Business owners who asked the City Council not to rename streets in downtown Woodinville can breathe a sigh of relief. Last week, the council decided not to pass an ordinance that would have renamed six streets, which business owners said would be expensive and inconvenient for them.
Woodinville’s Planning Commission, a citizen board tasked with studying land use issues, expressed frustration that the City Council isn’t following its recommendations about development in Woodinville.
“It is obvious that the council has made a number of different choices than what the Planning Commission recommended,” Planning Commission Vice Chair Kathy Heywood said. She added, “How does the Planning Commission’s vision of the city get to be so different than the council’s vision for the city?”
Woodinville Fire & Rescue (WF&R) has a new fire chief. Deputy Chief Greg Ahearn was appointed interim fire chief at the Board of Fire Commissioners meeting on July 14. Chief Ahearn takes over the district from Bob Van Horne who served as fire chief for two years under an interlocal agreement (ILA) between Woodinville Fire & Rescue and the City of Bothell. Chief Van Horne is also the fire chief for Bothell Fire and E.M.S. The ILA was set to expire at the end of July.
There’s been a change in command at the city of Woodinville. At a special meeting last Thursday, the Woodinville City Council signed a severance agreement with Richard Leahy, who has served as city manager since 2007. The council selected Richard Zais, the former city manager of Yakima, to serve as interim city manager until a permanent replacement for Leahy can be found.
In 2014 Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop donated $104,609 back into the Eastside community through grant applications. They are looking to provide grant funds to additional 501(c)(3) organizations on the Eastside, especially small groups needing a little help. The requirements and grant application can be found on their website, www.ecathriftshop.org. Grant applications are reviewed monthly.
Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop was founded in 1981 and has given back $1,388,977 cash and over $1 million worth of donations back into the community since its small beginning.
ECA, located at 12451 116th Ave. NE in Kirkland, is an all-volunteer run thrift shop. Volunteers are always needed. Giving your time and energy to ECA is fun and rewarding. Clean, resalable donations can be dropped off at the shop during business hours Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday has extended hours to 6 p.m. Their telephone number is 425-825-1877 for any questions.