Hwy. 150 transportation issues raised at April 12 City Council meeting.

by Richard Uhlhorn

The Northlake Division 11 Plat and the Lookout’s new operations and maintenance building both lie adjacent to Hwy 150 and will add more traffic to an already congested highway.


Highway 150 transporation issues were raised, once again, by Erin McCardle. She asked that the issue be discussed at a City workshop if it was time appropriate. She stated that she would like a briefing on the proposed Bluewater Terrace project that is in front of the City’s Planning Department. “I’ve has a lot of questions and comments on that proposal,” said McCardle.

McCardle brought up the new Lookout Operations/Maintenance building adjacent to Hwy. 150 and the Northlake Division II Final Plat Phase 2 which council authorized the Mayor to finalize and execute. McCardle abstained from the vote. “I thinking about the additional traffic on Hwy. 150,” she said. John Olson added that Hwy 150 was a real challenge.

Planning Director Craig Gildroy said there was no formal agreement between the County and City regarding the current impacts. “They (the county) don’t send us anythng,” he said.

Mayor Bob Goedde stated that the City needs to interact with Chelan County.

During the discussion on the Northlake Division issue, it was noted that the development was for 40 residential units. Chris Baker asked what the City’s responsibility was concerning orchard land, which the development is on. Gildroy replied that it was up to Ecology to implement remediation of orchard lands.

Olson stated that the increasing development along Hwy. 150 should include left hand turn lanes, but there wasn’t enough room. Servando Robledo remarked that the new Lookout operations center was having ingress and egress issues at Hwy. 150.

Gildroy remarked that there were no plans to his knowledge to install ingress/egress improvements for the Northlake Division development and that no furthere mitigatino measures or conditions are required.

Manson Community Council will once again be addressing transportation issues on Hwy. 150 at its next council meeting on Tuesday, April 19, which is an in-person meeting only.

Agenda Motions:

Sidewalk/street pedestrian replacement project:

Rudnick and Sons Excavation who completed the pedestrian sidewalks project behind Safeway found the underlying soil unsuitable. They over excavated, place fabric for soil separation and then filled with crushed surfacing base before pouring the new sidewalk to street concrete. They also replaced unacceptable storm sewer frames and grates which added an additional $8,450.13 to the $170,928.88 contract. “We have adequate funds to cover this,” said Jake Youngren, public works director. Council approved the Change order unanimously.

Alley Project Change Order:

Under a change order approved by City Council, KRCI Contractors were able to begin work on the 200 block of the Columbia to Sanders Water and Sewer Main Project

KRCI, the contractor that is working on the 100 block alley sewer and water main project requested a contract time revision in a Change Order which was denied by the City. However, in discussions the contractor and city came to an agreement that makes the following changes to Section 1-08.5 of the Contract Special Provisions regarding Contract Time:

1) The original dates associated with substantial completion will be removed (Currently March 25, 2022 for Schedule A and April 29, 2022 for Schedule B). Contract time will be recreated by aggregating the original duration of the project stated in the contract into total calendar days based upon the first working day beginning on January 25, 2022 and ending on May 13, 2022. This change of contract time provides 109 calendar days to complete the work with no intermediate substantial completion dates. All calendar days are considered working days.

2) The starting point for the first charged working day will be adjusted from January 25, 2022, to February 7, 2022, which is the first day that KRCI was mobilized on site.

3) Contract time is extended by three days to account for work performed under the Contact bid item for unknown utility repair. This is for work billed on a time and materials basis (Force Account) work tabulated through March 25, 2022. Total contract time will be 112 calendar days. Substantial Completion of both Schedules A and B shall occur within 112 calendar days of February 7, 2022, for a Substantial Completion date of May 29, 2022. KRCI’s revised project schedule submitted on April 6, 2022 (attached) indicates a final paving date of June 6, 2022 or 120 calendar days since contract time began. The City will grant the eight additional days required for Substantial Completion in accordance with KRCI’s schedule.

4) The requirement for all of Schedule A work to be completed prior to beginning any Schedule B work is removed.

5) KRCI will be allowed to diligently pursue work on Schedule B immediately following execution of this change order, anticipated to occur on April 13, 2022. No cost adjustments to the contract are made for the changes described above. By Authorizing this change order, KRCI is in acceptance of the determination made by RH2 and the City regarding denial of KRCI’s claim to differing site conditions. KRCI hereby waives it right to pursue further action regarding this claim.

The stormwater realignment the contractor ran into increased the contract by $9,973 which Youngren reported adequate funds were available for.

Water Access Plan at Park Street:

The council authorized the Mayor to finalize and execute an agreement with GCH Professional Services for architectural design of the proposed water access park at the end of Park Street.

LakesidePark Initial Design Phase:

The council authorized the Mayor to finalize and execute an agreement with Berger Partnership for schematic design and federal permitting for the Lakeside Park Redevelopment Project.

Parks Director Paul Horne that the agreement with Berger would insure that the grant would be expedited if the City has all of its permitting ducks in a row when the grant is awarded. “That way we can hit the ground running,” said Horne.

Author: allthingslakechelan

I have been a journalist, photojournalist and reporter in the Lake Chelan Valley since 1988; first with the Wenatchee World, then 15 years at the Lake Chelan Mirror and another 12 years at GoLakeChelan. Currently, I am semi-retired but can't give up the media gig which is why I started All Things Lake Chelan blog. I also have two social media platforms; allthingslakechelan/facebook and lakechelansportsandrecration/facebook. I am also a professional photographer with many credits with major outlets around the world.

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