April 18, 2024 1:50 pm

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Property agreements and millions in contracts to be approved at upcoming council meeting

LYNNWOOD—For its Business Meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, February 26, the Lynnwood City Council is expected to vote on a proposed development agreement with Garden Senior Village, reallocate ARPA funds for the police department, enter into a Purchase and Sale Agreement of $750,000, request a performance audit, and approve $9.3 million in contracts for the Mayor Christine Frizzell to sign. The council will also hear a presentation by the City’s Human Resources Director of a proposed 21-28% salary increase for an Assistant Court Administrator GSO position.

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The Lynnwood Development & Business Services team at the Public Hearing on Monday, February 12, 2024. Mario Lotmore | Lynnwood Times.

The meeting will be held both in-person and can watch the live streaming of Council Meetings at www.lynnwoodwa.gov/Government/city-council/city-council-meetings and via Zoom.

The council is expected to authorize $9.3 million in contracts for the Mayor Christine Frizzell to sign and approve $3.4 million in payment vouchers listed in its consent agenda:

  • Council to approve payment vouchers of $1,944,081.23 in claims and $1,496,527.82 in payroll.
  • To authorize Mayor Frizzell or her designee to a contract with OMA Construction, Inc. of Maple Valley WA for construction services related to the 204th St SW Improvements & College Place Improvements Project, in an amount not to exceed $2,491,972 with an additional $250,000 contingency for a total amount of $2,741,972.
  • Council to authorize additional construction contract authority for the Traffic Signal Rebuild Project contract with Award Construction Inc. of Ferndale, WA, increasing the previously approved contract value of $1,269,535 to a new not to exceed total contract value of $1,419,535.
  • Council to authorize an additional construction contract authority for the 188th St. SW Floodwall project contract with Interwest Construction Inc. of Burlington, WA, increasing the previously approved contract value of $765,532 to a new not to exceed total contract value of $862,033.55.
  • Authorize the Mayor Frizzell to enter into and execute on behalf of the City, a contract supplement of $200,000 with KPG Psomas Inc. for construction management support services related to the Construction Management Support On-Call, in an amount not to exceed a total contract value of $500,000.
  • Authorize the Mayor Frizzell to enter into and execute on behalf of the City, a construction contract with OMA Construction, Inc. of Maple Valley, Washington for the construction of the Scriber Lake Park Boardwalk project, in an amount not to exceed $3,771,819; sales tax included.
  • Authorize the Mayor Frizzell or her designee to approve, coordinate, and/or execute contracts with the Lynnwood Event Center utilizing two, one-half (1/2) City Use Days provided for in the interlocal agreement with the Lynnwood Public Facilities District for the State of the City Address event on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, and a Community Open House on Thursday, June 13, 2024.

Ordinance Vote: Garden Senior Village Development Agreement

The Council is expected to vote whether to authorize Mayor Frizzell, or her designee, to finalize, confirm, execute, and administer the provisions of this Ordinance and the Development Agreement.

Garden Senior Village has proposed an addition to an existing senior housing complex. A development agreement is required for flexibility on density, height, and parking requirements. The Development Agreement (DA) involving the Northwest Housing Preservation Group for a project design review, is to construct a 4-story, 24,600 gross square foot attached addition for 36 new senior housing units.

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The proposed Garden Senior Village in blue. SOURCE: City of Lynnwood.

Northwest Housing Preservation Group is requesting an increase in density threshold from 134 to 158 units, an increase in the height restriction of 35 to 41 feet, and reduce the minimum parking requirement from 244 to 106 stalls.

The addition will be on the north side of the existing 122-unit building near the east entrance on 64th Avenue W. Parking for the site will be reduced from 114 to 106 spaces. All 36 new units will also be subject to the affordable housing agreement of 50% County median income. Originally new residents would need to qualify to a higher 60% County median income requirement; however, the management company reduced the threshold to 50% making the units more accessible for prospective residents.

The new building will have an elevator, two laundry rooms, and provide air conditioning during hot summer months. Fencing on the north end of the property will be moved six feet closer and will be two feet higher, which coupled with the preservation of the existing Evergreen trees, will provide privacy to neighboring homes.

To view supporting documents, click here.

Assistant Court Administrator GSO Salary Ordinance Pay Grade Change proposal.

The Council will review a request by the City’s HR Director, Annie Vandenkooy, to approve a proposal to revise the salary ordinance pay grade for the Assistant Court Administrator GSO position from an hourly salary range of $46.72 to $60.16 ($97,177.60-$125,132.80 per year) to $56.54 to $72.79 ($117,603.20 to $151,403.20).  This is equivalent to a 28% pay scale increase for the starting salary and a 21% increase for the maximum pay for the position.

To view supporting documents, click here.

Purchase and Sale Agreement: Open Space Property Acquisition

PRCA Deputy Director Sara Olson and Senior Park Planner Monica Thompson will request the Lynnwood City Council to authorize the Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) to acquire 4.48 acres behind 16515 62nd Avenue West in the Meadowdale neighborhood for $750,000 ($1.190 million less $440,000 donated value by property owners Peter Rodkinson and Joan Gage). The property is located adjacent to the City-owned Lund’s Gulch Open Space.

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Location of proposed property sale to the City of Lynnwood. SOURCE: SCOPI

According to the city, this project is in alignment with the adopted plans and City’s vision to “invest in preserving and expanding parks, recreation and community programs.”

To view supporting documents, click here.

Audit Clarification Vote

The council is expected to vote to move forward with a performance audit rather than a financial audit.

At its final business meeting of 2023, City Council passed a motion to request the administration submit to the council for approval a list of at least three qualified audit services to complete a full financial audit of the City, the list to be presented no later than April 1, 2024.

At the Work Session on February 21, 2024, City Council discussion indicated the intent of the motion was not to put together a list of three firms who could conduct an additional financial audit, but rather a performance audit related to staffing and pay levels.

To view supporting documents, click here.

American Rescue Plan Act Allocation Review

The Council is expected to reallocate $7,312 approved in ARPA funds to the Lynnwood Police Department for gun buyback to graffiti remediation.

To view supporting documents, click here.

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