By Joni Kirk, Mill Creek Director of Communications and Marketing.
The Mill Creek City Council approved the city’s 2019-2024 Capital Improvement Plan at its October 23, 2018, meeting.
The Capital Improvement Plan identifies 27 projects and programs for a total investment of $19,270,140 over the six-year period.
Capital improvements are major projects requiring the expenditure of public funds over and above routine operating expenses. A capital project is defined as new, replacement of, or improvements to infrastructure – such as buildings, roads and parks – that have a minimum life expectancy of five years and a minimum cost of $25,000.
“The Capital Improvement Plan allows the City to plan responsibly for infrastructure projects and funding,” said Mayor Pam Pruitt.
She went on to say, “Our six-year plan is flexible enough to allow for change depending on future economic conditions, funding opportunities and community priorities.”
Community input helped shape the focus areas within the Capital Improvement Plan. Based on surveys (56 responses), focus group discussions, and other input received; the community’s priorities for capital projects included traffic improvements, road maintenance, and infrastructure improvements.
Some of the key projects within the Capital Improvement Plan include:
- A pavement preservation program to sequence and address pavement conditions throughout the city.
- A Mill Creek Boulevard corridor improvement study to enhance economic vitality.
- A surface water aging infrastructure program to address the growing repair or replacement needs of the Surface Water Utility.
- The Mill Creek Sports Park Turf and Light Replacement project, which received $350,000 in grant funding from the state’s Recreation Conservation Office and Snohomish County, to revitalize the field and upgrade the existing park lighting system at the field, skate park and parking lot.
The 2019-2024 Capital Improvement Plan is online at www.cityofmillcreek.com/CIP.