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March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1863-2009

"Can Seattle's oldest newspaper be successfully transformed into a child of the information age? The Northwest is a land of big dreams. With the demise of the Soviet Union, one quipster noted that Puget Sound is now home to three empires still bent on global dominion: Microsoft, and Starbuck's. If the stars align properly and with a quality product, Seattle will show the way to a new model for journalism of the written word."

--Joel Connelly, columnist, in today's final print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Nibley moves forward with parks and trails plan

By Candice Mattson

February 20, 2009 | NIBLEY-- A unanimous decision was made to keep moving forward with the parks and trails master planning process in a City Council meeting Thursday night. It is a plan that encompasses all parks, trails and recreation activities within the city of Nibley.

Several trails are in the process of being built in Nibley for the use of recreation, including a trail to be added by the Foxburrough subdivision and another by the Clear Creek subdivision.

Mayor Gerald Knight proposed to hire a consultant to look over the plan. The council expressed concern over the price of hiring such a consultant that would fit into the budget. City Manager Larry Anhder said they currently have between $15,000-$18,000 left in the budget. It was estimated that a previous consultant hired by the city would charge $27,000.

"It may be worth looking around for proposals if we're going to spend $30,000 on it," said Councilman Larry Jacobsen. He then made a motion to put out a scope of approval for other contractors that could offer prices closer to the budget amount. The motion passed 4-1, with Councilman Scott Larsen opposed. Knight noted that a committee would be formed to continue on with these plans.

Several residents who attended the meeting urged the council to move forward with the adding of more trails. One expressed frustration over sharing the roads with cars and said there is little room to run, especially in the winter when there is snow piled on the sides of the roads, and pointed out the need for somewhere to exercise in the winter.

Another resident voiced dissatisfaction about the islands placed on 3200 South because they tightened the space for both runners and cars.

Also on the agenda was a public hearing for preliminary plat approval of phase 2 for Foxburrough subdivision at 1600 W. 3200 South. It was moved that a 5-foot sidewalk be added by the contractor between plots 16 and 17. The motion passed unanimously and ultimately gave approval for the plat approval of phase 2.

The council then discussed the development design standards for multifamily houses. Councilman Scott Larsen proposed several changes to the plan and ultimately a motion was made to move further discussions to the next council meeting. The motion passed unanimously.


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