The City Council meeting kicked off with a presentation from Sound Transit (ST) sharing the current status of the SR-522 Bus Rapid Transit Plan. Kamuron Gurol, North Corridor Development Director for ST, and Lacy Bell, Corridor Operations Director for ST, outlined that ST is still in the planning part of the process with completion scheduled for the end of 2024.
In regards to Woodinville, there are various options being evaluated on how to connect the city to the rapid transit system approved in the Sound Transit 3 ballot measure. All of the options being evaluated will contain a connector bus that will bring Woodinville riders to the bus rapid transit routes. Bus rapid transit routes are being added to SR- 522 and I-405. Various working groups are evaluating the options with the final decision being made near the end of 2019.
After public comments, the Council directed the city staff to sign a one year agreement with Puget Sound Energy for their Green Power program. Green Power allows customers to match up to 100% of consumed electricity with renewable energy credits. The purchase of credits allows for investment in independent, renewable energy producers across the Pacific Northwest. Examples of renewable energy production supported by Green Power include wind, solar, and livestock methane farms in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Participation in the program will cost the city $3,768 for the year.
The Council agreed to enter into an economic development partnership agreement with the Port of Seattle to conduct a feasibility study of establishing a business incubator to support Woodinville’s adult beverage business. The Port of Seattle’s cooperative economic development program is designed to help fund local economic development initiatives across King County. The program’s goal is to support City-specific economic development projects that create jobs and foster business growth. The non-competitive grant opportunity requires a 50% match by the City. The City will provide $5,915 towards this study and the Port has granted $11,830. The final report to the City will be made by October of 2019.
The Council also adopted Ordinance No. 682 regarding the Planning Commission’s membership term limits. Planning commission members will be able to reapply for service at the end of two terms rather than having to step off the commission for a year and then re-applying.
City Manager, Brandon Buchanan, reported about the Wellington Neighborhood meeting on May 16, at Wellington Elementary from 6:00-7:00 pm. The meeting will discuss road improvements between NE 195th Street and 164th Ave NE. Construction of the civic campus should be starting soon and will begin with demolition of the existing buildings.