According to the Mayor it was the 32nd community meeting this year. On 7/23/11 of last week, Mayor McGinn visited with neighbors in Lakewood/Seward Park for a walking tour and informal meeting.
The Mayor began the meeting at the Lakewood-Seward Park Community Club with some general comments about the recession and also mentioned unanimous support by the US Conference of Mayors for a commitment to address new jobs.
Current areas of focus for city government include the Mayor’s Seattle Youth and Families Initiative, health care, education and creative content technology from companies such as Microsoft. In addition efforts in green energy and infrastructure continue and are viewed as necessary.
In the context of infrastructure the Mayor stated there was a need to connect neighborhoods to neighborhoods as exemplified by Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail and also a need to deal with repair work on roads. At this time 85% of all new construction is in Seattle.
Mayor McGinn also stated while revenues appear to be rising slightly costs are increasing more; including cost overruns. The Mayor expressed concern of a possible shortfall of $20,000,000 and suggested pausing projects such as the tunnel with an estimated cost of 2 billion dollars would be preferable. But the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement; Referendum 1 will be put to the voters on Aug. 16th.
Conversely, residents voiced concern about parking fees for Restricted Parking Zone permits (RPZ) and parking mitigation costs, traffic congestion during public events, problems resulting from a lack of restrooms, noise and other issues. (See also previous article published July 9th, Ticket to ride for Seattle but not necessarily a place to park .)
Many residents also expressed concern about the possible cutbacks to Metro and expressed a willingness to pay $20 additional for car tab fees over a two year period to avoid cuts.
A final decision by King County Council on the proposed car tab increase has been postponed to Aug. 15th. Anyone wishing to provide input to King County Council can go to Metropolitan King County Council official home page or call 1-800-325-6165. See also previous article Temporary-20-charge-could-save-600-000-metro-transit-bus-service-hours published earlier this month.