Water Resource Inventory Area 9 and $600,000 for the Snoqualmie Watershed, according to a press release.
“Restoring and protecting our watersheds is critically important to the ecological health of our region and the food chain that supports our ecosystem — from the mountain tops to the shores of Puget Sound,” Flood Control District Board Chairwoman Julia Patterson said in the press release. “Those are values we all embrace in the Pacific Northwest.”
“Numerous local organizations are making great strides to restore and protect our natural areas, recover salmon and keep our water clean,” Supervisor Reagan Dunn said in the release. “This funding will ensure they can keep up their great work that benefits both the environment and our economy.”
King County will administer the grant allocation process with the Flood Control District executive committee overseeing project selections. The funding is allocated for 2012 only. The Flood Control District board intends to pursue ongoing funding for future watershed management actions given the relationship between flood control and stormwater projects and cooperative watershed management.
Vendors and volunteers are still needed for farmers market, concerts
The North Bend Farmers Market and Summer Concert series, which begins June 14, still has vendor openings.
Limited space is available for new vendors with specialty items like eggs, cheese, seafood, and arts and crafts.
Booth space can be reserved on a weekly or full season basis.
Market applications are available at www.siviewpark.org/farmers-market.phtml.
Organizers are also looking for a youth group, service organization or a local business to offer children activities at the farmers market. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with the local community. Learn more by calling 831-1900.
Si View Metro Parks is hosting the North Bend Farmers Market and Summer Concert series at Si View Park. The 2012 season opens June 14 and runs weekly through Sept. 13. Market hours are from 4-8 p.m. and the live concerts are from 6-7:30 p.m.