Decisions to be made
Among the issues the Fire District will be facing in the new year will be resolution of the site for the new downtown fire station, necessary for the expenditure of voter-approved bonds passed in 1993. The Board of Fire Commissioners elected in fall 1995 to purchase a three-acre parcel north of the South Bypass and inside the agricultural preservation district, for the siting of a downtown station.
But no action has taken place since early this year, when the board tabled the issue pending discussions with King County. Meanwhile, the local soccer association continues to eye the parcel, and with the support of King County Councilmember Louise Miller, sees it as an active recreation area adjacent to a community pea patch and model farm on the Zante property.
The district has also been threatened with a lawsuit by the Hollywood Hill Association, which has opposed development of the agricultural land, fearing a domino effect of urbanizing pressures.
To build a station, the Fire District would have to seek a conditional-use permit, though appeals of decisions and threats of litigation for years into the future have compelled the district to put their fate in King County's hands.
Strategic planning process begins
With the help of an outside consultant and nine local citizens, the Woodinville Fire District also recently began their process of strategic planning, identifying the strengths, weaknesses, and areas in which the department needs improvement.
Also being considered are a myriad of goals, programs, and philosophies, as well as the implementation of those ideas. A draft document is expected in late January.
In addition, Chief Smith is working to update the now-obsolete capital expenditure plan, which still showed construction of a downtown station in 1996.