The Woodinville City Council met for the first time this month on Tuesday, October 2. After the standard roll call, flag salute, and approval of agenda in order and content, councilmembers moved directly into public comment because there were no special presentations scheduled for the evening.
Rachel Best-Campbell was the first to approach Council. After reviewing the Payment Management Plan presented last month, she noted that three of the schools in the city: Wellington Elementary, Leota Middle School, and Woodinville High School, have what are classified as poor or very poor roads that surround them. Best-Campbell stated that she does not put any blame on public works or city staff. Best-Campbell said, “One has to wonder what’s holding back these road repairs. Is it the city’s poor relationship with the Northshore School District?” She went on to speak about the Wellington Hills lawsuit. Best-Campbell continued, “… our roads crumble and our children are put in danger. A basic requirement of any city is to maintain its infrastructure. I shouldn’t have to explain to you why roads are important. I shouldn’t have to lobby on behalf of the city’s children. Council must represent the needs of its people first.”
Assistant to the City Manager Kellye Mazzoli approached Council to present Ordinance No. 669, amending the Comprehensive Plan to include the 2019-2024 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). City staff recommended that Council consider and pass first reading of Ordinance No. 669, amending the Comprehensive Plan to include by reference the 2019-2024 Capital Improvement Plan for the City of Woodinville.
These projects are largely for the public or for ongoing planning. These include: streets, surface water, parks, facilities, and property acquisitions.
The CIP is a 6-year capital improvement plan which gives the City Council and community an idea of what capital improvements are needed. The CIP is a mechanism for project and resource planning which is revised and updated with every budget cycle.
This process began back in January with citizen requests and discussion, moved into the spring with a draft and feedback, and is now at time for a review and to be considered by Council for adoption.
Councilmember Boundy-Sanders commented, “I just wanted to let staff know how great I think this 6-year plan is. I love every single project on the plan and I know how much work it is…”
The Council passed the first reading unanimously. Final reading and adoption will be voted on October 16.