Revisions to the 2019-2024 CIP

City Council Adopts Revisions to the 2019-2024 Capital Improvement Plan
Posted on 12/10/2019
At the Tuesday, Dec. 3 City Council meeting, Council unanimously adopted the proposed amendments made to the 2019-2024 Capital Improvement Plan. 

The City’s CIP is part of the state’s Growth Management Act requirement for cities and counties to approve and maintain a comprehensive plan for appropriately managing growth and development. 

The mid-biennial modifications made to the CIP have been open to public discussion and presented to City Council over the course of several regular meetings through November and into December. The implementation of the proposed amendments have been spearheaded by Gina Hortillosa, the City’s Director of Public Works and Development Services. As per the structure of our City government, Ms. Hortillosa carries out City projects as directed by Mill Creek City Council. 

Changes to the 2019-2024 CIP are summarized as follows:

• 35th Ave SE Reconstruction: adjust funding sources to reflect a $1,000,000 award from the 2019-2021 Transportation Budget through the Connecting Washington program.

• 35th Ave SE Pavement Preservation: the majority of 35th Ave SE was paved less than five years ago. Hence, the road condition meets City standards and the project was cancelled.

• 132nd St SE Mid-block Crossing Improvements: options for a mid-block crossing were originally discussed during Council meetings in spring and summer of this year. After extended discussion, the project was cancelled.

• Mill Creek Boulevard Corridor Improvement Study: the project was originally funded by $250,000 REET and $50,000 under professional services (City department budget). In March of this year, the City was awarded a $300,000 Washington State Department of Commerce Grant to cover these expenditures.

• Heron Park Play Area Upgrades: the project was awarded $155,000 from Snohomish County. Hence, the local contribution was reduced in that amount. The project budget remains the same at $410,000. 

• Surface Water Aging Infrastructure Program: the proposed amendment includes assessing the small pipes ($300,000) in 2020. This cost is covered by the Limited Tax General Obligation bond approved at the June 25 City Council meeting. 

• Park Property Acquisition: several park projects fall under the umbrella of park expansion, with the most significant being to participate in the acquisition of public lands to meet the recreational needs of the community. This project includes an estimated property acquisition cost of $2.2 million. 

• Public Works Shop: to identify a site for the Public Works Shop where existing and future equipment and materials can be appropriately stored and maintenance workers can safely conduct their responsibilities. A potential site for this shop is a 1.67 acre parcel of land owned by Silver Lake Water District (2210 132nd Street SE). The City and District have jointly hired ABS Valuation to conduct an appraisal of the property. The appraisal is expected to be completed by February 2020. Should property be acquired, it is possible that the City could conduct certain tasks that are currently outsourced to contractors. 

To learn more about the City’s Capital Improvement Plan, please visit