The long-running effort to develop the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse entered a new phase Feb. 7, when the Woodinville City Council hired a consultant to help find a developer for the schoolhouse and nearby buildings on the city’s Civic Campus.
Under the terms of a $110,000 contract approved by the council, Leland Construction Group of Portland will determine a development strategy and begin the process of selecting a developer that would find a new use for the site as part of a public-private partnership.
The Washington State Department of Transportation Toll Division has released its Annual Report for fiscal year 2016, covering transactions, revenue and development of all tolling facilities. The fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30 each year.
During fiscal year 2016, Good To Go! served more than 673,000 customer accounts and processed approximately 46.6 million toll transactions, a 24 percent increase from the previous year. The I-405 express toll lanes, which were operational for nine months of the fiscal year covered in this report, accounted for much the growth in transactions.
The city of Kenmore notified Frontier Communications on January 23, 2017 that the company must pay liquidated damages for failing to build out facilities and offer cable television service to all residential areas within the city as required by its Franchise Agreement with the City. When Frontier petitioned cities in Washington to transfer their Verizon Cable Franchises in 2009, Frontier took on the responsibilities of each local franchise agreement; including, in Kenmore’s case, offering cable services to all residential areas in the entire city by August 2011.
Verizon had built out most of the north end of Kenmore by the time the Franchise was transferred to Frontier, leaving over 2,000 Kenmore households south of the Sammamish River with one choice for cable television service (Comcast). This is not the first time the city has assessed liquidated damages against Frontier, as Frontier paid the city of Kenmore $45,000 in 2014 for not meeting its build out obligation. The 2017 assessment is $30,000, payable in March.
Though Frontier staff verbally informed the city that the company has recently installed wiring that can serve the south side of the city, their new video platform is not expected to be available in Washington until 2018 at the earliest, because the company has made commitments to new service areas in California, Texas and Florida.
“When a company signs a Franchise Agreement, they need to follow through and offer consumers a choice in cable service providers. Frontier has left half of our city without that choice and we’re holding them to their commitments,” said Mayor David Baker.
KENMORE–The Arts of Kenmore Gallery at City Hall will host an exhibit, “A Pictorial Celebration of Kenmore History,” opening Friday, Feb. 3 and running through March 9. On display will be pictorial narrative and iconic artifacts documenting hallmark moments in the life of Kenmore dating back to the settlement in 1901 by John McMaster.
The public is also invited to a reception and entertaining program at City Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17. Members of the Kenmore Heritage Society and others will share stories and discuss their personal favorite photos from the city’s past.
The city of Kenmore will install curbing along street centerlines on 68th and 73rd Avenues NE between Bothell Way (SR 522) and NE 181st Street to enhance safety and improve traffic flow of the major corridors. Curbing was installed between SR 522 and NE 181st Street on 61st Avenue NE as part of the recent SR 522 construction.
The curbing will prevent left turns into and out of the driveways facing these roadways. Drivers may need to use alternate routes, including driveways on SR 522, to access properties in the vicinity of these modifications.
Curbing on the centerline of 68th and 73rd Avenues NE is expected to be installed the week of February 13. Installation is estimated to take one day, weather depending. There will be lane closures between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to facilitate the installation, but both roads will remain open to at least one lane of traffic each way.