The proposed Kenmore boundaries include the Snohomish County line (north), 55th Avenue NE/Lake Forest Park limits (west), St. Edward's Park and NE 145th Street (south), about 84th Avenue NE north of Bothell Way and the Bothell City limits south of Bothell Way (east).
Graphic by Earl Mewharter.
by Jeff Switzer
KENMORE--The cityhood petitions have hit the streets and the Citizens for the Incorporation of Kenmore have until September to collect 820 signatures--10 percent of the registered voters--to get the issue on the ballot, which is expected next spring.
"Our biggest mission is educating people on what a new city means," said Dave Maehren, co-chair of the incorporation committee.
Maehren said a city would give residents a focus and provide resources which are unavailable to independent groups. "Being a non-government group in a government world is tough," Maehren said.
The committee has upwards of 60 volunteers and signature gatherers and expects to have the requisite number of signatures for a vote by the end of May, though they will be collecting until they reach more than 50 percent.
"Last month, we had a lot of new volunteers who breathed a lot of new life into the cityhood drive," said Teresa Michelsen.
The signature gatherers are turning in their petitions weekly. They meet Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. at the Fire Station in Kenmore, NE 181st and 73rd Avenue NE, across from the police station.