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New Chair Elected at King County Council

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Councilmember Rod Dembowski has been elected as the new Chair of the King County Council.
 
The decision was made earlier this afternoon following passage of a reorganization motion approved by the council. The legislation also appointed Reagan Dunn and reappointed Claudia Balducci to serve as Vice Chairs.
 
“We live in times of increasing economic disparity, where the middle class and our most vulnerable residents face unprecedented challenges,” said Dembowski. “King County has a tremendous opportunity to improve every community in our region and the tools to make it happen.  I appreciate the trust my colleagues have placed in me to guide that work and Chair the council in 2019.”
 
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King County Department of Local Services Begins Operations

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
The second we rang in 2019, the Department of Local Services officially became a standalone department. It comes after nearly a year’s worth of planning and following the Metropolitan King County Council unanimously approving Executive Dow Constantine’s proposal to establish the department.
 
While King County has always delivered critical services to residents and businesses of the unincorporated areas – who combined would account for the second-largest city in Washington – Local Services now serves as a “virtual city hall” that helps better coordinate and deliver those services.
 
The department consists of three divisions/programs that are familiar to the unincorporated areas:
 
Permitting Division for development permit reviews, code enforcement and subarea planning
 
Road Services Division responsible for 1,500 miles of County road and 182 bridges
 
Community Service Area program
 
Led by Director John Taylor, the 500-employee department will now focus solely on serving and communicating with the unincorporated areas.
 
“King County has dedicated, hard-working employees who deliver high-quality service to the people of King County every day,” Taylor said.

Impacted by 911 Outage?

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants to hear from Washingtonians impacted by last month’s statewide 911 outage. Ferguson asks Washingtonians impacted by the outage to share their stories by emailing them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

If you were impacted by the most recent 911 outage in December, email your story to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may or may not be contacted for follow up.

City Council Kicks off the New Year with First Council Meeting

  • Written by Kara Roth

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.

Have you ever wanted to learn about your family’s history?

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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. 

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