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March 30, 2023

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City Council Meeting Preview


The next meeting of the Kirkland City Council is on Tuesday, April 4, 2023. This will be a hybrid meeting, and community members are welcome to attend the meeting in person or via Zoom.  

Here’s a brief overview of some of the items on the Business Agenda for the April 4 meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m.:  

Electric Leaf Blower Initiative Council will discuss the goals and key milestones of the Electric Leaf Blower Initiative, a multi-year phased approach to switch gas-powered blowers to electric.  

2023 State Legislative Update Council will receive a sixth update on the City’s 2023 State Legislative Priorities.  

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Workplan Council will receive an update on the progress of the DEIB team’s workplan including the equity impact assessment tool and DEIB partnership events and communications.  

NE 85th St Station Area Plan Council will review and provide direction on the naming of the future station area and will receive an update on potential Tax Increment Financing.  

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

Park Board Joint Meeting - Council will hold a joint meeting with the Park Board to discuss the board’s priorities and interests. Planned discussion items include the 2023 Parks Ballot Measure Initiative and Parks level of service.  

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 April 4 meeting will be available on the City website prior to the meeting 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, which starts 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. 

Community Conversations

Our Kirkland

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 can follow up with you.  

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

KFD Welcomes New Deputy Fire Chief

Fire Deputy Chief Ryan Woodey

Kirkland Fire Department welcomes Ryan Woodey as its newest Deputy Chief. Ryan comes from Graham Fire & Rescue, where he served since 2002. Woodey brings a wealth of experience and education to Kirkland with degrees in Fire Administration, Political Science, and Organizational Leadership.   

His favorite things about being in the fire service are: 

  • The people - forming relationships and teams through training and emergency response.   
  • The mission - helping people in need. 
  • The work - the complexity and diversity of each day.  

DC Woodey is also active in his community – he is a youth soccer coach and former PTA President. He has also done fundraising for non-profits, the IAFF, and other charities. 

In his spare time, he enjoys running, traveling and spending time with family and friends.  

Please welcome Deputy Chief Woodey! 

Interested in becoming a Kirkland firefighter? See more info about Kirkland Fire Department. 

Don’t Miss Out: Come to the Parks Job Fair

Parks - We're Hiring

Join our team! Come talk with hiring managers and learn about open Parks and Community Services positions at the job fair this Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the North Kirkland Community Center. See you there!  

Have a teen interested in applying? 15-year-olds can apply for lifeguard positions. At age 16, more positions open up such as day camp positions. Applicants must be 18+ for leadership positions and positions which require use of power tools. 

Visit for more information and links to positions. 

Date: April 1, 2023 

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Location: North Kirkland Community Center 12421 103rd Ave NE  

Pet Fire Safety

Dog photo

As we near the end of March and Pet Preparedness Month, here are a few reminders to help keep our furry family members safe: 

  • Pets are curious. They may bump into, turn on, or knock over cooking equipment. Keep pets away from stoves and countertops. 
  • Have a “pet-free zone” of at least 3 feet away from a fireplace. Glass doors and screens can stay dangerously hot for several hours after the fire goes out. Always use a heat-tempered screen on a fireplace and keep it in place. 
  • Keep pets away from candles, lamps, and space heaters. 
  • Make sure pets don’t chew through electrical cords. 
  • Never go back inside for pets in a fire. Tell firefighters if your pet is trapped. 
  • Make sure pets are included in your family’s wildfire evacuation plan. Build an evacuation kit for each pet in your household.  

For more pet preparedness tips check out this video with KPD’s Animal Control Officer Hunter Woldseth:

OEM pet preparedness class video

Home Burglary Prevention Tips

Burglary Prevention Tips

Spring is here and more people are out and about. Unfortunately, so are burglars. Kirkland Police Department shares these tips to help prevent home burglary: 

  • Make sure you have good lighting in the front and back of your home and garage. 
  • Use deadbolt locks as secondary locks on all doors.  
  • Fortify your windows and sliding glass doors with secondary locks or dowels that fit securely in windows. Dowels can be made of wood, PVC pipe or metal.   
  • Secure garage doors with a padlock or a sliding/cane bolt. Also lock the door that leads into the house from the garage. 
  • Trim all landscaping below windows to avoid hiding places. 
  • Make sure your address is visible from the street so emergency personnel can quickly respond. 
  • Get to know your neighbors. You are more apt to look out for each other’s homes and property if you know each other.  
  • Don't let mail or packages pile up. It is a telltale sign that you’re gone. Arrange for a friend or neighbor to collect these while you’re away.  
  • Consider getting a dog. Dogs are a great deterrent to burglars. 

Do what you can to make your home less inviting to thieves. If it looks difficult to enter, is difficult to enter, and is well-maintained, chances are thieves will skip your house. 

Traffic Alerts

Cross Kirkland Corridor – Totem Lake 

Kirkland’s Totem Lake Connector contractor is planning from April 3 to April 7 to close the Cross Kirkland Corridor between Northeast 124th Street and 120th Avenue Northeast.  

Northeast 132nd Street/Juanita High School – Juanita 

Drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists will encounter road construction on Northeast 132nd Street at Juanita High School and on the access road to the school.  The project builds a new right turn lane into the High School to increase traffic flow during peak times.   


Northeast 132nd Street at I-405 – Juanita/Kingsgate  

Drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists will encounter continued construction as WSDOT’s contractor builds a new interchange for Interstate 405.  

The eastbound lanes on Northeast 132nd Street will be closed from 111th Avenue Northeast to 116th Way Northeast for daytime construction work from March 23 through April 7.  The eastbound lane will open for traffic on the weekends. A detour is in place for vehicles.  Pedestrian access will remain open along Northeast 132nd Street.   

116th Avenue Northeast remains closed, north of Northeast 132nd Street until May. A detour is in place for vehicles. Pedestrian access will remain open on 116th Avenue Northeast throughout construction.   

For questions about this traffic control, or other questions about this project, call WSDOT’s project hotline at 425-224-2433.  

Northeast 124th Street/116th Avenue Northeast – Juanita 

Construction activities are expected to resume for this project on April 10.  The project has been awaiting franchise utility operators to relocate their facilities to accommodate the new sidewalk and turn lane.   

The project builds a new southbound to westbound right-turn lane from 116th Avenue NE, while also improving pedestrian facilities along the westside of 116th Avenue Northeast. 

126th Avenue Northeast Water Main Upgrade – South Rose Hill 

Work continues on a water main upgrade along 126th Avenue Northeast, between Northeast 70th and 80th streets.  

RW Scott Construction will be closing this section of 126th Avenue Northeast to general traffic throughout construction, but will provide access to local residents.  Resident connections to the water main are underway.   

Upcoming Events

Kirkland Together: Recognizing Antisemitism

Join Kol Ami for an afternoon of learning and discussion on how to address antisemitism. There will also be break out room discussions and a closing reception. Sponsored by the City of Kirkland. 

The event is free. Pre-registration required.  

For more information, and to register, visit Kol Ami’s website.  

Date: Saturday, April 29 

Time: 3 – 6 p.m. 

Location: Kol Ami, 308 4th Ave South 

CERT continue education medical review

Refresh Your CERT Skills 

Come refresh the skills you learned in your initial CERT training! In this class, you will apply your knowledge of identifying and immediately treating life-threatening conditions. You will also refresh your disaster first aid skills.  

Register here.   

Date: Wednesday, April 5

Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: City Hall – Peter Kirk Room, 123 5th Ave 

Office of Emergency Management OEM Logo

Virtual Question and Answer Session

Do you want to learn more about what you can do to be disaster ready? Take a class with Kirkland’s Office of Emergency Management to learn more about emergency preparedness for you, your loved ones, and the community! Bring your preparedness questions for staff to answer.   

Register for this FREE session here.   

Date: Thursday, April 6

Time: 6 – 7 p.m. 

Location: Zoom (Virtual) 

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

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Video Spotlight

Ever wonder what the City’s Environmental Analysts do to monitor and document the habitat conditions of Kirkland’s creeks and streams? Wonder no more:

City Staff Monitor Habitat in Kirkland Creeks Video