On the afternoon of April 8, Shoreline Police pursued and ultimately arrested a suspect driving a stolen vehicle taken in a recent car-jacking in Seattle. The pursuit began in Shoreline and ended in Bothell near Thrasher’s Corner, where deputies were able to disable the suspect vehicle and arrested the driver.
A 27-year-old Maryland man who was the focus of a large search operation April 7 in the Cathcart area has been apprehended. Jerry Stagg was taken into custody without incident in Bothell around 3:45 p.m. on April 8.
Former Bothell Mayor Mike Noblet will be the featured speaker at the Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce meeting on April 23, at the Northshore Senior Center at 7:30 a.m.
Noblet will discuss what it takes to become more involved in local politics, whether it’s communicating effectively with city council, campaigning for an initiative or even running for local office.
Now known as The Local Candidate Coach, Noblet has condensed his 30 years of political experience into a how-to book called “Down-Ballot Winner: The Definitive Guide to Local Campaigning,” which will be published this summer. The book will be augmented by Noblet’s soon-to-be launched website, LocalCandidateCoach.com.
Roads — naming them and managing traffic on them — were a big topic at last week’s City Council meeting. With a 3-3 vote, the council failed to pass an agreement with King County to manage traffic on Woodinville-Duvall Road more efficiently, due to some council members’ fears that it would bring more regional traffic to Woodinville.
The city is also considering renaming streets in downtown, giving them names instead of numbers. The public, business owners and property owners will soon be able to give their input.
“With the redevelopment of the Canterbury site, we think it’s a good time to take a look at street names in this area to help establish a unique identity and recognizable location for downtown Woodinville,” City Manager Richard Leahy explained.
Developer Doug Reiss of Woodin Creek Village, which is under construction now, urged the council to pick new street names quickly.
“All you have to do is look over at the project and see that we’re moving right along, and our schedule calls for the first building to be completed at the end of June…. The important thing is that we’ll be having tenants soon, and they’ll want addresses. So this is an urgent matter,” Reiss said.
Woodin Creek Village will involve several new roads: building 173rd Street (which, depending on who you talk to, may or may not already be a road), building a new street (172nd Street) between 171st Street and 173rd Street, extending 135th Avenue south to 171st and extending Garden Way south to 171st.
According to Leahy, here are some suggestions from the city and from Woodin Creek Village Associates for new street names: • 172nd Street: Village Square Drive or Canterbury Place • 135th Avenue: Woodin Creek Way or Canterbury Way • 173rd Street: Woodland Drive, Gateway Drive or Canterbury Place • 133rd Avenue: Vintage Way, Woodin Way or Heritage Place • 171st Street: Creekside Drive or Valley View Parkway • 175th Street: Main Street or City Center Drive
“We keep on throwing Canterbury Way, Canterbury Place in there, just for some historic purposes,” Leahy said. The council decided to survey business and property owners, and allow the public to give input online. The city staff will report back to the council with recommended street names in May or June.
The council’s decision about Woodinville-Duvall Road was a conclusion, of sorts, to a discussion that started in February. At that time, the council voted not to approve an interlocal agreement (ILA) with King County for interconnected traffic signals. The intelligent transportation system (ITS) would have connected all the traffic signals on the road between Duvall and 156th Avenue NE, including four signals in Woodinville.
Several council members were concerned in February that the proposed agreement would have given King County too much control over Woodinville’s traffic signals. They asked for another version of the agreement specifying that the city would maintain control of its traffic lights.
“The biggest benefit to the city is, we can look at the operation of these signals in real time and make adjustments to the signal timing in real time…,” Public Works Director Tom Hansen said. “But we did change the language in response to council concerns…. ‘each agency shall retain all rights and authority to establish signal timing for their respective traffic owned signals.’”
The council’s 3-3 vote (Rubstello, Evans and Aspen voted yes; Waters, Talmas and Stecker voted no) did not approve the agreement with King County.
Councilmember Hank Stecker, who objected to the original ILA, said he was pleased with the clarification, but still was concerned about King County trying to push more traffic through that road, and ultimately voted against the agreement.
Mayor Bernie Talmas had similar concerns: “I’m opposed to it. It clearly states, at least the agreement, that the purpose of it is to optimize the use of signals along the corridor…. And it makes clear that the county is trying to push as much traffic through that roadway, which runs basically through Woodinville, as possible. There’s no question that they consider that the major arterial in the region. At least in my view, it’s not in Woodinville’s interests to push as much traffic through Woodinville-Duvall Road as possible.”
On the other hand, Councilmembers Liz Aspen and Les Rubstello didn’t see any reason for concern. Rubstello said interconnected signals move traffic, save fuel and reduce pollution, and citizens want traffic to move efficiently.
“It lets the city operate its signals better,” Rubstello said. “What I’m hearing you guys saying is that you’d rather create congestion for our citizens on our brand new road — we just put in, what, three new signals; we’ve got five of them out there — and you want to run them poorly and have even worse backups only because you’re afraid King County’s going to make you take more cars.”
After more than a decade of planning, the Washington State Department of Transportation has introduced the Good To Go! Flex Pass, reminding drivers that big changes are coming to I-405 between Bellevue and Lynnwood.