Northwest NEWS

November 30, 1998

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Kenmore council studies streets, traffic

by John Phelps

   At the Nov. 23 Kenmore City Council study session, Steve Lewis of Bucher, Willis & Ratliff traffic consultants presented the updated draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which covers a six-year period ending in 2004. Approximately 30 projects are under consideration.

   Councilmember Davidson recommended that the staff search for all studies done on Kenmore streets by various government bodies to gather the underlying traffic details. Councilmember Taylor pointed out that the plan doesn't show details or what problems are to be solved and does not contain any line drawings.

   The current plan is based on the King County Transportation Needs Report, and many details are not included. Davidson suggested that Kenmore should develop its own priority of needs. The city staff will update the draft and send it to the council members by Dec. 7 so they may study it and develop their own priorities for the next study session.

   Changing the gambling tax ordinance to make payments due quarterly with due dates in line with other tax returns and adding a penalty for late payment was discussed and will come up for vote and the next regular meeting.

   The proposed 1999 overlay program was presented to the Council by assistant city manager Hawley Carter. Five and a half miles will cost the city $196,000.

   The Council discussed how the 1999 Celebrate Kenmore Celebration should be managed and asked staff to draw up a plan in which the City Council would establish a committee and appoint a chairperson and approve the scope of the celebration.

   The Council then went into Executive Session to discuss property negotiations.