May 25, 1998
Kenmore City Council's second meeting produces proclamation and resolutions
by Tom Traeger
In only its second official meeting since being sworn in, the new Kenmore City Council began to wade into the myriad of documents and legal requirements necessary for the establishment of the new city. The new council consists of interim Mayor Jack Crawford and council members Deborah Chase, Steve Colwell, Chip Davidson, Tika Esler, Elodie Morse and Dick Taylor.
Mayor Crawford's first order of business for the council was an update by City Manager Steve Anderson on negotiations underway for an interim City Hall. Although he was not at liberty to give the specific location, he assured the council and community members present that the facility meets the criteria established both for interior space, parking and public access.
Two resolutions were passed. The first was a proclamation to the Kenmore Incorporation Committee expressing appreciation for the time and effort in the birth of the new city. The second resolution focused on the provision for legal representation for conduct, acts, and omissions on the part of council members serving on behalf of the city. Finance Director Robert Noack presented resolutions and ordinances necessary to take the new city through the initial stages leading to official incorporation. The documents which will be officially voted on at the June 1 meeting dealt with official date of incorporation (August 31), establishment of a bank account for council business, payment of mayor/council salaries, petty cash fund and a provision for the new city to be eligible to receive its share of current state and county taxes.
The last agenda item dealt with the important area of land use and management. Greg Dohrn, community development director, addressed a concern expressed by some residents at the first meeting regarding a proposed development on NE 171st Street. He assured everyone that it is being monitored and the council will be kept apprised. He reminded the council that the Lakepointe project will be given considerable time for discussion at the June 8 meeting with an update on the latest information in regard to the development.
The next work session will be May 28. The next council meeting will be Monday, June 1 at the Northshore Fire Station located at 18030 73rd Ave. NE in Kenmore.