A Big Night of Approvals at City Council

  • Written by David B. Clark
The Council Chambers at City Council were packed with eager ears on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The council was set to approve numerous major developments for Woodinville that, given their approval, would officially start collecting steam towards their respective completions. Though these projects were slated as Business Items, the entirety of the Items looking for approval only made it to this crucial point of process due to the dedication, ambition, and tireless efforts of the people of Woodinville. The four major Items that were seeking approval were: the acceptance of donations for DeYoung Park, the approval of the construction bid for DeYoung Park, the approval of the construction bid for the project at 171st Parkway, and the approval of the construction bid for the Sammamish River Bridge project. The other major point of public interest was council’s consideration of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Civic Campus Project.
Before council began their Business Items, they welcomed Public Comment. Because of the evening’s significant weight on the future of Woodinville, community leaders and members were out in full force to share their stories, appreciations, and requests.
City Council was set to approve resolutions No. 516, No. 517, and No. 519 accepting donations of money and property for the use in development of DeYoung Park. Al, Donna, and Lucy DeYoung made a $25,000 cash donation to be used for a unique treehouse element at the park. The Lowell DeYoung family also made a $25,000 cash donation for the treehouse element. These extremely generous donations help exemplify the community’s knack for ingenuity with the overarching synergy that makes Woodinville the constructive and creative blend its been and continues to be. The Woodinville Garden Club also donated $15,000 in the way of a one-of-a-kind water fountain. The fountain which will be artistically based on the trunk of a tree which splits providing multiple spigots; even one for visitors’ leashed furry friends. Additionally, the Rotary/Elizabeth Ruth Wallace Trust made a cash donation of $25,000. When these substantial donations are combined with the other community contributors the number lands at an impressive $144,000. Deputy Mayor Elaine Cook stated, “I’d like to say thank you to this entire  community for supporting this project and for supporting the people who have worked on this project for the past two years. To the Parks Commission, thank you. To the Garden Club, thank you. To the Rotary, thank you. To the staff, thank you.”
The motion was passed unanimously.
Following the donations to DeYoung Park was the approval  for  the  construction bid for improvements on the park. Accord Contractors, LLC of Bellevue’s bid at $579,341 was approved by council. Deputy Mayor Cook stated, “It’s not about the park. It’s about everyone who came together to support our downtown… activating this park no one knew about. Now they know. It’s all thanks to you.”
Next was the approval of the $ 5,032,639 bid for the 171st project by KLB Construction, Inc. Public Works Director Rick Roberts shared that the bid was 19.03% under the engineer’s estimate. City Council awarded the construction contract, authorized a contingency, and authorized City Manager Brandon Buchanan to take any other actions necessary to complete the project within approved levels.
The approval for the Sammamish River Bridge was next on the agenda. This particular project began back in 2003 so it was with much pleasure that the council passed unanimously Highmark Concrete Construct, LLC’s bid for $5,756,917.
After a lengthy presentation, the council voted five to one to pass a consideration of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mainstreet Property Group and HAL Real Estate for the Civic Campus Project. The intent of this MOU is to establish a non-binding, conceptual deal structure than can form the basis for a Development Agreement. The single provision is that the City will negotiate exclusively with the two aforementioned for a 90-day period. Some of the project’s main goals are to create a community gathering place, retain and renovate the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse, retain the city’s recreation center, and limit the city’s financial investment and risk.

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