Quigley and Civic Campus

  • Written by David B. Clark
The Woodinville City Council met on Tuesday, May 1 and were welcomed by a list of Business Items that concerned the highly talked of developing Civic Campus. Progress, discussion, and coordination filled the room through the entirety of the meeting between the council, gracefully headed by Deputy Mayor Elaine Cook in Mayor Bernie Talmas’ absence, and City Manager Brandon Buchanan and team.
Before the council leant their perked ears and considerations to the numerous Business Items, Woodincreek’s own self-proclaimed number-one resident, John Hughes, eloquently shared news of Woodinville’s new mascot. Hughes’ email was flooded with votes for what Woodinville’s children wanted to name the city’s newest mascot, a floppy eared basset hound. Hughes joked, “I am amazed at the ability of three-and-four-year olds to maneuver the internet so adeptly.” He continued, “I suspect that the basset hound will become the symbol for ‘having fun is serious business’ a motto for peace and unity in our community.” After some hilarity and theatrics, it was announced that the basset hound’s name would be Quigley. Quigley is joined by his sidekick and Woodinville Rotary champion, Josh the Otter.
Stemming from the initial Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was approved February 20, the talk and specification of the development agreement with the Woodinville Civic Campus Partnership (WCCP) was discussed. In addition, there was a conversation on the involved aspect of the multi-family tax exemption program, a consideration of the final design and bid plan for City Hall improvements, and lastly, a discussion of King County Management Planning Council on the proposed GMPC Motion No. 18-1.
While all of the above were Business Items they were not Action Items making it so council was only advised on them and not asked to make a decision. Many of these items will be finalized and placed in front of Council for consideration in the middle or end of this month.
The very building where the City Council meetings takes place was a topic of conversation. Originally erected in 2001, the high-traffic venue for hundreds of crucial meetings and gatherings is in definite need of improvements. While the structure itself is in good condition, certain
technical and aesthetic aspects are up for an update such as the phone system, the carpets, and the painted exterior.
The Civic Campus program is building on its momentum of the last two years rapidly. Staff and council both have spent countless hours brainstorming and crafting what this unique space is going to become. The partnership that exists between the City Manager’s team and the Council exemplifies just what Woodinville has spent over 700 days achieving: unity and collaboration by way of partnerships with the top professionals in their fields. The Carol Edwards Center and the Old School have shown wear through the process of time. Now, because of careful consideration, planning, and partnership Woodinville is taking the final steps to regenerate a relic of Woodinville history into a staple of the city’s bright and fruitful future.

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