We opened the meeting with a moment of silence to honor veterans.
Kirkland Urban Update
Bill Leedom, the Director of Investments at Talon Private Capital, gave us an update on Kirkland Urban:
Tom Kreinbring shared information about Hopelink and new additions to the Turkey Trot fun run:
Crossing Kirkland 2019
The 3rd annual Crossing Kirkland community event will be held September 7, 2019. It will shrink from 6 to 3 locations to make it easier to visit all event stations along the Cross Kirkland Corridor. The leadership team is seeking volunteers for Station Captain roles. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Bike Sharing in Kirkland
Assistant City Manager Jim Lopez presented information about the potential for regulated bike-sharing in Kirkland. We already have Lime bikes in Kirkland because they are established in neighboring towns. The City is determining whether to formally regulate Lime bikes in a pilot program to exert some control over the ability to move bikes causing clutter and other concerns.
If the pilot program moves forward, there is not expected to be a cost to the City; in fact it may generate revenue. If there were costs, they would be for government-subsidized docking stations, which is not part of the pilot plan. Another option is to paint white-striped areas designated for parking bikes. If approved, the bikes are expected to be an all-electric fleet (pedaling takes less effort).
City Council is actively seeking resident input:
Off-Leash Dog Areas
Jim Lopez led us through a discussion on the possibility of expanding off-leash dog areas. By City law, only the Ethan Moulton Park's fenced-in dog trail and Jasper Park allow dogs off-leash. The City is considering options that include creating additional off-leash locations and/or having designated hours for pets to be off-leash in certain areas of parks.
The City now has an animal control officer that provides enforcement. The current enforcement policy is:
City Council is seeking resident input: