Northwest NEWS

December 14, 1998

Front Page

Kenmore Council adopts 1999 budget

by John Phelps

   The Kenmore City Council held their regular meeting Dec. 7 at the Kenmore Fire Station. The budget for 1999 was adopted. The due dates on collecting gambling taxes were changed so they are consistent with other tax returns.

   The council voted to establish a Small Works Roster for Kenmore. This will give the city the capability to react to emergency road problems, as well as enable Kenmore to handle small projects quickly. The list of contractors and suppliers will be updated twice annually.

   The regular Council Meeting on Dec. 21 and the study session on Dec. 28 were canceled. Kenmore's Comprehensive Plan will be discussed on Thursday Jan. 7 at a special study session.

   Police Chief Cliff Sether presented a proposed criminal code for Kenmore based on Washington State requirements. The City Council will have a study session to discuss this on Jan. 18.

   Councilmember Chip Davidson reported on a hearing held by the Regional Water Quality Committee about the future changes and additions to the Regional Sewer System. There is a possibility under the changes proposed by King County Executive Ron Simms that Kenmore could have the third wastewater treatment plant located inside the city.

   The City Council sent a letter to Larry Phillips Chair of the Regional Water Quality Committee encouraging the Committee to consider Alternative Plan One, the expansion of the two existing plant sites and the construction of the second Kenmore trunk line. The existing trunk line is 31 years old and there is a danger of a break which would pour millions of gallons of sewage per day into Lake Washington. If the existing line breaks, there is no other way to move sewage from Kenmore to the West Point Treatment Plant.

   The Council then went into executive session to discuss property negotiations and possible litigation.