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January 12, 2023

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City Facilities Closed Monday, January 16

MLK Day City Hall Closure

In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., City administrative offices are closed on Monday, January 16, 2023. City services normally accessible through email, the Our Kirkland service portal and over the phone will resume 8 a.m., Tuesday, January 17. 

On January 3, 2023, the Mayor, on behalf of the City Council, proclaimed Monday, January 16 as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and encourages all Kirkland residents and businesses to serve their neighbors and community on this day and throughout the year. Read the full proclamation in this memo 

For a full list of 2023 City Hall Holiday Closures, visit the City’s website 

City Council Meeting Preview


The next meeting of the Kirkland City Council is on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. This will be a hybrid meeting, and community members are welcome to attend the meeting in person or via Zoom. Limited socially distant seating will be available in the Council Chamber, as well as some limited overflow seating.   

Here’s a brief overview of some of the items on the Business Agenda for the January 17 meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m.:  

Eastside Climate Partnership Council will consider authorizing an Interlocal Agreement between the cities of Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island and Redmond to formally establish a partnership to advance shared goals on climate action, energy and the environment. The agreement would help promote key actions in Kirkland's Sustainability Master Plan.  

Updates to City Flag Policy, Proclamation Procedures Council will review staff recommended updates to the City’s Administrative Policy 1.3 for displaying flags at City facilities. Council will also consider updates to the City Council’s Policies and Procedures related to proclamations.  

Draft Permanent Supportive Housing AgreementCouncil will review and provide feedback on the proposed working drafts of the Permanent Supportive Housing Agreement between the City of Kirkland and King County and the Services Agreement between the County and the future operator of the designated permanent supporting housing facility in Kirkland. This will follow a public hearing on King County’s permanent supportive housing project in Kirkland.  

Street Banner Program and CodeCouncil will review staff recommended changes to the Kirkland Municipal Code (KMC) 19.32 related to street banners and KMC 11.80.040 related to posting signs, posters and notices in parks.  

Prior to the above business agenda, the Council will also hold a Study Session starting at 5:30 p.m., where they will discuss:   

Kirkland Teen Union Building (KTUB) Council will consider two different operating models for KTUB. The first is a non-profit service provider to operate the facility as a teen center and the second is a City-operated alternative. Council will provide direction on which model is more desirable as a service for the community as KTUB moves to re-open in 2023.  

Meeting details:    

The business meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and is preceded by a 5:30 p.m. study session. The agenda for the January 17 meeting will be available on the City website on Monday on the Kirkland City Council agendas webpage. You can also receive meeting agendas in your inbox by subscribing to “City Council Agendas” on the Kirkland email lists subscription page.     

How to watch:  Kirkland City Council meetings are streamed live and can be watched after the fact 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.     

How to participate:  Members of the public wishing to address the Council may do so in-person or via Zoom during the “Items from the Audience” part of the agenda. That part of the agenda occurs at the beginning of the Council’s business meeting at 7:30 p.m. Information on the comment sign up process to provide comment to the City Council, and on attending the meeting virtually, is available on the City Council webpage.   

Written comments can also be submitted to For additional questions, please call the City Clerk’s Office at (425) 587-3190. 

Public Hearing on Permanent Supportive Housing at the former La Quinta Inn in Kirkland

On Tuesday, January 17, 2023, as part of the City Council meeting, the City Council will hold a public hearing to receive comment regarding King County’s Permanent Supportive Housing Program in Kirkland. Later in its meeting, following the public hearing, the Council will review and provide feedback on the proposed working drafts of the Permanent Supportive Housing Agreement between the City of Kirkland and King County and the Services Agreement between the County and the future operator of the designated permanent supporting housing facility in Kirkland. 

Drafts of the agreements and other materials will be posted to the City Council webpage on the City’s website tomorrow, Friday January 13, 2023.

The City has also updated its informational webpage FAQ section to include answers to questions presented by the Central Houghton and Lakeview Neighborhood Associations.

Community Conversations

King County District 6 Survey 

Did you know Kirkland is in King County Districts 1 and 6, and our community members are represented by King County councilmembers? District 6 Councilmember Balducci wants to hear your priorities for the coming year in this short survey. Share your thoughts on the major issues facing the region.

Wondering what's going on in your neighborhood?     

Kirkland Neighborhood Associations are your connection to sustaining and improving the sense of community that Kirklanders enjoy. Your association represents your neighborhood in communication with the City Council and staff, can offer valuable input to the City on neighborhood planning, and can receive funding from the City to help enhance the quality of life in your neighborhood. For information on how to get involved, check out the Neighborhood Associations page on the City website. 

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How can I contact the City with questions, requests, or suggestions? 

You can always contact City staff through the Our Kirkland service portal, available on the web and mobile app. Submitting your comments through Our Kirkland ensures the right staff receives the information and is able to follow up with you.  

For more opportunities to provide feedback to the City, please visit our Community Conversations page. 

Come Work for the Planning & Building Department

Planning - work with us

The City of Kirkland Planning & Building Department is currently seeking applicants across multiple positions to help ensure our community is sustainable, equitable, inclusive, and well-designed. As our City continues to experience high levels of growth and new development, we are looking for individuals who are creative, community-oriented, and will help foster positive change. We have several exciting opportunities to contribute across a range of experience levels. 

Current openings include: 

  • Planning Supervisors (two openings)
  • Assistant Planner
  • Planning Technician
  • Planning Intern
  • Plans Examiner
  • Electrical Inspector

Click here to learn more and apply! 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Kirkland

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Kirkland

Roses are red, 

Violets are blue,  

Valentine’s Day is coming - 

we have the perfect idea for you!

Looking for a special Valentine’s get-away but won’t be able to head out of town? Book a staycation at any participating Kirkland hotel direct through and receive up to $100 to spend in Kirkland. From luxurious accommodations to mouthwatering dining options, spas, and much more, Kirkland Ca$h is accepted at all the places you need to make this holiday extra special. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity. Book your getaway now and treat your loved one to a staycation they’ll remember. 

Reminder: Cross Kirkland Corridor Closure at Totem Lake

January 2023 CKC Closure

If you’re a frequent user of the Cross Kirkland Corridor, know that it will be closing for three weeks beginning January 16 to February 3, so crews can restore and improve the trail section. 

Kirkland’s Totem Lake Connector contractor will be closing the corridor between Northeast 124th Street and 120th Avenue Northeast. A detour will be in place. 

For more, visit 

Parks Funding Committee Kicks Off 2023

PFEC Tour Sammamish CM Curtis

The Parks Funding Exploratory Committee (PFEC) resumes their work this week on Thursday, January 12. The committee will review potential parks ballot measure elements and related capital and operating cost information. These elements build on priorities identified in the PROS Plan and significant community input.  

Earlier this week on Monday, January 9, several PFEC members and PFEC Chair Councilmember Curtis toured the Sammamish Community and Aquatic Center to learn about the facility, its design, and operations. 

PFEC was established by City Council in August 2022 to lead community input and provide recommendations for a potential ballot measure(s) to Kirkland City Council by spring 2023. Catch up on past PFEC meetings and learn more about PFEC at 

Let’s Chat: Emergency Preparedness

The turn of a new year is a great time to update your preparedness. 

There are simple steps that everyone can take to get prepared. Working together with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors can help our whole community be more prepared for disasters. 

In this video “Let’s Chat: Emergency Preparedness,” Carly goes over the basics of how to Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Be Informed. Watch now:  

Lets Chat Emergency Preparedness with Carly Pacekonis 2023

Recycle Your Christmas Tree and Holiday Lights

Christmas Tree Collection Jan 2 and Jan 9 2023

Have a real Christmas tree? Not sure what to do with it? This is the best time to recycle your real Christmas tree – at no extra cost! In Kirkland, you can put your tree (unflocked, no decorations and up to 6 feet tall) next to your cart or dumpster during the first two weeks of collection in January, and we’ll take it away for free. Trees taller than 6 feet should be cut down to 4-foot segments. After the first two service weeks in January, you should cut trees down to 3-foot segments and put them inside your yard waste bins.  

As you start putting away holiday decorations, here are some tips to recycle, donate, or upcycle old, unwanted, or broken decorations: 

  • Holiday lights – broken lights can be brought to various locations across King County. Find a location here. 
  • Plastic yard decorations – do not go into your recycling. If they are in good condition, consider donating them at a local Goodwill or post on your local Buy Nothing social media group. 
  • Greeting cards and wrapping paper – Paper only wrapping (no glitter or foil) can be recycled curbside.  
  • Wreaths – Branches can be placed in your gray yard waste cart after removing all decorations and metal wires/base. Fake wreaths are not recyclable and can be donated instead. 

Happy New Year! 

Traffic Alerts

School Zone Safety Cameras Project Delayed  

The implementation of the new school zone safety cameras in the Moss Bay and Finn Hill neighborhoods has been postponed due to delays in PSE crews being able to activate the equipment. The City has not begun to issue speeding warnings as originally planned and communicated. We will share the new activation dates when available.  

Upcoming Events

January National Blood Donor Month Blood Drive

Upcoming Blood Drives  

Date: January 23 and 24, 2023  

Location: Kirkland City Hall 123 5th Ave  

Looking for a relatively easy New Year's resolution?  How about giving blood? Giving blood at least once a year is a small, attainable, and measurable objective that means a lifetime of difference for a patient in need—and comes with cookies! It only takes an hour to make a difference. Start by crossing one goal off your list and donate at City Hall January 23 or 24. You need to be at least 16 years old to donate blood, and all donors need to arrive with photo ID, and wearing a face mask.  

lunar new year 2023 - Facebook Event

Lunar New Year  

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2022  

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.  

Location: Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Ave, 98033  

Learn about the Lunar New Year, and how it's traditionally celebrated! Enjoy activities that include crafts, food, dancing and cultural demonstrations.  

For more information, visit the event page. 

For more events from the City, visit our Community Events page. For up-to-date happenings around Kirkland, visit 

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