Bellevue Marina Repairs And Post Office Losses

Several changes are coming to Bellevue in 2012 and 2013. The City council has approved $18,000 in funding to renovate the Bellevue marina, while the U.S Postal Service (USPS) has decided to consolidate two of the city’s post offices. The past 40 years have not been kind to the Bellevue marina. Some of the docks are rotting, the launch ramp needs renovations and some of the flotation bats and mesh need to be replaced. City Chief Administration Officer (CAO) Joe Fratesi decided to use money from the Communities in Bloom Reserve account since the marina reserve has been depleted and the fees charged to boaters is not enough to cover expenses.

“One of the things we need to look at is the need to renew our facilities and while the user fees that we charge should cover all of our operational expenses,” said Fratesi. “Very often they’re not going to cover the renewal of the actual infrastructure like we normally do with the air conditioning installation services and this is a pretty good example of why it’s important we start planning towards that in a more meaningful way.”

The estimated completion date for the repairs of the types of office is not known at this time. There is a bit of good news though, and that is that the renovations will indeed happen. Here at the office we were starting to get a bit desperate for some improvements. The air conditioning system was simply not running as well as it used to, leading to extremes in temperature you would not want to have in an office. It might not sound like a big deal, but we are definitely getting new office chairs. This was actually really high on our list, as we spend most of our time in the office working in front of a computer sitting down, and our chairs were simply not up to par anymore. Back and neck pain all around was the norm, but not for long!

Postal Blues

Bellevue will lose one of its post offices due to USPS cutbacks. According to USPS announcements in December, the Bellevue Main (downtown) and Midlakes post offices will be consolidated and relocated to the Pella Building at 1919 120th Avenue Northeast. At the new location, residents will be able to mail letters, rent post office boxes and purchase postal supplies.

If residents and city officials are dissatisfied with the decision to consolidate and relocate the Bellevue post offices, they have 30 days (from April 9th) to file a complaint.

Complaints should be mailed to:

Vice President of Facilities

C/o Craig Ballard, Acting Western FSO Manager

Western Facilities Service Office

7500 East 53rd Place, Room 1108

Denver, Colorado, 80266-9998

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