UPDATED: Join us at the "State of the City" address, Upcoming Council Items, and Help our Orcas!

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this week in kirkland

May 16, 2019

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What's Coming up at City Council

City Council

The Kirkland City Council will hold its next regular business meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21. In advance of the official agenda, which will be available in its entirety on the City website later this week, here are a few notable items slated for discussion:

Integrated Pest Management

A 6 p.m. study session on the City’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach precedes the regular business meeting. This is an opportunity for the Council to get an update on the IPM, an adaptive approach employed by City staff to control pests such as insects, rodents, weeds and plant diseases. The public is welcome to attend, however public comment is not received during study sessions. Members of the public who wish to give public comment can do so during the regular business meeting.

Parks Maintenance Center Bid Award

The Council is slated to award the bid for the renovation of the City’s new 25,000-square foot Parks Maintenance Center, located at 12006 120th Pl. N.E. (formerly Office Max) in Totem Lake. The official project “Ground Breaking” celebration takes place 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, and the community is invited! Stop by to hear a few words from Mayor Penny Sweet, view the site plan and learn more about the benefits of the project. Refreshments will be available!

Kirkland Rotary Historic Depot Site Project

The Council will receive a briefing on about the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) Historic Depot Site Project, which is being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kirkland. This project brings history to life by enhancing the site of the City’s original Northern Pacific Railroad station, which was located on Railroad Avenue near Kirkland Avenue. The Council will view three options for the Rotary’s proposed “CKC Central Station Picnic Pavilion,” and will discuss contributing to the project. More details will be available on the City website once the Tuesday, May 21 agenda is published.     

Join us for "The State of the City" address

Mayor Penny Sweet

The City of Kirkland and the Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods (KAN) is pleased to invite you to “The State of the City” address. Join us for an evening with Mayor Penny Sweet and City Manager Kurt Triplett  on June 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Peter Kirk Room at Kirkland City Hall. You'll have the opportunity to hear about the latest updates on the City Council’s Work Program for 2019-2020. After the presentation, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a dialogue with the Mayor and the City Manager.  

Some major initiatives that will be discussed include:

  • Implementation of Prop 1 “Enhanced Police Services and Community Safety” measure
  • Construction and operation of a permanent shelter for women and families with children
  • Developing Safer Routes to School Action Plans for each public elementary, middle, and high school in Kirkland
  • Construction of the Totem Lake Connector and other investments in Totem Lake and 85th St/I-405 Corridor
  • Adopting a Sustainability Master Plan

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about what’s happening throughout our City!

For more information about the event, please contact Neighborhood Services Outreach Coordinator David Wolbrecht at dwolbrecht@kirklandwa.gov or 425-587-3011.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of the City of Kirkland should contact the ADA Coordinator, Chris Thomas (ADACoordinator@kirklandwa.gov), Director of Human Resources (425-587-3210), as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

NOTE: This presentation, including any “Question and Answer” session, may be videotaped and aired on the City’s K-GOV channel (Comcast Channel 21/Frontier Channel 31), the City’s social media accounts, as well as posted to the Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhood webpage and the City’s On-Demand webpage.

Orca Health Starts Here!

Did you know that everyday pollutants like car leaks, yard chemicals and pet waste do not only impact Kirkland’s local waterways but also Lake Washington and even Puget Sound? Anything that goes into a storm drain in your neighborhood goes straight to nearby waterways without treatment. We can help solve this problem by taking small actions to cut our personal pollution.

The City of Kirkland is participating in Puget Sound Starts Here Month, and this year's theme is Orca Health Starts Here! This month-long initiative highlights that clean water and good habitat is essential for orca recovery. 

Throughout the month we will be posting #OrcaHeros on our Facebook page. An #OrcaHero is an individual or group who consistently takes actions to prevent stormwater pollution. Actions can range from something as simple as picking up after your dog, to installing a rain garden on your property, to reducing plastic waste at your business. Nominate an #OrcaHero by sharing the following information on your Facebook page:  

  • Nominee’s name (person or organization)
  • Tag @Kirkland, WA-Government (https://www.facebook.com/kirklandwa.gov/)
  • Reason for recognizing: Tell us what your hero does to prevent stormwater pollution and help our Southern Resident orcas?
  • With your hero’s permission, include a photo of them doing their orca heroics.

If they qualify, we'll feature your nominated heroes on our Facebook page, and Puget Sound Starts Here will feature selected heroes on its Facebook page all month. 


Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Starts Here

Bike Everywhere Day is this Friday, May 17

Join us this Friday for the annual Bike Everywhere Day. Thousands of people on two wheels will pack the streets. Smiles, waves and the friendly ring of bike bells will fill the air. No matter where you commute, you won't be riding alone on Bike Everywhere Day. It's a great day to ride for the first time, because no matter where you're riding from, you'll be in good company.

Celebration stations and experienced riders along major routes will ensure that encouragement, support, and fun are never in short supply. Find a Celebration Station on the Cascade Bicycle Club website. There will be Celebration Stations in Kirkland at Marina Park, hosted by the City of Kirkland, on the CKC, hosted by Transpo, and at Google Kirkland. 

Bike Everywhere Day

Upcoming Events

Hands-on Natural Garden Care  

Hands-on Natural Yard and Lawn Care

McAuliffe Park

Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Join City of Kirkland and Tilth Alliance for a hands-on exploration of yard care tools and techniques. Here’s your opportunity to learn about lawn care, explore potential alternatives lawn, get the “dirt” on soil - and get your questions answered by the experts. This class features a short lecture, garden tour and hands-on outdoor activities. Please dress for the weather.

Tricky Recycling Event  

Recycle Tricky Items at May 18 Special Recycling Collection Event

Lake Washington Institute of Technology, South Parking Lot (11605 132nd Ave NE, use campus entrance at 132nd Ave NE).

Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Recycle items that have limited year-round recycling options at this special twice-yearly event. Some items are collected for free while others have a pass-through fee. Accepted items include mattresses, bulky wood, scrap metal, refrigerators, tires, toilets and more (pdf). New this year, latex paint will be accepted for a small per-can fee. All items collected at the event are recycled. Contact Kirkland’s Recycling Hotline with questions at recycle@kirklandwa.gov.

Free shredding is also available. Each household can bring up to four file-sized boxes (or equivalent) of material to be shredded. Shredding is completed by Confidential Data Disposal on site on the day of the event.

Edith Moulton volunteer  

Natural Area Volunteers needed this week!

Saturday May 18th at Rose Hill Meadows Park, Edith Moulton Park, and O.O. Denny Park

Sunday May 19th at Juanita Open Space #4 (North Juanita Neighborhood)

Saturday May 25th at Josten Park or Juanita Bay Park

Join Green Kirkland Partnership under the refreshing forest canopy for a day of volunteer environmental service in a park near you!

Green Kirkland needs your help to prepare new tree plantings for the hot, dry summer in our natural areas. With the shrubs in flower and leaves out on the trees, it’s a magical time of year to enjoy your local forest and lend a helping hand!

All tools, gloves and training are provided.

Visit www.greenkirkland.org to register to volunteer and for more information on all upcoming events

Paws for a Cause  

Paws for a Cause

Juanita Beach Park

Saturday, May 18

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Join City staff at Paws for a Cause this Saturday. Animal Services will be onsite to help you license your pet. 

This event will include a 5K Fun Walk that will potentially impact traffic. More information on the course route is available on the City website. 

CKC Volunteers  

Help Remove Invasive Plants on the Cross Kirkland Corridor 

NE 68th St on the CKC

Monday, May 20, 9 - 11 a.m. 


What should you bring?​​

  • ​Water to drink (note that there are no bathrooms available)
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy traction boots or shoes (ground may be uneven or slippery)
  • Leather gloves if you have them (extras available)
  • Tools provided
  • Under 18 need signed parent permission (waiver form available at link below)

More info at https://ckcvolunteers.weebly.com/

Parks Logo  

Parks Maintenance Center "Groundbreaking"

12006 120th Pl NE, Kirkland, WA

Wednesday, May 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

In 2018, the City of Kirkland purchased the property at 12006 120th Pl NE (formally Office Max) to renovate into a new parks maintenance facility for the Parks and Community Services Department. The purchase came after extensive evaluation to identify a location that would allow Parks Maintenance to best serve the community. Over the past several years the City has searched for a facility that could meet the service needs of the larger community created by the 2011 annexation of North Juanita, Finn Hill, and Kingsgate. Through annexation the City added 154 acres of parks and open spaces, including 132nd Square park, OO Denny, and Edith Moulton Park.


Kirkland BizPrep Town Hall

Kirkland Performance Center

Tuesday, May 28, 6 - 8:30 p.m. 

Disasters happen. Is your business ready? The Kirkland Chamber of Commerce and Kirkland Office of Emergency Management are partnering to host BizPrep, a business preparedness town hall. Come learn about the tools you need to get your business prepared for just about anything. This town hall will feature a case study and business lessons learned from the 2016 Downtown Bothell Fire as well as a panel providing action items business owners, operators, and leaders can do to help their business weather an emergency incident. Topics will include disaster preparedness, cyber resiliency, and legal and insurance considerations. RSVP online.