LONG BEACH — The City of Long Beach is working on over 10 ongoing projects, according to officials.
City officials discussed the city’s major projects at Long Beach City Council’s Sept. 3 meeting. Many of the ongoing projects are scheduled for completion by the end of 2019.
City Administrator David Glasson, Community Development Director Ariel Smith and Mayor Jerry Phillips presented the project list to councilors. Learn about the city’s projects below.
“I won’t say it’s the most projects the city has ever worked on at a time but we’re working on a lot of projects,” Glasson said.
Regional biosolids plant: The City of Long Beach is constructing its plant at the city’s wastewater treatment facility. The project is expected to cost $6.7 million, about a million dollars less than the city’s engineer originally predicted. The plant should be finished by 2020. Funds come from the Department of Ecology and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Culbertson Park: Improvements to Culbertson Park are scheduled to run through 2020. Improvements are primarily making Culbertson Park compliant with the American Disabilities Act. This includes new playground equipment, ADA-accessible dugouts, resurfacing of basketball and tennis courts, and creating an ADA-compliant path.
Streets projects: Improvements to Idaho Avenue and Washington Avenue South are two of the city’s main transportation projects. The Idaho project should be finished in 2020, and Washington Avenue by 2021. Both projects received funding from the Transportation Benefit District.
Bolstad restrooms: The city’s new Bolstad restrooms are scheduled to be finished by 2021. The city will soon pave the area around the bathrooms, then install the bathrooms, which recently arrived. The project cost of $260,000, was under original estimates.
Discovery to Bay Trail: Through 2020, the city is working with county partners and citizens to determine a route expanding the Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail. Discussions so far have focused on extending the trail to the new Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, at the end of 67th Street. The project is expected to cost $420,000.
Police station: Earlier this year, the city was awarded $705,000 by the legislature for a new police station. Mayor Phillips worked with legislators during the state’s 2019 legislative session. The city is considering renovating its station or moving to a new location. The current station has about half the space it needs. Funding is coming from the Department of Commerce.
Comprehensive plans: The city is updating its comprehensive plan, as well as comprehensive plans for the city’s water and sewer. The general and water plans are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. The sewer plan is scheduled for completion in 2020. All three plans were completed in the city’s 2019 budget.
Code enforcement: The city’s 2019 budget includes $35,000 for code enforcement projects. This year, city officials are working on more than a dozen code-violating properties.
Meter replacement: The city is 25 percent finished with its meter replacement project, which it started in 2018. The project is expected to continue through 2022, and is included in the city budget.
Records retention: The city won a $9,747 grant from the Secretary of State. The funds will be used to digitize the city’s records.
Watershed logging: Logging is scheduled through 2020 for the city, which generates city revenue.