Tomorrow morning, the City Council takes its final votes on next year’s budget. One item that’s made the cut so far was the biggest topic at this past week’s Alki Community Council meeting:
VEHICLE-NOISE ENFORCEMENT: It’s been more than a year since Jesse Robbins started visiting local community councils to solicit input on concerns about vehicle-related noise and law enforcement challenges in enforcing existing laws about it. That led to a survey (results linked in this story). He eventually explained that he was part of a team working on a “technological solution,” and said they were talking to the city about it. Councilmember Lisa Herbold eventually launched another survey (and linked its results here). And as a followup, she proposed a budget item that has made the final cut for next year’s budget, titled “Report on SPD enforcement of vehicle noise and cruising on Alki.” It just authorizes a report on the issue for starters, but Robbins was almost giddy that it had gone through without pushback. Results of the study will be due in March.
While he has yet to disclose details of the technology that’s in the works, Robbins told the ACC on Thursday night that the team might wind up running a pilot program next summer with the prototypes of the devices his organization has been working on. They would first be doing demonstrations for SPD and councilmembers. Asked if anybody has expressed opposition to the idea, Robbins said no, but they might expect some opposition from organizations concerned about electronic surveillance. The technology would be “mobile,” so that a police officer wouldn’t be stationed with it. But he believes it woud provide enough data so that the police can issue a citation that will hold up in court. Meantime, he asked those in attendance to “keep up the pressure.” ANA board members and attendees said they appreciate Robbins’s advocacy.
Also at the ACC meeting:
ALKI DEVELOPMENT: In a quick informal discussion of some of the bigger projects under way or about to get under way, the downsizing of 1250 Alki SW (noted here again last week) was discussed – one-third of the size of what it was. ACC vice president Randie Stone said that her understanding is that while the project says 40 apartments, it’s likely going to be condos. She also mentioned the 11-unit luxury Pinnacle development (one current promotion says those units are expected to be priced between $1.5 million and $2.3 million).
OFFICERS CONTINUING: The current ACC officer slate will continue.
NEXT MEETING: ACC takes December off, so the third Thursday in January will be the next meeting.