BY COUNCILORS STAUBER AND STEWART:
The city council finds:
(a) The city has publicly discussed the features and location of a proposed stormwater natural process treatment facility (living water garden) as referred to in Resolution No. 05-0488;
(b) Other government units have recently considered environmental and commercial aspects of the area at the mouth of Miller Creek and Coffee Creek near 21st Avenue West;
(c) City officials have been informed of considerable interest in the special features of this site that could make it especially appropriate for a living water garden;
(d) The site is currently under-utilized as a public area.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the city council requests the mayor to assemble a special advisory committee made up of no more than 11 interested parties including city staff, water garden advocate, citizens, government agency members, WLSSD staff, Corps of Engineers staff and environmental advocate, to investigate the site at the mouth of Miller Creek and Coffee Creek and determine its potential as an educational, harbor improvement multi-use area containing a living water garden, and report its findings and recommendations to the administration and the council by January 3, 2008.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: City officials have met with state, federal, and port authority people and found considerable enthusiasm for a multi-use project near WLSSD that will contain a water garden and create a recreational/educational/ park/harbor area in a site that is now somewhat blighted. This resolution requests that the idea be investigated and a report made.