The City of Walla Walla recently received three grants totaling $4,273,090 – including one for more than $3.5 million - for a project to reconstruct Isaacs Avenue from Park Street to Wilbur Avenue.
On Nov. 20, 2015, the State of Washington Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) announced that it awarded the City a grant for $3,594,500, the largest of three grants the City recently received for the Isaacs Avenue project, which will cost an estimated $15 million.
The TIB received 378 applications from Washington cities and counties for projects requesting more than $301 million in funding. The TIB chose to award improvement grants to 142 of those projects, which will receive a total of $116.8 million. The City earned the ninth largest grant of the 142 awarded by the TIB, and the largest among all grants awarded for projects in Eastern Washington.
Mayor Jerry Cummins said, “This is great news for Walla Walla. The fact that the city received such a generous grant speaks volumes about how important the Isaacs Avenue Project is for improving our public safety and our infrastructure. The Public Works Department has done a tremendous job to secure funding, and this grant is proof.”
The Department of Ecology also awarded two grants totaling $678,590 for the Isaacs Avenue Project, which will go toward stormwater design and construction costs. These grants, in addition to City funding from the Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Plan (IRRP) and the Transportation Benefit District (TBD), will fully fund the western part of the phased construction, which will start in 2017.
“We have been successful in obtaining these grants due to the Isaacs Avenue Corridor Study completed earlier this year. This study, approved by the public and adopted by our City Council, resulted in grant success by focusing on significant safety improvements in this corridor,” said Monte Puymon, Transportation Engineer for the City of Walla Walla.
In 2016, the City will pursue additional grant funding for the eastern phase of the project, with the goal of construction in 2018.
Governor Jay Inslee presented the City of Walla Walla with a “Lifetime of GMA” Achievement Award for excellence in city planning at a Nov. 13, 2015, event marking the 25th anniversary of Washington’s Growth Management Act that was held at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.
The City earned the award for “flexibility and vision in using all the tools of the Growth Management Act,” according to the Washington State Department of Commerce. Walla Walla was one of only five cities in the state to earn the award.
Washington’s Growth Management Act was adopted in 1990 by a coalition of dedicated state legislators and citizen groups that were determined to do something about the rapid, unplanned, disconnected, and unsustainable growth that took place in our state during the 1970s and 1980s. Since the Growth Management Act began, the City of Walla Walla has earned four Governor’s Smart Communities Awards.
Gov. Inslee said, “Quality of life is one of the chief reasons people choose to live, work and play in Washington State – it’s foundational to a thriving community and economy. Over the 25 years since the inception of the Growth Management Act, these projects showcase successful collaborations it takes to effectively plan for business expansion, revitalization of a downtown area and promote jobs, housing, community amenities and regional transit facilities. I’m pleased to recognize these outstanding efforts on this important anniversary.”
Below are the current openings on our Boards, Commissions and Committees:
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee - Two openings
LEOFF 1 Disability Board - One opening
Historic Preservation Commission - One opening
Infrastructure Improvement Commiteee - Two openings
Parks, Recreation & Urban Forestry Advisory Board - One opening
Planning Commission - One opening
Public Library Board - One opening
Sustainability Committee - One opening
Water & Wastewater Advisory Committee - Two openings
The deadline for submitting applications is Thursday, December 10, 2015.
Applications for these unpaid positions are available in the City Clerk's Office, City Hall, 15 North Third Avenue, by calling or online. Additional information may be found here.
Members of the Walla Walla Police Department and Dispatch are taking a break from shaving to help fight cancer for the next month during "No Shave November." For over five years, participants around the globe have put down their razors and foregone their hair appointments to join the fight against cancer. The No-Shave November campaign has successfully raised over $2 million dollars to combat this disease. Every dollar raised brings us one step closer in our efforts to fund cancer research and education, help prevent the disease, and aid those fighting the battle. Each whisker grown allows us to embrace our hair, which many cancer patients lose during treatment.
The Police Department's goal is to raise $2,500. To donate to our team, click here.
For more information, please contact Tim Bennett, Public Information Officer at the Walla Walla Police Department at.
Is your child in the right car seat?
Make sure your child's car seat is appropriate for his/her age AND that it is secured correctly!
Monthly car seat fitting station now open!
1st Tuesday each month
1:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m.
Walla Walla Fire Station 2
170 N. Wilbur Avenue
For more information or questions, call
Sponsored by the Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force