Sammamish officials last night reversed course on the timeline for approving the contract for the Sahalee Way road project, followed by public input, and put the cart behind the horse instead of in front.
Additionally, Staff effectively threw out the City Council action October 6, when the Final Work Scope for the $15m project was approved on a 4-2 vote and said it will start from scratch with the design.
Sammamish Comment detailed the controversy and timeline surrounding the project yesterday morning.
The public meeting announced October 6, set for November 4, remains. The plan to have the City Council approve the contract for the consultant Perteet was set for November 3. This has been rescheduled to December 1. A new Council review meeting was set for November 10, by which time Staff will assimilate public comment from the November 4 meeting, which will be 7p-9p at the Boys and Girls Club Teen Center.
Deputy City Manager Lyman Howard announced the changes in an unusual move at the beginning of the meeting describing what was otherwise a routine calendar change that normally is handled through paperwork.
But public reaction to the October 6 timeline and information revealed yesterday morning by The Comment led to the changes yesterday afternoon by Howard, before Council meeting, Council Member Nancy Whitten told The Comment.
John Cunningham, interim Public Works director, said there will be basic project parameters for the project for the November 4 meeting, but that all options will be on the table for the public to see and discuss. The Work Scope will be revised for the November 10 Council review. Council Member Ramiro Valderrama suggested that the Scope isn’t called the “Final” Work Scope. Cunningham said that designs will continue into next year, probably February or March. Construction start is desired in early 2017.