News from the Metropolitan King County Council
by Councilmember Louise Miller, District 3
The winter of 1995-96, like so many winters previously, brought tremendous flooding in the Sammamish and Snoqualmie Valleys. As a result, I have been working with the King County Division of Surface Water Management in an effort to alert citizens to the services available to them if they are impacted by flood waters.
In conjunction with this office, SWM will be holding a Flood Preparedness Workshop Oct. 23 at Tolt Middle School from 7-9 p.m. My staff and I will be available to speak with you, and the government agencies which provide services to flood victims will be attending specifically to answer your questions and listen to your feedback.
Just a few of the topics to be discussed include strategies for floodproofing your home, relocating, home elevation, and taking advantage of disaster assistance programs. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact my legislative aide, Paula Adams, at 296-0308.
In another effort designed to bring citizens closer to government, the Metropolitan King County Council has begun broadcasting council and committee meetings through a government access cable television channel.
Depending on where you live, you will find our broadcasts on channel 55 or 59. With this technology, citizens throughout the county will have convenient access to county government.
This should be especially helpful to citizens in rural areas, since they currently drive such a long distance to reach the King County Courthouse.
Council meetings will be broadcast live and then repeated between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Monday nights and again on Tuesday mornings from 5 a.m. until 11 a.m. Many committee meetings are also taped and are broadcast throughout the week. In addition, the council will be broadcasting educational videos on subjects ranging from composting to public health.
Equipment for this project was purchased and installed with a $780,000 grant from TCI Cable. The grant was negotiated as part of the county's renewal of the TCI franchise. Operating expenses should be approximately $400,000 per year and, for the remainder of 1996, will be funded out of budget savings.