Pasco will try to find the money to build a neighborhood park, improve Road 68 and start on a new soccer complex next year.
The city council passed its six-year capital improvement plan Tuesday in a 5-2 vote.
City staff will use the plan to help develop next year's budget, said Gary Crutchfield, Pasco city manager. But the city council will have the final say on what projects get funded when they work on the budget in November.
The plan includes 25 projects for 2011 that collectively would cost about $8.9 million. About $1.9 million of that would go toward purchasing land and paying for designing the Lewis Street overpass, which replaces the aging railroad underpass.
Work on the project began earlier this year. The city is using a $750,000 federal grant and a $550,000 state grant to help pay for that part of the project.
Councilman Bob Hoffmann, who voted against the plan along with Councilman Tom Larsen, said he felt some of the projects prioritized for 2011 needed to be delayed.
Hoffmann earlier suggested removing Fourth Avenue street improvements and focusing on higher priorities such as a $10 million police station and municipal court building.
Councilman Al Yenney said he would like to see moving the north segment of the Fourth Avenue project to 2012. The $300,000 project would add sidewalks and landscaping to Fourth Avenue from Highway 395 to Court Street.
But the city should keep the south segment, from Court to Sylvester streets, on the plan for 2011, he said. The $850,000 project would add bicycle lanes, pedestrian safety at intersections and landscaping.
Crutchfield said the south portion is a public safety project and was proposed for next year because city staff found a $400,000 transportation enhancement grant that could help pay for the project. The other $450,000 would come from the city's capital improvement fund.
w Pasco chose its representatives for the new regional public facilities district.
Kennewick, Pasco and Richland signed an interlocal agreement creating the district last month. It will allow them to jointly plan and fund a regional facility, such as an aquatics or performing arts center.
The council appointed Mayor Matt Watkins, Mayor pro tem Rebecca Francik and John Merk, a member of the city's public facilities district, as its three board of directors members in a 6-1 vote.
Yenney voted against the measure. He said after the meeting that he would have liked to see a different council member serve as a city representative for the board.
Watkins and Francik represented Pasco on the committee formed about four years ago that came up with the regional facilities district as a way to plan Tri-Cities projects.
The district's proposed projects would have to go before voters as a sales tax measure.
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