APRIL 28, 1997
Admission tax proposed at Woodinville Council session
by Andrew Walgamott, staff reporter
A proposed admission tax of up to 5 percent may be levied soon in Woodinville. The tax would affect admission charges to any place with the exception of activities at elementary and secondary schools, according to city documents.
As much as $100,000 in revenue could be collected from admission to movie theaters, one of which is planned for at the downtown TRF project, according to city documents.
Councilmember Barbara Solberg asked that the revenue be dedicated to the Parks and Recreation Department. "I think that parks and recreation are a very high priority in the Woodinville area. This seems like a reasonable and practical way to do that (provide money for parks)," she said later.
Councilmember Scott Hageman also suggested a portion of the proceeds be earmarked for trails.
Future engineering contracts for work on Woodinville-Duvall Road and N.E. 156th Street were examined. The city is looking to have an engineering bid plan package proposal for overlay, shoulder, drainage, and channelization work on Woodinville-Duvall Road between 160th Avenue NE and 167th Avenue NE.
The city will also ask for engineering plan bids on a pedestrian path/bike trail along 156th Avenue NE from Woodinville-Duvall Road to NE 205th Street. A design report evaluating build-out configurations of Woodinville-Duvall Road from the North Bypass to 156th Avenue NE was also looked at for award. The project may include a possible left turn lane at 152nd Avenue NE and two-lane westbound traffic from 156th Avenue NE.
The sign code issue was revisited. Staff brought a color pallet with dark shades of reds, browns, blues, grays, greens, and yellows. The shades are proposed for use on frames and backgrounds of signs. Lighter tones would be used for lettering.
Also discussed was the difference in signs between the retail core and industrial area.
"Industrial area [signs are] functional, not aesthetic. Retail [signs are] functional and aesthetic," said Councilmember Lucy DeYoung. She suggested a different sign code for the industrial areas along State Route 202 and in the industrial area near 144th Avenue NE. Political signs were discussed, as well. The sign code will come up again for discussion May 5.
Sensitive Areas Exceptions were discussed for the proposed Wilmot Gateway Park, and Woodinville Valley Trail bridge crossing the Sammamish slough near NE 145th Street. Parts of both projects are within the 100-foot buffer zone of the Sammamish River.
According to Stephanie Cleveland, project planner at the city, part of the sloping canoe launch area at Wilmot Park will be in the stream buffer, and abutments to the proposed bridge near NE 145th Street over the Sammamish will be in the floodplain.
The Hearing Examiner approved both projects with conditions that the city practice storm water control, not launch or moor motorized boats at Wilmot, and landscape with native, riparian plants in the stream buffer at the 145th bridge site.
"This is a very important piece of the permitting process because it allows us to move forward on other parts," said Parks Director Lane Youngblood. She added that it was important the city go through the same permitting process that private developers do.