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City Council meeting Welcome Mural

  • Written by David B. Clark

Woodinville City Council met January 16 to discuss and handle many of the exciting developments that will run through the year of 2018. Among the multiple Business Items to be handled was the very entrance into Woodinville itself: a review of what kind of art the much talked of train trestle would welcome guests with. The Port of Seattle awarded Woodinville a $11,570 grant to install a mural underneath the trestle at 131st Avenue NE. With funds from other interested parties, the total amount allocated to the creative and symbolic project shied from doubling, landing at a very impressive $20,070.

Of the six applicants, it was local artist Will Schlough that shined. A committee of city staff initially reviewed all the applications, largely deliberating on a specific set of principles that they felt would allow an artistic entry into Woodinville.

These particular specifications were: the ability to identify Woodinville accurately as showcased by a welcoming art piece, meeting the required agricultural and cultural themes, and a stressed importance on community engagement.
Additionally, Schlough’s  past experience with large-scale, public art installations exemplified by his ability to complete big, important projects on a similar scale.

Among some of the requirements the project presents will be its ability to able to be painted by the community regardless of artistic talent. Not to say this is lacking as Schlough himself represents Woodinville’s rich arts culture well. 

But the community will be invited, novice painter to professionals in pastels, to participate in a “paint-by-numbers but on a community scale.” The project is set to use eight to 10 colors, as not to be too simplistic but gather a sense of creativity and diversity.

Though the community “paint days” during which the Woodinville community will be invited to add their touch to Woodinville’s welcome are yet to be inked, concreted, or plastered the promise of this beautiful development helps tie the community with its explosive tourism pull. People will come to experience the burgeoning beer, wine, and spirits scene; now they will understand where they are arriving and the history the land holds.

Finance Director Blaine Fritz presented an informative and thorough look at Risk Management Program Overview. Risk is defined as any future event that threatens an organization’s ability to accomplish its mission. Fritz went to describe first the types of loss: property, liability, and loss to employees. After, the Risk Management Process was elaborated upon: identification and analysis, evaluate alternatives, selection, implementation, and monitoring. “Historically for us, roadway maintenance is one of the main areas of risk. Public records in recent years has become public risk for local government, land-uses, cyber-security…”

Fritz then explained how the city is reducing risks associated with harassment in the work place. He said this approach as a “three-pronged approach” by policy, training, and an open-door policy.

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