1st of 4 Smuggler’s Gulch projects a go | City brief

Jul 09, 2014

After postponing them for a year, the first of four projects to fix drainage issues in Smuggler’s Gulch is in the works.

The city has a $1 million grant from the state Department of Ecology to go toward low impact development (LID) projects, including detention pond retrofits and rain gardens. The grant expires this year.

LID projects are designed to mimic natural systems that help manage the flow of stormwater and improve water quality.

The four projects are as follows:

• 88th Street Pond Retrofit

• 50th Place Pond Retrofit

• 49th Avenue W. Rain Garden

• 44th Avenue W. Rain Garden

Mukilteo City Council on July 7 authorized Mayor Jennifer Gregerson to sign a contract with Pellco Construction Co. for $152,500 to retrofit the detention pond on 88th Street.

The remaining three projects will go to bid in August and are expected to be approved by the council in September, city staff said.

Last year, after hearing from homeowners in the basin, the council voted to postpone a staff-recommended list of drainage-improvement projects. A “citizens committee” was formed to work with staff to select projects in Smuggler’s Gulch.

Four projects that had been approved last year by the council – a rain garden project on 44th Avenue and three detention pond projects – were put on hold, staff said. The committee re-prioritized some projects and found new ones.

Although they made the list, the four new projects were not unanimously selected by the committee, staff said.

The third detention pond project didn’t make this list because it didn’t meet grant guidelines. The city would still like to move forward with it, but it is not funded at this time, staff said.

-Sara Bruestle

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