Northwest NEWS

June 8, 1998

Front Page

Kenmore City Council finds a place they can call home

   by Tom Traeger
   Kenmore staff reporter


Tom Traeger/staff photo

Kenmore Mayor Jack Crawford shows his 'hands on' administrative style while sprucing up the new city hall with a coat of paint. The work party also included his wife, Char, and other council members.

   For a few weeks now, Kenmore has been a city without a City Hall. But no more. On City Manager Steve Anderson's recommendation, the council approved moving into a 1,500-square-foot vacant office space located in the Kenmore Village between Top Cleaners and a Tae Kwon Do gym June 1.
   Located at 6524 N.E. 181st St., City Hall won't be open for business until later this month, but last week, city officials painted the office and outfitted it with furniture. A lease agreement, effective June 1, lasts until September 15 with an option to renew. Mayor Jack Crawford expressed the sentiment of the council when he said, "After doing business out of boxes and our cars, council and staff will welcome a place to call home."
   The fast pace at which the newly forming city is moving was evident in the passage of a number of ordinances and resolutions discussed at the June 1 meeting. They included provisions for legal representation, establishment of a bank account, collection of real estate and excise taxes currently collected by county and state as well as the establishment of a line of credit. The tax anticipation note will provide a line of credit of $750,000 allowing the city to do business prior to the receiving of sufficient revenue. It is anticipated that by November it will no longer be necessary to tap into this source of funding. Also, the incorporation date has been set for August 31, when Kenmore officially becomes a city.
   The last agenda item ran counter to the fast pace of other business. It was a move aimed at "slowing down," specifically in the area of land use. Councilwoman Deborah Chase introduced a resolution which called for a moratorium on King County's acceptance of applications for subdivisions, short plats, and rezones within the boundaries of the city. Chase said she felt that the new council needs time to review land use issues and that the current pace of permit issuance does not allow that to happen. Greg Dohrn, community development director, pointed to some key language in the resolution which states, "This moratorium is necessary in order to assure that land-use controls of the city will not be rendered ineffective due to the applications for subdivisions, short subdivisions, and rezones during this interim period." After considerable discussion which included consideration of more extensive provisions, the council unanimously passed the resolution as presented.
   The council will have study sessions on June 8 and 11, with the next official council business meeting scheduled for June 15. The June 8 study meeting will be devoted primarily to the LakePointe project. All meetings are held at the Kenmore Fire Station located at 18030 73rd Ave. N.E. The public is welcome to attend.