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September 9, 2020

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Coming up at Council

City Council

The Kirkland City Council’s next “virtual” meeting takes place Tuesday, September 15. The meeting uses video conferencing technology provided by Zoom in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan to reopen Washington. 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 September 15 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 and is televised on Comcast Cable Channel 21 and Ziply Cable Channel 31.

Here are a few highlights from the upcoming meeting:

Eastside Welcoming Week Proclamation

Mayor Sweet will join the mayors of Bellevue, Issaquah, Redmond and Sammamish in proclaiming September 18 through September 27, 2020 as Eastside Welcoming Week.

The Mayor has proclaimed Eastside Welcoming Week alongside other Eastside cities since 2016. Eastside Welcoming Week is part of national Welcoming Week, created by the organization Welcoming America. The cities of Kirkland, Bellevue, Issaquah, Redmond and Sammamish are joining communities across the country in exploring ways to capitalize on diversity as an asset and striving to create a culture and policies that ensure everyone can belong and thrive by addressing disparities, countering hate, understanding history, and helping neighbors come together.

In recognition of Welcoming Week, the City is joining other Eastside cities in co-sponsoring a virtual summit to explore historical legacies and learn about local anti-racism efforts. Titled “Bridging History and Story: Building the Next Chapter for Racial Equity”, the virtual summit will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 26th, 2020. This community event is hosted by Eastside For All and the Eastside Race and Leadership Coalition. Event registration information will be posted to the City’s website, and community members are encouraged to attend and learn more about ways they can commit to helping make Kirkland a welcoming place where all people belong.

COVID-19 Update

The City Manager will provide an update on the City’s response to COVID-19.

Update on R-5434 


Council to Consider Approving Market, Norkirk, and Highlands Neighborhood Plans and the Market Street Corridor Plan chapters of the Comprehensive Plan

City Council will consider the Planning Commission’s recommendation to approve updates to the Market, Norkirk, and Highlands Neighborhood Plans and the Market Street Corridor Plan chapters of the Comprehensive Plan. Since January of 2019, the city and the neighborhoods conducted an active public outreach process to update the vision statements and policies to be sure they still met the objectives for future growth of their neighborhoods. Final adoption will be at the end of 2020. Neighborhood Plans within the city are updated on an eight-year cycle. Draft plans are available on the City website. 

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. Community members are welcome to attend the meeting via Zoom. Instructions to participate via Zoom are provided on the City Council webpage prior to the meeting.

Comments may be provided through voicemail (425) 587-3090 or email  or live via the Zoom link provided on the agenda. Voicemail and email comments (including audio/video clips) submitted by 3 p.m. on the day of the meeting will be provided to Council before the meeting. Comments received on these accounts after 3 p.m. will be provided to the Council the following day.  Copies of all comments will be placed in the meeting packet file. 

Council will accept live spoken commentary under 'Items from the Audience' or ‘Public Hearings’ at regular meetings via Zoom audio/video on a computer or telephone connection.  The connection links are provided on each individual meeting agenda. Comments will be subject to the Council protocols mentioned above. Please call (425) 587-3190 and leave a message before 5 p.m. on the day of the Council meeting with any questions; City Clerk's Office staff will endeavor to return your call. 

For more information about the Kirkland City Council, please visit the Council webpage.

Kirkland Fire Department Issues Burn Ban

Burn ban

Effectively immediately, the Kirkland Fire Department is issuing a safety burn ban.

This ban includes all wood burning including fireplaces and fire pits. Gas/propane and charcoal grills are permitted.

“This ban will be in place until further notice due to the extremely dry, hot and breezy weather conditions we are experiencing,” said Fire Marshal Mark Jung.  

This weather pattern is expected to continue through the week. The Kirkland Fire Department will reevaluate conditions and adjust the ban if weather conditions improve. We are experiencing haze and smoke throughout the region. Air quality is currently poor due to smoke from Eastern Washington wildfires. You can check air quality for your area at

Apply Today for Kirkland Cares Small Business Relief Grants

Kirkland Cares

There is still time to apply for the City of Kirkland, Kirkland Cares Small Business Relief grants for small businesses and nonprofits that were negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic during the second quarter of 2020 (April 1 to June 30).

The grants provided through the Kirkland CARES Small Business Relief Fund do not need to be repaid. Awardees can use grant funds for rent, utilities and normal operating costs and expenses. Applications will be available on Wednesday, August 26 at the Kirkland CARES Small Business Relief Fund webpage.

To receive a grant, for-profit or nonprofit businesses must meet the following eligibility criteria:

1. Small businesses must be located in Kirkland (including home based businesses) with a current and active Unified Business Identification Number (UBI) and City of Kirkland business license endorsement;2. Small businesses must have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees as of April 1, 2020;3. Small businesses must demonstrate a minimum 25% reduction in gross revenues (including a reduction of at least $5,000) due to negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic during the second quarter of 2020 (April 1 to June 30);

4. Small businesses must demonstrate a minimum of $5,000 of normal operating costs and expenses (as specified as eligible under the grant agreement) during the qualified period (second quarter of 2020, April 1 to June 30); and

5. Small businesses must not be involved in the production, processing, promotion, distribution, or sale (wholesale or retail) of marijuana and cannabinoid products, concentrates, or extracts; and

6. Small businesses must meet all other eligibility requirements specified in the grant agreement.

More information on eligible expenses, ineligible expenses and restrictions on use of grant funds is located on the Kirkland CARES Small Business Relief Fund page on the City website.

The City will accept applications from Wednesday, August 26 to Wednesday, September 16 at 5:00 p.m. If the City receives more than 150 qualified applications, the awardees will be randomly selected through a lottery. The City will announce awards as applicants are confirmed.

Solve the Riddles of “Kirkland’s Treasured Past” to win Prizes

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Adults, 18-years and older, are invited to participate in a scavenger hunt through Kirkland’s treasured past with chances to win $1000 worth of prizes.

This month-long citywide quest requires solving weekly clues to discover letters that you will later unscramble into a winning phrase. Participants will submit their correct final answer to be entered into a drawing for prizes that include a night at the Woodmark Hotel in a Lakeside Room for two, and gift cards to the following businesses:

  • Acropolis Pizza and Pasta 
  • Burgermaster 
  • Café Veloce 
  • Carillon Kitchen
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Deru Market
  • George’s
  • Lynn’s Bistro
  • Nick’s Grill
  • Pizza Bank 
  • Volterra
  • The Game Neighborhood Grill & Bar
  • The Slip
  • Denny’s Pet World

To play in the “Kirkland’s Treasured Past” scavenger hunt visit to register and pay a $5 entry fee.

Join the Public Works Maintenance Team!

Public works maintenance team

Are you or someone you know looking for a great government job with excellent benefits?  Public Works is hiring multiple positions in maintenance.  The utility person performs manual labor for maintenance of the City’s water, sewer, streets, and storm drainage system.  100% paid medical/dental/vision premiums for employee and dependents, paid vacation and sick leave, many more benefits.  Start at $25.10 per hour with seasonal overtime typically available.  Visit to learn more and apply.  Come join our team!

Take a 1-minute survey to improve broadband in Washington

The Washington State Broadband Office mapping initiative is helping to identify gaps in high-speed internet service and areas of broadband infrastructure needs in order to advance the state’s goal to have universal broadband access in Washington by 2024. Please help them in their work by taking this 1-minute access and survey

Looking to Elevate your Small Business?

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Looking to elevate your small business? Startup425 has partnered with Bellevue College’s Tombolo Institute to offer the Innovation Lab, a free intensive, seven-week program designed to help existing Eastside businesses that have advanced beyond the pre-revenue stage acquire new knowledge and adapt to the changed economic environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics covered include: Becoming an Entrepreneur; Product, Channel, Price; and Accounting & Finance. This exciting new program is the first of its kind on the Eastside and will run October 1 through November 12, 2020.

We know Eastside businesses are struggling due to COVID-19, so Startup425 is underwriting this year’s program: there will be no tuition or fees charged to participating businesses. Space is limited and admission is selective. Applications will be accepted through September 25, 2020.

Traffic Alerts for the week of September 9 through September 16


Kirkland’s street paving contractor is detouring Market Street traffic onto Third Street Sept. 10 through Sept. 22 while its crews remove and replace the street’s top layer of pavement.

Lakeside Industries will detour commuters from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., each weekday. However, the contractor will keep open Market Street’s southbound lane when it is repaving the street’s northbound lane. Alternatively, the northbound lane will be open while Lakeside is repaving its southbound lane.



Kirkland’s contractor is allowing one lane of alternating traffic for local residents, emergency responders and Metro transit riders until Sept. 11 on 108th Avenue Northeast, between Northeast 53rd and 60th streets.

Marshbank Construction is detouring northbound Houghton residents from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. around the construction site via Northeast 48th Street.

Commuters will detour around the construction site via Northeast 68th Street, Lakeview Drive and Northeast 38th Place.

108th Avenue Northeast’s northbound and southbound lanes are available for driving on weekends and on weekdays, between 4 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The contractor is replacing water and sewer 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.

Marshbank expects to complete the upgrades by spring 2021. 


Totem Lake

Drivers will continue to have access to one northbound and one southbound lane on Totem Lake Boulevard between Northeast 124th Street and 120th Avenue Northeast until October, when Kirkland’s contractor expects to complete the Totem Lake Gateway project.

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Upcoming Events

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Kirkland Performance Center Presents: A live virtual concert with Down North

8 p.m., Thursday, September 10

Online, virtual event

Byron Prather is a guitar slinging singer that currently hails from San Diego, California. Byron has literally performed for thousands and thousands of people over the last decade through his involvement with some very popular bands in the greater Seattle area. Byron is the former lead singer of the iconic Seattle band Creme Tangerine and is currently the lead singer of the epic rock band called Long Live Rock. Byron grew up in the Seattle area learning to play his guitar and sing at a young age. Byron has a true heart for Kirkland and the arts having lived there for over a decade.

For more information, visit the KPC website

This live performance can be seen on FacebookYouTube, or Twitch.

Safer Styrofest

Safer StyroFest

North Kirkland Community Center (12421 103rd Ave NE)

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday September 12

Please note the new location and shorter hours!

Accepted materials: block Styrofoam, Styrofoam meat trays, EPE foam, plastic bags, overwrap, and plastic film. Materials must be sorted by type and color. All tape and labels must be removed before the event. Materials must be clean and dry. Get more details.

Event safety procedures: please wear a mask and stay in your vehicle until it is your turn. Please pack materials so they will be quick to unload.

This event will be popular, please be prepared for a wait!




King County Library System presents: Reframing "Homeschooling" for the Fall of 2020

2 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 15

Online, virtual event

For adults.

Mind your mental health through managing expectations and unpacking the many unspoken assumptions for parents teaching at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. This presentation will explore the complex work parents do as they strive to preserve health, nurture growth and development, and hold kids accountable for covering and completing their school’s curriculum.

Janiece Anjali, LMHCA, MA, M.Ed, is a local psychotherapist in private practice, a former public school teacher, cognitive and academic language development specialist, and writer.

Brought to you by the Kingsgate Library.

Please register by 10 p.m. on September 14. You will receive an email with a Zoom link on the day of the event.

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Electronics, CRTs, and Battery Recycling and Free Shredding

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (11605 132nd Avenue NE)

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, September 19

Accepted materials: home electronics (computers, peripherals, stereos, printers, scanners, etc), CRTs (big screen TVs, wood console TVs, etc), household batteries (alkaline and rechargeable), lead acid batteries (car batteries). Get more details.

Free shredding: clean paper only (staples ok). Limit 4 file-size boxes or grocery bags per vehicle. No pre-shredded paper.

Event safety procedures: please wear a mask and gloves and stay in your vehicle until it is your turn. Please pack materials so they will be quick to unload.

You may be asked to unload your own materials, or staff may unload for you. Please put items in your trunk or backseat.

This event will be popular, please be prepared for a wait! No admittance after 3 p.m.

Questions? Contact Kirkland's Recycling Hotline at


Cooking from the Garden with Lisa

2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, October 6

Online, virtual event 

Presented by Lisa Taylor, our favorite garden educator! For information about Lisa see Garden With Lisa 

It isn’t an edible garden unless you eat it. In this class you will make some fantastic yard food. You will explore the edible plants that grow in our fall garden and how we can eat them in different easy-to-make dishes.

You’ll make a rustic pesto and a gourmet fall salad with homemade dressing, sing songs and have fun.

More information and registration can be found online on the King County Library Services page. 

Register in advance by 11pm. the day before the program and we will send you a Zoom Invitation to join the class the morning of the event.

KDA Wednesday



Kirkland Wednesday Market presented by the Kirkland Downtown Association

3 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through October 28

Marina Park

Face masks are required to enter the market.

The Kirkland Downtown Association Wednesday Market takes place 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

NOTE: The Kirkland Wednesday Market you have all come to know and love needs your support! Join the market as a volunteer and help the Kirkland Downtown Association bring this event to the community this summer!  

Due to COVID-19, the KDA needs a slightly larger group of volunteers than in the past to ensure they are complying with current health department requirements.

Click here to sign up to be a volunteer! 

Juanita Market



Juanita Friday Market

3 to 7 p.m., every Friday through September 25

Juanita Beach Park

Face masks are required to enter the market.

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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Evenings on Park Lane

6 p.m. to 7 a.m. every evening through September 30

Park Lane

*Extended through the month of September

In an effort to support downtown businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, the City closes the west end of Park Lane between Lake Street and Main Street to vehicles from 6 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., seven days a week. This pedestrian friendly environment aims to increase patronage at businesses in the heart of our downtown shopping district. Enjoy unique clothing boutiques, delicious restaurants, decadent desserts, art galleries and fine furniture stores at your leisure!