Community Food Drive | New Animal Control Officer | Learn About a Fire Service Career | Reduce Thanksgiving Waste | Holiday Lights Contest | Traffic Alerts

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November 10, 2021

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City Council

The Kirkland City Council’s next meeting takes place Tuesday, November 16, 2021 via Zoom. 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 November 16 meeting will be available on the City website prior to the meeting at: Kirkland City Council agendas. You can also receive meeting agendas in your inbox by subscribing to City Council Agendas on the Kirkland email lists subscription pagePlease note: City Council meetings will remain virtual until further notice.

More ways to watch!  Kirkland City Council meetings are streamed live on the City of Kirkland Facebook page and the City YouTube channel, in addition to the livestream on the City website. Meetings are also televised on Comcast Cable Channel 21 and Ziply Cable Channel 31.

Here are a few highlights from the upcoming meeting agenda:

Study Session:

Safer Routes to School Phasing Plan and Transportation Benefit District Funding: The City Council will hear an update on the Safer Routes to School Phasing Plan, including a potential option for funding from a Kirkland Transportation Benefit District.

NE 85th Street Station Area Plan: This will be a joint study session with the City Council and the Planning Commission. This update and discussion will review Council’s input to staff at the 10/26 meeting and will focus on the draft Station Area Plan Preferred Plan Direction, which will guide the rest of the Station Area Plan. The Council is anticipated to confirm a Preferred Plan Direction in December.

Business Item: 

Tree Code Amendment – Framework for Completion: The City Council will review and discuss a framework of action items for completing amendments to Kirkland’s Tree Code.

The full agenda and details will be available on the Kirkland City Council agendas page. 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. Please see for more information on how to provide spoken comments. Written comments can be submitted to For additional questions, please call the City Clerk’s Office at (425) 587-3190.

Community Food and Baby Essentials Drive

Food and Baby Essentials Drive

Ismaili CIVIC (formerly known as i-CERV) is hosting a donation event to collect food and baby essentials to support our community.

The 2021 Community Food Drive takes place 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, November 13, at the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Totem Lake. During this drive, Ismaili CIVIC hopes to collect culturally responsive, nonperishable, ethnic and traditional food items, along with baby essentials. Ismaili CIVIC donation events are contactless with careful COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place. If you’re interested in donating, pack your donations in bags or boxes and place them in your trunk. Once on site, follow the signs to the collection area, pop your trunk, and let the volunteers do the unloading and hauling.

Event organizers ask that donors please wear facial coverings while on site. The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Community Center is in the Totem Lake area at 12505 115th Ave NE, Building D, which is west of the Kirkland Justice Center and near Jasper's Off-Leash Dog Park.

If you have questions about this event or would like specific details on what types of foods to donate, please contact Tasnim Rehamani at 206-981-6860, or visit:

Meet Kirkland’s New Animal Control Officer

New ACO Hunter Woldseth

The City recently hired a new Animal Control Officer, Hunter Woldseth. In this role, Hunter will help get lost pets back to their owners and will support other animal calls. A Marine Corps veteran, Hunter applied for and got a job as a Parking Enforcement Officer with the Kirkland Police Department. He started in December of 2019 and had a few solid months before COVID changed the landscape. He has valued the experience this position gave him. Wanting to grow and develop in his career path, Hunter applied for the open Animal Control Officer position. He grew up working on farms and has always loved working with animals. Hunter is looking forward to interacting with our community. You will likely see Hunter out at City Parks, attending public events, and handling animal calls starting.

Please visit the City’s website for more information about the City’s Animal Services Program.

Learn About a Fire Service Career

King Co. Diversity Event

Have you ever considered a career in the fire service? The King County Fire Chiefs Association has been working over the past year to develop a Diversity and Recruitment Workshop program. The workshops are designed to help potential firefighter applicants navigate the hiring process. They are open to anyone at least 16 years of age and are geared towards recruiting members of the BIPOC community, LGTBQIA+, women, limited English speaking communities or those with no prior fire service experience.

Fire departments across the County will rotate to host the semi-annual workshops. The first Diversity and Recruitment Workshop will be held on Saturday, December 11 from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., hosted by the Bellevue Fire Department (workshop located at Bellevue City Hall). The deadline to register is Wednesday, December 1. King County EMS is providing complimentary lunch and refreshments for the day.

For more information, and to register, visit:

Reduce Thanksgiving Waste

Reduce Thanksgiving Waste

Here are some helpful tips from the City’s Recycling Team on reducing waste during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Recycle your holiday cooking oil

Save your used cooking oil and bring it to our tank at North Kirkland Community Center to recycle into biodiesel! Never pour oil down the sink – it builds up in pipes and causes clogs. Learn more at

Make the right amount of food for the holidays with the Guestimator Tool

If you are hosting for the holidays, use this handy tool to figure out the right amount of food to prepare so you’re not left with more leftovers than you can eat! Also plan ahead so you can freeze extra leftovers as appropriate.

Want to incorporate some plant-based dishes into your holiday menu?

Check out this free online class on November 10 through King County Library System!

Light Up Kirkland with Holiday Lights

Spread the love and cheer this year with lights, inflatables, music, and holiday decorations of all kinds. Decorate your home between November 1 through December 9 and register to be a part of the City’s Light Up Kirkland competition!

Each home registered must submit a photo of their holiday decorations (photo of the outside of your home) to Jessi Vandiver at by December 9 at 5:00pm. The judging committee will review submissions on December 10. Then the committee will choose the top 10 homes to drive by and review them in person on December 14 between 5-8 PM. The top 3 winners will be announced on December 16, and winners will win a victory yard sign!

Contest Rules:

  • Open to Kirkland residents only.
  • Decorations must be visible from driveway.
  • Decorations must be available and lit up on December 14 between 5 to 8 PM for the judging.
  • Each winner will win a victory yard sign to announce their special status to all who drive by!
  • Participant's address will be listed on the Holiday Lights map that will be distributed to the public upon request and distributed to community participants of the Light Up Kirkland events on December 11 and 12.
  • Winners will be contacted on December 16. Winners will also be announced on our Kirkland Parks Facebook page.
  • Registration closes December 3 at Noon.

Register on November 1 for FREE at

Holiday Lights Contest

Free Leaf Collection in November

During the month of November, extra yard waste is FREE in Kirkland! Fill your gray cart first, then put out extra leaves in paper bags or durable containers labeled "yard waste." (Up to 5 per collection day.) Plastic bags are not accepted. We appreciate your help clearing leaves from your storm drains!

For more information on how to put out your extra yard waste, visit our webpage:

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Traffic Alerts

Totem Lake

Northeast 124th Street and Totem Lake Boulevard
Kirkland’s Totem Lake Connector contractor is planning to close a short section of Northeast 124th Street and Totem Lake Boulevard between midnight and 4 a.m.

Kraemer North America plans to close both streets near their intersection so it can move a crane from the south side of the intersection to the north side.


Cross Kirkland Corridor – Totem Lake

A detour around the Cross Kirkland Corridor between 120th Place Northeast and 128th Lane Northeast remains in effect while Kirkland’s Totem Lake Connector contractor uses the corridor to build the pedestrian and bicycle bridge.

The Totem Lake Connector is expected to be complete in winter 2022. 

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124th Avenue Northeast - North Rose Hill

Puget Sound Energy is relocating gas lines this week and next along 124th Avenue Northeast, between Northeast 116th and 124th streets.

Crews are working from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. this week and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through mid-November.

After Puget Sound Energy relocates its gas lines, other utility operators, such as Comcast and Ziply, will begin relocating fiber optics lines through February.

The City of Kirkland is coordinating the utility relocations as part its ambitious effort to improve the 124th Avenue Northeast corridor.


Northeast 132nd Street - Juanita

Kirkland’s Fire Station 24 contractor is planning on Monday to repave Northeast 132nd Street, between 97th Avenue Northeast and 100th Avenue Northeast. Kirtley-Cole’s crews will work from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, the contractor is continuing construction on the new fire station and many of its amenities, such as restoring the sidewalk, building a new multi-use path and installing new traffic signals. The City expects Kirtley-Cole to complete the fire station later this fall.


North Rose Hill

Northeast 120th Street
Drivers traveling Northeast 120th Street between Slater Avenue and the Lake Washington Institute of Technology may encounter intermittent construction activity as the contractor works to repair a section of the street. Major work will return in early November for the contractor to complete the surface water project.


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 is directing 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 parallel, on-street parking along the north portion of Fifth Place South.   

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. 

Upcoming Events

Kirkland Winter Market  

Kirkland Winter Market
Presented By: Kirkland Downtown Association
Saturday, November 13 and December 11, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Place: Kirkland Urban, 400 Urban Plaza

Join the Kirkland Downtown Association at Kirkland Urban on November 13 and December 11 for the Kirkland Winter 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!

Green Kirkland Stewardship Opportunity  

Urban Forest Restoration at South Rose Hill Park
Sunday, November 14, 2021 | 9:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is requested for all Green Kirkland events.

Face coverings: Please bring and wear a face covering at times when physical distancing cannot be maintained at outdoor stewardship events.

Volunteers will help restore critical habitat by removing invasive plants such as blackberry or ivy, planting native plants, and pitching-in with stewardship tasks like mulching and weeding. With your help, this park with have healthy and thriving natural areas for years to come!

All experience levels and ages are welcome following the safety and event guidelines. Tools and training are provided. Events are 100% outdoors and occur rain or shine!

For general information about what to expect at Green Kirkland events visit the ‘What to Expect Page'.

Job Fair Event  

2021 Eastside Virtual Job Fair
Thursday, November 18, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Pre-registration required (Online Event)

The City of Kirkland is partnering with the City of Issaquah, WorkSource Seattle-King County (SKC) and other Eastside cities to bring a virtual job fair to the Eastside, Thursday, November 18th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosted through an online portal, job seekers must register here to take advantage of this opportunity meet with dozens of employers located on the eastside. Once registered, job seekers will be able to create a personal profile and upload a resume. This event is open to the public at no cost.

WorkSource is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Landscaping with Native Plants  

Benefits and Beauty of Landscaping with Native Plants
Presented By: King Conservation District
Thursday, November 18, 2021
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Place: Online Event
Free Register Here

Join King Conservation District for a FREE native plant webinar with Jacobus Saperstein, native plant expert. The talk will cover the countless benefits that native plants provide for landscape aesthetics, wildlife habitat, water quality and more! Attendees will get advice on the best ways to reduce plant mortality, save money and improve your landscape's overall health and happiness.

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