Northwest NEWS

October 5, 1998

Front Page

New home for Northshore Utility District

mural

Tom Traeger/staff photo

Pictured is one of the four murals on the west side of the new building depicting the various aspects of the agency: source, service, maintenance and community.The murals were painted by Bellingham artist, Lanny Little.

   by Tom Traeger
   Kenmore reporter

  
   The Northshore Utility District is consolidating its operations and moving to a new location. The new facility, located at 6830 NE 185th in Kenmore (next to Murphey's Auction), will allow the agency to have its engineering and business operations at one site.
  
   According to General Manager Ron Gehrke, this move culminates the consolidation of operations started in 1979 when the residents voted to merge the Northwest Lake Washington Sewer District and King County Water District 79.
  
   "Our ability to deliver services and provide a more efficient operation will be greatly enhanced," Gehrke said, adding that the new facility will not result in a rate hike. He pointed out that revenue from the liquidation of the current Kenmore location as well as satellite locations will go toward the cost of the new facility.
  
   The business office on Holmes Point Road in Kirkland closed last Friday and began the move to the new location.
  
   The engineering office, now located on 68th Ave. NE, just a few blocks from the new facility, will be moved by Oct. 9th.
  
   In addition to the office and engineering space, the new facility will include inside vehicle and equipment parking, as well as maintenance space.
  
   The mailing address remains the same: P.O. Box 82489, Kenmore WA 98028-2701.
  
   The phone number is 425-398-4400.