December 2017 E-Newsletter

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Hai Nguyen stopped by Log Boom Park during his commute.

Kenmore City Councilmembers

Thank you to Councilmembers Lauri Sperry and Allan Van Ness

At the November 27 meeting, Deputy Mayor Allan Van Ness and City Councilmember Laurie Sperry were recognized for their combined 20 years of service on the Kenmore City Council. Both Dr. Van Ness and Ms. Sperry began their terms as Council members on January 1, 2006 and will end their terms on December 31, 2017. 

During their tenure, Dr. Van Ness and Ms. Sperry have worked with fellow Council members and city staff with achievements such as:

  • Downtown Kenmore redevelopment
  • SR 522 multi-modal corridor improvements
  • Adopting of numerous policies, ordinances, and initiatives including the Complete Streets Policy and Target Zero Initiative
  • Improving recreation and waterfront access opportunities through the Walkways and Waterways Ballot Measure
  • The Shoreline Master Program, and Critical Area Regulations
  • Streamlining development regulations
  • Affordable Housing strategies
  • Prudent financial decisions which contribute to the City receiving AAA Bond rating
  • Design and construction of Kenmore's LEED Gold City Hall
  • Implementing over 90 Neighborhood Transportation Plan Program projects
  • The Swamp Creek flood reduction project
  • Various infrastructure projects including asphalt overlays, fish-passable culverts, playground improvements, and sidewalk completions and improvements, and much more.

Deputy Mayor Dr. Van Ness and Councilmember Ms. Sperry have served on various regional committees representing the City of Kenmore. Dr. Van Ness has served as the Chair of the Eastside Transportation Partnership, and Ms. Sperry has served on the Kenmore King County Library System Advisory Board. 

We are grateful to have had these dedicated community members represent our City and wish them a successful future.


Food bank

Help Kenmore Residents in Need This Season

The City of Kenmore is partnering with the Cedar Park Northshore Church Food Bank this holiday season. Now through Friday, December 8, you can donate any nonperishable food items at Kenmore City Hall during business hours. All donations will go directly to those in need in the Kenmore community.

For a list of requested food items, visit the Food Bank's website at


City Hall Now Accepts Credit Cards

As of this week, the City of Kenmore is accepting credit card payments for over-the-counter transactions. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Cards will be accepted.

Credit cards
Recycling guide

Five Ways to Be More Environmentally Friendly This Holiday Season:

  1. Enjoy that Holiday latte, just remember, your cup should be Empty, Clean and Dry before you toss it in the recycling container.
  2. Shipping gifts? Reuse last year’s bubble wrap and foam packing, or try using shredded paper instead.
  3. When giving gifts, commit to reusing laminated bag, but it’s okay recycle the paper ones.
  4. After opening gifts, remember to recycle wrapping paper – even the sparkly stuff – but save or trash the ribbons and bows. And don’t forget, Styrofoam packaging is not recyclable. Reuse or trash it.
  5. If Santa brings you a new device, make sure your old phone or tablet does not get tossed in with the recycling. 

    For more information, visit


    Babies of Homelessness

    Babies of Homelessness Drive at Northshore Fire Department

    Now through December 11, the Northshore Fire Department will be a drop-off site for a diaper, formula and wipes drive. This drive will benefit the non-profit organization Babies of Homelessness, based in Bothell. For more information, visit


    Holiday safety

    Enjoy a Safe Holiday Season

    Holiday season is here: The time when families gather, parties are scheduled and travel times spike. Holiday safety is extremely important to consider in and outside of the home. By taking some basic precautions, you and your loved ones can remain safe and injury-free throughout the season.

    Candles and Fireplaces
    The National Fire Protection Association reports that 12% of home candle fires occur in December.

    • Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
    • Keep candles out of children's reach
    • Make sure candles are on stable surfaces
    • Do not burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items
    • Do not burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace
    • Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year

    Traveling for the Holidays? Be Safe
    Many people choose to travel during the holidays by automobile. Driving has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation. In 2014, alcohol-impaired fatalities represented 31% of the total traffic fatalities.

    • Use a designated driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday party
    • Make sure every person in the vehicle is buckled up no matter how long or short the distance being traveled
    • Put the cell phone away; distracted driving causes one-quarter of all crashes
    • Make sure the vehicle is properly maintained, and keep an emergency kit with you

    To further learn about holiday safety tips, visit