First Public Hearing on 2021 - 2022 Budget is TONIGHT, Thank You Voters, Give Input on Where to Locate New King County Transfer Station, Park & Community Services Hosts Scarecrow Fashion Contest, Tips for Safe Holiday Travel, Shop Local Kirkland, Free Extra Yard Waste in November and Much More!

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November 4, 2020

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City Council, Fire Chief Thank Voters for Passage of Kirkland’s Fire & Emergency Medical Services Ballot Measure

As of 8:07 pm on November 3, 2020, King County Elections reported that City of Kirkland Proposition 1, the Fire & Emergency Medical Services Ballot Measure, is passing with 72.54% of votes in favor of the measure.  This levy generates approximately $7.3 million per year to fund the construction of a new fire station, modernizing and seismically renovating existing fire stations, and hiring additional firefighter/EMTs and staff.

“The City Council wishes to express our profound gratitude to Kirkland voters for overwhelmingly supporting these critical investments,” says Kirkland Mayor Penny Sweet.  “Your approval ensures that as Kirkland continues to grow and thrive, our Fire Department will have the resources to provide the high level of service that our community depends on for health and safety.”

The ballot measure includes $3.7 million a year  toward the construction of new station 27 in Totem Lake, modernization and seismic renovations of station 22 in Houghton, 21 in Forbes Creek, 26 in N. Rose Hill, and a temporary fire station to house firefighter/EMTs while stations are renovated. The levy also includes $3.6 million per year for investments in additional firefighter/EMTs, maintenance, and operations. Specifically, it allows the Fire Department to acquire pandemic response equipment, including replenishing and stockpiling personal protection equipment (PPE), such as N95 masks, gloves, gowns, and other resources.

“On behalf of every Kirkland Firefighter, thank you to our community. Every second matters when responding to fire and emergency medical calls,” explains Kirkland Fire Chief Joe Sanford. “Your faith in us allows the Kirkland Fire Department to adapt and evolve to keep our community and our firefighters safe. Passing this levy provides critical funding for staffing and facilities so we can respond to calls as quickly as possible in order to save property and lives.”

For more information about Kirkland’s Fire & Emergency Medical Services Ballot Measure, go to

Thank you for prop 1

First Public Hearing on 2021-2022 Budget is TONIGHT

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Tonight (Wednesday, November 4) at 7:30 p.m., the City Council holds the first of two public hearings to receive comments from community members on the 2021 - 2022 Preliminary Budget.

A preceding study session begins at 5:30 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend study sessions, which take place via Zoom and provide the opportunity to explore featured topics at a greater depth. Tonight's study session focuses on the budget.

The 2021-2022 Preliminary Budget, “Investing in a More Equitable, Safe and Resilient Kirkland,” was presented to the Kirkland City Council on October 27, 2020 and is available on the City’s website. The budget proposal was profoundly shaped by the dramatic and historic events that continue to unfold in 2020. The City is still grappling with the social, financial and health impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak that erupted in Kirkland on February 29, 2020 and spread throughout the nation. Also created amid the racial justice movement reignited by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, the budget proposal responds to the commitment made by the City Council on August 4, 2020 through Resolution R-5434 to affirm that Black lives matter, to improve the safety and respect of Black people, and to help end structural racism.

Opportunities to provide comments at City Council meetings are available via Zoom on a computer or telephone connection. The Zoom connection links are provided on each meeting agenda. To see tonight's agenda, visit our City Council webpage at: Kirkland City Council Agendas.

The second public hearing takes place Tuesday, November 17. Feedback on the budget can be provided via public comment during either of the two public hearings, in writing through the Our Kirkland portal or by emailing:

In the video below, Councilmember Amy Falcone talks more about the 2021 - 2022 Proposed Budget's Community Safety Initiative, designed to help Kirkland become a safer and more equitable City. The core of the Community Safety Initiative is the implementation of Resolution R-5434 and related equity needs. These efforts are meant to address systemic racism and help ensure that Kirkland is safe, inclusive and welcoming to all. 


Give Input on Where to Locate King County’s New Transfer Station

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Houghton Transfer Station, located in the Bridle Trails neighborhood of Kirkland, is outdated and no longer able to meet the community’s needs for waste disposal and recycling. King County is planning to build a replacement station somewhere in Kirkland, Redmond, or Woodinville. Like the new Factoria Transfer Station in Bellevue, the modern replacement station will offer improved recycling opportunities and public amenities.

Replacing the Houghton station with a larger, easy-to-use facility with more recycling options will make services more convenient and accessible and keep recyclable materials out of the landfill. After siting, design and construction, the Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station is scheduled to start operating in 2027. Take King County’s short survey to help them decide where to locate a new recycling and garbage transfer station in the northeast part of King County. For more information about Northeast Recycling & Transfer Station project, please visit the King County webpage. 

The survey will be open until November 20. 

Factoria transfer station

Parks & Community Services Hosts Scarecrow Fashion Fun

Design it, Build it, Dress it!

Was your creative energy sparked by October’s Great Pumpkin Carving Contest? November’s Scarecrow Fashion Fun contest is another chance to show off your artistic abilities while competing for some great prizes. Design your scarecrow in any medium you wish! You have full creative license as you craft your fashion-forward scarecrow on paper, in paint, digitally or even life size. Submit a photo of your award-worthy scarecrow for the chance win prizes.

Winners will receive a gift certificate from PCC Community Markets for a turkey, and a gift card from Lady Yum, Kirkland’s famed maker of macarons and mischief.

Official contest rules:

  1. Be creative and build your scarecrow in any media you choose. (paper, paint, digital, life size, etc.)
  2. Submit a photo to by Thursday, November 19.
  3. One entry per person.
  4. Photos will be posted on the Kirkland Parks & Community Services Facebook page and voting will take place Friday, November 20 - Sunday, November 22. 
  5. The top three winners with the most “Likes” will win a $50 gift card to PCC for a turkey and a gift card to Lady Yum.
  6. Winners will be announced Monday, November 23.

Thank you to our generous donors PCC Community Markets and Lady Yum!

Scarecrow fashion show

Become a Part of Kirkland's Digital Main Street! Register Your Business at Shop Local Kirkland Today

Join Kirkland’s Digital Main Street! The Shop Local Kirkland initiative is now accepting registrations from ALL Kirkland-based businesses, including home businesses and not-for-profits. Registration is FREE. Register today:

Shop Local Kirkland (SLK) is an initiative by 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’ designed to keep dollars in the community and be an online, safety-net economy for our city.

Questions? Need help? Please email

Shop Local Kirkland Homebased Business

If Traveling Over Holidays, Please Be Safe

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Traveling this holiday season is fine if you are willing to be cautious, follow the rules, and are flexible and can easily make changes to your plans. If you do travel, be sure to mask up and practice social distancing and good hygiene. Don’t forget to pack an abundant supply of disinfectant travel wipes with a minimum of 70 percent alcohol!

Here are a few more tips for safe holiday travel:

  • Small, local gatherings are the safest.
  • Check infection rates before you go. National information is available here.
  • Consider a pre-trip 14-day quarantine, especially if you are visiting vulnerable populations.
  • Practice daily self-assessment for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Consider COVID-19 testing for hosts and/or guests, but note that testing provides status for a point in time and it’s still important to use caution.
  • Research current pandemic restrictions of your destination.

If you find yourself anxious about travelling or are in a vulnerable population, you may want to reconsider travel plans. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. More information about holiday gatherings and travel is available on the CDC website.

A Reminder From Public Health - Seattle & King County About Contact Tracing

Contract tracing

Contact tracing is a time-tested way to limit the spread of contagious diseases. Along with testing, contact tracing is a crucial method for slowing the spread of COVID-19. It's a basic tool of medical detective-work, aimed at keeping your family, friends and community members safe if you may have exposed them to the virus. 

If you receive a call from a contact tracer, the caller will show up as "Public Health," "WA Health," 206-263-8480, or 206-263-0267. What should you do? Answer the call. Your participation is essential to helping stop the spread of COVID-19. Learn more on the Public Health - Seattle & King County webpage. 

Always remember: If you have symptoms, contact tracers will ask you questions about when they first developed, where and when you were exposed, and who you may have exposed to the virus. They will also ask for your date of birth, and confirm your address, race and ethnicity. Contact tracers will never ask about your immigration status, Social Security number or financial information. For more information on how to discern between a legitimate contact tracer and a scammer, visit the Federal Trade Commission webpage. 

Extra Yard Waste Collection is FREE in November

Free yard waste

This week's rainy weather is driving those red and golden fall leaves from their branches quicker than ever. Help prevent localized flooding by checking your neighborhood storm drains and making sure they're clear of leaves.

To help support these efforts, the collection of extra yard waste is FREE for single family residences in Kirkland all throughout the month of November. Fill your gray yard waste cart first, then put out extra leaves in paper bags, reusable yard waste bags or durable containers labeled “yard waste.” There is a 65-pound limit. Plastic bags are not accepted. 

For more information about what you can do to help prevent localized flooding, please visit our stormwater drainage and flooding webpage or check out our fall utility billing insert.

Prepare for the Wet Weather! Take Advantage of the City's Free Sandbag Filling Stations

Free sandbags

According to the latest weather forecasts, today and tomorrow are bringing us steady rainfall. Are you prepared for possible urban flooding? 

Kirkland Public Works staff have positioned two free sandbag filling stations for community members who have concerns about localized flooding or have experienced it in the past. If you've experienced flooding in your neighborhood, you're encouraged to have a supply of sandbags on hand as a preparedness measure. 

Each self-service station offers sand and bags that are free to Kirkland residents and businesses. Shovels are not provided, so be sure to bring your own. City provided bags have attached tie-strings. The stations are located at the Public Works Maintenance Center (915 8th Street) on the west side of the parking lot, and at the North Kirkland Community Center (12421 103rd Ave. N.E.) in the southernmost part of the parking lot.

These two stations are accessible 24 hours a day.

For more information on the best way to fill sandbags plus tips on proper sandbag placement, use this helpful resource from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: For more information on ways to help prevent localized flooding, visit our Surface Water Management webpage

Traffic Alerts for Week of November 4 through November 11

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.


Willows road


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. 


Upcoming Events

Jesse Butterworth

Kirkland Performance Center Presents: A Live Virtual Concert with Jesse Butterworth

8 p.m., Thursday, November 5

Online, virtual event

Jesse Butterworth is an award-winning singer, producer, worship leader and songwriter. He is the co-founder of the band, Daily Planet, and also maintains a successful solo career. He loves superheroes, The Beatles, and his beat up guitar.

This show is brought to you by Kirkland Performance Center's KPC at Home series. For more information about this show visit the KPC website

Safer Styrofest

Safer StyroFest

North Kirkland Community Center (12421 103rd Ave NE)

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday November 7

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: Wonderful Worms

2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, November 10

Online, virtual event 

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

Join in a fun exploration of an underground powerhouse. Discover how the mighty red worm turns our food scraps into rich soil. Learn what worms eat and how they live. Explore worm anatomy and how to keep a worm bin.

You’ll make your own mini-worm bin with live worms to keep at home, sing songs and have fun. Register here

KDA winter market

Kirkland Wednesday Market presents the Kirkland Winter Market

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 14

Marina Park

Face masks are required to enter the market.

Join the Kirkland Downtown Association on the second Saturdays of November and December for a holiday-themed market! Shop for winter produce, dried flowers, artisan foods, and homemade crafts. Get a head start on your holiday shopping while supporting local businesses, passionate vendors and local craft-makers!  

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Batteries and Shredding

Kirkland City Hall (123 5th Ave.)

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday November 14

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

Batteries accepted: Household (alkaline) batteries (AAAA, AAA, AA, C, D, 9v), button batteries, and rechargeable batteries. For more information on our Safer Fall 2020 Recycling Events, please visit our webpage.

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.

Questions? Contact Kirkland's Recycling Hotline at


King County Library System Presents: Online Community Event: Ducks in a Row Estate Planning

4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 17

Online, virtual event 

For adults.

Many people think estate planning is only for the wealthy. Regardless of what we own, we all need an estate plan to determine who will pay bills, what will be done with personal belongings and who will be the heirs of property at the end of life. Attorney and estate planning specialist Elizabeth Jennings will cover probate and estate planning documents such as Durable Power of Attorney, Will and Revocable Living Trust. 

Brought to you by the Kingsgate Library and People's Memorial Association. 

Please register directly with People's Memorial Association