We were honored to host the first Kirkland City Council Candidates forum at our September meeting. A big thank you to all seven candidates for their time and participation:
We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on November 11, 2019.
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We are approaching the time when the Moss Bay Neighborhood Plan will be updated. We don’t have an official neighborhood meeting in July but we may need to call a special session with the City to provide feedback.
We voted to approve the officer slate:
Crossing Kirkland event
We will have 3 stations instead of 6 and combine neighborhoods. Moss Bay will be at Google. Station 2 will be just south of Kirkland Avenue (near the overpass). Station 3 will be just north of NE 85th overpass. Visit Crossingkirkland.org for updates and if you’d like to volunteer.
We participated in four City-led feedback sessions that David Wolbrecht and Christian Knight coordinated:
Sustainability Master Plan
Safer Routes to School Action Plans
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:
Tony Leavitt, Senior Planner with City of Kirkland provided information about two development projects near and in our neighborhood:
Kurt Triplett, City Manager, delivered an informational presentation on the community safety ballot measure to be voted on during the November 2018 general election:
Bea Nahon shared an update:
Amanda Judd gave a Crossing Kirkland recap:
Neighborhood Safety Program:
1. Kirkland Safe
1. Short-term Rental Ordinance
It was great to see a big turnout for our City Council Candidates Forum. The entire agenda was dedicated to the event.
We started the evening with a moment of silence to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We then heard a short talk from each candidate, followed by candidates each answering one question submitted by Moss Bay neighbors. We concluded with time for candidates and residents to mingle.
Penny Sweet was unable to make it and provided a statement that was read during the forum. Candidates in attendance were:
Our next meeting will be November 13, 2017, at 7pm at Heritage Hall.