Olympia City Council will consider request to study potential park sites

After two weeks off, The Olympia City Council will consider funding a study for five potential park sites during its next meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

The city’s finance committee is recommending approval of $60,000 for a “community park site suitability assessment.” The recommendation stems from a request by the LBA Woods Park Coalition for the city to purchase land in southeast Olympia – known as the Bentridge property - that’s slated for development.

Other potential park sites, according to the city, are located at Lindell and Lister roads in northeast Olympia; Spooner Berry Farm on Yelm Highway; the Cooper Point Road Sundberg gravel pit on the city’s westside; and the proposed Trillium subdivision near LBA Park.

If approved by council, the study would take about 90 days once a consultant is secured, according to a city staff report. The council would also have the option to approve a study for only the Bentridge parcel at a cost of $18,000.

Also on the council’s agenda Tuesday:

Tuesday’s meeting includes two public hearings for proposals to install more fiber optic lines for telecommunications services. Noel Communications Inc. and Astound Broadband LLC have both requested to install fiber optic lines throughout the Olympia area.

According to the city, Astound Broadband has acquired all licenses and approvals to put the new lines on existing power poles. Upon approval of a permit, the installation is expected to begin in August and take 30 days, the city reports. This project’s primary focus is to provide service to Providence St. Peter Hospital, the city reports.

Noel Communications has also acquired all licenses and approvals to place the lines on power poles, the city reports. If the permit is approved, installation for this project would begin in August and take about two days to finish, the city reports. This project’s primary focus is to provide service to the Department of Enterprise Services in the area of the Jefferson Street roundabout, the city reports.

Also on Tuesday, the city council is expected to approve a list of requests for federal block grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The city plans to request $642,375 in Community Development Block Grant funding to benefit a number of economic development projects. Projects include funding for the Downtown Ambassador Program; façade improvements through the city’s Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design program; seed funding for a small business loan program called the Grow Olympia Fund; and money for the isthmus park studies. The deadline to submit the funding request is July 15.