(Observer's Note: I missed the first 15 minutes of the meeting, and then had trouble accessing the meeting by using Redmond.gov/rctvlive, one of the ways to view the Council suggested in their agenda. I ended up using their Facebook page.)
The meeting started out smoothly, but after 10-15 minutes two staffers reporting to the Council had connection difficulties. After that, there was a power-point presentation, and at the end of that presentation we never went back to a typical Zoom format; all you could see was the empty City Council room in Redmond.
Discussion of the “Transportation Improvement Program” (TIP)
At the close of the staff presentation there was time for public comment, and two people commented on ways to make roads and transportation ‘greener’ by the City.
Discussion of 2021-22 City Budget Process
The discussion focused on gathering input on top priorities.
Staff reported on the indexing of impact fees and the proposed 2021 fees. Impact fees are one-time charges on commercial and residential developments. The fees help the City pay for improvements known as “capacity” improvements – this refers to adding something to City costs which occurs because of an increase in Redmond’s population. Impact fees contribute to the budgets of Fire, Parks/Recreation, and Transportation, for example. Redmond also collects impact fees on behalf of the Lake Wash School District. Several city council members wanted more information on where the income stream from impact fees is spent.
Official minutes from this meeting can be found here.