MAY 5, 1997

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Jessup speaks out at Woodinville Council meeting

council meeting by Andrew Walgamott, staff reporter
Mark Jessup, a Woodinville city councilmember from 1993 through 1995, addressed the current council during public comment at April 28 regular session. He spoke regarding the resignation of ex-city manager Joe Meneghini. Jessup said he was "baffled by what you've [the council] done and what you're doing."
   Reading from his notes, Jessup said, "In my opinion, you got off cheap. Joe Meneghini is a quality guy. I like him and I respect him. This council got lucky, in terms of what it cost financially to tip him over the side. But in my opinion, for what it lost, the community wasn't so lucky. Joe was worth keeping, and also worth fighting for. I'm disappointed in all of you.
   "Here you are, entering into a six month search for a replacement, and four of you are going to be immersed in re-election campaigns halfway through the process," said Jessup. "Someday when we are old and gray, I would really like to know why this was necessary. If I had occupied one of those chairs, a question would've been asked."
   In a telephone interview, Jessup said he had worked with five of the current councilmembers (Mayor Bob Miller, Deputy Mayor Don Brocha, and Councilmembers Lucy DeYoung, Marsha Engel, and Art Saulness) and knew the other two (Councilmembers Barbara Solberg and Scott Hageman) from community involvement. "I was down there doing something I didn't find enjoyable; putting it to the people I used to work with."
   The search for a new city manager is expected to take six months. Four council seats will be up in the fall election, including Mayor Bob Miller's, and those of Deputy Mayor Don Brocha, and Councilmembers Lucy DeYoung and Art Saulness.

New domestic violence law read at council session
   Ordinance 176, a new ordinance creating the crime of interfering with the reporting of domestic violence, was read at last week's Woodinville City Council meeting. The city is moving to adopt a statute created by the state legislature in 1996. The Woodinville Municipal Code would be amended to make a crime of preventing or attempting to prevent a victim or witness of domestic violence from calling 911, obtaining medical assistance, or making a report to the police. Persons convicted of this offense would receive the maximum penalty of a year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. Council will have a second reading of the ordinance in one week.

Approved at council
   Sensitive Areas Exceptions for those parts of Wilmot Gateway Park and the Woodinville Valley Trail lying within the 100 foot buffer of the Sammamish River were approved. A portion of the Wilmot Park can be developed for canoe launch, and abutments for a pedestrian/bike bridge over the river near NE 145th Street was given the go-ahead.
   Design engineering contracts were awarded to KPG, a consulting firm, for $49,422.70 for the designs and plan preparation of paving, widening, and left turn lanes along Woodinville-Duvall Road from 160th Avenue NE and 167th Avenue NE. Also, KPG will be paid $51,471.94 for preparing plans for pedestrian paths on each side of 156th Avenue NE from Woodinville-Duvall Road to NE 205th Street.
   Infinity Visions, Inc. will once again provide pyrotechnical services for Woodinville's Fourth of July celebration. The Bellevue Philharmonic Symphony will perform at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in conjunction with the city's celebrations.
   A professional services contract with Phil Kushlan and Roy Rainey was approved, 6-1, with the dissenting vote coming from Councilmember Art Saulness, who cast his vote with a resounding "No." Interim city manager Roy Rainey will be paid no more than $5,950 a month and will receive a $500-a-month housing stipend during his service. Phil Kushlan will be paid no more than $2,000 a month to oversee Rainey.

Admission taxes to be dedicated to parks
   During first reading of the proposed 5 percent admission tax, Councilmember Art Saulness moved that funds collected from the tax be dedicated to the Parks Capital Fund. The motion was approved by the full council. The tax would affect admission to any place, excluding elementary and secondary school activities. There will be a second reading May 12.