After the state’s Transportation Improvement Board threatened Puyallup with the loss of $3.27 million in project money, the city has backtracked and agreed to a settlement with 5 property owners along 9th/94th street.
In a 6-0 vote, Councilmember Hansen was absent, the City Council approved a settlement of $483,000 to the property owners for their land and damages to their property.
Originally, the neighbors were seeking $390,000 but city staff recommended ending negotiations because they felt that was too much to pay for the land and the project could be completed without the sidewalk. But, when the state’s transportation board found out Puyallup changed the plan, they threatened to take back the funds if the city didn’t complete the project as submitted.
When the council voted to end the negotiations with the property owners in May, five council members voted in favor of stopping: Turner, Brouillet, Martineau, Malloy, Boyle. This costed the city $93,000 plus the cost of attorney fees.
$111,000 was paid to the firm Foster Pepper earlier this month for TWO months of work! One lawyer charged the city $490 an hour and the city ended up spending more money by listening to their advice. (These fees pertain to a separate case, more details to follow in a later post.)
Land deal likely means Puyallup can keep $3.27 million [Tacoma News Tribune]