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Road Open House

   The King County Road Services Division will hold an open house from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Aug. 26, at Emily Dickinson Elementary School to familiarize residents with plans to improve the intersection of Union Hill Road and 208th Avenue NE.
   Improvements to the intersection will include the addition of left turn lanes on Union Hill Road and 208th Avenue NE. The county also plans to install a vehicle and pedestrian signal at the intersection. The cost of the improvements is estimated at $275,000, but is expected to improve traffic flow and enhance safety at the intersection. The project is expected to be constructed next spring.
   Emily Dickinson School is located at the intersections of Union Hill Road and 208th Avenue NE. For more information, call Linda Smith at 296-6596.

Brief power outage in Woodinville

   A little touch of wind and a broken limb falling on a power line were the culprits in last Wednesday's power outage which left 1,223 without electricity for an hour and 45 minutes. The limb fell in the 18400 block of Woodinville-Duvall Road. Puget Power crews were able to restore power at 8:15 p.m.

Property tax

   The Metropolitan King County Council's Budget and Fiscal Management Committee will hold a public hearing Aug. 21 to get public input on a proposal that would eliminate automatic approvals of maximum property tax increases. The hearing will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Shoreline Senior Center, 18560 First Ave. NE, Shoreline.

Public comment invited

   Three King County departments are requesting the public's input in constructing their mission statements. The Departments of Public Health, Public Safety, and Transportation are the first to participate in this countywide project to develop county performance. These statements will be used to direct the future of each department. For the exact wording of the statements or more information, call 684-1414.