Category Archives: utilities

O’Brien unveils bill prohibiting gas hookups for new buildings

This morning, Council member Mike O’Brien announced that he is introducing a bill that would prohibit the installation of natural gas piping systems in new buildings starting July 1, 2020.

Council member Mike O’Brien announcing his bill that would prohibit natural gas piping in new buildings starting next July

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Will Seattle meet its recycling goals, and would switching to every-other-week garbage collection help?

This morning, Council members Herbold, O’Brien and Sawant discussed with leaders of Seattle Public Utilities whether the city should switch to garbage pickup every other week, as was investigated in a pilot program in 2012. SPU and the Mayor think not; the three Council members, however, are championing the idea.

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Council gets a quarterly report on capital projects

In an attempt to get better transparency over the city’s large capital projects and provide early warning on those running behind schedule or over budget, the City Council worked with the executive branch to define a quarterly report that lists all the projects and provides additional detail on a handful that have been added to a “watch list.”

The second-quarter report is in; here’s what it says.

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