9/18/2012 3:02:00 PM City wants to take a field trip
A budget of $6,000 will go to the parks and recreation department in the next few months to help the city put on day trips for local residents, the city council voted Sept. 10. The money will go to fund three separate trips, all of which must be booked in advance, parks and recreation coordinator Molly Klippert said. Then, the members of the community who want to go on the trips, will pay for their share of the ticket and transportation. These trips would include a trip to Seattle to attend the Seahawks versus New York Jets football game Nov. 11, a trip to see the Christmas lighting in Leavenworth Dec. 8 and a trip to the Northern Quest Casino, on a date to be determined. The football trip would cost $125 per person, which would include transportation and parking fees and a ticket to the game. A total of 24 people must sign up for the trip. Deadline to reserve a spot for this trip is Nov. 2. The Leavenworth trip is $65 per person, which includes transportation and parking fees. All food and beverages and other things are the responsibility of the person. The trip is open to 24 people. The deadline to reserve a spot on this trip is Dec. 3. For the Northern Quest Casino trip, the casino has offered a $4 dining credit for each person who signs up. The trip will be open for those who want to see the entertainment or try their hands at the slots, Klippert said. The date has not been set for this trip, but it will cost $65 a person and will only happen if 24 people sign up. When the trips are booked, the city will have regained the money it spent to put them on in the first place, she said. Next year, similar events will be included in budget requests, Klippert said. The trips at the end of this year should get the community excited about future events put on by the city. "I am excited about these events," she said. Also at the meeting, the city decided to reject the bids for work on their Scooteny Street improvement project. The bids of $859,286.61 and $870,608.20 came in much higher than the engineer estimated of $641,830. The higher numbers are likely because contractors are worried about finishing the project before it gets cold and a lack of availability of materials, engineer Larry Julius said. It is better to wait until the new year, when it is likely prices will be lower, Julius said. A good portion of the project is being funded through the state's Transportation Improvement Board. Employees with the Department of Transportation also advise waiting, Julius said, as they will not fund such an overage of the engineer's estimate. The grant funding will still be available next year. Council member Ken Johnson said he was disappointed with Julius and the other engineers at his firm of Gray & Osbourne, because the project should have been started earlier.
Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012
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would love to attend the 1st 2 trips and maybe all of em..what a great idea...please inform me to continue in this process so that we may attend these trips...HUSKIESSSSSS!!!!!!WOOOOO!!HOOOOOO!!!!!