Port Angeles approves paving project for Marine Drive

City also moves $1.5M to cover Waste Connections payment

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles City Council approved an $800,000 construction contract with Lakeside Industries to resurface a 1-mile stretch of Marine Drive from Hill Street to the Tumwater Truck Route.

The council on Tuesday night also approved a $1.5 million interfund loan to cover payment obligations to Waste Connections as part of a settlement agreement reached in 2022, and it approved the purchase of software to help manage Ocean View Cemetery.

For the paving project, the contracted work includes a 2-inch mill and fill road resurfacing, sidewalk and curb improvements compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and pavement marking replacement on the affected section of road.

The pavement work is needed to repair Marine Drive from the wastewater force main project that occurred last year, according to city documents.

The contract with Lakeside Industries is for $809,432.50.

The city accepted a grant in December for $740,149 from the state Transportation Improvement Board, which required a 35 percent match of $400,000.

Those funds were approved in the 2024-29 Capital Facilities Plan.

The interfund loan will go from the city’s Water Utility fund to the Solid Waste fund and will come entirely from its $6.2 million reserves, Finance Director Sarina Carrizosa said. It will not affect water rates or deplete the fund balance below the city’s 60-day requirement, she said.

The city makes a $497,500 payment every six months to Waste Connections, which previously provided garbage service within city limits. The city took over the service in 2021 and an arbitrator determined the following year that the city owed Waste Connections a settlement of nearly $3.2 million.

The interfund loan will allow the city to cover the final balance of $1.99 million. The loan will be repaid to the Water Utility fund over the next five years with a 5.095 percent interest rate.

Meanwhile, the city selected CemSites and its bid of $28,980 to provide software services at Ocean View Cemetery, 3127 W. 18th St., Port Angeles.

The project will focus on managing 20,000 records, 12,000 grave markers and Cloud cemetery record management. The contract includes annual licensing, custom data migration, GIS grave lot mapping and integration with the current website, plus onsite and online training.

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Editor Brian McLean can be reached at 360-417-3531 or by email at brian.mclean@peninsulanews.us.

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