On Wednesday, the Poulsbo City Council approved a series of acquisitions along Noll Road totaling $139,890. Included in the acquisitions is a portion of Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson’s property.
Over 18,000 square feet will be allocated from Erickson’s property, for which she and her husband will be compensated $46,300. Also included as part of the negotiated terms of the acquisition is an administrative settlement of $15,140, which will compensate Erickson for the replacement of a fence, the removal of several large fir trees and the acquisition of another small right of way, also located on Erickson’s property.
The mayor was careful to note that she has continuously recused herself from council discussions related to the Noll Road Improvement Project.
“I have been recusing myself from Noll Road for … I don’t know, two, three years now,” Erickson said. “I have to stay away from this and I’ve tried to the best of my ability to do that.”
City engineer Diane Lenius said that including Wednesday’s approved acquisitions, the city has spent about $152,000 to compensate property owners for the project’s right of way acquisitions. Including planning, surveying and compensating property owners, Lenius estimated the right of way acquisition portion of the project had spent around $320,000 so far. The project’s total budget for right of way acquisitions, she added, is $1.6 million, with $1.4 million of that budget coming from federal grant funding.
When it’s all said and done, the engineering department is anticipating the acquisition of 34 parcels for the Noll Road project. Of those 34 parcels, Lenius said, the city has acquired 12 so far, with another four remaining in the southern leg of the project.
— Nick Twietmeyer is a reporter with Kitsap News Group. Nick can be reached at email@example.com.