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County sets moratorium as beverage ordinance battle continues

  • Written by Madeline Coats
Cougar Crest Tasting Room is one of nine facilities in Woodinville in violation of Washington State and King County code requirements. Photo by Bob Kirkpatrick

 

King County has filed an appeal against the Growth Management Hearings Board’s decision to invalidate the Adult Beverage Ordinance, continuing an age-old battle between the county and community members seeking to preserve the Sammamish Valley farmland.

“We are severely disappointed that the county has decided to pursue this special interest legislation with an appeal,” said Serena Glover, executive director of Friends of Sammamish Valley. “It is against the will of the people and a complete waste of taxpayer dollars when there are many other higher priorities for public spending.” 

The county council declared a six-month moratorium Tuesday, June 23, prohibiting the establishment or expansion of wineries, breweries, distilleries and remote tasting rooms until the county has clear regulations to enforce.

Councilmember Rod Dembrowski submitted the walk-on legislation at the Tuesday council meeting, resulting in a 9-0 unanimous vote. Councilmembers Claudia Balducci and Kathy Lambert, long-time supporters of the Adult Beverage Ordinance, also jumped on board as co-sponsors of the moratorium during the meeting. 

“We’re not adjusting the ordinance, but right now it’s a little bit of a Wild West situation given the status of the law here in this moratorium,” Dembrowski said.

Dembrowski said this legislation aims to pause licensing and permitting activities for wineries, breweries and distilleries in unincorporated King County until the ordinance is sorted out. The moratorium was established to provide clarity for residents, business owners and code enforcement staff while clear regulations are determined. The measure also prohibits temporary use permits for adult beverage establishments under the King County Code. 

The widely contested Adult Beverage Ordinance was found in violation on a dozen grounds related to the Growth Management Act and the State Emergency Management Act. The ordinance was unanimously invalidated by the state’s Growth Management Hearings Board at the end of May. 

The board remanded the ordinance back to the county for a proper environmental study, which was never completed in the first place. The council also passed a motion directing the executive branch to evaluate the necessary steps to comply with the GMHB’s order regarding the ordinance. Once the county completes this assessment, the board will then determine if the environmental impacts were adequately addressed.

“The GMHB’s decision has left the code in a place where it is really unclear what the rules may be for somebody applying,” Balducci said during the virtual council meeting.

Jim Chan, division director for permitting in King County, aims to work with existing adult beverage businesses on a case-by-case basis. He said existing business that are not compliant with the old code, or now the invalidated new code, are going to be on hold pending the outcome of the actions taken within the next six months.

Glover said FoSV is hoping to raise $40,000 by July 17 to cover legal fees for the appeal work to ensure the invalidation of the ordinance. She said the county should be “allocating scarce resources” to critical issues, such as the pandemic, social unrest, homelessness and transportation infrastructure.

“We wonder why they are appealing the order, when at the same time they are spending yet more money in an to attempt to come into compliance with the order,” Glover said. “They need to let this ordinance go and move on.”

Woodinville Fields to be renovated this summer

  • Written by Madeline Coats
Workers with Field Turf USA out of Tualatin, Ore. are removing and replacing the turf at Woodinville Fields. Photo by Bob Kirkpatrick

 

While the outside temperature continues to heat up and people remain hidden indoors due to the ongoing pandemic, the Woodinville Fields are receiving a major facelift.

The renovation began last week as contractors started tearing up the old artificial turf on the sports fields. Contractors will also be updating fencing, netting, benches and additional needed enhancements over the summer months.

Assistant to the City Manager Kevin O’Neill said the project is “looking good and on-track” to be finished in the first week of September. The turf replacement and additional enhancements require a two-month installation period, he added.

The outdated field was installed in 2010 and was projected to have an eight- to 10-year lifespan. The city has been saving admission tax for eight years to fund this $1.4 million maintenance project, according to Woodinville’s Capital Improvement Plan. O’Neill said these costs are going towards scoping, design, permitting, construction and project close-out.

O’Neill said many residents have asked why the maintenance is happening now and not when the stay-at-home order was first enacted in Washington state. 

“Work on the sports field is not essential,” he said.

He added summer is the ideal time for construction in order to avoid inclement weather. 

Under normal circumstances, the park has two sports fields available for rental and public use. The synthetic turf on the fields typically allows for play in most types of weather. The complex also features field lights to allow for year-round day and evening play for a variety of sports leagues and individual field users. Additionally, a fitness loop offers walkers, runners, or bikers a paved trail.

These fields are designed to accommodate soccer, softball, and baseball. Lacrosse and football can also be played on the fields, although markings and equipment may not be available for all sports. The complex is large enough for various games and practices to happen at the same time.

The city of Woodinville manages scheduling at the sports fields. The city aims to share the fields while ensuring maximum use of the facilities and maintaining a safe, quality environment, according to the city's website. To schedule or rent a field for future uses, individuals or coaches must submit an application form.

Fundraiser 5K to support Inclusion Program will be held virtually

  • Written by Laura Guido

Even though this year, the Capes for Courage 5K runners and walkers won’t physically be together, Northshore Senior Center’s CEO Brooke Knight hopes it will still be an event that brings the community closer. 

The annual Bothell 5K race will be held virtually the weekend of Aug. 1 so that its participants may stay at a safe distance from one another. 

Capes for Courage has taken place the last four years and supports the senior center's Wrangler's Inclusion Program, which provides recreation, skill-building and social opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. 

About 200 people are in the program, which lately has included an expanding list of online events and classes, Knight said. 

In past years, the race has attracted nearly 300 participants who vary from competitive runners to families and seniors who walk the course, she said. 

“It’s been a really nice way to bring together a lot of different parts of what the Northshore Senior Center does,” Knight said.

The fundraising goal for this year's race is $40,000, Knight said. Proceeds will go toward sustaining the program, which has taken a significant revenue hit since the virus outbreak, she said.

It costs $35 to register and participants may run or walk their 5K, which is approximately 3.1 miles, anywhere they choose between Saturday, Aug. 1 and Sunday, Aug. 2. 

Up to 100 children under the age of 14 may register for free because of contributions made through King County Youth and Amateur Sports Grants. 

Racers will still receive a shirt via curbside pickup, Knight said. 

Through the honor system, participants will submit their times and be eligible to win prizes. There will also be awards for “less-athletic-focused categories,” Knight said, including funniest photo submitted and best costume. 

Although it’s unclear when the Inclusion Program may return to in-person meetings and events, Knight said the funds raised through the race will go a long way to ensuring the center can keep the program going. 

“A lot of them have been in the program for years,” she said of the Inclusion participants. “They’re just very closely connected. It’s been hard for them to not see each other or be together,” she later added. 

To try and help bring the Wrangler’s group together, Knight said, the center has added more social opportunities such as Facebook live events. The center has also offered online classes in yoga, cooking, martial arts, sign language and regular show and tell meetings. 

“And we’re continuing to expand offerings,” Knight said. 

There are scholarships available for those who can’t afford the program fees. 

Those who want to donate to the program without doing a 5K may do so at the event website, www.bothell5k.org. Awards for the event will be announced online at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, according to a June 25 press release. 

“We’re hoping that it will still be a way to bring the community together, knowing everyone will be doing the same thing the same weekend,” Knight said. 

For more information or to register for the Capes for Courage 5K, visit www.bothell5k.org. 

City of Bothell seeks artwork for fire station rebuild

The City of Bothell Arts Commission is looking for artists specializing in public art to design and incorporate artwork into the rebuild of the Bothell Fire Station No. 42, according to a June 24 press release.

The artist selected to work with the design team will have an estimated budget of approximately $100,000 which includes design, materials and fabrication, installation support, taxes, travel and insurance.

Statements of qualifications are due by 10:59 p.m., July 17. 

The art committee reviewing applications will look for art that is potentially reflective of the Bothell fire department’s mission and vision, engages the community and is of historic significance and connects to other areas or neighborhoods such as UW Bothell or Cascadia College, the press release states. 

It is also looking for opportunities to incorporate light and signify when a fire or medic response is occurring. 

The chosen artist will work with the art committee and city project manager to develop the work and have it installed during construction. 

After a review of applications, the art committee will select up to three finalists to submit proposals. 

These artists will be considered based on the quality of past work of similar scale and context, demonstrated ability to research and develop art that is reflective of the community, and ability to design and manage a public project, and ability to meet project timeline and budget, according to the release.

The funding for this project comes from the city’s voter-approved bond to replace fire station 42 and 45 as well as by applying the One Percent for Public Art policy adopted by the city council in 2017. This policy sets aside funding for city capital improvement projects to develop art that is integrated into the projects. 

Bothell Fire Station No. 42 is located at 10726 Beardslee Blvd in downtown Bothell.

To learn more or apply, visit artist.callforentry.org, click “Find Calls” and search Bothell. 

Questions may be directed to  DeNae McGee, tourism manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 425-471-9303.

Woodinville Police Beat: June 19-June 25

CIVIL MATTER

19800 BLOCK OF 141 PLACE NE: On June 19, at around 4:05 p.m., deputies took a report where a business owner felt threated by an angry customer.

DUI

18300 BLOCK OF WOODINVILLE-SNOHOMISH ROAD: On June 20, at approximately 12:33 a.m., deputies were sent to a single vehicle collision where a car crashed into several signs. The driver was subsequently arrested for DUI. They were cited and released.

LARCENY #1

14600 BLOCK OF NE NORTH WOODINVILLE WAY: On June 20, at approximately 10:30 a.m., deputies were called to take a report of a theft from a vehicle. A window on the vehicle was broken and several bags of tools were stolen.

LARCENY #2

17600 BLOCK OF GARDEN WAY NE: On June 20, at approximately 10:38 a.m., deputies were called to a local business for a shoplift investigation. The suspect was identified, cited, and released.

MENTAL COMPLAINT

17300 BLOCK OF 133 AVE NE: On June 20, at around 12:42 p.m., deputies were called to check the welfare of a person near city hall who appeared to be having some emotional issues. The subject was interviewed and eventually transported to the hospital.

LARCENY #3

18200 BLOCK OF 142 AVE NE: On June 20 at around 1:20 p.m., deputies took reports from victims whose cars were broken into.

TELEPHONE HARASSMENT

18100 BLOCK OF 142 AVE NE: On June 20, at around 4:30 p.m., deputies took a report of telephone harassment. The victim claims that they are being harassed by her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend.

LARCENY #4 

17600 BLOCK OF GARDEN WAY NE: On June 20, at approximately 11 p.m., deputies were called about a shoplifter at a local business. The store did not want to prosecute for the theft, but wanted the person trespassed.

ASSAULT

17600 BLOCK OF 140 AVE NE: On June 22 at approximately 2 a.m., deputies were called to this area for some intoxicated persons involved in a fight. Deputies investigated and eventually cited one party for assault.

LARCENY #5 

13300 BLOCK OF NE 171 STREET: On June 23, at approximately 3:19 p.m., deputies were called to a home where the resident wanted to report that his son stole several items from the home.

LARCENY #6

14000 BLOCK OF NE 183 STREET: On June 23, at around 3:47 p.m., deputies contacted a victim that had their bicycle stolen from the complex parking garage.

LARCENY #7

17600 BLOCK OF 140 AVE NE: On June 24, at approximately 7 a.m., a business called 911 after finding an unknown male walking inside their business when they were opening up. The subject fled prior to deputies’ arrival.

SEX OFFENSE

13900 BLOCK OF NE MILL PLACE: On June 24, at approximately 8:15 a.m., a victim reports that they were in their vehicle in a store parking lot, when a second vehicle driven by a young male parked next to them. The victim noticed that the driver of the other vehicle appeared to be masturbating. The second vehicle then drove to another part of the parking lot, and eventually left the area

HOME VANDALISM

13300 BLOCK OF NE 186 STREET: On June 24, at around 11:15 a.m., deputies were called to a residence that was a victim of a vandalism.

BANK FRAUD

15400 BLOCK OF NE 197 PLACE: On June 24, at approximately 3:09 p.m., deputies took a report of a Fraud attempt. The victim was called and told that their bank accounts had been hacked. The caller asked for access to their computer to fix the problem, which the victim allowed. Victim was eventually told that their assets would be stolen. The victim called their bank and froze their accounts. It is unknown if there were any assets taken.

DEATH INVESTIGATION

14100 BLOCK OF NE 179 STREET: On June 24, at around 9:40 p.m, deputies were called for a death investigation. A neighbor would frequently check on the victim, who had several medical issues. On this date they checked on the victim, who had not been seen in a while. The victim was found deceased in their bathroom from apparent natural/medical causes.

WELFARE STATUS

18500 BLOCK OF 156 AVENUE NE: On June 25 at around 3:05 p.m., deputies were asked to check on the welfare of a person. Deputies found that she very emotional and confused. The victim agreed to go to the hospital for evaluation.

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