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April 22, 2021

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Council Recap

City Council

Thanks to everyone who attended and gave comment during Tuesday 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 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.

Mayor Sweet’s Statement on the Chauvin Trial Verdict

Mayor Penny Sweet opened the Council meeting with the following statement:

Today, the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin found the former Minneapolis police officer guilty of murder and manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd. We share in the relief felt around the country that justice has been served. 

The death of George Floyd is horrifyingly only one example of far too many deaths of Black and Brown people by some members of law enforcement around the country. Generations of people have been impacted by fear, injury, and death caused by those who don’t fulfill the charge of protecting human life. We are well aware that what happens in Minneapolis or anywhere in the country casts a shadow on all law enforcement. The men and women of the Kirkland Police Department have shown honor, understanding and empathy as we face enormously complex and difficult issues with our community.

We heard from our community through last year’s protests and gatherings that change is needed. We are grateful for the honesty, candidness and courage with which so many are sharing their perspectives and insights.

Today marks a pivotal moment when we saw that our country can do better. It’s a turning point. We must continue to work together to end structural and institutional racism in order to stop history from repeating.

2021 Earth Month Proclamation

Mayor Penny Sweet proclaimed April 2021 as Earth Month in the City of Kirkland. The City of Kirkland has a long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship, as shown in the Council’s Goal for the Environment “to protect and enhance our natural environment for
current residents and future generations.” In recent years, the Kirkland City Council has made numerous important policy decisions related to its commitment to environmental stewardship. 

Stand Against Racism Proclamation

The Mayor proclaimed the weekend of April 22 through April 25 as YWCA USA's Stand Against Racism Weekend. Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in communities. This campaign is one part of its larger national strategy to fulfill its mission of eliminating racism. This campaign provides an opportunity for our community to reflect on institutional and structural racism and be intentional with our own reflection and commitment.

2021 Neighborhood Safety Program Recommended Projects and Neighborhood Street Lights Project Update

The City Council approved by motion the recommended Neighborhood Safety Program projects for 2021 and provided direction to staff about the usage of the School Zone Safety Cameras as a funding source for the 2021 Neighborhood Safety Program. For more information on this presentation, check out the Council packet. 

Moss Bay and Everest Neighborhood Plan Update

The City Council was briefed on the upcoming process to update the Moss Bay and Everest Neighborhood Plans in 2021. Neighborhood Plans are updated on a rotating basis and set forth the vision, goals and policies for the future growth of the areas for the next 10-20 years within the context of the citywide General Elements in the Comprehensive Plan. For more information on these plan updates, visit our Community Conversations webpage. 

The next City Council meeting takes place Tuesday, May 4. For more information on the Kirkland City Council, please visit our website. 

Make A Difference! Apply for a City Advisory Board by May 4

For anyone who has wanted to have a voice in important decisions that affect Kirkland and work with others to make a positive difference in the community, the City of Kirkland strongly encourages applying for a city advisory board by Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

There are opportunities to fill vacancies on several of its advisory boards and commissions which are responsible for formulating new ideas, gathering information, hearing and receiving public comments, analyzing complex issues, and making recommendations for specific projects and policies.

Interested Kirkland residents, or those meeting the eligibility requirements, are invited to apply by submitting an application to the City Clerk by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Eligibility requirements differ for each board or commission. Visit the Current Recruitment Positions page or call the City Clerk’s Office at 425-587-3190 to learn more about each board and find the community service application. Members of the advisory boards are appointed by the City Council. Virtual interviews will be held on the evenings of May 24 and 25, 2021.

Read the full news release here.

Boards and Commissions

City of Kirkland Receives 2020 Municipal Champion Award

Award Recognizes Kirkland’s Commitment to Meeting Housing Needs

Today, April 21, 2021, the City of Kirkland was presented the 2020 Municipal Champion Award at Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County’s 13th Annual Celebration. This award recognizes actions Kirkland has taken to increase “Missing Middle Housing” across the city.  Founded in 1988 as one of the first of its kind in the country, the Housing Development Consortium supports its members as they work collaboratively to meet the housing needs of limited-income people throughout King County.

The City of Kirkland’s current missing middle/accessory dwelling unit rules were adopted in March 2020 as a result of a community process that spanned over a year. Current City codes allow for duplexes, triplexes and cottages on nearly all single-family lots in Kirkland, and two accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are allowed on one single-family property. Parking requirements and other regulatory barriers have been slashed or eliminated.  

“Kirkland’s missing middle amendments are about using market forces to get more affordable housing stock out into the community,” said Kirkland Mayor Penny Sweet. “They’re one of the many tools the City uses to make housing more affordable in addition to transit-oriented development, multi-family property tax exemptions, and inclusionary zoning, among others.”

The code amendments have generated early results. The City has held pre-submittal meetings for 125 cottage units compared to only 8 in the year prior to the code changes, and ADU building permit submittals have more than doubled.

“We are proud of our community’s interest and enthusiasm for more compact housing types and Kirkland’s focus on housing choice and affordability,” said Mayor Sweet. “The City of Kirkland is committed to continue this work and the recently adopted City Work Program includes furthering attainable housing as one of our key action items.”

In addition to thanking the Housing Development Consortium for this honor, City of Kirkland thanks the Kirkland Association of Neighborhoods, Rose Hill and Bridle Trails Neighborhood Association members, Microsoft, members of the Housing Strategy Task Force, the Planning Commission, and the Kirkland community.

For more information about affordable housing and housing choices in Kirkland, visit https://www.kirklandwa.gov/Government/Departments/Planning-and-Building/Housing. A video of today’s event is available here, Kirkland’s award is presented at approximately 43 minutes in.

Mayor Sweet

Juanita Beach Park Playground Slide Open!

Great news! The slide at the Juanita Beach Park playground is once again open for sliding fun! Kirkland’s newest playground features synthetic turf and play elements designed to be accessible to people of all abilities. Enjoy!

Juanita Beach slide

New Vehicle Charging Stations Activated for the City of Kirkland Fleet

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City Celebrates Earth Day with a Step Toward Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Today, April 22, 2021, the City of Kirkland took another step toward fulfilling goals of the Sustainability Master Plan adopted in December 2020 by activating new electric vehicle charging stations for the City’s fleet. Four new charging stations are now operating at City Hall and ten more charging stations will be operational within the next month. The City of Kirkland’s commitment to greenhouse gas emission reduction has been a key part of fleet vehicle acquisition and future purchase planning.

“Continuing to green the City’s fleet is an exciting way for the City of Kirkland to mark Earth Day,” said Kirkland City Councilmember Kelli Curtis. “Transportation alone accounts for about half of Kirkland’s community greenhouse gas emissions. This is one of many actions that the City of Kirkland is embarking on to reduce consumption of fossil fuels and improve air quality.”

The vehicle charging station project constructed by A&R Solar with the help of MZ Solar Consulting expands the City’s sustainable fleet capability and goals.  To continue to make progress toward Kirkland’s emission reduction goals, the City has begun to replace light-duty administration vehicles with full electric vehicles. Currently, the City of Kirkland has 12 electric vehicles in use, in addition to 24 hybrid light duty vehicles. As the electric vehicle market continues to grow, there will be multiple options for replacing vehicles that have reached the end of their useful lives with electric vehicles, such as heavy-duty class 5-8 trucks.

For over 20 years, the City of Kirkland has implemented various policies, regulations, and programs to protect the natural environment. The City’s best defense against climate change comes from fostering a resilient natural environment, planning thoughtfully, and engaging with the community. In 2020, the City Council adopted a Sustainability Master Plan, a plan to identify community priorities for environmental, economic, and social sustainability; explore specific actions that the City might undertake to support the identified priorities; and prioritize the action items in a clear implementation plan.  More information about the Sustainability Master Plan can be found at www.kirklandwa.gov/sustainabilityplan.

At its regular meeting on April 20, 2021, the Kirkland City Council proclaimed April 2021 as Earth Month in Kirkland, an annual event inspiring environmental awareness education and activism in communities across the nation. The City of Kirkland invites community members to celebrate Earth Month by taking part in opportunities throughout the month of April to learn about recycling, natural yard care, and how to make their homes more “green.” Learn more and find ways to participate at www.kirklandwa.gov/earthmonth.

Climate Action: Doing Your Part to Reduce Carbon Emissions


When it comes to climate action, there are many paths you can take to help. The question is, where does one start?

We can start at home by taking simple steps to reduce how much energy we use. Many of us have begun replacing light bulbs with LED bulbs, which use a fraction of traditional incandescent bulbs and are more efficient than compact fluorescents bulbs too! If you still have incandescent bulbs, this is a great place to start. Check out the Kirkland Green Home Challenge for more small things you can do around your home. If you want to take a holistic look at your energy use, consider having a home energy audit. This process can point out where you are using energy and how small weatherization projects like sealing your windows or adding insulation can help.

How you get around also has a significant impact on your carbon emissions. The reason for this is that with the exception of electric vehicles, cars account for nearly 30% of the carbon emitted in the United States. Consider reducing your trips or find ways to get to your destination without a car. 

If you really want to understand how much all of your actions impact climate, consider using a carbon footprint calculator. This site will help you see your impact and understand how you can reduce it.

As part of the City’s Sustainability Master Plan, Kirkland has goals to reduce the carbon emissions our community produces. We need your help to meet our goals! See more ideas for doing your part for a healthier Kirkland and world. 

New Statewide Paint Recycling Program


Recycling paint just got easier! There's a new statewide paint recycling program. You can now drop off your leftover latex and oil-based paint at participating stores at no charge.

Visit the PaintCare website to find a drop-off location near you and view a list of accepted products. Accepted products include latex paint, oil-based paint, stain, varnish, and more.

PaintCare is a product stewardship program that provides convenient locations to recycle unwanted paint. The industry-led program reports annually to the Washington State Department of Ecology. A small fee, called the PaintCare fee, is applied to all sales of eligible products in Washington, which funds all aspects of the program. Learn more about the PaintCare Program at www.paintcare.org/WA.

Celebrate Earth Day with the Alaska Suite 🌎

Join us TONIGHT (Thursday, April 22), to celebrate Earth Day at this inspirational livestream of a performance inspired by climate change. The Alaska Suite features a five-piece chamber jazz ensemble performing the original music of Seattle pianist and composer Nelda Swiggett. Visuals and spoken word performances accompany the music, building together for a message of hope for the planet. You'll connect deeply and emotionally to the scientific realities of climate change, and leave inspired to take action.

Enjoy this livestream event at loudswell.com and on the City Facebook page starting at 7:30 p.m. No registration required. This event is sponsored by Kirkland City Council. Learn more about the concert: https://www.facebook.com/events/276942763889973

Alaska Suite

Earth Day Message from Lake Washington School District Students

Huge thanks to the Lake Washington Parent Teacher Student Association Sustainability Committee for this amazing Earth Day video! 

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City Surveys: Two Important Opportunities to Have Your Voice Heard

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Dashboard Survey

We need your help in becoming a more transparent government! The City of Kirkland is creating new ways to share information with the community about how the City as an organization is performing. Please take our survey here. This survey closes on Friday, April 23. 

This is part of a larger effort of ensuring the safety and respect of Black people and examining and dismantling structural racism in Kirkland. For more information on that effort, please visit the City’s website.

Park Lane Survey

We need your feedback on whether to close Park Lane to vehicle traffic from early May to October, 2021. The City Council is considering closing Park Lane between Lake Street and Main Street to vehicles to support local businesses, respond to community interest, and continue to provide space for people to social distance. Please take this short survey to share your thoughts about this idea. 

Our Park Lane survey closes 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 26, so make sure you give your feedback soon!

Park Lane

ShakeAlert® Comes to Washington on May 4

The ShakeAlert® Earthquake Early Warning system will go live in Washington state on May 4, completing the West Coast rollout of the new technology. The system operated by the U.S Geological Survey in cooperation with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is capable of giving residents seconds of warning before earthquake shaking arrives.

This may provide you SECONDS to Drop, Cover and Hold on. No downloads required! 

It may not sound like a lot, but that's enough time to help get a pet or a young child to safety. It's also plenty of time for utilities to trigger automatic valve closures to prevent gas main explosions or water bursting from pipes. It's time for sensors to lift doors on fire stations so fire trucks can get out. It's enough time for a doctor to stop a surgery.

Learn the specifics during the upcoming public webinar at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 29!
Visit the Washington Emergency Management Division website for more information. 

Shake Alert

Traffic Alerts

Totem Lake

Commuters should expect delays on Willows Road Northeast this week while Interwest Construction’s crews continue concrete work on the trail that will eventually connect the Cross Kirkland Corridor to the Redmond Central Connector and Eastrail.

Visit www.kirklandwa.gov/willowsconnection

Cross Kirkland Corridor – Totem Lake

A detour around the Cross Kirkland Corridor between 120th Place Northeast and 128th Lane Northeast remains in effect while a pair of Kirkland contractors use it to make progress on two of Totem Lake’s most ambitious capital projects: renovation of Totem Lake Park and construction of Totem Lake Connector pedestrian and bicycle bridge. 

Kirkland’s leaders expect Totem Lake Park to be complete this summer and the Totem Lake Connector to be complete later in 2022.

Visit www.kirklandwa.gov/totemlakeconnector or www.kirklandwa.gov/totemlakepark.

Cross Kirkland Corridor – Everest/Moss Bay

Cross Kirkland Corridor travelers will continue to encounter a short detour around the trail between Seventh Avenue South and Sixth Street South as construction of the Feriton Spur Park expansion continues. 

The short detour will direct travelers to a protected pathway along Fifth Place South. The park’s developer, SRM Development, expects the detour to continue for five months. During that time, SRM Development will restrict parking along the north portion of Fifth Place South.

SRM Development expects to open Feriton Spur Park to open to the public in September. The new park will extend the developed section of the Cross Kirkland Corridor to Sixth Street South with 14 improvements, including a pickleball court, urban farm and the corridor’s first bathroom. 

Feriton spur

Northeast 132nd Street - Juanita

Drivers commuting along Northeast 132nd Street, between 100th and 97th avenues northeast should continue to expect minor delays while Kirkland’s Fire Station 24 contractor and Puget Sound Energy work in the street to connect and upgrade utilities for the new Fire Station 24.

Visit www.kirklandwa.gov/firestation24

Multiple locations - North Rose Hill/South Rose Hill

Drivers should expect construction this week along various sections of Northeast 75th Street and 128th Avenue Northeast while Kirkland’s Neighborhood Greenways contractor closes lanes to establish a variety of traffic-calming features.

Visit www.kirklandwa.gov/greenways

City of Kenmore - Juanita Drive The City of Kenmore is closing a two-block section of Juanita Drive from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays until mid-May.

Kenmore is closing the arterial between Northeast 153rd and 155th places while its contractor continues to make progress on a mile and a half of sidewalk and bicycle lanes. After 3 p.m., Juanita Drive will be open to one lane, two-way traffic controlled by portable traffic signal.

Visit https://kenmoreconstruction.com/juanita-sidewalk-project

Northshore Utility District - 100th Avenue Northeast

The Northshore Utility District is conducting night work which will close travel lanes along 100th Avenue Northeast between Northeast 132nd Street and Northeast 142nd Street from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., starting April 13.  Access to businesses will be provided as the Utility maintains their infrastructure.

Upcoming Events


Kirkland Conserves and Waste Management

Virtual Tour of the Cascade Recycling Center

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 28

Take a special behind-the-scenes tour to see where your recycling goes once it leaves the curb. Virtually tour Waste Management’s recycling facility in Woodinville. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Hosted by Waste Management.

Register at: Recycling Tour


Kirkland Performance Center presents Brunch With the Beatles: "Revolver" Featuring Good Day Sunshine

1 p.m., Sunday, April 25

Free online event

Join us on April 25 at 1:00 PM as KPC at Home: LiveStream teams-up with Hearth Kirkland to celebrate the legendary music of the Beatles and their seventh album, Revolver, with a performance by local band and KPC favorite, Good Day Sunshine.

This special concert will be livestreamed across KPC’s Facebook and YouTube channels, but if you want to see the livestreamed show in person, tickets are now available! Enjoy the iconic music of The Beatles along with a delicious brunch provided by Hearth Kirkland.

Visit the KPC webpage for more!

Parks registration

Kirkland Parks & Community Services Registration for Summer Programs!

7 a.m., Tuesday, May 4

Register at: Kirkland Parks

We're Back! Registration for in-person and virtual summer programming will begin at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Registration will be available at www.KirklandParks.net or by phone at (425) 587-3336.

We strive to offer recreation programs that are welcoming and inclusive for all. Recreation Scholarships are available to Kirkland residents. Scholarship applications can be submitted at any time during the year, with limited enrollment beginning on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Limited spots are available for scholarship recipients for summer 2021 programs – applications should be submitted earlier if possible.


King County Library System presents How to Get RainWise! + Contractor Meetup

5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 4

Online event

Learn how RainWise rebates for rain gardens and cisterns combat pollution! This webinar will cover the area storm water problem and the solutions we’re using to solve it. You will also have a chance to meet RainWise contractors and ask them questions about their future RainWise projects.

Please register no later than May 3, http://bit.ly/May4RainWise.