I am deeply proud of the role myself and my family have played in making Woodinville the beautiful, charming and vibrant community it is today. The land use decisions made when I was mayor and on the city council in the 1990s have protected the character of our community and helped our wine district flourish. My grandparents bought their homestead in Woodinville in 1930 and I know they would be overjoyed to see how the community they loved is developing while keeping its small town character.
Unfortunately this small town also has some characters, three of whom have written letters to your paper. Councilwoman Susan Boundy-Sanders takes umbrage at being called a bully but has an unfortunate and very public history of making false accusations and very anti-female insults.
Your readers will remember Councilmember Boundy-Sanders called me the “Evil B____ Queen” and mocked another female elected official as a “Mean Cafeteria Lady.” Being a woman in elective office carries with it an additional burden, but that burden shouldn’t include having to endure ugly personal attacks by other female elected officials such as Ms. Boundy-Sanders.
Although most readers will undoubtedly discount allegations that accompany such vitriol, I am compelled to state for the record that I never have voted for any zoning changes on my or my family’s property and the quote Ms. Boundy-Sanders attributed to me is as manufactured as the royal pedigree she assigned me in her profane insults. Rest assured, if Ms. Boundy-Sanders, Mr. Knapinski and Mr. Stecker had evidence as opposed to innuendo you would see it. Instead, the letters from current Councilmember Boundy-Sanders, Water Commissioner Dale Knapinski and former Councilmember Hank Stecker, and are “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
I was privileged to witness a crow funeral in my front yard. (Yes. it is a thing; Google it.) The evening before, I noticed a crow walking with great difficulty on my lawn. When I investigated, I realized there was nothing I could do. The crow would let me come right up to it and was in shock. A few minutes later, I looked through the picture window, and it was lying on my bottom porch step. I got my shovel and wheelbarrow and buried the carcass in the back woods. Next morning at 7:30 I was in the front room and heard a great cacophony. There were (I would recon) 50 crows in the front evergreen at the end of the driveway. All at once they were doing their “caw,” loud and proud. I walked onto the porch to watch and listen. The ceremony lasted 20 minutes. Then they all flew away.
I always look forward to reading The Woodinville Weekly and particularly found the recent City View insert most informative.
Most interesting was a picture of our 2014 City Council positioned about a City Services and Facilities Survey of Woodinville residents and businesses taken from October 2013-December 2013. The most glaring data showed that 57.98 percent of survey responses rated the “need for solutions to local problems” as “poor” to “needs improvement.”
The survey results are intended to improve city services. Hopefully our current city council can put aside their personal differences and make an honest attempt to work together (even compromise) for the benefit of Woodinville. One can only hope.
TREE-STER EGG HUNT
When I purchased my home and moved to Woodinville in 2008, at the time, I did not realize the added benefit of coming into a city and community that prioritized the protection and maintenance of the lovely tree canopy that allows us all to live in a city with an abundance of beautiful trees.
The City of Woodinville accomplishes this protection through extensive zoning and development licensing requirements that discourage the indiscriminant removal of trees within the city limits.
This practice has resulted in the City of Woodinville being designated as “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation and has allowed residents, like myself, to live in a city with a lot of trees. Without this commitment our city would not likely have the same degree of lush tree canopy that we enjoy today.
I came to understand the city’s commitment because in my small neighborhood of 26 homes, we have a natural protected wildlife zone and a Home Owner Association (HOA) area of common land that surrounds our living space. After joining my HOA Board of Directors, I learned, through our required annual Certified Arborist inspections, that we played a strong stewardship role in managing land for the common good. That led me to the City of Woodinville for more information where I also found out about the Woodinville “Tree Board.” This volunteer committee to the City of Woodinville is made up of Woodinville residents who share the city’s commitment to maintaining such a livable environment. I became a volunteer member of the Tree Board in 2012.
This year, the Tree Board voted to make its official 2014 Arbor Day activity (which falls on Friday, April 25th this year) a brand new event, a tree identification “game,” that would be a new and free community event, open to the public. “Tree-ster Egg Hunt” involves participants taking a short 1/4 mile stroll down the Sammamish River Trail, and identifying 12 trees marked with numbered colorful paper plates. The Tree-ster Egg hunt will be held on Sunday, April 20, from 1-4p.m. at Wilmot-Gateway Park.
For more information on the Tree Board, visit the city’s webpage at http://www.ci.woodinville.wa.us!CityHaII/TreeBoard.asp.
Michael Munniks, Volunteer, City of Woodinville Tree Board.
HARLEY IS HOME
Thank you again to everyone who helped search for our yellow lab Harley who went missing last August. We are happy to say we were reunited with him last Sunday evening and he is settling back in very well.
Melaine, Chris, Savannah and Cody Thompson
I was recently with a customer in Belfair, Wash. We drove through downtown Belfair where he explained to me that the county/city had forced all the businesses along the street to pay thousands (and I mean $30K+) to connect to the sewer. It resulted in several businesses closing. In addition, the sewer system maintenance far exceeds the revenue stream from users and continues to get deeper in debt.
Perhaps the Woodinville Water District board should take a field trip to Belfair to see how well that has worked for them. I am a Woodinville Water District customer still on a septic system.