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New council member and much, much more

  • Written by David B. Clark
The Woodinville City Council met for their sole meeting this month on August 7. The evening consisted of a completely stacked agenda that was slotted to keep councilmembers and staff over five hours. This was due to an August recess without meetings throughout the rest of the month, selecting a new councilmember, and numerous other Business Items. Mayor Evans began to approve the agenda in order and content but did not get far.
 
Councilmember Boundy-Sanders said, “I don’t know if I’m completely comfortable with the review of 2018-2019 Council Assignments.” These assignments are filled by councilmembers who then report to different boards across the region to serve as a voice for Woodinvillle. Council was looking to review and amend its 2018-2019 Councilmember Assignments to fill any vacancies due to previous Mayor Bernie Talmas’ resignation. The newly elected councilmember in Position 7 was to have some of these assignments and for others to be distributed throughout the current council. These assignments have a backup appointee through an already designated Alternate who would rise to the primary position given a sudden change, like Talmas’ exit from council. Typically, these assignments last one year.
 
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$5 million available to help customers pay their bills

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

More than $5 million dollars are still available to help income-eligible Puget Sound Energy customers pay their energy bills. The financial assistance comes from PSE’s Home Energy Lifeline Program (HELP) to eligible customers in Island, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Lewis, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom counties who need assistance paying their PSE electric and natural gas bills.
Since the start of the year, 31,000 PSE customers have received a total of $13.8 million through PSE’s HELP.

“This assistance is available for customers who may need it, and we want to make sure they know about it,” said Greg Zeller, PSE director of Customer Care. “We are encouraging anyone who is income-eligible to contact their community agency to apply for this available assistance; they are expecting you.”

The 11 regional community action agencies that process bill-payment assistance applications for PSE customers report they are ready to help thousands of additional households throughout the summer. Depending on income and household size, a qualified PSE customer can receive up to $1,000 in PSE utility-bill credits.

To make an appointment to ask for HELP assistance, PSE customers can find the community-action agency nearest them by calling 1-866-223-5425 or viewing a list of agencies on pse.com/assistance.

Northshore School District names new Bothell High School principal

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Juan Price has been named principal of Bothell High School, effective immediately. Price is very familiar with the Bothell High community, as he has served as assistant principal at the school for the past school year. He replaces Bob Stewart, who announced his retirement in June.

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Puget Sound Waste Monitor Presentation

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Ever wonder who is watching the water flowing into Puget Sound? Since 1984 Puget Soundkeeper has been patrolling our waterways, taking legal action when needed, removing waste, and facilitating development of treatment plants.

On Thursday, August 23rd at 10:15 a.m., marine toxicologist Connie Sulllivan will explain Soundkeeper’s role in keeping our waters safe. The talk will be at Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive in Bothell. There is no fee and all are welcome.

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