Northwest NEWS

September 28, 1998

Local News

Kenmore establishes utility tax, adopts official city flag

   by Tom Traeger
   Kenmore reporter

   In a meeting that included both business and ceremony, the Kenmore City Council took care of matters as the city settles into its official city status, as well as adopting the official city flag.
   Kenmore now has an official flag thanks to an official proclamation and a presentation by Rev. Leroy Anenson, designer of the flag.
   A bit of history was relived, for it was in 1980 that the then Kenmore Chamber of Commerce adopted the flag for the community. The flag will include the new city logo.
   Anenson said, "People are already calling to find out how they can get flags to display".
   In other ceremonial activity, Lake Forest Mayor David Hutchinson presented his city's proclamation which congratulates Kenmore on its new cityhood and pledges cooperation in areas of mutual interest.
   Also, the council declared the month of October to be Family Month.
   On its business agenda, the council adopted an ordinance establishing a utility tax of 1.5% to replace property tax reduction.
   The tax will be imposed on natural gas, electricity, and telephone charges paid by homeowners and businesses within the city. Interim Finance Director Bob Noack estimates that the tax will provide a revenue of approximately $177,000 for fiscal year 1999.
   In other action the council approved the city manager's entering into an interlocal agreement with the county for road maintenance services. The city will pay the county $445,000 for street maintenance and an additional $96,000 for traffic maintenance.
   The contract enables the city to avoid costly initial outlays for equipment and personnel. According to county representatives at the meeting, the contract will include services such as snow and ice removal, ditch cleaning, gutter repair and street paving and pothole repairs.
   In other business, Kenyon Law Firm was retained for city legal services with Mike Kenyon designated as city sttorney.
   Services will include drafting of city ordinances and agreements, representing the city in law matters and advising council and staff on legal business.
   The council will have a 7 p.m. study session on Monday, Sept. 28 at City Hall.