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Councilmembers call for special committee on city capital project oversight | West Seattle Herald / White Center News Skip to Main Content Area Monday, August 15, 2016 | Clear sky, 73.4 °F search Letters Sign in Subscribe Contact Us Front Page News Features Sports Opinion Police Blotter Dreaming big – and making strides By Lindsay Peyton Pramila Jayapal is not the type to rest on ... Westside-O-Rama West Seattle Entertainment Guide Admiral Theater 2343 California Ave. S.W. 938-3456 Movie ... Sportswatch: For the week of Aug. 10-16 By Tim Clinton SPORTS EDITOR High schools Football Tryouts ... Amanda's View: Hurts to hear By Amanda Knox   About a fortnight ago, some friends and I ... Police Blotter Week of 8-15-16 Burglars on the 8800 block of 24th Ave SW Around 9 p.m. on ... News Guardian Roofing comes to the rescue Dreaming big – and making strides Councilmembers call for special committee on city capital project oversight On the Go Week of 8-15-16 Furry Faces Foundation Dog Days of August adoption event set for Aug. 21 SLIDESHOW: Delridge Day got a great turnout on a hot day University of Washington, Councilmembers convene Paid Family Leave symposium Early Notice: White Center Food Bank Harvest Dinner & Auction set for Oct. 15 Fabulous gems trunk show returns to the Admiral Theater: No it's not a movie Delridge Day promises community family fun on Sat. Aug. 13 WestSide Baby Fall Masquerade coming up Sept. 23; Tickets on sale now Second early design guidance meeting set for 112 unit apt./retail site at 2749 Calfornia Ave. SW 34th District Democrats host discourse on police and racial profiling Delridge P-Patch Farmstand is open every Thursday from 4-7pm Preserving iconic neighborhood business forum slated for Thursday Aug. 11 Lower Southwest Spokane Street will be repaved over the next two weeks 'Blood Wedding' play to be performed in local parks Highline Medical Center Foundation To Your Health! 20th Annual Gala & Auction is Sept. 20 Council Adopts Tenant Protection Legislation, Bans Discrimination Based on Income Source Man hit by car as he runs for the bus on Delridge Way SW On the Go Week of 8-8-16 Juvenile Humpback Whale strands and dies in West Seattle Beach Drive to be saw cut as part of Murray Basin CSO project City of Seattle asking for your input on how to engage with you Seattle Department of Transportation presents: Seattle Summer Parkways West Seattle Neighborhood Sept. 25 Councilmembers call for special committee on city capital project oversight 08/15/2016 updated less than a minute ago information from City of Seattle Councilmembers Rob Johnson and Lisa Herbold called for creation of a special Council committee to oversee City-funded capital projects following recent capital expenditures that exceeded initial budgets, including the North Precinct Police Station, the downtown waterfront Seawall, and the New Customer Information System which handles billing issues at the City’s utility departments. Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park) said, “It’s been frustrating when large projects go millions over budget, or are years behind schedule - such as Fire Station #32 in the West Seattle Junction. In creating this committee, Councilmembers can more closely monitor large projects, so we’re not faced with no-win options when presented with updates late in the process.” The Council Capital Projects Oversight Committee would share characteristics with capital oversight best practices, such as the Sound Transit Capital Committee oversight process, which creates a series of systematic check-ins as projects progress, both through planning and construction. The Council committee’s oversight work would establish a baseline level of transparency to help ensure City capital projects remain on budget and the public remains informed along the way. Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) said, “‘Transparency’ should be the name of the game as we develop our capital facilities. As Sound Transit develops their projects, staff seeks Board authorization at eight points throughout the process, including for preliminary engineering, final design, and baseline budget, which includes total project costs and construction. As a Seattle City Councilmember, I expect the public to hold me accountable for delivering our capital projects on time and within budget, but we need the tools necessary for proper oversight. If City facilities are projected to run over-budget, the Council should have plenty of lead time to develop alternatives or contingencies.” The Council receives annual reports on all City capital investments, but they can be of limited utility because of the volume of information provided. A Council Capital Projects Oversight Committee would likely identify characteristics of projects they wanted to review, including large projects or projects that are at least 10% over initial budgets. Councilmembers will work with their colleagues to develop oversight committee legislation for introduction at a later date. We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. We ask that you keep your comments free of profanity and keep them civil. They are moderated and objectionable comments will be removed. View the discussion thread. Please send us your news tips, photos or ideas of how we can better cover your neighborhood. Email us at or TEXT news tips to 206-459-6717 Receive updates on news and events in the West Seattle neighborhood via Twitter! Web development by Freelock Computing © 2016 Robinson Communications Inc. All Rights Reserved. Contact Us Terms Home Delivery Media kit available on request -- contact window.fbAsyncInit = function() { FB. 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