Evening with the Chief is Tonight (Wednesday 10/14), City Breaks Ground on Fire Station 24, Small Business Relief Fund Grants Awarded in October, Coming up at Council, King County Elections Mails Ballots, Register Your Business for Shop Local Kirkland, Traffic Alerts and More!

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October 14, 2020

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Watch the Fire Station 24 Virtual Groundbreaking

The City is breaking ground on Fire Station 24 on Northeast 132nd Street across from Juanita Elementary School where the Rite Aid drug store used to be. The new station will improve response times for fire and emergency medical services in Finn Hill and Juanita. Watch this short video featuring Councilmember Toby Nixon to learn more, and join Chief Joe Sanford tonight (Wednesday, October 14) from 6 to 7 p.m. to find out how this station fits in the larger strategic plan for the Kirkland Fire Department. You can register for that event at the Evening with the Chief eventbrite page. 

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Evening with the Chief is Tonight (October 14) at 6 p.m.

Evening with the Chief takes place 6 to 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, October 14). Don't miss this great opportunity to learn more about the 2020 Fire & Emergency Medical Services 2020 Ballot Measure. Register for this online event at the Evening with the Chief eventbrite page.

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City Begins Distributing Funds from Small Business Relief Fund Grant Program

Kirkland Cares

During the month of October, the City of Kirkland will begin distributing $5,000 grants through the Kirkland CARES Small Business Relief Fund.

Grants will be provided to 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 City received over 280 applications in August and September. Though the program was originally designed to provide funding for 150 small businesses, the City is utilizing a second allocation from Washington State to strive to fund all applicants that met the eligibility requirements.

The City is currently in the process of finalizing grant agreements with some businesses and contacting others who need to provide additional information.

“These grants are an important investment in our Kirkland economy, and the City Council is pleased that we could allocate additional funding toward supporting our local businesses,” said Mayor Penny Sweet “The grant program is another step in a series of actions to address immediate financial challenges our small businesses are facing during this pandemic. City staff are committed to working hard to get this money out to our small businesses quickly while completing all the necessary due diligence to ensure that we’re being responsible stewards of taxpayer funds.”

Grants will be issued on an ongoing basis as applications are thoroughly vetted and contracts are signed. Please direct questions about this grant to the City of Kirkland at kirklandbusinesssupport@kirklandwa.gov.

Coming up at Council

City Council

The Kirkland City Council’s next “virtual” meeting takes place Tuesday, October 20. 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 October 20 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: http://www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/council/Meetings/WatchCouncilMeetings.htm and is televised on Comcast Cable Channel 21 and Ziply Cable Channel 31.

Here are a few highlights from the upcoming meeting:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation

The Council will proclaim October 2020 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Kirkland. The purpose of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is to promote an active community response against the scourge of domestic violence. 

National Code Compliance Month Proclamation

The Council will proclaim October 2020 as National Code Compliance Month in Kirkland. This is an opportunity to highlight the important function of Code Enforcement in the City and the contributions that Code Enforcement staff members have made to improve the quality of our community.

Urban and Community Forest Appreciation Month Proclamation

The Council will proclaim October 2020 as Urban and Community Forest Appreciation Month in Kirkland. This proclamation is meant to commemorate that the community values its urban forest while recognizing the steps taken towards preserving, planting and maintaining it. 

Sustainability Master Plan Review

Council will continue their discussion on the Sustainability Master Plan. They will also identify any topics from the library of public comment that require further discussion, such as electrification of vehicles, alternative standards for safe pedestrian travel, energy supply, revisions to remove barriers and provide incentives for solar power installations, access to parks and open space, waste reduction and recycling and composting. 

Public Art for Fire Station 24

The City Council will consider acceptance of the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission’s recommendation of The Sentinel  by Michael Clapper of Michael Clapper Studios, Denver, Colorado, to be fabricated and installed as part of the renovation of Fire Station 24.

The art is fashioned in the shape of a Maltese Cross, with material choices and colors that represent heat and fire. The sculpture uses LED lighting to provide a soft, white glow at night that changes to red when there’s an emergency call. The station number (24) is subtly incorporated into the design. The piece is 10-feet tall, nine feet wide and 20-inches in depth. The art will be positioned along a highly used sidewalk, for maximum exposure and enjoyment by the community.

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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. Speakers are asked to limit their remarks to three minutes apiece, and no more than three speakers may address the Council on any one subject. However, if both proponents and opponents wish to speak, then up to three proponents and up to three opponents of the matter may address the Council. Zoom audience members will be alerted to ‘raise their hand’ virtually if they wish to address the Council at the appropriate time in the meeting. Written comments can be submitted to CityCouncil@kirklandwa.gov.

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.

King County Elections: Ballots Are In The Mail Today

King County Elections is mailing your ballots for the November General Election today (Wednesday, October 14), which means you’ll be holding that envelope in your hands in less than a week. Are you ready to vote? With all the uncertainty we’ve faced in 2020, we recommend making a solid plan and sticking with it. Why wait? Vote early and get it done.

This year, King County has challenged voters to set a new turnout record by hitting 90 percent voter turnout! The existing record is 85 percent turnout in the 2012 General Election. To beat that record, almost 1.3 million ballots must be returned by November 3.

It’s not too late to register! Visit: https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx today to register, update your registration and learn what’s on your ballot. If you have questions, email King County Elections at elections@kingcounty.gov or call 206-296-VOTE (8683). Online versions of the Voters' Pamphlet are available on the King County Elections website and the Washington State Secretary of State website

The Voters' Pamphlet is provided in multiple languages.  

Ballot drop boxes open on Thursday, October 15. There are drop boxes located at Kirkland City Hall (123 5th Ave.) at the south entrance, and at the Kingsgate Library (12315 NE 143rd St.). For a complete list of ballot boxes in King County, visit the King County Elections webpage. 

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Shop Local Kirkland Now Accepting Business Registrations!

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The Shop Local Kirkland website is LIVE and now accepting registrations from ALL Kirkland-based businesses here:  www.shoplocalkirkland.com. Registration is easy and free.

Shop Local Kirkland (SLK) is an initiative of the City of Kirkland to help businesses get found, expand their reach, sell online and access new customers. Shop Local Kirkland responds to the impacts on businesses from the Covid-19 global pandemic. The SLK website is a ‘Digital Main Street’ for our businesses, which will be activated by robust consumer engagement and marketing campaigns. Shop Local Kirkland is designed to keep dollars in the community and be an online, safety-net economy for our city.

Questions? Need help? Please email shoplocalkirkland@kirklandwa.gov

Thursday, October 15 is International ShakeOut Day

Thursday, October 15 is International ShakeOut Day!

The Great ShakeOut is the world’s largest earthquake drill, held at 10:15 a.m. in communities around the globe. Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are a wonderful opportunity to learn more about earthquake preparedness while teaching your family exactly what they should do in the event of an earthquake. Best of all, it’s an action-based, learn-by-doing event, which is an important teaching tool for our youngest community members. 

Register today to join more than 29 million others as we “Drop, Cover and Hold On,” in the 2020 Great ShakeOut event.

This year, ShakeOut offers the following considerations for COVID-19:

• Where will you be for your drill? Together, or some at home, work, and school? Consider videoconferencing! Take recordings or screenshots to share on social media. Have an after-action dialogue and survey.

• If your ShakeOut drill takes place in person, follow COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Ensure physical distancing and wear face coverings, and regularly wash your hands.

• Choose your own date (or multiple dates) to accommodate as many participants as possible, rotating schedules, and the unexpected. Most may still participate on 10/15.

Register for ShakeOut at the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills webpage. 

For more information about Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, visit: https://www.shakeout.org/. For more information about emergency preparedness in Kirkland, visit the Kirkland Office of Emergency Management webpage. 

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Help Us Prevent Localized Flooding

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Keep Leaves Out of Streets

The leaves are starting to turn, and soon they’ll start to fall. Please help us prevent flooding in your neighborhood by cleaning leaves off storm drains and out of streets. Fallen leaves pile up on storm drains on our streets, blocking rainwater from draining, which can lead to localized flooding. City crews work hard to keep storm drains clear of leaves, but with over 12,000 drains in Kirkland, we could use your help! Learn more on how to prevent flooding at kirklandwa.gov/flooding. If severe flooding occurs in your neighborhood, please call our 24/7 hotline at (425) 587-3900 for assistance from a City crew.

Fallen leaves can be a great source of nutrients for your garden. Mow over leaves on lawn areas a couple times - the small pieces will break down and return nutrients to your soil without the need for fertilizer. Fallen leaves in garden areas can act as mulch and also provide a haven for butterflies, bumblebees and other beneficial animals.

During the month of November, the collection of extra yard waste will be free for single family residences in Kirkland. Residents who would like to avoid a charge for yard waste extras in October are encouraged to save excess leaves that won’t fit in their cart until November. For more information about stormwater drainage and flooding, please visit our Storm and Surface Water webpages

"Be Safe, Be Seen" Download the Free PedSafe App

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Fall is upon us and daylight hours are in shorter supply, making our crosswalks darker and our pedestrians less visible. We invite community members to download the free PedSafe app, which conveniently turns your mobile device into a bright, flashing beacon. 

The PedSafe app provides an easy-to-use and safe tool for pedestrians of all languages, cultures and ages. Utilize the app so you can be visible to drivers when you are crossing or walking near streets and roadways.

The PedSafe flashing beacon is visible from three to five blocks away (up to 1,000 feet) and prevents distracted walking, as users are unable to text or talk on the phone while the beacon is activated. 

Once the app is downloaded to your mobile device, it only takes two quick taps to launch the beacon. Download PedSafe for free on the PedSafe webpage.  

Traffic Alerts for the Week of October 14 Through October 20


Puget Sound Energy is closing sections of Market Street this week while its crews resume the power upgrade it began in spring. Meanwhile, commuters should expect minor delays while Kirkland’s street paving contractor replaces maintenance hole lids in the street and re-stripes the roadway.

Visit www.kirklandwa.gov/streetpreservation

Totem Lake

Drivers should expect minor traffic delays until May on Willows Road Northeast. Kirkland’s contractor, Interwest Construction, is building a 1,900-foot-long and 11-foot-wide bicycle and pedestrian path along the road’s northbound lane. Interwest is planning in mid-December to close for two weeks Willows Road Northeast, just south of its intersection with 141st Avenue Northeast.

Visit: www.kirklandwa.gov/willowsconnection


Two of 108th Avenue Northeast’s three lanes remain open to people who are driving between Northeast 68th and Northeast 53rd streets.

Marshbank Construction has reduced some short sections to one lane of alternating traffic.

Marshbank Construction 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 the end of 2020 and to repave 108th Avenue Northeast in spring 2021. 

Visit: www.kirklandwa.gov/108thavewatersewer

Upcoming Events

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Kirkland Performance Center Presents: A live virtual concert with Heart By Heart

8 p.m., Thursday, October 15

Online, virtual event

Steve Fossen and Michael Derosier, bassist and drummer for the band Heart during the 1970s and early 1980s, are now touring as Heart By Heart. The band features vocalist Somar Macek, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Lizzy Daymont and guitarist Chad Quist. Heart By Heart presents a powerful, dynamic show that includes all the favorite Heart hits as well as deep album cuts that fans will love.

Fossen and Derosier are the powerful driving engine behind Heart’s classic hits like “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” “Crazy On You,” “Magic Man,” “Even It Up,” “Dog & Butterfly,” “Heartless,” “Kick It Out,” and more. First formed by Steve Fossen in 1969, Heart went on to release six top-10 albums and landed 20 hit singles on the Billboard top 40 chart. In recognition of their contributions to these iconic recordings, and to Heart’s first seven years of national and international touring, Fossen and Derosier were inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of the original Heart lineup in 2013. For more information on the band, visit.

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

For more information, visit the Kirkland Performance Center website. 


King County Library System Presents: The Promise & Pitfalls of Expressive Writing

3 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 20

Online, virtual event 

For adults.

Long ago, people discovered the value of expressing outrage in letters that were never meant to be sent. Many of us regularly record angst and disturbing or confusing experiences in poetry or journals kept under lock and key. What's at work when we feel compelled to share what we once would have kept secret? In this presentation, we will honor the natural inclination to write, ponder the promise and pitfalls of expressive writing, and explore ways of utilizing narrative to mind your mental health.

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 October 19You will receive an email with a Zoom link on the day of the event.

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Studio East Presents: still i rise. Jest for Funds Auction

A live virtual event

Auction opens Wednesday, October 21

Event at 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, October 24

You’re Invited to Studio East’s Annual Auction on October 24, 2020. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and 2020 is no different. Join Studio East for a virtual silent auction followed by a virtual, fun-filled live event complete with amazing entertainment from our Studio teens, a live auction and an opportunity to Raise your Virtual Paddle to help us reach our fundraising goal.

For more information about this event, visit the Studio East webpage

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Kirkland Parks & Community Services Presents: The Great Pumpkin Carving Contest

Entries due by Sunday, October 25

Virtual event

Create it, Carve it, Display it!

Kirkland Parks & Community Services is hosting the Great Pumpkin Carving Contest this month and it's FREE for all ages. Join the fun and get into the Halloween spirit by showing off your amazing pumpkin carving skills! Prizes include pie from Shari's and delicious coffee from 203° F Coffee. 

Contest Rules:

1. Carve your pumpkin (pumpkins must be carved, but paint and other décor allowed).
2. Submit a photo of your carved pumpkin with your name and pumpkin title to: tharrison@kirklandwa.gov.
3. Only one entry per person.
4. Entries must be received by Sunday, October 25.
5. The public will vote for their favorite design on the Kirkland Parks & Community Services Facebook page on Monday, October 26 through Thursday, October 29. The top three designs with the most "Likes" will win!
6. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
7. Winners will be announced Friday, October 30!


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.

NOTE: Wednesday October 28 is Pumpkins in the Park!

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 http://kirklandmarket.org/

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! 

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King County Elections

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Vote at a ballot box near you!

Ballots mailed on Wednesday, October 14. It’s not too late to register! Visit: https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx today to register, update your registration and learn what’s on your ballot. If you have questions, email King County Elections at elections@kingcounty.gov or call 206-296-VOTE (8683).

Please visit the King County Elections website for questions!