Long Beach Council hears of park progress, considers new seaside streets

Workers from Naselle Rock & Asphalt pave the new skatepark. TIMM COLLINS photo

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach City Council meeting Monday night started with kudos and pats on back before quickly shifting gears toward normal business.

Councilmen Mike Unruh and Gordon Zuern began the meeting by announcing the new skatepark was paved last week, and has already seen some attention from local skate enthusiasts.

"I'd like to thank Naselle Rock and Asphalt for dropping their price on the asphalt," said Unruh. "As far as money raised by private contributions, we are in excess of $4,000 right now, and there is still money coming in. We have covered the cost of the pavement."

Unruh said last Saturday's car wash, organized by Tina McGuire of Long Beach, raised close to $900, and more importantly got more young members of the community involved.

The City Council heard a request from the property owners on Eleventh Street Southwest to form an LID (Local Improvement District). Under state law, cities and counties can create local improvement districts for utilities within the public rights of way. Work such as water lines, sewer lines, street lights, sidewalks, street paving and even artwork in public places can be paid for by private entities.

In this particular LID, the owners are requesting Shoreview Drive be developed from 10th Street South to 11th Street, and paved 200 feet to the east of Shoreview and then west approximately 800 feet to the vicinity to the 1968 sea shore conservation line. Estimated cost is $100,000. Property owners would be responsible for any extra costs, and the city, under the LID, would obtain the necessary permits.

"It might involve the Army Corp of Engineers, a shoreline substantial development permit," said Nabiel Shawa, Long Beach City Administrator. "It will involve SEPA. We will have the project engineered, and the job will go out for bid."

In a separate matter, Leroy Ostrem owns property up in the vicinity of 19th Street Northwest and Ocean Beach Boulevard. As part of his development plans, he wants the city to vacate the existing street, do a minor realignment and rededicate the new street. This is going to involve permits and engineering.

"This is a fairly significant development for our size city," said Shawa "I think it will yield 10 to 15 new lots. Before he gets started we are laying out a development agreement so everyone clearly understands their own responsibilities in this matter."

The council approved a development agreement earlier this summer with Ostrem, but his attorney, James Finlay, had some issues that were resolved in a meeting with the city's attorney Doug Goelz. The first item involved vacation of that right-of-way. As required by state law, the developer is required to pay the city fair market value for the land.

"We have assessed a value of $56,000 for that street," Shawa said "In the original agreement, the city required Ostrem pay before anything was done. The attorneys agreed that he should be able to apply for permits before and get preliminary plat approval before he actually comes out and purchases the street."

Ostrem also wants the ability to set up a "late-comers agreement," so if neighbors wanted to tie into the utilities that he put in place, he has the ability for ten years after completion to recoup some of the costs. Late-comers agreements can be no longer than 10 years, according to state law.

"Sounds like a good deal," said Councilman Gordon Zuern. "He wants to pay $56,000 to the city for the right of way vacating and then gives [the street] back to the city as soon as he is done with it."

"I love that deal," said Shawa. "That is the kind of deal I would like to make every day."

Fred Molsby, exalted ruler of the Long Beach Elk Lodge, said he had been contacted by Mayor Jacobson about purchasing lights for the bronze tree monument that will be making its way down the Columbia River in the next several months before it is put into place on the Discovery Trail. The lodge approved donation of $600 for lights that will be used on the barge and later used to illuminate the streets of Long Beach during the Christmas season.

"That money should cover your first string of lights," said Molsby. He went on to say the International Order of Odd Fellows would also be donating $200 for additional lights.

Not to be outdone by another service organization, the Lions Club, represented by Al Harper, announced they would be donating a kiosk to the city to use as an information booth during high tourism months. "It will come with closed caption for the hard of hearing," said Harper.

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