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City mulls Lake Alice link with Ridge

The Snoqualmie City Council decided at its Aug. 14 meeting to continue exploring the possibility of a connecting road between Lake Alice and Snoqualmie Ridge.

The City Council asked city administrators to develop estimated costs and a timeline for a proposed traffic study.

The traffic study is the first step in the evaluation process for a connection. If the City Council agrees that the study should happen, then the council would go before King County for its input.

Council members agreed to consider a resolution for the next City Council meeting Aug. 28 to start a traffic study if there is a contribution by the county of 50 percent.

The traffic study would give the council the information it needs to make an informed decision whether to consider pursuing a potential connection, said Jodi Warren, Snoqualmie's city clerk.

City administration staff members said that a traffic study would not take too much time or money; they will have to present exact numbers at the Aug. 28 meeting.

The idea is to become more educated about whether the road is worth considering, said Councilmember Kingston Wall.

"What the city is doing now," said City Attorney Pat Anderson, "is simply asking the question."

Should King County support the initial review process and want to get involved in the costs associated with the traffic study, then city council members said they would endorse a traffic study and would evaluate the results to further look into the Lake Alice connection.

Without King County support, the traffic study would not

have much value, council members said. King County would have to support the connection in order for it to be developed.

"We can make an overture [toward King County] and how the county responds either way, we can live with it," Councilmember Jeff MacNichols said.

Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson suggested that he didn't want to approach King County until Snoqualmie City Council had agreed to a resolution.

"I don't care to waste my time, staff time or anybody's time," he said. Larson also addressed what he considered to be a misconception about the city's agreement in regard to the road connection.

"I think the perception is that the city is trampling over promises made," he said, adding that city always intended to at least reserve the option for future evaluation.

Though a majority of Lake Alice residents have made it clear they do not want a road connection available for public use, Councilmember Maria Henriksen noted that she received a letter of endorsement of the traffic study.

She also received a petition in favor of the connection that was signed by more than 62 Lake Alice residents.

"The question before us is what do we want to do about this, if anything," Henriksen said. "With everything we have on our plate right now, this isn't high on my priority list."

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