Northwest NEWS

December 20, 1999

Local News

City Council approves City Hall design

City Hall design

Northside view of the new Woodinville City Hall, a graphic artist's rendering of the design by Lewis Architects of Kirkland, was approved by the City Council on Dec. 13.

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--At their Dec. 13 meeting, the Woodinville City Council approved the final design schemes for the new City Hall submitted by Lewis Architects, and asked Lewis President Ross Jamieson, and Barry Quinn of the project management firm The RISE Group, to proceed with construction document development.

   The design approval marks the end of the project's planning and design phase. RISE and Lewis began fact-finding sessions with all the various city department staff members last spring to determine their projected space needs for the next 10 years. After Lewis submitted their facility needs plan, approved by the Council on July 26, they were asked to proceed with the design development phase. The Lewis-RISE design team made two interim presentations to the Council and one to the Planning Commission during the summer and fall.

   The design team hired an arborist to survey the most valuable existing trees on the three-acre building site. The City hired Bobby Wolford Trucking, Inc. to demolish three houses on the site in October and provide erosion control for the winter. That work was also approved by the Council last week.

   The construction phase of the new City Hall is due to begin next spring, with January of 2001 targeted for occupation.

   The Nov. 13 meeting also saw the Council give final approval on the Parks & Recreation Department's Sorenson Field Use Policies and adopt Ordinance Nos. 245 and 246.

   Following suggestions made by members of the Norhtshore Youth Soccer Association the week before, the Council and Parks staff revised their priority use levels to include students who attend schools attended by Woodinville students. Since teams are generally chosen according to school affiliation, the revision will include students whose addresses do not fall within the 98072 zip code area, as previously proposed.

   A complete list of the policies can be obtained from City Hall. Sorenson Field was closed for the season last week due to this fall's unusually heavy rainfall.

   Ordinance No. 245 formally adopted the previously approved 2000 budget, which set forth estimated revenues and appropriations, as detailed in the Weekly, Dec. 6. Ordinance 246 repealed Ordinance Nos. 199 and 221 and established a new benefits and classification pay range for city employees and their dependents.