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Historic house’s new resting place is too close for neighbor’s comfort

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Jessica Reaves is getting a new neighbor — a 92-year-old house on the National Register of Historic Places that will now be located about 30 feet in front of her house.

The developer of the nearby Chateau Bothell Landing retirement home needed to move the historic house, known as the Sorenson house, to make room to build two new buildings. The move is legal, said the developer and the City of Bothell. But Reaves says the odd position of the two houses, legal though it is, is destroying the monetary value of her home as well as the historic value of both houses — because her house also dates to 1900.

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Details of Woodinville Village revealed

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

The developers of Woodinville Village, a mixed-use development that was conceived more than a decade ago, intend to make it a “district” with authenticity, community and a clear sense of purpose, they announced in a presentation at last week’s City Council meeting.

The presentation by Tom Ellison, principal of Legacy Commercial, and David Lake, a partner with Lake | Flato Architects, included its fair share of clichés — “a project with a great deal of passion” and “all about bringing people together” — but also many new details about the buildings and amenities on the site and the activities the developers imagine happening there.

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Enterovirus D68 suspected in King County

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Local health officials are working with Seattle Children’s Hospital to investigate a cluster of patients with severe respiratory illness who tested positive for a possible enterovirus infection. Additional testing is being done at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that can determine whether it is the enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) strain that has been seen recently in other U.S. states.

At this time there are no confirmed cases of EV-D68 in King County or Washington state. “Although we can’t currently say that these cases are definitely due to EV-D68, it would not be surprising if the virus is confirmed on further testing,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, chief of Communicable Disease and Epidemiology at Public Health - Seattle & King County.

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Bobcat sighting in outskirts of Woodinville

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

A Woodinville area resident was “lucky” to see a bobcat in her backyard last week, according to a wildlife biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“It is common to have them in that area [Woodinville.] It’s not common to see them, because they’re very secretive,” said Chris Anderson, a district wildlife biologist for King County with the WDFW. “They’re more common in suburban areas, and suburban areas that are adjacent to rural areas, than people think.”

Julie Neece, who lives in the Cottage Lake area, saw a bobcat in her backyard one evening last week.
Bobcats don’t pose a threat to humans, unless you corner them or get near a den with their young, Anderson said. Usually, bobcats will run away when they see a human, but if they don’t, he recommends calling WDFW at (425) 775-1311 (Mill Creek office.)

“They’re top predators, just like cougars,” Anderson explained. However, unlike bears or coyotes, bobcats don’t eat trash. “Bobcats are highly carnivorous, so there’s no reason for them to habituate as much as other animals, because we don’t have the attractants for them,” Anderson added.

Bobcats prey upon a wide variety of rodents, insects, reptiles and birds, but may occasionally take domestic animals such as house cats or livestock such as chickens, ducks, small pigs or lambs. To keep your pets or livestock safe, enclose them in a secure pen with a top, since bobcats can climb well.

Anderson said it’s up to humans to “keep them wild” and avoid conflicts with bobcats, by keeping pets and livestock safe and preventing the buildup of bird food under bird feeders that will attract rodents.

“They’re part of the diversity of our suburban rural area,” Anderson said. “They do a lot of good things, like controlling pests like rats, and they’re beautiful animals.”

For more information, see wdfw.wa.gov/living/bobcats.html.

g City Council: In other news ...

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

A dozen residents of Woodinville and surrounding areas came to last week’s meeting to urge the City Council to continue opposing the development of Wellington Hills County Park, which would convert the former golf course to a park with seven sports fields, a dog park and trails, among other amenities.

“You’re the keeper of the city’s vision — the keeper of the vision for the area. And only if you have a strong vision and really pursue that can this area be protected,” Brad Rich told the council.

The park is located just outside the Woodinville city limits in Snohomish County. Many people who live near the park fear it will bring traffic, runoff, noise and lights from late-night games. They describe the proposed park as a regional sports complex, while Snohomish County insists it will be a community park.

“Wellington Hills Park is attempting to paint itself as mitigation to the residents who live around it. It must, because it will be paid for with the money that is part of the Brightwater settlement agreement — a supposed attempt to make things better for the homeowners living near the massive new sewage treatment plant,” Janet Littlefield said. “But the plans for Wellington Hills Park are anything but mitigation for those of us who would be forced to deal with its byproducts of lights, noise, water, runoff and so on.”

Wayfinding signs

Construction of new wayfinding signs throughout the city will move forward, but at a higher cost than originally planned. Instead of the $78,000 originally budgeted, the council voted to increase the project cost to $91,000, the lowest bid received, providing an extra $13,000 from the general fund to keep the same design of the signs.

Throughout the city, there will be nine signs with wood posts and seven with wood posts plus stone bases.
The council also approved a resolution setting the fee for businesses and organizations to be listed on the wayfinding signs — $200 per year for each sign location. In addition, for every sign posted on the wayfinding signs, the business will lose the ability  to put one portable sign in the public right-of-way.

Council appointments

The council reviewed appointments of council members to outside organizations and committees, appointing new Councilmember Hank Stecker to the positions that former Councilmember Scott Hageman previously held.
Stecker will now represent Woodinville on the Fire District Joint Policy Board, the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee and the Brightwater Air Quality Advisory Board.