The more than 12-hour 911 outage, which occurred between December 27 and 28, was the second lengthy statewide outage of the emergency call system managed by CenturyLink since 2014.
“For the second time, CenturyLink has fallen short of its obligation to provide reliable 911 services for Washingtonians,” Ferguson said. “If you called for help during this outage, only to be met with a busy signal, please share your story with my office. We want to know exactly how CenturyLink’s failure impacted the people of our state.”
In the wake of a six-hour 911 outage in 2014, Ferguson urged the state Utilities & Transportation Commission (UTC) to impose the maximum regulatory penalty of $11.5 million against CenturyLink. Among other testimony filed with the commission, Ferguson presented the story of Alicia Cappola, an Everett mother, who was home with her 5-year-old twins and was forced to arm herself with a kitchen knife to ward off an intruder after 37 unsuccessful attempts to get through to 911.
The UTC fined CenturyLink just short of $2.9 million for the outage
The Woodinville City Council met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. The first meeting of the New Year included numerous topics that will impact the Woodinville area. The Council approved accepting a grant of $502,701 from Washington State Transportation Improvement Board to complete the sidewalk by Woodmoor Elementary on 124th Avenue NE. The acceptance of the grant will help with the addition of a bike lane, a planter strip and sidewalk. The city will work with Northshore School District is designing the pedestrian crossing lane.
City Manager, Brandon Buchanan, walked the council through the Joint Use, Maintenance and Easement agreement for the Woodinville Civic Campus. Construction on the campus will begin in early May. The Civic Campus will be privately owned by Woodinville Civic Campus Partners (WCCP) but public use spaces will be established for use in perpetuity. Buchanan indicated conversations are still ongoing with WCCP in regards to the public thoroughfares size and boundaries. The new campus will include the Old Woodinville School, the YMCA, retail space and multi-family housing. Additionally, 397 parking spaces will be added underneath the campus.
As part of the civic campus development, the design for the traffic signal on the corner of 133rd Ave NE and NE 175th Street. Complete information on the civic campus can be found on the City of Woodinville website at www.ci.woodinville.wa.us.
The largest amount of discussion concerned the King County’s Adult Beverage Legislation and the city’s response. The City Council will be sending a letter to the King County Planning, Rural Services, and Environment Committee outlining the city’s position in regards to the King County Adult Beverage ordinance. In a split vote, the council adopted version one of a letter to King County. Council members Susan Boundy-Sanders and Paula Waters voted against version one. The timeline for the decision from King County has not been established but is expected early this year.
Do you find those Ancestry DNA ads enticing? Do you have a relative who keeps hounding you for help?
You may want to attend the free genealogy program offered 10-11:30 am on Saturday, Jan. 19, by the Woodinville Heritage Society at Brightwater Education Center. WHS member Gloria Kraft is presenting her popular “How to Get Started in Genealogy,” illustrated with Power Point visuals by husband Jim Kraft.Read more ...