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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Council Roundup: Hilltop to be annexed

Also, transportation award for 'streetwise' Segway

Hilltop, the very last unincorporated island in Bellevue, will become part of the city by the end of the month after the City Council unanimously approved its annexation Monday.

Hilltop is 63 acres, with 40 houses and 101 residents in its boundaries. Like their counterparts in Eastgate, Horizon View and Tamara Hills -- residents of Hilltop presented a first round of petitions for annexation last year. (The other three areas, also south of Interstate 90, were annexed on June 1.)

Property owners representing more than 75 percent of the assessed value of Hilltop submitted direct petitions for annexation on May 23 of this year, shortly after the council approved an agreement with Hilltop residents.

Alex Harris, a Hilltop resident, thanked the council for "considering Hilltop's viewpoint on issues of great importance to our community."

Feedback: Nicholas Matz, senior planner, 425-452-5371 or nmatz@bellevuewa.gov

Transportation award for 'streetwise' Segway
The city received a national transportation planning award for its part in the development of a "streetwise" Segway scooter now used by a number of cities to track the accessibility of their sidewalks.

In 2007, the city equipped a Segway Human Transporter with high-tech hardware, including a displacement laser and gyroscope, to complete an inventory of Bellevue sidewalks. Interns rode the "Ultra Light Inertial Profiler," collecting data that showed locations where sidewalks had buckled or were otherwise difficult to navigate for people with disabilities.

Use of the profilers is now considered a national best practice. On July 8 the city received the 2012 Transportation Planning Excellence Award, a biennial award sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration.

Feedback: Franz Loewenherz, Senior Transportation Planner, 425-452-4077 or floewenherz@bellevuewa.gov 

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