City to start traffic violation correction program; section of Royalty Parkway to be rebuilt

Dick Winn, a King City city councilor for the past 10 years, submitted his resignation effective July 17, making that night's council meeting his last.

Winn was first appointed to the council in 2003 for one year before winning his first four-year term in 2004; he successfully ran for two more four-year terms in 2008 and 2012.

Winn, a retired mechanical engineer who lived in King City for about 14 years, represented the city on the Intergovernmental Water Board for nearly as long as he served on the council; he also was a member of the Metro Trails Committee for the west-side trail, and he served on the technical advisory committee for the River Terrace community, formerly called Areas 63 and 64 on Bull Mountain.

Winn is moving to Washington outside Seattle to be near family members and said that while he got involved in public service for the first time in King City, he might venture into more volunteer work in his new home.

"I really hate leaving King City," he added.

City Manager Dave Wells presented Winn with a certificate of appreciation for his 10 years of service, noting he wanted to keep it small "so you won't have something else to pack."

In other business, Wells told the council that while an intergovernmental water agreement between King City and the city of Tigard over the water system and supply doesn't expire until 2018, a new contract is now being negotiated.

Ironically, this comes at a time when Winn's experience and expertise on the IGB would come in especially handy.

Wells included a draft intergovernmental agreement in the council's meeting packet, noting that King City has been a participating agency in the Intergovernmental Water Board since its inception in 1993.

"Councilor Winn… has been working for several years on a successor agreement," Wells stated in a memo to the council. He noted that there are "substantial differences" between the current and proposed agreements, and that city staff recommends a dedicated City Council work session to discuss these differences and give staff policy direction.

On another front, King City will be starting a new "Violation Correction Program" in August.

The City Council voted 5 to 0 to adopt a program that offers drivers charged with minor violations a way to minimize their costs and keep them off their records.

"The program is for drivers who fail to carry the proper documents, fail to keep the necessary documents up to date or experience minor equipment failures," police Chief Chuck Fessler said. "Most of the violations considered for the program have maximum fines ranging from $110 to $160. However, in practice, the actual fine is less."

For example, during the month of April, 21 citations were issued that would have fallen into this category.

When the new program goes into effect 30 days after the council's approval, drivers being cited for 12 traffic code violations will have the opportunity to correct the violation and present a completed form along with an administrative fee of $25 to the Municipal Court clerk.

"Violators who take advantage of the program will benefit by bringing violations into compliance, pay a fee much less than the fine, and avoid having a violation placed on their driving record," Fessler said. "After the paperwork is turned in and the fee paid to the clerk, the Municipal Court judge will dismiss it at the next court session. The advantage to the city is that minor registration, license and equipment violations are brought into compliance resulting in having drivers operate their vehicles in a safe and legal manner."

According to Fessler, the Washington County Justice Court uses a similar program. Because a new fee is involved, the council had to vote to approve it.

The City Council also voted unanimously to award a bid to Pacific Excavation Inc. for $203,624 to reconstruct Royalty Parkway from Pacific Highway through the intersection with 116th Avenue.

Bill Evonuk, a civil engineer associate with Murray, Smith & Associates Inc. Engineers/Planners, told the council that the top two feet of the roadway would be removed, and then 16 inches of crushed rock would be topped with 8 inches of asphalt.

"The work will mostly be done at night, and there will be detours in place," he said. "The work is scheduled to be done by the end of September, but it should be pretty quick - maybe just done over one weekend."

When asked exactly which areas would be reconstructed, Evonuk said the improvements would extend just past the intersections with Pacific Highway and 116th Avenue.

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