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Suquamish, county receive 2012 VISION 2040 Award
SUQUAMISH — The Suquamish Tribe, Suquamish Elementary School, Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee and Kitsap County have won a 2012 VISION 2040 Award.
The award was presented by the Puget Sound Regional Council for the Suquamish Safe Route to School program. The awards recognize innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows.
“The Suquamish Safe Route to Schools project is everything we are looking for in a VISION 2040 Award winning project,” said Bob Drewel, executive director of the Puget Sound Regional Council.
“It shows a strong partnership to ensure planned improvements move forward, community-based planning and excellent citizen involvement, and improved walkability, and therefore livability, in one of the region’s communities.”
VISION 2040 is the region’s strategy, designed to meet the needs of the 5 million people expected to be living in the region in 2040. There are currently about 3.7 million people living in the region today.
In 2012, the regional council will select projects for the roughly $400 million in federal funds the region can expect to receive over the next few years. The council is also the lead regional economic development planning resource and home to the Prosperity Partnership.
The project was conceived by Gail Petranek, a member of SCAC and a school employee, and Greg Cioc, transportation planning manager for Kitsap County. A $500,000 federal grant request was approved by the state Department of Transportation. The application and planning stage involved members of SCAC, Joe Davalos, superintendent of Suquamish Tribe’s Education Department, and the Suquamish Police Department.
It was during the design planning phase when county engineers discovered the project was underfunded and only through the efforts of the Kitsap County Public Works and then-Commissioner Steve Bauer was construction able to go forward. As part of the Division Avenue project, Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management also became a participant and contributed funds.
The finished project resulted in street and drainage improvements on Division Avenue, and sidewalks on Division from Suquamish Way to Columbia Way, adding to the previously constructed sidewalks on Geneva Street and all along Park Avenue in front of the elementary.