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June 10, 2020

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Coming up at Council

City Council

The Kirkland City Council’s next “virtual” meeting takes place Tuesday, June 16. The meeting uses video conferencing technology provided by Zoom in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. The regular business meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and is preceded by a 5:30 p.m. study session.

The agenda for the June 16 meeting will be available on the City website prior to the meeting at: Kirkland City Council agendas. The meeting can be viewed in real time via the live stream on the City website at: and is televised on Comcast Cable Channel 21 and Frontier Cable Channel 31.

Here are a few highlights from the upcoming meeting:

Juneteenth Proclamation

During their June 16 meeting, the City Council will proclaim June 19, 2020 as Juneteenth in Kirkland.  Juneteenth recognizes and commemorates the day of June 19, 1865, when enslaved African-Americans in Texas were informed by Major General Gordon Granger that they were “free,” ending 246 years of chattel slavery. The proclamation states that despite that over 155 years have passed since chattel slavery was officially ended in the United States, people of African descent continue to have to fight to dismantle anti-black systems and policies of oppression in our country. The City of Kirkland reaffirms our strong commitment to doing the hard and necessary work to fight injustice and transform our country into one that is more equitable for all.

Fire & Emergency Medical Services 2020 Ballot Measure

For the last six months, the City has been investigating the possibility of two potential November Emergency Medical Services ballot measures. After receiving results of two surveys (available on our website), and considering the uncertain financial impacts of COVID-19, Council directed staff to bring back two options for Council consideration:

Option 1) A 30 year bond measure to finance capital projects and a permanent levy for operating costs that together do not exceed the original ComSAG recommendation cost of $0.225/$1000 of assessed valuation and an annual impact of no more than $200 per year.

Option 2) A single permanent levy to fund both operating and capital ballot measure elements that does not exceed the ComSAG’s original recommendation of $0.225/$1,000 of assessed valuation and an annual impact of no more than $200 per year.

During their meeting on Tuesday, June 16, Council will hear the City Manager’s recommendations for reprioritizing ballot measure elements to keep estimated costs as close to the ComSAG’s original $0.225/$1,000 assessed valuation.

CARES Act Funding

The City Council will also be discussing the City Manager’s proposed CARES Act Funding Plan. The proposal divides the approximately $2.6 million into substantially equal parts, with approximately $867,000 being allocated to each of the three following categories:

  • City General Operations COVID-19 reimbursement and preparedness;
  • Human Services COVID-19 related expenses; and
  • Kirkland Small Business COVID-19 related expenses.

Some of the human services funding proposed would be used to better serve communities of color during the pandemic, help address additional costs the day center and overnight emergency shelter have faced due to social distancing requirements, and provide more support for families with children who may be challenged due to limited summer programming.

Some of the funding options to support businesses being explored include support for small businesses and non-profits during reopening, a direct contribution to the Kirkland Small Business Relief Fund, purchasing personal protection equipment for small businesses, and considering freeing up public and private streets, sidewalks, and plazas for businesses to utilize while maintaining safe social distancing.

All options being proposed will be available in the City Council packet later this week.

Public Participation

As always, the Kirkland City Council welcomes public involvement at its meetings and would like to encourage community members to take advantage of its available options for remote participation. Comments can be provided through voicemail at: 425-587-3090, and email at: Comments received by 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, will be read into the record during the Council Meeting, with the following caveats:

  • When and if a particular agenda item receives a large number of comments, the City will read into the record three (3) comments representing each side of the presented issue. The comments will be selected based on the date and time received, giving priority to the earliest received comments.
  • City leadership will read submitted emails verbatim up to a three (3) minute limit, exactly as if the commenter was providing their testimony in person. (Comments from the public received during “Items from the Audience” in a typical meeting are limited to three minutes in length.)
  • The deadline for comment submittal for inclusion in the meeting (provided the comment is not related to a heavily commented agenda item as outlined above) is 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16 NOTE: comments received after the deadline will be provided to the Councilmembers for their review at the City’s earliest convenience.

Community members may also attend the meeting via Zoom. Instructions to participate via Zoom will be provided on the City Council webpage prior to the meeting. For more information about the Kirkland City Council, please visit the Council webpage

Juanita Friday Market Open to Foot Traffic Starting June 12

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Thank you to everyone who came out for our first day of the Juanita Beach Friday Market last week! We are pleased to announce that beginning June 12, customers can shop the market on foot. Please allow for extra time as Public Health Seattle & King County is limiting the number of customers allowed in the market at any given time. Thank you for your patience!

Drive-thru and preordering is still available. Please read about pre-ordering your purchases directly with our vendors, and see how we'll be handling health & safety issues. And while we'd love to see everyone, if you're in a high risk group please stay home and send a friend to do your shopping. Stay home, stay healthy!

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(re)STARTUP425 Business Response Team Providing Free Guidance for Businesses

Not sure if your business or nonprofit can reopen or have questions about the requirements related to your business? Our Business Response Team provides free, one-on-one guidance to businesses and nonprofits to help you understand and plan around the Governor’s “Safe Start” Guidelines. Support provided in multiple languages. Contact our Business Response Team today.

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We Want to Hear From You: Multiple Opportunities to Provide Input and Feedback on City Services, COVID-19 Impacts and Infrastructure Investments

The City is currently offering multiple opportunities for community members and business owners to become more civically engaged by providing input and feedback into a variety of ongoing conversations. Your unique voice enriches the civic process and helps inform City Council discussion to help facilitate a decision-making process that considers the needs of our community. See below for a list of surveys and other mechanisms put in place to ensure that your voice heard as we contemplate key infrastructure projects, vital City services and COVID-19 impacts. Thank you for getting involved!

Kirkland Small Businesses Phase 2 Survey

The City of Kirkland’s Economic Development team seeks your feedback as we prepare to move together toward Phase 2 of Washington State’s Reopening Plan, which includes new safety and health requirements for businesses. To help the City learn what you consider are the main obstacles and top strategies for operating your business in a COVID-constrained world, please take a few moments to respond to the survey

This survey is open through 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16. 

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N.E. 85th Station Area Plan Interactive Open House

Did you miss out on last week's community workshop on the NE 85th Street Station Area Plan? Don't worry, you can watch it below, and share your ideas through June 16th at our interactive open house.

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Safer Routes to School Walk Recommendations

The City seeks your input on the preliminary list of walk recommendations. Which ones do you think are most important for your school/neighborhood? Anyone can vote, even if you don’t have school age children. There are three ways to provide input:

Neighborhood Zoom Meeting: The walk recommendations and instructions for online voting will be presented during neighborhood zoom meetings. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, get clarification on specific projects, and learn how to vote. Click here to see when your neighborhood zoom meeting is scheduled. The Moss Bay, Houghton, Everest and Lakeview meetings have already occurred, but several others are scheduled to take place throughout the month of June.

Online: You can access information regarding Safer Routes to School Action Plans online.  After June 1, you can vote for your top three walk recommendations online. 

Email or phone: Voting can be done by contacting Kari Page at or (425) 587-3875.

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Take Our Survey to Help us Improve Our Recycling Services!

Kirkland's Recycling Team is looking for your feedback to make sure the City is providing recycling options that work best for our community. We know that Kirkland cares deeply about the environment, and want to provide opportunities that make it easier for Kirkland residents to recycle. We would also like the community's input on some possible future changes to curbside collection service that could be considered to improve the recycling system.

Please take our survey to share your feedback about your waste collection service, City recycling events and services, and how you prefer to receive recycling information. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete, and is open to all Kirkland residents. 

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Public Health - Seattle & King County Answers Questions About Protests and COVID-19

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In recent days, community members joined protests locally and across the country in response to the death of George Floyd and so many Black lives that have been taken through senseless, violent and racist acts. This racism and hate comes on top of the stress, burden and illness being inequitably experienced by Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other people of color during the pandemic, the result of centuries of systemic racism. 

These sentiments are felt deeply across our Public Health leaders.

“The deep-seated racial bias woven through virtually every institution in our society will take an extraordinary, united, sustained toil to extract and destroy," said King County Executive Dow Constantine. 

We understand the difficult choices that people were faced with this past weekend. Many in our community grappled with attending protests to stand up against these injustices while also wanting to keep our community safe from further spread of COVID-19.

For people who have attended protests or large gatherings, we’ve provided some answers to questions about the protests and the spread of COVID-19.

Q: If people chose to attend a protest, are there steps to take to help lower the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in our community?

A: Outdoor gatherings are lower risk than indoor gatherings. The larger the gathering, and the longer you’re there, the higher the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19.

People who have been at group gatherings should monitor their health for 14 days afterwards. Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested right away, whether they’ve been at a protest or not.

Remember that physical distancing and other measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 are not all-or-nothing – even if you attended large group gatherings, it’s just as important that you continue to stay home whenever possible, remain at least 6 feet away from others and wear a face covering when in public, wash your hands, and avoid touching your face.

Q: Do people who have attended protests need to get tested for COVID-19?

A: If you currently don’t have any symptoms, you do not need to get tested right now. However, if you develop even mild symptoms such as a cough, congestion or runny nose, you should contact your health provider to help evaluate symptoms and need for testing. There are numerous low-barrier testing sites for people who cannot access testing through their regular health care provider. 

Anyone who has been in contact with someone with COVID-19 should also be tested. 

If you’re having trouble accessing COVID-19 testing, or have other medical questions related to COVID-19, call our info line at: 206-477-3977.

Q: During protests, what should I consider about how to protect myself and our community?

  • Do not attend any gatherings or protests if you are ill or have symptoms of COVID-19. And, remember that COVID-19 can spread from people who do not have symptoms as well as from those who do.
  • Wear a cloth mask or face covering. This helps protects those around you, and others wear face coverings to help protect you.
  • Stay 6 feet or more away from others.
  • Carry hand sanitizer and use it often.
  • Avoid touching objects and surfaces that others have touched.
  • Do your best to avoid situations where people are shouting or singing, as these activities can spread more virus into the air.

Q: What are the ways to reduce risk of exposure when traveling to an event?

A: Public Health continues to recommend that people stay home as much as possible. If you must go out, walking, biking, or driving alone in a personal vehicle are the best travel options to reduce risk of COVID-19. However, these options are not available to everyone. If you need to drive multiple people in a private vehicle, here are tips to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. If you’re using public transportation, remember to wear a face covering, enter through the back door, maintain 6-feet of distance between yourself and other passengers, and reserve the front for passengers in need of priority seating.

Q: Will these protests affect King County plans to begin safely reopening, as announced on Friday?

A: No. As Executive Constantine announced, Public Health is planning to submit an application to the State to reopen to a modified Phase I. We will continue to closely monitor disease trends in the coming weeks to determine whether we can continue to move forward safely with reopening.

Q: How do we collectively support emotional health in this difficult time?

A: This is an extremely difficult time for many, and may place a particular burden on Black people in our community. Tending to the emotional and mental health needs of your community and yourself are an important part of public health, especially now. Witnessing this trauma repeatedly effects mental health, especially for communities of color. Check in on friends, family and community, as well as checking in with yourself. The Washington Counselors of Color Network lists therapists of color in Washington state. Take a look at this blog post for more mental and emotional health resources.

Originally published on June 1, 2020.

Traffic Alerts for the Week of June 10 Through June 16

116th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 70th Place

A City of Kirkland contractor has finished paving a portion of 116th Avenue Northeast between Northeast 73rd Street and the Houghton Park and Ride’s northwest corner. The contractor will complete their pavement striping the night of June 11, weather permitting. To minimize disruption to traffic flow and to maximize efficiency, Watson Asphalt’s crews have been working nights. The paving project is connecting two sections of 116th Avenue Northeast that the City of Kirkland repaved in 2017 and 2018.


Neighborhood Safety Program Drivers should expect minor traffic delays at four locations this month while Kirkland’s contractor implements the 2019 Neighborhood Safety Program. NPM Construction is improving safety on Houghton’s 108th Avenue Northeast, Lakeview’s Lakeview Drive, North Rose Hill’s Slater Avenue, and Kingsgate’s Northeast 132nd Street. Work at three other 2019 NSP locations is complete to the extent that it will cause no further traffic impacts. Those locations are Finn Hill’s 87th Avenue Northeast, Norkirk’s Northeast 87th Street, and Juanita’s Northeast 120th Street. NPM Construction will be building these projects until August.  


Totem Lake

Marshbank is continuing to close all but one of Totem Lake Boulevard’s five lanes between Northeast 124th Street and 120th Avenue Northeast. The contractor expects to maintain that closure until the end of June. After June 29, Marshbank plans to re-open one northbound lane and keep open the southbound lane that is already open.

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108th Avenue Northeast

Drivers should continue to expect minor traffic impacts this month on 108th Avenue Northeast while a Kirkland contractor upgrades an aging water and sewer main along the north-to-south arterial.

Marshbank Construction is replacing the two systems—both more than five decades old—to increase their capacities to serve Kirkland’s growing population and to reduce the systems’ needs for maintenance.

That need is most urgent in the sewer line, which runs from Northeast 68th Street to Northeast 53rd Street. Settling soil has created a sag in the sewer line, allowing sewage to accumulate there and requiring maintenance crews to periodically flush the line.

The contractor is also replacing the water main between Northeast 68th and 60th streets.

Marshbank expects to complete the upgrades by spring of 2021. 


Cross Kirkland Corridor

A section of the Cross Kirkland Corridor in Totem Lake will be temporarily inaccessible to the public starting Monday, June 15. Construction crews will close the trail between 120th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 124th Street for two weeks. Orange detour signs will direct trail users to go around the construction site using 120th Avenue Northeast, Northeast 116th Street, and 124th Avenue Northeast.

This closure of the CKC is necessary for Northshore Utility District's Emergency Wastewater Conveyance Plan Sewer Force Main project. Stage 4 of the project closed this same portion of the Corridor in April. Stage 5, the final stage, repeats this closure to allow Razz Construction, NUD's contractor, to install storm drain basins. 

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Upcoming Events

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Kirkland Wednesday Market presented by the Kirkland Downtown Association

3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 through September 23

Marina Park

The Kirkland Downtown Association Wednesday Market opens Wednesday, June 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Marina Park. Please see the new market rules. If possible, please order from market vendors in advance. More information about the Wednesday Market is available at

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Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce 

Virtual Business Luncheon

12 to 1:15 p.m., Thursday, June 11

Kirkland City Manager Kurt Triplett will speak at the June 11 Virtual Business Luncheon from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m. This event is brought to you by the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce.

This presentation includes information about COVID-19 and its immediate impacts to the City budget and City services, timing implications, an overview of the City's ongoing efforts to help the business community recover, and much more. 

Friday Market

Juanita Friday Market

3 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 5 through September 25, 2020

Juanita Beach Park

NEW! Beginning Friday, June 12, customers can shop the market on foot. Please allow for extra time as Public Health Seattle & King County is limiting the number of customers allowed in the market at any given time. Thank you for your patience! There are big changes this year so before you go, be sure to pre-order your purchases, check-out the drive-thru plans, and see how we'll be handling health & safety issues. And while we'd love to see everyone, if you're in a high-risk group please stay home and send a friend to do your shopping. 

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KU Kids at Home by Kirkland Urban

10 a.m., Saturday, June 13

Virtual Event

KU Kids is now virtual! This free, family-friendly series takes place on the second Saturday of the month from now through August! Join in the fun at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, as Julie from Clown Buggie Entertainment takes over Kirkland Urban’s Facebook page to host a craft-a-long creating melted crayon art on canvas and answering questions along the way. To participate, guests can pick up a free craft kit on Thursday, June 11, from Shake Shack, Mud Bay or Restore at Kirkland Urban. Follow Kirkland Urban on social media (@kirklandurban on Instagram and Kirkland Urban on Facebook) for more details as they are announced, or visit the Kirkland Urban website!

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Kirkland Arts Center 

May 21 through June 24

Reflections, a virtual exhibit

Kirkland Arts Center is excited to share its first virtual exhibition! Step into the KAC gallery from the comfort of your own home and be transported into Reflections: From 1962 to the Future, curated by Donna Lindeman Porter. Find out more at: 

This exhibit an ode to the many creatives and community members who have been part of the legacy of Kirkland Arts Center. This rich exhibition spanning more than four decades of work exemplifies the lasting difference individuals can make when we come together. This show features the work of more than sixty artists, including the renowned Patti Warashina and Tip Toland, and is a tribute to our community and the creative spark within each of us.

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Green Kirkland Partnership Online Plant Walk

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, June 26

Join the Green Kirkland Partnership for an online plant walk and natural area tour on Friday, June 26, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

You’ll see fun plants, cool habitat features and learn about steps that volunteers are taking to restore a natural area at one of your local Kirkland parks. Visit the Green Kirkland webpage for more details and to register.

Cancelled Events

Because continued physical distancing is critical to halting the spread of COVID-19, the following events are cancelled:

The Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce All Chamber events are cancelled until further notice. For more information, visit:

Kirkland Performance Center All Kirkland Performance Center shows have been postponed until further notice. For more information, visit:

Parks and Community Services Closures

• The Peter Kirk Pool shall be closed for the summer season.
• The North Kirkland Community Center and the Peter Kirk Community Center shall be closed for public use through September 1, 2020 except to provide selected senior services and support for human service needs.
• All public, private and non-profit special events that use City facilities and infrastructure are cancelled through September 1, 2020. Special events may be rescheduled after September 1 if authorized by the Governor’s “Safe Start” reopening plan.
• Green Kirkland Partnership restoration events are suspended until September 1, 2020.
• All current parks recreational programming is cancelled through September 1, 2020 to allow City recreation staff to prepare for COVID-19 modified programming after September 1.

For more information on programs and facilities that will be opened in a future phase of the Governor's Safe Start plan visit the City website