Northwest NEWS

August 24, 1998

Front Page

Council adopts essential ordinances to become a city

   by Jack Rogers
   In a rapid-fire process, the Kenmore City Council put the finishing touches on essential ordinances and adopted them in preparation to become an official city Aug. 31.
   The Council, after reviewing policies and ordinances in a study session held a week earlier, adopted ordinances regulating building and construction standards, fire codes, permit fees, zoning densities, minimum lot sizes, road and bridge standards, mitigation and impact fees, enforcement of code violations, shoreline development, auditing procedures, city franchises, an adult entertainment moratorium, traffic law enforcement, speed limits and even the office hours of the new city hall.
   The Council was, for the most part, in unanimous agreement on adoption of ordinances. However, on ordinance 98-0027, dealing with planning policies, appointment of a hearing examiner and adoption of an interim comprehensive plan, Councilmember Chip Davidson was the lone dissenter. On one subsequent policy, 98-0028 dealing with adoption of the Shoreline Management Master Program for the city, Davidson chose to abstain. No explanations were given. All other votes were unanimous.
   The Council also adopted motions to appoint Dan Miller as the accounting technician for the city. Miller will make operational the necessary software to track all financial accounting transactions for Kenmore. Another motion authorized the Interim City Manager to enter into a contract with Kenyon Law Firm for prosecution services. All traffic and other code violations will be handled through Shoreline City District Court.
   Kenyon Law firm will represent Kenmore in all relevant cases. A third motion authorized the city manager to enter into a contract with King County Department of Development and Environmental Services. This will assist the city in developing building code permit processes. The final action taken by the Council was a motion to authorize the appointment of an acting City Manager for 90 days effective Aug. 31. The next official meeting of the Council will be on Aug. 31.