The City of Kenmore, Washington is located at the northern tip of beautiful Lake Washington in King County. Kenmore features spectacular local and state parks, a regional 18-mile paved trail, beautiful neighborhoods, award-winning businesses, and a highly-recognized school district. In 2009, Kenmore was ranked #1 by Seattle Magazine for "Best Metropolitan Neighborhoods to Live" and named by Family Circle Magazine as "One of the 10 Best Towns for Families."
Everyone in Kenmore wants a safe and secure city, but when it comes to how to achieve that result amidst other competing priorities, city officials are looking to residents. In preparation for the 2015-2016 budget, residents are invited to participate by filling out a short survey. Results will be compiled and posted on the City's website in early October. Take the survey.
The City of Kenmore plans to make improvements to 80th Ave NE this fall. These improvements include an asphalt overlay of the sections between NE 177th Ct to the northern City limits at NE 205th St. This project is part of the 2014 Countywide Hot Mix Asphalt Overlay Contract managed by King County. Kenmore's portion is a small part of a larger contract that includes many other King County jurisdictions. Read more here.
The City is excited to incorporate a public square or "Town Green" in the heart of downtown Kenmore. This public gathering space will help create our own sense of place and downtown identity. The Town Green is planned to be constructed on the north side of NE 181st Street, near the northwest corner of NE 181st Street and 68th Avenue NE. Project updates and dates for upcoming workshops will be posted on the City's website.
The City and Steward Teams will be hosting the Beautify Kenmore Event on Saturday, September 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at Log Boom Park and Rhododendron Park. Volunteers will be pruning, removing invasive plants, picking up trash, weeding, and mulching. Join the fun, get a little dirty, and help clean up our local parks alongside other Kenmore community members. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Volunteer and Events Coordinator Cindy Shelton at 425-398-8900 or email@example.com.
The City and the Kenmore Library will present "Wellness in the Workplace" on Thursday, October 2, 7 - 9 p.m. at Kenmore City Hall. Healthy employees are an essential asset for a healthy business and a sound bottom line. Join naturopathic physicians Dr. Gail Buquicchio (Employee Wellness Program Director at Everett Public Schools) and Dr. Joshua Goldenberg (adjunct faculty member of Bastyr University), as well as staff from the Kenmore Library, for a free seminar on how employers and managers can create and sustain a healthy work environment. Space is limited. Registration recommended, online at http://www.kcls.org/ or call the Kenmore Library, 425-486-8747.
Entrepreneurs face many challenges as they pursue a new business idea. The appropriate legal tools provide significant legal protections and avoid future liability. The October 16 seminar presented by Kha Dang, partner with Perkins Coie, will focus on practical steps entrepreneurs can take to build and protect a new venture and to identify potential issues from a business-legal perspective. Click here for details.
The safety improvement project at two intersections along Juanita Drive (at NE 170th St and NE 153rd Place) is moving very well. Most of the intersection ramps, as well as placement of curbs and gutters, sidewalk, signal junction boxes and other related works are all reaching their completion stages. The contractor will be completing the concrete island work at the 153rd intersection the week of July 7. But then, will need to pause and wait for the arrival of signal related equipment to arrive. Also, King County is waiting for the arrival of the video cameras (for both intersections). Once the equipment arrives, the County crew will install them rather quickly. No more lane closure or long intersection congestion is expected. If you have questions about the project, contact Project Manager Michael Redmond at 425.398.8900. Read more about the project here.
City Council unanimously passed two motions at their March 24 meeting authorizing the City Manager to move forward with the implementation of near-term and midterm actions to improve safety and awareness of pedestrians and cyclists in our community. The safety actions focus on three key elements: engineering, education and enforcement.
Updates and Additional Documents:
June 23 Memo to City Council
May 19 Memo to City Council
20-year Sidewalk Program
Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Ad Hoc Citizen Committee
Thank you to the 100+ people for sharing your input on pedestrian and bicycle safety through the online survey and at the Town Hall Meeting on June 24. Your comments will help the committee and staff in moving forward with the creation of the pedestrian and bicycle strategy.
The Kenmore City Council invites you to have Coffee with Council on the 1st Monday at 7:30 a.m. and the 3rd Saturday at 8:00 a.m. of each month at Espresso Works, 6734 NE 181st Street. Citizens are encouraged to attend these informal sessions to ask questions, discuss issues and offer suggestions on any topic of interest. August sessions are canceled.
To support an innovative community spirit and foster the success of start-up entrepreneurs, the City has created a Business Incubator Program. The two-year pilot project provides low cost office space, mentorship and business development support, and connects business professionals to networking events, workshops and seminars. Find out more about the Kenmore Business Incubator.