Northwest NEWS

January 18, 1999

Front Page

Kenmore residents voice opinions at meeting

   by John Phelps

   Kenmore held its first City Council meeting of the year in Northshore Utility District's new meeting room at 6830 NE 185th Street. All City Council meetings, on the second and fourth Mondays, will be held there.

   Citizen comments included concerns about possible safety issues resulting from the reopening of Planned Parenthood's office in Kenmore. During citizen comments, Van Sperry presented the results of an informal poll conducted by a group of Kenmore residents who are opposed to the Planned Parenthood office. Of 966 people responding, 551 residents agreed with petitioning the City Council to review this matter and take appropriate action. Mr. Sperry expressed concern about the possibility of demonstrators and bomb scares in Kenmore.

   Dennis Trout observed, "I hope that citizens coming before the City Council will get a fair hearing." He added that he is concerned about future generations. He also stated that he was against a pornography shop operating in Kenmore and he had been surprised to learn that a family bowling alley, Kenmore Lanes, had gambling on their premises.

   Two public hearings were also on the agenda. The first was the proposed Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program, and the second was the proposed Capital Facilities Plan.

   The Council passed bills amending the Zoning Code and Interim Subdivision Regulations. They authorized the City Manager to hire Kato and Warren, Inc. to develop a Surface Water Management Strategy Plan for Swamp Creek. The hiring of Bucher, Wilis & Rattcliff for processing certain multi-family commercial land use permits was also approved.

   A motion establishing a 1999 Incorporation Celebration Committee was passed. The Council is looking for someone to chair that committee. The Study Session scheduled on Jan. 18 was rescheduled to Jan. 20.