Northwest NEWS

January 24, 2000

Local News

Briefs

City seeks public comment

   In the midst of prioritizing some 40 projects under their 2001-2006 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), the City of Woodinville requests public input on parks, roads, and habitat enhancement projects.

   The City reviews and updates the CIP annually, with new projects added and priorities adjusted based on current needs. The Woodinville community can learn and comment on the City's proposed projects and suggest additional projects for consideration. In February, staff from the Executive, Finance, Public Works and Parks departments will review the proposed projects and evaluate them based on criteria set by the City Council. A draft CIP will be published for comment in March.

   Upcoming chances to review the CIP and submit public comments include: an Open House at City Hall in May; a Public Hearing at a Planning Commission in May; and during several Council meetings in May and June. The complete list of projects is available for scrutiny at the city's website, www.woodinville-city.com, as of Jan. 24.

Stimson Lane in joint venture with Australians

   Stimson Lane, owner of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Crest, is forming a joint venture with Petaluma Vineyards, one of Australia's premium wine makers. The joint venture has also agreed to purchase 100 percent of the Bridgewater Mill vineyard facility and brands from Petaluma.

   Stimson Lane President/CEO Allen Shoup and Petaluma's Executive Chairman Brian Croser announced on that the two companies will market under the Petaluma umbrella in North America, Australia, and other world markets. Stimson Lane will become the exclusive marketer of all Petaluma and Bridgewater Mill wines in North America. The first vintages are expected for release in mid-2000.