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VOTING COMPLETE, TWO PROJECTS FUNDED
Thank you for participating in the Neighborhood Enhancement Program In October, you joined in the process of selecting your highest priority neighborhood project to receive Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) funds. Now you will see the results of your efforts.
Somerset residents identified a total of over $750,000 worth of eligible projects, for which $185,000 is available. In order to prioritize these proposals, ballots were mailed to all households in the Somerset NEP area.
Because of budget constraints, residents will not receive an Action Plan in the mail. The economic downturn has had a major impact on our community. Like many other agencies and organizations across the country, we are facing a challenging budget cycle with very limited revenues. The City’s goal has been and always will be to continue to provide high quality programs and services, while minimizing impacts on neighborhoods.
The city is in the process of identifying priorities and building a new service delivery model under the current budget situation. NEP, along with all other city programs and services, is being reviewed and evaluated. Therefore, this could affect our ability to complete NEP projects. We will implement projects as budget allows.
This cycle of Somerset NEP has brought many neighbors together. The Somerset community has shown tremendous community spirit throughout the whole process. The program can’t succeed without your participation and support. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this challenging economic climate.
• Voted “NO” on funding projects: 180 (18%)
• Voted “Yes” on funding projects: 833 (82%)
FUNDED SMALL CAPITAL PROJECTS:
(COMPLETE) SO-10-A Somerset Elementary School Expanded Playground (Ballot No. SO-8, 1144 points)
This project would expand the existing playground structures at Somerset Elementary School that would be available to students during school hours and open to the community when school is not in session. This project would include installation of new playground equipment, expand the safety surfacing, benches, and various amenities would also be included in the project.
Estimated cost: $145,000 Project Manager: Ken Kroeger 425-452-4624 firstname.lastname@example.org
SO-10-B Right-of-Way Landscape Improvements Near Somerset Recreation Club (Ballot No. SO-1, 594 points)* Landscape approximately 9,000 square feet at of Right-of-Way adjacent to the Somerset Recrea-tion Club with attractive shrubs and ground covers. Plant selection and design will take into con-sideration attractiveness, low maintenance, and water conservation. Project includes tree pruning, soil improvement, plants and installation, and mulch. Funding would also provide one year of maintenance and 3 years of watering to establish plants. Estimated Cost: $31,350 Project Manager: Melissa Brown 425-452-4100 MLBrown@bellevuewa.gov
*NOTE: given the City’s current budget reset, future years’ maintenance may be significantly reduced, compared to current practice.
- Landscaping Neighborhood Entrances along Forest Dr between SE 60th St and SE 63rd St (Ballot No. SO-2, 524 points)
- 143rd Ave SE Landscaping Improvements Near Somerset Elementary School (Ballot No. SO-3, 461 points)
- Coal Creek Natural Area Trail Expansion(Ballot No. SO-6, 393 points)
- New Streetlights in Westwood Highlands ((Ballot No. SO-9, 386 points)
- SE 63rd Open Space Trail Expansion (Ballot No. SO-5, 346 points)
- Sidewalk on 143rd Ave SE between SE 45th Pl and SE 45th St (Ballot No. SO-10, 283 points)
- SE 52nd St Trailhead and Trail Development (Ballot No. SO-7, 252 points)
- Landscaping the Median on SE 49th St between Highland Dr and 150th Ave SE(Ballot No. SO-4, 121 points)
- Drinking Fountain at Saddleback Park (Ballot No. SO-11, 112 points)