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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Council Roundup: reining in runaway shopping carts

Also, city receives Recovery Act funds for human services and Coal Creek natural area is incorporated

Abandoned shopping carts are piled up by a walkway in the Crossroads neighborhood.Retailers who refuse to retrieve abandoned shopping carts would be fined under a proposal now before the Bellevue City Council.

Under the proposal -- developed due to growing concerns by neighborhoods -- businesses that do not pick up the carts within a specified period would be penalized. The council is expected  to vote on a final proposal July 6.

The problem of abandoned shopping carts has been debated for months, ever since it emerged as a neighborhood livability issue. The problem disproportionately affects neighborhoods the city is trying to improve.

Feedback: Carol Helland, Land Use Director, 425-452-2724, chelland@bellevuewa.gov

City receives Recovery Act funds for human services
The City Council voted to accept more than $191,000 in federal Recovery Act funds to make badly needed repairs to an adult day health care center for seniors and people with disabilities, and an assisted-living facility that houses low- and moderate-income people.

The funds, administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will be used for roof and other improvements at the Elder and Adult Day Services center and the Evergreen Court assisted-living facility.

A portion of the money also will also be used to repair a small number of single-family homes owned by low- and moderate-income Bellevue residents.

"This is very good news and comes at a time when our human services funding is being stretched thin by competing needs," City Manager Steve Sarkozy said. "These funds will be used to put people to work immediately fixing the homes and living facilities of those most in need."

The city's Parks and Community Services Department applied for the Recovery Act funds. HUD guidelines call for the prioritization of projects that can be initiated within 120 days after funds are received. 

Feedback: Emily Leslie, Human Services Manager, 425-452-6452 or eleslie@bellevuewa.gov.

Coal Creek Natural Area incorporated
Bellevue's popular network of natural trails and open space areas received a boost Monday with the formal annexation of an additional 146 acres in the Coal Creek Natural Area.

Annexation of the unincorporated acreage, approved by the City Council, brings the total size of the natural area to 446 acres, and makes it the largest single area in the city's park system. It also adds nearly five miles to the city's natural trails system. The city has over 80 miles of trails.

The Coal Creek Natural Area is a unique part of a nearly contiguous corridor of public lands for wildlife, natural areas preservation and public use. Acquired from King County in 2004, it connects to the 3,000-acre Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, the county's largest park.

Feedback: Nicholas Matz, Senior Planner, 425-452-5371 or nmatz@bellevuewa.gov

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