APRIL 21, 1997
Woodinville City Council notes
by Andrew Walgamott, staff reporter
Public/private partnerships for saving historic buildings were examined at last week's City Council meeting. With results from a recent telephone survey suggesting the public is interested in saving the downtown Sorenson complex and using it as a civic center, and a purchase-option for the site looming in the next year, the council viewed a slide show outlining how Issaquah, the Issaquah Historical Society, and local citizens and businesses teamed up to purchase, preserve, and renovate landmark buildings in Issaquah.
Phyllis Keller, president of the Woodinville Historical Society, said it was possible to save the old brick Sorenson Schoolhouse fronting NE 175th Street, and that tearing the building down was an unacceptable option to the Society. Keller was eager to begin. "If you let us work with staff, we'll start tomorrow," she said.
Councilmember Scott Hageman hoped the Historical Society would keep in touch with the council. "Personally, I would like to see this building preserved," Hageman said.
Public Services Administrator Ron Cameron gave an update on adjustments to the Capital Improvement Plan that would free up funds for the purchase of Sorenson. The proposed April 1997 CIP update, meant as a working tool, shows city funding for projects being reduced by nearly $2 million over the next six years. Parks and Recreation budget would lose $280,000 over the six years.
Councilmember Barbara Solberg expressed concern about what programs were going to be affected by the marshaling of money. "I am cautious of what we take money away from to do that," Solberg said. "I would not like us to abandon our plan to acquire land for neighborhood parks."
Shirley Marroquin, an environmental planning supervisor with King County Wastewater Treatment Division, briefed the Council on the Regional Wastewater Services Plan, a long-term waste-water plan for pipeline and treatment plant options.
Passed at Council
A revised contract with Total Landscape Corporation was passed. The contract includes a 3.5 percent cost of living increase and care of the Woodinville Heights Neighborhood Park and Waterford Park.
The Vineyards plat was approved. The 26-lot, single-family subdivision is located south of State Route 202 and 127th Place NE on 16.23 acres, of which 2.92 acres are buildable. The remainder is Native Growth Protection Easements and water detention.
Also given the go-ahead was street lighting along 124th Avenue NE between NE 149th Street and NE 160th Street. Twenty-two sodium vapor 150-watt lights will be placed along the street using existing poles, according to Public Services Administrator, Ron Cameron.
Certificates of appreciation were handed out to local business, organizations, and people for their participation in Celebrate Woodinville '97 at the meeting, as well. Recognized were: Sgt. Rich Krogh, Woodinville Police; King County Police Explorer Post #306; King County Police Reserves; Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District, Fire Explorer Post #2144; Patrick Culnane, High-Q Bakery of Woodinville; Glen Kelly, parade organizer; Patti and Gary Greene, Basset Bash; Grant Davidson, Farmer's Market; Woodinville High School DECA club, Jerry Drinkwine and Glenda Mitchell, Kiwanis Builder's Club, Leota Jr. High; Marc Antoncich, Sammamish Sweepers, Inc., Carol Edwards, Woodinville Weekly; Jim Habertztle, T.R. Zetco Packaging & Paper of Woodinville; Kent Johnson, Silent Partner, Woodinville; Nadine Worden, Northshore School District; Waste Management, Inc., King County Division; Waste Management Northwest; Tom Foster; Kathy Pugh; Bobbie and Roger Rettig; City Councilmembers; Parks & Recreation Commission, Wilmot Gateway Park Committee; and city staff from the Executive, Administrative, Planning, Building, Public, and Parks & Recreation departments.