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Open House set for Public Works building
SNOQUALMIE _ Forget the high-speed data lines, the new
computer equipment, the state-of-the-art construction. The city of
Snoqualmie's new Public Works Maintenance Facility has something even better:
Room. Lots and lots of room.
In fact, it boasts 16,080 square feet, enough to house three
departments and a massive city maintenance garage.
An open house will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8, at the $1.4
million facility for Snoqualmie residents. The building is located at 38194
Stearns Road S.E., behind the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Three city departments will set up shop in the new facility the
Building, Public Works and Parks and Recreation departments. About
5,000 square feet will be used to house those departments, which had previously
occupied the city building at 7970 Railroad Ave. S.E. That site had
previously been home to a restaurant and gas station.
Jim Tinner, building official and code enforcement officer for the
city of Snoqualmie, oversaw construction of the building. During a break
from moving into the new facility, he said the advantages of the new building
"The list is endless," he said.
Snow-removal equipment will be stored at above-freezing
temperatures. Maintenance work on city vehicles will take less time. A brand-new
computer mapping system will be able to print extremely detailed maps of
the city. And city staff will be able to check telemetry readings from the
reservoir and several lift stations.
"It's really going to be an information hub," Tinner said.
The added computer equipment will also allow city staff to create
and print newsletters, brochures and other informational items, instead of
sending them to a company to be printed.
"We can do everything in house and save lots of money," said
City Clerk Jodi Warren.
The Public Works Maintenance Facility also includes a front
counter where residents can receive permits for sewer and water hook-ups. The
maintenance bay has eight 14-foot doors for city vehicles, and a newly
installed hoist can lift even the heaviest fire engine. Any welding that needs to
be completed will be done in a special, fire-resistant room.
City employees will even have access to an exercise room,
complete with a television and treadmills.
Tinner said protecting the environment was a major concern of the
city when the facility was designed. It was built out of the floodplain, and
the floor of the maintenance bay is sloped, allowing fluids to drain to an
"Can you imagine the environmental damage with drums of oil
[being kept at the facility]?" Tinner said. "That was a major concern of
[City Administrator] Gary Armstrong and the mayor [Randy "Fuzzy" Fletcher]."
The facility was built by Cope Construction of Issaquah. Tinner
said that when compared to the cost of housing in the area, the new
building is a bargain.
"It's a pretty good bang for the buck," he said.