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Woodinville remains committed to our community

To our community,

These are challenging and scary times. It appears the whole world has changed in a matter of weeks. But one thing has not changed: City Council and staff at the city of Woodinville remain committed to our community.

Under Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation, most local government operations are deemed essential and must continue. However, we have changed how we operate in an incredibly short period of time. 

New technology solutions have been deployed, enabling 70% of City Hall staff to work from home. We have temporarily suspended processing of passports, concealed carry permits, finger printing, and pet licenses. City Council meetings are now completely virtual, and the Council meeting agenda can only include items that are “necessary and routine” or COVID-19 related.

While most private development has been put on hold by the Governor’s order, the city is making sure construction can resume when the time comes. 

Staff continues to digitally process building permits and perform basic inspections. Large development projects like Wine Village in the tourist district and Woodin Creek Village downtown continue to work their way through the permit approval process. Work continues on the Civic Campus project next to City Hall in a limited capacity in order to prevent weather damage to exposed wood framing. 

Parks and other public facilities have been closed for several weeks to facilitate social distancing and protect staff from potential exposure. Although park maintenance activities such as mowing the grass and emptying trash continues as before, sports field reservations have been cancelled and refunds issued. 

One positive side effect of reduced traffic around town is that planned street maintenance has moved forward at a faster pace. City crews are taking advantage of the calm by filling potholes and rehabilitating street medians.

The city’s engineering staff is moving forward with infrastructure projects planned for construction this summer. That includes design work and bidding of four street resurfacing projects, five pedestrian safety projects and several stormwater system improvements. One project to install a signal at the intersection of 175th Ave and 133rd near the Civic Campus project has been delayed for now.

City Council and staff are evaluating how the coronavirus response will financially impact the city. At this point, the city does not anticipate cuts to service levels thanks to years of sound financial planning and decision making resulting in a healthy rainy-day fund. 

As a next step, we are now working on community relief programs to help those most impacted by COVID-19. Despite the challenges it presents, the city has adjusted operations and continues to provide basic services. 

Our goal is to get back to business as usual when this ordeal is over. In the meantime, keep a close eye on our website (ci.woodinville.wa.us), follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@woodinvillecity), or tune in to the remote City Council meetings to stay updated.

 

Mayor Elaine Cook, 

City Manager Brandon Buchanan

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