While there were a lot of expectations that the Bellevue City Council was going to make a decision on the B segment last night, it appeared that Robert’s Rules stopped them. For votes amending previous decisions (in this case, B3S), the council needs to put it on the agenda beforehand. If so, a simple majority is sufficient. Since that was not the case, at least five votes had to be in favor of one particularly side. Considering the relatively even split of the council, Mayor Davidson decided not to pursue such a vote. However, there is a possibility a vote could be put on the agenda for next week’s session.
Much of the East Link discussion was regarding C segment’s traffic analysis and environmental impacts of B segment. It appears most of the information was not really new. Of the highlights of the night, Kevin Wallace went off for a few minutes on how noisy the Link trains were along MLK Way and even said that trains were “squealing in and squealing out” of Westlake. Those of us who pass through the station regularly are well aware that no squealing has ever been a problem inside the tunnel.
The “comment” of the night comes from several Surrey Downs residents as I was leaving the meeting. One women said that when comparing the value of their homes to “those apartments” along the B7 route, the apartments are “not worth nearly as much.” The others with her scoffed in agreement. I think we’ve hinted before that this kind of conceited ‘neighborhood vs. neighborhood’ thinking makes us really question the credibility that these residents have in “wanting what’s good for Bellevue.”