The Woodinville City Council met for the first time this month on Tuesday, July 10. After the typical Roll Call and Flag Salute, Mayor James Evans led a Special Presentation to recognize former Planning Commissioner, Mark Wiitala. Mayor Evans said, “Mark’s mantra was always, ‘What can we do to improve the city?’ We sincerely want to thank Mark for his voluntary service on the Planning Commission.” Mayor Evans then put down the script and went on to earnestly thank Wiitala stating that he knew that there is a large amount of work that goes into a job that does not typically receive much thanks. “It’s a great service to the community,” concluded Mayor Evans.
The Woodinville Water District recently released their quarterly publication, The Pipeline. This issue contained the Annual Water Report, tips on how to cut down on water use during the hot summer months, and provided readers with the water testing results which were conducted in 2017.
In 2017, Woodinville received all of its water from the South Fork Tolt River Watershed. In other years, the Cedar River Watershed also provided the Woodinville area with drinking water. Both watersheds are very well protected. Almost all of the Seattle metropolitan area gets its water from these two watersheds.
The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) continues to see a sharp increase in adult abuse reports across the state. Adult Abuse Prevention Month in July is intended to raise awareness and remind everyone to remain vigilant when it comes to the health and welfare of some of Washington’s most vulnerable citizens.
Financial exploitation is the most common type of adult abuse, and the form that has seen the sharpest rise in recent years. In 2017, DSHS’ Adult Protective Services conducted 10,713 investigations related to financial exploitation, nearly double the number of investigations conducted in 2012. It now accounts for more than 25% of all investigations.
Signs of financial exploitation include:
Adding additional names on bank signature cards
Unauthorized withdrawal of funds using an ATM card
Abrupt changes in a will or other financial documents
Unexplained disappearance of funds or valuable possessions
Bills unpaid despite having sufficient funds
Forging a signature on financial transactions or for the titles of possessions
Sudden appearance of previously uninvolved relatives claiming rights to a vulnerable adult’s possessions
Unexplained sudden transfer of assets to a family member or someone outside the family
Even with thousands of cases of adult abuse in a year, we know that for every investigation, many others go unreported. DSHS believes the increase in reports and investigations reflects improved awareness of adult abuse among the public. In addition, as our state’s population of people who are older continues to increase, the potential for adult abuse increases.
Anyone who suspects abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult is encouraged to make a report at www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/reportadultabuse or call 1-866-ENDHARM (1-866-363-4276). You can make a report 24 hours a day, seven days a week and APS will contact you the next business day. All reports are confidential.
Signs of abuse include:
Suspicious or unexplained bruises, sores or weight loss
A sudden change in personality
Neglect of hygiene, clothing, home, medicine or food
Personal belongings are missing
No longer attending social functions or regular activities
Losing contact with family and friends, being isolated from loved ones
Kartik Iyer from Woodinville, is a pre-medical sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in neuroscience. Kartik has been an active volunteer at Food Lifeline, which provides 97,000 meals for our hungry neighbors in Western Washington. Kartik teamed up with Tobi from Food Lifeline and organized and conducted a cook out event where they cooked rice cakes and received cans and cash in exchange, which were then donated to Food Lifeline.