Neighborhood Safety Project Ideas Needed!

Neighborhood Safety Project Ideas Needed!

The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) is requesting input and assistance in selecting project ideas to submit as part of the 2015 Kirkland Neighborhood Safety Program. Last year FHNA was successful in funding 3 of the 4 projects that were submitted, including crosswalks on 90th Avenue NE, walkway improvements along 84th Avenue NE, and a new crossing of Juanita Drive at Big Finn Hill Park. Several of the projects have been completed, with the Juanita Drive crossing anticipated to be constructed in 2015 pending the outcome of additional grant funding requests.

The Kirkland TV recently interviewed FHNA’s representative, Jon Pascal, who is leading the project selection process for the neighborhood. View what he has to say about the program.

FHNA’s deadline to submit completed project priority and scope forms to the City is December 15, 2014.

How can I get involved?

There are a number of ways you can get involved. They include:

  1. Attend our members meeting on November 19th at Finn Hill Middle School at 7:00 PM in the school cafeteria to learn more about the program and participate in project selection.
  2. Sign-up to participate in a working group to review project idea submittals and finalize project application forms. Email Jon Pascal at jon@finnhillalliance.org with your name and phone number so he can add you to the contact list.
  3. Review the map and list of ideas already submitted by Finn Hill residents, and let us know your favorite by emailing Jon at jon@finnhillalliance.org.
  4. Enter your own project idea on the City’s “Suggest a Project” interactive map. Please note that due to time constraints, the project may not be considered for 2015, but will be considered the following year.

How can I find out more about the program?

You can visit the City’s web site to learn about how to submit a project idea, who to contact, and other details about the program.

What are the important dates I should be aware of?

Project idea due: December 15, 2014
NSP Workshop: January 22, 2015
Applications Available: January 22, 2015
Applications Due: No later than February 9, 2015
Panel review: March 11, 2015
Panel decision:  March 25, 2015
City Council decision: April 21, 2015
Projects announced: By end of April, 2015
Projects End: June 1, 2016.

What types of projects are eligible for consideration?

Projects need to meet the following criteria: (1) be under $50,000 dollars, (2) be located on City-owned property, and (3) address a transportation safety issue.

Each year there is a total of $150,000 available for projects citywide. Projects generally fall into the following categories:

  • Bicycle facility: Bike lanes or trails.
  • Crosswalks: New crosswalks, improved crosswalk ramps (ADA), crosswalk islands, and rapid flashing beacons.
  • Intersection Improvement: Signage, parking, and pedestrian “bump outs.”
  • Traffic Calming: Traffic islands, speed cushions, pedestrian “bump outs,” signage, and radar signs.
  • Walkway/Sidewalk and Trail: gravel trail, steps, curb, traffic delineators, and sidewalk.
  • Street Light: on existing utility pole or installing a light new pole.

Improvements are restricted to City property including streets, parks, community facilities, and the Cross Kirkland Corridor.

How are projects ultimately selected and funded?

There are two evaluation steps to select projects. One involves a Neighborhood Panel made up of representatives from all of Kirkland’s Neighborhoods. The other is an interdepartmental staff team of experts who evaluate the safety problem and viability of the solution. If the project is selected, it is then recommended to the City Council for funding and implementation.

Proposed projects will be evaluated on a technical safety criteria as well as community benefit and feasibility. The evaluation criteria used by staff and the neighborhood panel are listed below.

City Staff Evaluation

Project Technical Safety Score: The project completes a missing segment of important transportation network, addresses a recognized community safety need, is consistent with adopted plans, meets City standards, and offers a viable and cost effective solution.

Neighborhood Panel Criteria

Neighborhood and Community Benefit
The community benefit is clearly explained. The project addresses a recognized community safety need especially with a vulnerable population with a viable, creative solution. The project expands and/or strengthens the community beyond the term of the project. The project will result in a lasting positive community impact.

Neighborhood Association Support
Project was reviewed by the Neighborhood Association and received a priority ranking:

Priority 1
Priority 2
None

Project Readiness and Feasibility
The Neighborhood Association Project Coordinator attended the NSP workshop and understands the necessary aspects for project implementation and completion. In addition, the Project Coordinator worked with City staff to evaluate scope, cost, and ongoing maintenance of the project and submitted the Project Priority and Scope form with the application.

Community Support
Community support has been demonstrated for the project.

Project Partnerships
Community organizations, business partners, and residents are contributing funds and/or volunteer hours to the project and their roles have been clearly identified.

 

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