Northwest NEWS

December 21, 1998

Local News


Council approves new manager's contract

   WOODINVILLE--Recognizing that it might be an "economic hardship" to live within the city limits, residency requirements were waived for Woodinville's new city manager, providing he doesn't have to commute more than 30 minutes to get to work.

   A contract approved by the City Council last week also says Pete Rose, who begins work January 4, will be paid just over $80,000 per year, and will be entitled to reimbursement for moving and relocation expenses. Rose is coming to Woodinville from Medical Lake near Spokane.

   "Let's face it, it's expensive to live in the City of Woodinville. Housing prices are high," said Mayor Don Brocha. But he said that Rose told him that he'd like to live in the city. Under the Revised Codes of Washington, a city manager must live in the city they are administering, though a city council can waive the requirement.

   Among other job requirements, Rose is expected to attend all council meetings, participate in local and regional groups whose actions may affect Woodinville, direct city staff, and develop and oversee implementation of city policies.

Police to begin enforcing false alarm laws

   WOODINVILLE--City officials are reminding those who live and work in Woodinville with burglar alarms that they are about to start enforcing an ordinance that could lead to fines for excessive false alarms.

   Residents and business owners will begin receiving information about the new regulations through the Chamber of Commerce or via direct mail, according to a city press release.

   "We are not seeking to fine violators, but to educate them on the new regulations and be available for assistance so that the number of false alarms can be reduced," said Marie Stake, community services coordinator.

   According to Police Chief Ken Wardstrom, there are about 82 false alarms a month, which take police away from other duties. He said that false alarms can be reduced by proper instruction and maintenance of the alarm system.

   Businesses with more than two false alarms and homeowners with more than three over a rolling six-month period will be subject to fines.

Sheriff's deputy available at Cottage Lake

   COTTAGE LAKE--Have a problem or question and want to talk to a police officer about it, but don't want to drive all the way to a precinct or call headquarters to do so? Now Northshore and Lower Snoqualmie Valley residents can catch Deputy Mark Orendorff of the King County Sheriff's Office at the Cottage Lake Community Service Center.

   Orendorff, an 18-year police veteran and resident of the area, will be available five days a week at the center, either in person or reachable through voice mail.

   "He's out there to bring the police department closer to the community, to identify their needs and concerns, and act as a liaison," said Major Robin Fenton. It's part of an effort to bring county services closer to the population.

   Besides a chance to chat with police, citizens can also apply for wedding licenses, find METRO bus schedules, business and pet license forms, register to vote, pick up brochures on county services, and pay their property taxes there.

   The service center, open since July 1997, is located on the southwest corner of Woodinville-Duvall Road and Avondale Road across from the Cottage Lake Safeway. Orendorff can be reached at (206) 296-5020, or by voice mail at (206) 205-1865.

Sims proposes stronger farmland protection

   SEATTLE--King County Executive Ron Sims proposed a change to county policy last week that would keep over 42,000 acres of designated farmlands unincorporated and under protection of King County.

   The change mainly applies to the Green River Agricultural Production District that was to be divided up between the cities of Kent and Auburn, according to county officials, but also applies to the upper Sammamish Valley APD just south of the Woodinville city limits.

   APDs can be annexed via interlocal agreements, but Sims' proposal would eliminate that as an option.

   Woodinville's Planning Director Ray Sturtz said the city isn't anxious to nor does it have plans to annex into the Sammamish Valley APD. For the city to do so, the county would have to loop the urban growth line around it.

   Sims will send his proposed policy to the County Council for consideration during the Comprehensive Plan amendment process early next year.

Schmidt joins Appropriations Committee

   Rep. Dave Schmidt, R-Bothell, will serve on three House committees in the upcoming biennium. Committee assignments were issued yesterday by House Speaker Clyde Ballard, R-Wenatchee.

   Schmidt, now entering his third term in the Legislature, will serve as vice-chair of the House Appropriations Committee. His other assignments are the Education Committee and the State Government Committee.