Poulsbo Public Works relocation in progress

At last week’s Poulsbo City Council meeting, the Public Works Department presented its modified requests for the 2021-22 mid-biennial budget amendment and the 2022-27 Capital Improvement Plan, which mainly focused on relocating Public Works facilities.

Public Works director Mike Lund provided the presentation and began with the history and background of the project.

In 2002, the Iverson Road extension took away half of Public Works’ current site, and six years later the city purchased 4.5 acres at the current transfer station on Viking Avenue. In 2011, site demolition and land clearing was done, and in 2014 the city developed the site plan for the property.

Later that year, construction of Phase 1 — the decant/solid waste transfer station began. In 2015, design developments for Phase 2 occurred, such as site visits to regional facilities, program mapping and exploring funding options.

From 2017-20, the city investigated options to move forward. They realized the site was too small for future growth so the city looked into nearby properties. Last year, the adjacent Nazarene Church property became available, and the city purchased the adjoining 7.4 acres this year.

Phase 2A is in process, which consists of the city remodeling the church building and relocating Public Works administration operations in early 2022. Later next year, the city will develop plans, specifications and estimates for Phase 2B ­— relocation of remaining shop and equipment storage buildings onto the decant and transfer station site, which is estimated to cost $150,000. In 2023-24, site relocation and construction will take place.

Updated capital improvement figures for Public Works is $4 million (2022 — $150,000 for city utility reserves, 2023 — $3.45 million for non-voted bonds and $400,000 for sale of other properties).

Other departments that presented their modified requests for the same budgeting included the parks and engineering departments.

The next council meeting Dec. 1 will consist of department presentations and council’s approval of modification requests. At the Dec. 8 meeting final approval of the amended budget and budget ordinance will occur.