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City Council Special Meeting

  • Written by David B. Clark
City Council called to order a Special Meeting on Tuesday, December 5th before their regular and final meeting of the calendar year. The meeting was held largely so MainStreet Property Group and HAL Real Estate could share their masterplanning study for the Woodinville Civic Campus Plan. Brandon Buchanan began the Special Meeting by stating, “It is important to note that we’ve got to this point… [this is] a well-developed proposal in a short period of time.”
 
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Apply to Serve on a City Commission

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
There will be two openings on the Parks and Recreation Commission starting in January. The deadline to apply is February 21, 2018.
 
The Parks & Recreation Commission’s seven-member volunteer board advises the City Council and staff on matters relating to planning, acquisition, development, and operation of park facilities and recreational programs within the City.
 
Please apply through the City's website:
 
http://www.ci.woodinville.wa.us/CityHall/ParksandRecreationCommission.asp.

Help Get Kids Outside

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Washington State is accepting applications for the No Child Left Inside grant program, which aims to give at-risk children outdoor experiences.
 
No Child Left Inside grants fund programs that provide outdoor recreation and education programs for youth in Washington State, including science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) programs and environmental, agricultural or other natural resource-based education programs. The program is funded by the Wash. State Parks and Recreation Commission and administered by the Wash. State Recreation and Conservation Office.
 
Applicants can be public agencies (cities, counties, special purpose districts), Native American tribes, nonprofit organizations, schools, informal after school programs, veteran organizations, community-based programs and private entities (individuals, businesses, religious groups planning non-religious activities). The programs must be delivered in Washington State and must be delivered outdoors.
 
“Getting kids outside does so much for their self-esteem, health, grades and sense of personal responsibility and community involvement,” said Don Hoch, director of Washington State Parks. “Exposing children to the natural world around them goes a long way to improving their sense of self-worth.”
 
Grant recipients may ask for as much as $75,000 for each program. The State expects to award about $1.5 million in grants. Typical programs would be those that offer backpacking or camping, boating, environmental education, fishing or hunting, hiking, orienteering or rock climbing, farming  education and community farms.
 
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City of Bothell welcomes new staff

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Meet Victoria “Torie” Brazitis
Victoria “Torie” Brazitis will begin as the City of Bothell’s new Assistant City Manager on Dec. 28, 2017.  Brazitis has more than 11 years of experience in municipal management and public affairs.  As Assistant City Manager, Brazitis will lead the City’s economic development efforts, manage organizational and cross-departmental projects and oversee a staff of three. The Assistant City Manager serves as City Manager Jennifer Phillips’ “right hand” and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
 
Welcome Mathew Pruitt
Mathew Pruitt, a Kirkland resident with nearly 14 years of experience in human resources at a variety of levels of government, will become the City of Bothell’s new Human Resources Director effective Dec. 27. Pruitt will oversee the City of Bothell’s four-member Human Resources Department, providing centralized oversight and administration of City compensation and benefits, employment policies and procedures, and collective bargaining agreements.

Northshore School District November 27th meeting

  • Written by David B. Clark

The Northshore School district had a general meeting Monday, November 27. The entirety of the Action Items that demanded attention were all concerning policies. Though all of the policies presented were passed unanimously, the board detailed what these policies contained and their thought processes on both the new Technology policy and a Website Accessibility policy. The former, among other particulars, states that the Superintendent shall not fail to “provide a comprehensive, forward-thinking, data-driven instructional technology plan that directs the priorities and outcomes for the expenditure of technology resources.” The latter focused on the district’s website and its accessibility for people with disabilities or individuals whom English is not their first language. One board member commented that as technology advances, so will the website. Quick and user-friendly translation applications   could   be   utilized to provide information to parents that speak English as a second or even third language.

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