Council will consider anti-coal resolution

Garbage, well also on agenda in Olympia

mbatcheldor@theolympian.comJune 17, 2013 

The Olympia City Council is back in session Tuesday with a full agenda. Here’s a preview:

 • Coal-export resolution. The council will consider a resolution opposing the construction of coal-export facilities in the Pacific Northwest, a controversial topic. Supporters of such facilities say they will bring jobs, while opponents say the coal, which is shipped by train, would hurt the environment and promotes continued use of dirty fossil fuels.

 • Garbage collection. The city is changing to collecting solid waste on one side of the street “where it is safe and efficient to do so,” according to a staff report. Waste Resources Director Dan Daniels will brief the council on the topic.

 • Artesian well. The council will get an update on a project to create a park at the city’s artesian well. The agenda item was rescheduled from last week’s meeting.

A host of improvements are proposed for the well, which sits in a city parking lot near Fourth Avenue and Jefferson Street, including a stage, tables and chairs, a pingpong table and mobile food vendors. The estimated price tag is $153,000.

The council’s land-use committee recommends that construction begin in late 2013 or early 2014, with a grand opening around May 1.

 • CDBG Draft Plan. The council is expected to give final direction on the city’s plan to spend federal Community Development Block Grant dollars, commonly known as CDBG. The city is expected to receive $357,512, which could be combined with other federal money that comes in throughout the year. A final decision on how to spend the money is expected in July.

Matt Batcheldor: 360-704-6869 mbatcheldor@theolympian.com @MattBatcheldor

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