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March 3, 2021

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Council Recap

City Council

Council meetings are not always about budgets, infrastructure, motions and amendments. Sometimes, they're about honoring community members for extraordinary accomplishments, recognizing staff for their hard work, and welcoming public art that reflects reverence for the City's vibrant history.  

Thanks to everyone who attended and gave comment during last night's City Council meeting, which took place via the Zoom videoconferencing platform in alignment with current public health recommendations and guidelines.

The public is always welcome at Council meetings, which are a great way to have your voice heard while gaining a better understanding of how your City government operates. The public comment period, identified as "Items from the Audience" on the Council agenda, is your chance to address the Council directly, with both compliments and concerns. We appreciate the community members who spoke last night and exercised their option to educate our Council on the things that are important to them. 

For more information about Council meetings, including the Zoom link and instructions for providing public comment, please visit the City website. To view this council meeting or any past council meeting, go to Watch Council Meetings on the City’s website.

Proclamation Acknowledging the One-Year Anniversary of the COVID Outbreak in Kirkland

On behalf of Mayor Penny Sweet, Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold read a proclamation acknowledging the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 outbreak that emerged in Kirkland on February 29, 2020 and highlighting the actions taken by the City and the community for relief, recovery and resilience. 

Resolution Approving the Nomination of Wes Carpenter for Kirkland’s Plaza of Champions

The City Council unanimously passed a Resolution inducting fourth generation Kirkland resident Wes Carpenter into the Kirkland Plaza of Champions for his exceptional contributions and service to both to the Kirkland community and the United States Army. The Plaza of Champions was initiated in 1988 to honor and recognize those groups and individuals in the greater Kirkland area who have reached the pinnacle of achievement in their chosen field and have, through that achievement, contributed in a significant way to our community. Honorees are inducted with a public ceremony and have a bronze plaque installed in their honor at the Plaza of Champions near Marina Park.

Several of Wes Carpenter's family and friends gave public comment in support of the nomination. Wes Carpenter was twice awarded significant medals by the United States Army for his courageous and selfless service as a soldier in the Vietnam War, is a lifelong Kirkland resident and a great community advocate. Wes Carpenter's formal induction ceremony at the Plaza will take place later in the year when it is safe to do so. For more about Wes Carpenter and his service in the U.S. Army, check out our Facebook page.  

Public Art for Juanita Beach Bathhouse

The City Council approved "Now and Then," by UrbanRock Design of Los Angeles, California, as the selected art concept for the Juanita Beach Bathhouse Project. "Now and Then" has been reviewed and recommended by City staff, the Cultural Arts Commission, and the Park Board. The two elements of "Now and Then" include a seating element that represents the area’s timber-rich landscape, and metal image disks that translate historic photos of the site’s past. The benches are slated for an area between the existing oak tree and the new playground, and the image disks will be installed on the dock. 

The art installation is scheduled for spring. 

Image: A cardboard mockup to show what the images will look like and their approximate position on the dock railing. 

The next City Council meeting takes place Tuesday, March 16. For more information on the Kirkland City Council, please visit our website

Juanita Beach art

City Honors Fire Chief Joe Sanford for 40 Years of Service

The City of Kirkland honors Fire Chief Joe Sanford for his amazing 40 years of service to the City, his fellow firefighters and the community.

Sanford has spent his entire career with the City of Kirkland. Hired in 1981, he has served with distinction in every position, including firefighter, lieutenant, captain, battalion chief, deputy chief and interim chief. In May of 2016 he advanced to the position of fire chief after roughly nine months as interim chief.

During the March 2 Council meeting, Staff and Council surprised Chief Sanford when they simultaneously changed their Zoom backgrounds to feature the below image. If you would like to learn more about Chief Sanford and everything he does for the City, please visit our Facebook page

Thank you Chief for your wonderful service! The City is lucky to have you!

Chief Sanford

New Look for City of Kirkland Utility Bills

The City of Kirkland has recently changed its utility billing vendor so utility bills have a new look. At this time, mailed checks now go directly to Kirkland City Hall (123 5th Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033). Other options include depositing your check in person at the drop box in front of Kirkland City Hall, signing up for direct debit, or paying your current utility bill using Kirkland’s online payment system: Existing online payment customers should continue to use the online payment system.

During the transition to the new vendor, there have been delays in the utility billing process. All utility-related late fees and water shut offs are currently suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To see an example of the new utility bill, go to For questions, email or call the Utility Department at 425-587-3150.

Kirkland Police Officer and Washington Air National Guard Airman Chris Plourd Shares About Recent Deployment to Washington D.C.

City of Kirkland Police Logo

In police work, timing is everything, as is the ability to smoothly adapt to dynamic, rapidly evolving situations that can come out of nowhere. Kirkland Police Officer and Washington Air National Guard Airman Chris Plourd recently had the chance to demonstrate his knack for both.

While some might consider a sudden deployment during one of their final phases of field training as less than optimal, Officer Plourd took it in stride in mid-January, when he was given 24 hours to report to Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane. His unit, the 141st Air Refueling Wing, was being activated to serve in Washington D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration on Wednesday, January 20, and it needed to mobilize quickly. He received the call on January 13, was on base by January 14, and arrived at Andrews Air Force Base – located in Maryland and the home of Air Force One – on Friday, January 15.

Plourd’s mission in D.C. was to support the Virginia State Police by guarding closures at the bridges leading into the capital.

To read the full story, please visit our Facebook page

Office Plourd, thank you for your service both to our community and to our country.

Officer Plourd

King Conservation District Election: Vote by 5 p.m. March 23

King Conservation District election

Are you interested in the way natural resources are managed in King County?

King Conservation District (KCD) is holding an election for Position 3 on its Board of Supervisors. A total of eight candidates are vying for the position so this is a great opportunity to use your vote to help shape the way future decisions are made. As of yesterday, (Monday, March 1) online ballots are available to eligible voters via the King Conservation District website at:

Online voting is open through 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Voters may return ballots electronically through the online ballot access system or print and mail ballots to King County Elections.

Ballots must be postmarked March 23, 2021, and received by March 26, 2021, to be counted.

King Conservation District is a special purpose district committed to helping people engage in stewardship and conservation of natural resources. KCD assists people with forestry management, streamside and shoreline restoration, farm conservation planning, and other environmental efforts. KCD is an independent, non-regulatory public agency funded primarily by a per-parcel assessment fee.

The all-volunteer, five-member Board of Supervisors is responsible for overseeing KCD operations, budget, and setting policy. Voters elect three supervisors and the Washington State Conservation Commission appoints two supervisors. Supervisors serve three-year terms.

The King Conservation District election primarily relies on electronic ballot access, with alternative options for printing and mailing in ballots. King County Elections will tabulate all ballots and report all results. For more information about the election, candidates, and a vacant appointed position, please visit:

Are You Scheduled for a Vaccine? King County Metro Transit Can Help Get You There


When your vaccination phase arrives and you secure an appointment, King County Metro Transit and their transit partners offer a number of transportation options to get you there.

Take the bus, or a combination of mobility options, to sites throughout the county. Metro’s trip planning experts are available to help you plan your customized trip from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday at 206-553-3000. For more information on your transit options, visit Public Health - Seattle & King County's "Take Transit to Take Your Shot" blog post on the Public Health Insider blog. 

To determine your eligibility, use the tool. For more about getting vaccinated in King County, visit the Public Health - Seattle & King County vaccination information page. 

Traffic Alerts for March 3 Through March 10

Road closure

Village at Totem Lake

The contractor for The Village at Totem Lake is closing northbound 120th Avenue Northeast from Totem Lake Way to Northeast 128th Avenue from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until March 17. At that point, CenterCal will close the southbound lanes to complete concrete crosswalks the length of the road. A detour route is posted.

Northeast 132nd Street

Drivers commuting along Northeast 132nd Street, between 100th and 97th avenues northeast should expect minor delays this week while Kirkland’s Fire Station 24 contractor installs a stormwater drainage line, as part of the Fire Station 24 construction.


North Rose Hill/South Rose Hill

Drivers should expect construction this week on Northeast 75th Street and at 124th Avenue Northeast’s intersection with Northeast 112th Street while Kirkland’s Neighborhood Greenways contractor closes lanes to establish a variety of traffic-calming features.

Rodarte Construction is building a raised intersection at Northeast 75th Street’s intersection with 120th Avenue Northeast and rapid flashing beacons at Northeast 112th Street and 124th Avenue Northeast. Visit

Totem Lake

Interwest Construction is shifting traffic this week along Willows Road, between 139th and 141st avenues northeast.

The Kirkland contractor is building a multi-use trail along Willows Road that will help people who are riding bicycles or walking to connect to the Sammamish River Trail and the Redmond Central Connector.


Totem Lake Gateway

Kirkland’s Totem Lake Gateway contractor is closing one of Totem Lake Boulevard’s two northbound lanes between Northeast 124th Street and 120th Avenue Northeast.

Marshbank Construction will keep the curbside lane and the sidewalk closed from 7 4 p.m. until March 5.

After suspending work in November while it awaited the manufacture of handrails, Marshbank is now resuming work to install those handrails along the northeast side of the 11-foot sidewalk it built along Totem Lake Boulevard.


Cross Kirkland Corridor

Kirkland’s Totem Lake Park renovation contractor has closed a short section of the Cross Kirkland Corridor until June while its crews build the boardwalk that will connect the corridor to Totem Lake Park.

Wyser Construction has closed the Cross Kirkland Corridor between Totem Lake Boulevard and 128th Lane Northeast. The contractor is detouring people who are walking or bicycling on the trail onto 128th Lane Northeast.


CKC closure

Upcoming Events

Eye on the Prize

Kirkland Parks & Community Services presents: the Eye on the Prize Teen Scavenger Hunt!

March 5 - March 7

Downtown Kirkland, Self-Guided Adventure

Youth age 14 - 18

Join the hunt through downtown Kirkland, solve the clues, find the hidden pictures, decode the cipher, and submit your final answer for a chance to win a gift card for coffee, food, and treats from one of our amazing local businesses! Thanks to our generous business community for the wonderful donations and to the Lake Washington High School Parent Teacher Student Association for its partnership on this event.

Register for free at:

For more, check out the Facebook event page. 

Parks event

Kirkland Parks & Community Services presents: the Pot of Gold Scavenger Hunt

March 13 - March 16

McAuliffe Park, Self-Guided Adventure

Kids age 4 - 8

You don’t need the luck of the Irish to participate in this event, just your peepers! All kids between the ages of four and eight, join in the hunt for gold nuggets starting March 13 and running through March 16 at McAuliffe Park.  Make sure you are in the main park located on the east side of 106th Avenue. Find a gold nugget, turn it over to see if you won a prize. Snap a photo and send to: to claim your prize. Only one prize per person. 

Remember to take your nugget with you! Contest ends March 16. Register to participate now for event #11053 at

Herding Cats

Kirkland Performance Center Presents: A Virtual Concert with Herding Cats

8 p.m., Wednesday, March 10

KPC at Home Livestream

Herding Cats are a classic rock cover band from Seattle, WA. The powerhouse trio features lead singer & drummer Jon Bolton, Mike Mattingly on guitar & vocals, and Kurtis Dengler on bass guitar & vocals.

Herding Cats have been performing at bars, clubs, casinos, weddings, private parties, corporate & various events locally an internationally since 2001. They are well-known for their incredibly talented, high-energy, humorous, and wildly entertaining performances. They are respected and admired for their down-to-earth personalities, professionalism, and integrity-filled work ethics.

For more, visit the KPC website

Cascade Flyer

Cascade Water Alliance presents FREE Virtual Cascade Gardener Classes

March and April, 10 a.m. Saturdays

Online virtual events

Cascade Water Alliance is pleased to provide the 2021 Cascade Gardener virtual class series. All classes are free and will be held through Zoom. Cascade presenters are regional gardening experts who will help you create beautiful gardens and landscapes that are water efficient and sustainable. Space is limited, so register today!

You'll learn about natural yard care, choosing the best plants, gardening in small spaces, sustainable landscaping, garden design, veggie gardening, gardening year 'round and practical gardening. Visit the website to see the class schedule and to sign up!


Kirkland Urban and Orca Running present the Kirkland Shamrock Adventure Run

10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday March 13

Self-guided fun-run and scavenger hunt

Shopping, living and dining center Kirkland Urban is home to the 2021 Kirkland Shamrock Adventure Run on Saturday, March 13. Orca Running and Lake Washington Physical Therapy have partnered to bring back this race in the hopes the community can get outside and have fun while staying socially distant. Runners will visit local Kirkland retailers in the downtown Kirkland/Houghton areas for a family-friendly "choose your own adventure" fun-run and scavenger hunt.

When participants register, they will sign up for a time slot to start the run. Groups of ten people will start every five minutes from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to ensure there is no crowding. Registration is limited to 300 participants this year per social distancing guidelines.

Online pre-registration closes the day before the race at 8:00 p.m. For more information and registration, visit

Rain Garden

King County Library System presents the Sustainable Earth series by KCLS and RainWise 

6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 16

Plan a Spring Rain Garden with RainWise

Online event

For adults.

Learn about integrating a rain garden into your spring gardening plans! This webinar will teach you about area storm water problems and solutions. Hear from rain garden experts and get resources such as planting lists, planting plans and maintenance guides.

Please register no later than March 15,