May 18, 1998

Front Page

Kenmore's interim City Council gets to work

  by Andrew Walgamott
Staff reporter

   KENMORE--Just three days after being sworn in, Kenmore's newly elected interim City Council went to work. Six of the seven members met at the Northshore Fire District Station 51 May 11 to elect a mayor and pass a number of basic measures that allow the city to operate. Councilman Chip Davidson was absent and excused.
   The council's first official business was to elect a mayor. They chose Jack Crawford, a retired navy commander. Dick Taylor, a former principal, is deputy mayor. Both positions are largely ceremonial, though the mayor chairs the meetings. Taylor will fill in for Crawford when he isn't able to attend a meeting.
   Also, Councilman Steve Colwell was sworn into office. He was out of town May 8 when the rest of the council was sworn in.
   Among the resolutions and motions passed:
   * The council set Monday nights at 7 p.m. as their meeting time. They will hold regular sessions, where measures are voted upon, the first and third Mondays, and work sessions, elsewhere called study sessions, the second and fourth Mondays.
   * Meeting agendas will be posted in four places, including the future City Hall, the Northshore Fire District Station 51, 18030 73rd Ave. N.E., the Kenmore Library, 18138 73rd Ave. N.E., and the Kenmore Community Police Station and Boys and Girls Club, 15036 70th Ave. N.E.
   * The council chose Ogden Murphy Wallace as its legal counsel and Waldron Resources for interim management services.
   * The city entered into an agreement with the Washington Cities' Insurance Authority for insurance coverage.
   * The Northlake News was picked as the official city newspaper. The News is a sister publication of the Woodinville Weekly and the Valley View.
   One issue the council didn't settle at the meeting was where City Hall would be. They are awaiting further information from City Manager Steve Anderson before deciding. The council wrapped the night up at 9:10 p.m. to the applause of the ten or so who stuck around for the two hour meeting. The interim council will serve through 1999.
   (Jan Allot contributed to this report)