APRIL 14, 1997

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City Council accepts Meneghini resignation

Roy Peterson

Roy Peterson, the city's interim public services administrator.
Photo by Andrew Walgamott/Northwest News.

City Council by Andrew Walgamott, staff reporter
The Woodinville City Council accepted the resignation of City Manager Joe Meneghini at its April 7 study session by a vote of 4-0, with councilmembers Art Saulness, Marsha Engel, and Barbara Solberg remaining silent during the vote.
   Mayor Bob Miller thanked Meneghini for his professionalism and hard work and said the city would be indebted to him for a long time. He said the city council and Meneghini had decided it was time for a change. Meneghini's resignation is effective April 18.
   Ex-Bellevue city manager Phil Kushlan, who was on hand to give an update on the King County Charter Review Commission, was asked how to proceed in the search for a new city manager. Kushlan suggested first selecting an interim city manager, then determining a recruitment process before making a decision.

Peterson named Honorary Citizen
   Mayor Miller proclaimed Interim Public Services Administrator Roy Peterson an honorary citizen of Woodinville for his work at the city, saying his expertise and experience in public services and his contributions to the program had been invaluable to the city. Peterson has said he will be retiring to a week of six Saturdays and a Sunday. He is the 4th honorary citizen of Woodinville.
   After the formal announcement that Woodinville had been named a Tree City USA, City Planner Joe Wallis said four highway signs would be posted on the main entryways into the city with that proclamation. He credited the Tree Board and the support of the council for the honor.
   As Roy Peterson's last act before the council, he gave a rundown on the Brittany Park drainage agreement between the city and Leisure Care. City staff, consultants, and Leisure Care engineers have designed a 42" culvert that will treat and drain storm water from the Leisure Care development, the 3.1-acre downtown city-owned site, and the Sorenson Complex and 175th Street Station, and provide overflow relief for Tributary 87.
   Total cost of the project is more than $340,000, of which the city is responsible for $278,657. Allocation of costs was based on flow contributions, tributaries, and the different lengths of pipe involved, according to Peterson.
   "For the $278,657, we should have relieved flooding of NE 171st Street. Instead of flooding the street, the water will hit a bypass to the river (Sammamish)," Peterson said. The project should be completed by the end of May.