Bothell receives Smart Community award

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Governor Chris Gregoire recently announced that Bothell is a 2011 recipient of her Smart Communities Award for creating livable communities in Washington.

"Washington state needs to create and maintain vibrant communities if we want to continue to attract a strong workforce and growing businesses," Governor Gregoire said. "I’m proud of the remarkable work that’s going on across our state to balance economic growth with sustainable development."


Council adopts ordinances for non-motorized boats, electric car charging stations

  • Written by Don Mann
At its regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting, the Woodinville City Council unanimously passed second reading and adopted Ordinance No. 512 to amend the Shoreline Master Program, ostensibly clearing the way for a future non-motorized boat launch and boat rental facilities along the Sammamish River, possibly in or near Wilmot Park.

After some debate at the previous meeting on the ordinance’s specific language, Development Services Director Hal Hart redefined the city’s definition of a boating facility: Boating facilities accommodate and/ or serve the boating industry. Boating facilities include boat rentals, storage, boating accessory equipment sales and/or rentals, small repair services, public launchings, groceries and dry goods.

The council also unanimously passed second reading and adopted Ordinance No. 523 to establish electric vehicle infrastructure standards as a permitted use, clearing the way for battery charging machines at local gasoline and car service stations. In 2009 the Washington State Legislature passed House bill 1481 which established the state’s electric vehicle law and requires the city to adopt electric vehicle infrastructure regulations by July 1, 2011.

The council also heard from Public Works Director Tom Hansen regarding the 2012-2017 six-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

State law requires the city to annually prepare and adopt a six-year TIP, requiring a public hearing, adoption by resolution and submittal of the plan to the state by July 1 of each year.

The TIP is a projection of transportation capital improvements the city intends to construct within the six year schedule, providing funding is available.

The TIP is used by Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) to project statewide transportation needs, coordinate and plan regional capital improvements, for transportation modeling, and as a basis to award grant funds. Placing projects on this list makes them eligible for possible regional, state and federal grant funding opportunities.

According to Hansen, the city had identified a total of 37 transportation capital improvement projects at a cost of over $220 million over the next six years. The top six, in prioritized order, include the citywide annual street overlay program, the Sammamish Bridge replacement, Woodinville-Duvall road widening, school safety zones (pedestrian safety improvements along school walking routes), the trestle replacement in the SR202 corridor, and the installation of traffic signals at the SR 522 and 195th St. interchange.

Among the discussion items at the June 14 city council meeting will be whether councilmembers would be allowed to participate in council meetings electronically without being physically present in the council chambers.

Northshore grads look ahead

  • Written by Deborah Stone

High school graduation is an important milestone in one’s life. For most students, it’s an event that carries a range of emotions from giddy excitement to bittersweet feelings for a soon-to-be bygone youth.

This year’s crop of Northshore School District seniors, like those before them, is eagerly looking forward to the future with great anticipation and optimism.

Matthew Scheid
Matthew Scheid, for example, is heading to UW in the fall where he plans to double major in theater performance and business marketing. The WHS teen, who was actively involved in his school’s drama department, hopes to continue pursuing his passion for the stage, while also gaining a purposeful and useful education.

"I love the theater and I hopefully want to pursue a career as a professional actor or a director," says Scheid, "but I’m passionate about learning and I think having a business background would be a great asset no matter what I do."

The recent grad received an acting and academic scholarship to attend the University of Northern Colorado, but opted to attend UW because of his connections with the local theater community.

He explains: "Seattle is such a great place for theater and the U has an incredible theater department, plus it’s also got a great business school. I felt it was the best situation for me, plus they also gave me a business scholarship, too."

Though the teen is excited about taking the next step in his life, he knows he will miss the close relationships he has had over the years with his teachers and friends.

He adds, "I’ve had such great relationships with the faculty at Woodinville and I know that these types of relationships are harder to achieve at a larger university."

Scheid feels he is well prepared for college, as he challenged himself academically by taking rigorous honors level classes in high school. He explains that he has always been self-motivated and intuitive about what he needs to be successful both in and out of the classroom.

"My academic experience at Woodinville was excellent and I worked hard to get everything I could out of my classes," he says. "I think you get out what you put in when it comes to a class or for that matter any activity or experience."

The teen encourages those entering high school to set high goals for themselves, look for opportunities to get involved in clubs and activities and be an active participant in class.

He adds, "Come in eager and wanting and make the most out of school."

Katherine Charters
Katherine Charters, a recent BHS grad, echoes Scheid’s advice and urges students to take AP and honors classes for the academic challenge and the in depth content. She notes, "The teachers I had for these classes were wonderful. They really inspired me to learn because they were passionate about their subject areas." The teen will be attending Gonzaga University in the fall and is considering English as her major.

"I’m really looking forward to new experiences and to being independent," she says. "I also want to travel and Gonzaga has a study abroad program in Florence that I hope to do."

It’s hard for Charters to believe that high school is over, as she claims it "all flew by so quickly."

She enjoyed her time at BHS and comments on the close- knit community of the school, adding, "Bothell students are fun-loving, diverse and open to differences. They’re very accepting. I will really miss being a part of this community."

Jessie Zou
Jessie Zou, a recent grad of Inglemoor High, expresses similar emotions about her school. She emphasizes its sense of community and the close relationships she formed over the years with teachers and students.

"My teachers were incredible," she comments. "They took the time to get to know you and they were always available to help or offer advice. Inglemoor has such a strong academic and social community."

Zou, who was in the International Baccalaureate Program, is confident about her academic preparation and is looking forward to studying health sciences at UW in the fall. She received a Mary Gates Scholarship and will be participating in the honors program, with the intent to pursue a career in dentistry.

The teen’s advice to incoming high school students is simple: "Get involved as much as you can because it will make you feel a part of your school," she offers. "Keep a positive attitude and don’t be afraid to try new things, meet new people and step out of your comfort zone. I had an active role in ASB and it really helped me to branch out and I was able to grow in character and personality."

Zou urges students to take advantage of their high school years because they will be gone all too soon.

She urges kids to make each minute count, adding, "Value this time in your life. It’s important and you’ll never get these years back."

Emily Neal
Emily Neal, a recent graduate of Northshore’s Secondary Academy for Success, encourages students to work hard and set objectives that lead to a goal beyond high school.

"I think you need to look beyond high school while you’re in high school so you have something to reach for," she explains. "Some kids make their focus high school graduation, but then after that, they’re lost because they just haven’t thought beyond that point."

Neal has only glowing reviews of SAS’s programs and staff, noting that she feels absolutely prepared to take on the next challenge in her life — college.

"I loved SAS," she says. "It all clicked for me when I went there. The teachers were great and I felt completely comfortable with everyone. I learned a lot and I especially valued the community service projects we did as a group."

Neal was the class speaker at her recent graduation, where she spoke highly of her experiences at SAS, while stressing the message of achieving success through hard work.

The teen is heading to Moorhead State University in Kentucky this summer, where she will study early childhood education.

"I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life," she says. "I’m excited to take on new responsibilities and meet new people. And I plan to continue to be involved in community service through the opportunities that exist through the school. Helping others is very important to me and allows me to put my skills to use."

Hats off to all 2011 Northshore graduates and good luck to them in their future endeavors!

Office seekers file for November election

  • Written by Don Mann
Once again that mean season is upon us.

Filing closed Friday for candidates seeking elected office in King County in November’s General Election, and Woodinville City Council incumbent Jeff Glickman will run against Les Rubstello, a two-term member of Woodinville’s Planning Commission, for Council Position No. 2.

Incumbent Scott Hageman seeks his fourth term and will be opposed by Al Taylor for Council Position No. 4. Incumbent Liz Aspen will run unopposed for Council Position No. 6.


Ransom resigns from fire commission

  • Written by Don Mann
RansomCiting health issues, Woodinville Fire & Rescue Commissioner Randy Ransom resigned from his post at last week’s regularly scheduled board meeting at the headquarters of Station 31.

Board chairman Tim Osgood read a prepared statement by Ransom, who did not attend the meeting, which included the following: "After careful consideration and advice from my doctors I have decided to step down from my position as a fire commissioner to take care of myself in addressing my health issues. Simply put, while I have struggled with my health it’s time for me to get serious about taking care of myself and make it a priority in my life. With my health as a priority, I am not able to fulfill my responsibilities as a commissioner and execute its duties properly."

Under state law, WF&R commissioners have 90 days to appoint his replacement.