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Letters to the Editor - July 7, 2014

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SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Our comprehensive plan suggests Woodinville wants to stay green and open. We like our rural feel — our nature, trees, fish and waterways, and our food and wine! The right kind of hotel that would encourage people to love our city and enjoy our amenities would be fabulous.

The Woodinville landscaping code states: “the purpose ... is to preserve the aesthetic character of communities ... to promote retention and protection of existing vegetation, to reduce the impacts of development of drainage systems and natural habitats.” This explains the hotel requirements for the tourist district with its open space, river, trees, drink, and restaurants — all fabulous places to gather.

We want to reduce the impact of development while preserving the character. There should be places to stay, especially when offering so much drink!

The first paragraph of the article on the hotel desires is totally misleading. Per the city council agenda of April 2, 2014, “only 50 percent of the property is allowed to be impervious.” Impervious and developed are different things. Pervious implies that the muck be filtered instead of running off into streams. Parking lots, which generally take up a lot of hotel space, can be pervious.

Outdoor sitting areas can be impervious. There are multiple other “green” and “sustainable” low impact development (LID) options that could be applied using a pervious concept. Green roofs collect and clean water as it goes to cisterns for re-use on landscaping. Vertical gardens are lovely, peaceful, and can add to local character as well as reducing impact to the surrounding area.

Rain gardens and other bioretention offerings are used countywide. They beautify and fulfill the requirement to “reduce the impact.” I do not know if the planning staff negotiates this sort of thing, but do see verbiage in parts of the code that leave that discussion open. Have the developers tried code negotiations using sustainable design in order to fit into the requirements? It might be worth asking a consulting firm that will negotiate exactly this sort of thing.
Steph Young

HOLLYWOOD HILL ROUNDABOUTS

As residents of Hollywood Hill, we make almost daily use of the roundabout at the Hollywood Hill Schoolhouse intersection.

We are alarmed about the prospect of further development of hotel and commercial space on the Apple Farm Village site. The site is quite close to the main roundabout at the schoolhouse.

On weekends the area is flooded with both foot traffic and auto traffic. Some out-of-area tourists are confused about the right-of-way rules of roundabouts (and possibly drunk!)

On weekday rush hours, the roundabout is extremely busy with commuter traffic.

How much more burden can this small area tolerate? We have seen two wrecks occur on this roundabout and were nearly hit by a school bus driver who seemed not to know about roundabout rules.
Mr. and Mrs. H. Goeppele

Letters to the Editor - June 30, 2014

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STOW THE FRAGRANCE, PLEASE

For years, folks at Top Foods have exemplified being good neighbors doing business in our community. I suffer from ME/CFIDS/MCS, which among other things, leaves me sensitive to fragrance and chemicals. Ramifications include brain/spinal swelling. On several occasions, folks have kindly adjusted to allow for my safety.

Over the last while, I have watched with interest as Haggen updates and converts the store. All in all, it seems like good work. But I am deeply disappointed in one choice — and not just for myself.

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Letters to the Editor - June 23, 2014

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CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Ann Aagaard for a much deserved Hero Award by CELP. She has been a consistent fighter for preserving the Northwest ecosystems.

Your article about her efforts was excellent, as she has been an unsung hero for trying to save important wetlands and shorelines in North Creek, the Sammamish Valley and Kenmore since the 1970’s.

She has been a sensible voice crying in the wilderness trying to get the attention of the importance of preserving our aquatic features, as well as farmlands. Her efforts have been very worthy in increasing awareness of the importance of land protection and preservation through the League of Women Voters and neighborhood campaigns.

She deserves great appreciation from all of us who live in the Northshore area for helping make sure our streams are healthy and for protecting wetlands.

Ann Aagard embodies the true meaning of “one person can make a difference.”
Wendy Walsh

MUSIC IN THE PARK
There will be no “Music in the Park at Cottage Lake” this summer.

The Upper Bear Creek Community Council provided these summer concerts for 13 years and was unable to find another person to organize them last summer.

So much of the process is in place, it’s easy, the funding is available, the King Co. Parks are good to work with, advertising is in place, the banners are ready to go, etc.

Contacting the musicians is done annually. Many groups still contact UBCC wanting to take part in the summer series!
If you or your organization is willing to take on production of the concert series for 2015, contact Nancy Stafford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Nancy Stafford

COUNCILMEMBER RESIGNS
Woodinville incorporated in 1993 to gain local control over our City’s destiny and revenues for the benefit of our citizens, and work earnestly began to fulfill our collective vision for our future city.

It was a huge undertaking and I want to publicly thank the many people who came together to give birth to our city. I would also like to recognize the personal sacrifices and publicly thank all the families who supported those of us who were spending time away from them while we worked to make this happen.

Considerable effort and long meetings several times a week in the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse were the norm while creating our city. From humble beginnings, we focused both public and private investment into making Woodinville a better place to live, work and play. This continued hard work by so many citizens and staff has produced the quality of life we enjoy today in Woodinville.

So how have we been able to accomplish this and continue to provide a high level of services for our citizens while keeping our citizens’ effective tax rate lower than in unincorporated King County and our neighboring cities? Well, we have been very successful in receiving grants. Council and staff need to continue aggressively pursuing these grant dollars. We are also benefitting from a substantial sales tax base that contributes 50 percent of our operating revenue. Continuing to partner with the business community, improving the city’s business climate and actively promoting and recruiting businesses to locate here, such as the recent RFP for the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse, are critical to providing revenue and service levels that our citizens expect and deserve. Finally, engaging our citizens early and often in city planning and decisions are crucial, for only with their input and support can we achieve our best outcomes. Our duty as elected officials is to serve the citizens of Woodinville and deliver on their needs and wants. I am humbled and grateful that they, and my family, let me be a part of this for over 18 years.
Scott Hageman
Former Woodinville Councilmember, Deputy Mayor, Mayor

WHS PRANK
To the Woodinville High School Class of 2014,

Although a congratulations is in order for your achievements in graduating I have to say I am extremely disappointed in your disrespectful actions regarding your sign posted on the school. Something like that should not come from graduating seniors at 18-19 years of age. It was childish and rude and very degrading to those who it was directed at. The principal and vice principal at your school worked very hard to give you the opportunities that you had and that is how you repay them? I am ashamed to say I know some of you, some who are probably laughing at this, but it isn’t a laughing matter. We were drilled about bullying all through school, and even after graduating, this is what happens. You all may think it was a prank, but that was crossing the line and absurd, not to mention not funny.

I really hope that apologies are given by those involved. Maybe then you can move forward as you graduate into adulthood. Shame on you.
Hannah Phillips

Letters to the Editor - May 16, 2014

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On Saturday, May 31 my 12-year-old grandson Chase and 6-year-old granddaughter Chloe were playing in Little League baseball games at the Northshore Athletic Fields. While my son-in-law watched Chase’s game I watched Chloe’s. 

What was a wonderful baseball afternoon quickly turned frantic. Word reached the field where I was that Chase had been injured in his game. I ran towards the other field and could see quite a commotion near third base. Upon my arrival I saw Chase in great pain, bleeding, down on the ground, surrounded by coaches, parents and other players. The once occupied stands stood empty.

I was quickly identified as Chase’s grandmother and told that while playing third base, Chase was struck on the face with a line drive. Several people assured me that the fire department had been called. The bleeding from Chase’s nose and face was horrifying. Complete strangers removed their shirts to assist in rendering first-aid. The fire department arrived and took charge, their presence comforting.

The Woodinville Fire Department treated Chase quite well, taking him to Evergreen Medical Center where he was diagnosed with facial fractures, later released and expected to make a full recovery!

Our experience with the Woodinville Fire Department and Evergreen Medical Center was heartwarming. Equally heart-warming were complete strangers approaching my son-in-law and me with offers of rides to the hospital and caring for my granddaughter. In the days following this event the support continued in the form of cards, phone calls and visits.
This would have been tough to go it alone and proves that when things are at their worst, people are at their best! My family and I want to thank everybody for their support both during and after this event.
Bonnie Board

Letters to the Editor - June 9, 2014

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BUSINESS LICENSE FEE
So the Woodinville City Council has proposed charging businesses in Woodinville a yearly licensing fee of $50, with $11 going to the Department of Revenue to “administer the program and help enforce it.” So if you are a business in Woodinville you will pay $50 a year and essentially get nothing in return. Wouldn’t it make more sense to let people keep their $50 a year and spend it in Woodinville? In my opinion this is just another way to nickel and dime us to death. It serves no purpose at all. Does this program make sense? How would they enforce this? Would my cleaning lady or gardener have to pay Woodinville a yearly $50 fee to clean my house or mow my lawn? Since the city has $20 million in reserves, maybe we should use some of that money to implement this program. In addition, doesn’t the DOR already have records on the businesses that reside in Woodinville as they pay a yearly B&O tax? Couldn’t we just access their records? I see no reason why this is an important issue and the City Council should stop thinking up ways to take more of our money.
Susan Milke

SUMMER OF ‘69
It was the end of July 1969 when an amazing line up lit up the first ever Seattle Pop Festival, right here in Woodinville at Gold Creek Park. Performers over the three days included Chuck Berry, The Byrds, Chicago, The Doors, the Guess Who, and Led Zeppelin. It was our own Woodstock, and it happened three weeks before Woodstock.
I would like to interview anyone who attended the festival or remembers it from living in Woodinville at the time. I bet you have interesting stories.
I want to write about the event because I found it fascinating to think of that event and it is not widely mentioned so I wanted to know more. It’s part of the area’s history. I’m a local history buff and collect vintage Northwest items (pre-1970s). I learned of the Seattle Pop Festival when I found an old souvenir button from it at an estate sale.
If you have a few memories to share, please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks.
Susan Stoltzfus

BEAR SAFETY
I read the Weekly and while it was a great story about the little black bear that’s being sighted (my husband saw him a couple days ago) I am concerned with what was left out. Yes, we don’t need to be concerned, but there was also no warning about trying to approach the bear or feed it. Having grown up in Alaska with black and brown bears frequently in our back yards, I know that while one might seem friendly or “safe,” especially to children, it is still a wild and potentially dangerous animal in the right circumstances. Bears are incredibly fast and one swipe of a paw could cause serious damage. For folks not familiar with bears they might think he’s cute and that it would be cool to befriend him. I just feel like there should have been some kind of cautionary statement as the story made it sound like he is completely harmless.
Corinna Quilliam