April 27, 1998

Local News

County residents may form advisory council

  by Woodinville Weekly staff

   COTTAGE LAKE--King County residents living between Woodinville and Duvall, and the Snohomish County line and N.E. 145th St. have been invited to discuss the formation of an unincorporated area council (UAC) April 30. The UAC would serve as a liason between the community and King County government. It would consist of volunteers from across the area. "The real opportunity here is a first-class method for getting citizens' needs and wants heard by the King County Council, and getting the County Council's wants and needs out to the population at large," Chuck Eberhart, a long-time area resident said.
   The meeting will be held at the Cottage Lake Elementary Gym, 15940 Avondale Road N.E. from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event is being sponsored by the Cottage Lake Area Council (CLAC) which has focused on Cottage Lake Park issues. UAC's are a product of then-King County Executive Gary Locke's 1995 Citizen Participation Insitiative. Five other councils have already been formed, mainly in the south end of the county.
   Nancy Stafford, CLAC president, has said all interested residents and business owners in the area are welcome to attend. Guest speakers include King County Executive Ron Sims and County Council Chair Louise Miller as well as officials from several other UAC's. Discussion items include drawing UAC boundaries, naming the group and developing bylaws. Previously Stafford noted that local issues such as water quality, traffic and public safety could be addressed through formation of a UAC. The Cottage Lake Community Service Center at the corner of Woodinville-Duvall Road and Avondale Road is another outgrowth of Locke's initiative.