|Redmond, WA –The City of Redmond will host the third and final public hearing on the 2015-16 biennial budget on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 pm at Redmond City Hall, 15670 NE 85th St., during the regular City Council meeting. The goal of the public hearing is to collect community input about City issues, priorities and fiscal matters before the final budget is adopted by Council on Dec. 2. Read More>>|
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
One of the residents complained she had five pets that came down with cancer. Another resident complained she started getting debilitating migraine headaches starting in 2007.
A third resident, Al, said his 6 year old asthmatic child had to be admitted to the ER five times, twice two times in one day. He lives in the Woodbridge area. He is a particle physicist and electrical engineer and said since the city isn't doing any air quality testing he will take it upon himself and publish the results on a web site.
The Mayor and Councilman Hank Myers said the city doesn't have jurisdiction over Watson Asphalt air quality and that Puget Sound Clean Air Authority has jurisdiction to enforce existing laws. David Morton spent over an hour talking to Puget Sound Clean Air Authority with no results. Al said the City "should stop deferring and start championing" the testing of air quality.
Watson Asphalt Paving Company is located in SE Redmond and the Mayor said any changes to the zoning code would not effect existing businesses.
During the Budget Hearing David Morton asked Council to consider funding $200,000 to upgrades of Watson's industrial refining processes.
Reported by Bob Yoder
Thursday, October 16, 2014
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I think the traffic in Redmond has become a nightmare. Last night was horrible with cars lined from redmond middle school down the hill to the community center. Downtown is a slow grind, Willows Road and Redmond Woodinville Hwy are parking lots, and don't even get me started on Avondale. Today I called the city out of frustration. They asked that I pass along Susan Byszeski's phone number 425-556-2882. She is collecting community feedback.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Stolen property includes jewelry, cash and electronics. Method of entry has been through rear sliding glass doors, window smashes and window pry. When a resident has been home and answered the door, a suspicious person has asked for someone who does not live at the residence.
- Hispanic or Asian male, around 25 years old and approximately 5-foot-5-inches tall
- Hispanic female, approximately 5-foot-4-inches tall, thin, with long black hair
- Black male, around 18 years old, approximately 6-feet tall, thin, with no facial hair
Monday, October 13, 2014
Three parents complained about overcrowding on the bus to Rose Hill Middle School. Kids have to sit three in a row with backpacks and musical instruments and one mother complained that when the bus turns some students are jarred off their seats and into the aisle. One mother complained this was a safety issue and that safety is threatened when students have to wait at the bus stop for another bus because there was lack of room on the first bus. One mother said their child was late 22 days out of the last 23 days because of lack of space on the first bus and a bus driver shortage.
Superintendent Traci Pierce directed the parents to talk to staff members Janine Folgard and Forest Miller after the meeting to find solutions. The Board will follow-up the issue and de-brief at their next public meeting.
Reported by Bob Yoder
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Public feedback gained from the workshop will be used to develop recommendations for a rewrite of the current design standards in the City of Redmond Zoning Code that will take place in 2015. The purpose of Redmond’s design standards is to create a built environment that is consistent with the City’s strengths and assets as well as the community’s vision for its future.
The City would like to update its urban design standards and wants citizens to be part of the process.
• Conduct a community workshop that inspires dialogue
and design feedback from citizens.
• Foster discussions that encourage people to tell us
what they think is great and what design elements
they think encompasses the look and character of
• Collect design ideas for new buildings, public spaces
along streets and landscape appearance.
The community workshop will include:
• A visual preference survey for participants to identify
what they like or don’t like about development projects.
• Evaluate recent development projects and learn about
design issues important to Redmond’s two urban
centers: Downtown and Overlake.
• Review case studies from peer communities.
All citizens, regardless of architectural experience, are encouraged to attend and provide their input on the quality and effectiveness of the City’s current design standards in Redmond. For information please contact Dennis Lisk at 425-556-2471 or email@example.com.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
An estimated $10 million gap was created during the budget offer process (from the original $4.2 million estimated gap) according to Mike Bailey, Chief Financial Officer. Marchione estimated the price of government in the City to be at a 20 year low but the gap leads to the following revenue adjustments:
> an automatic 1% property tax increase
> a 3% cable utility tax
> a business tax of $7 to recoup lower transportation impact fees
> a business tax of $8 to account for inflation over recent years
> an increase in utility taxes on water (3%) and sewer (2%) to account for inflation
> a six-year, .35/1000 property tax levy (operating and capital) effective 2016 and on the 2015 ballot.
The following large projects ($75 million) will require a 2018 property tax levy vote requiring 60% supermajority: 1) Pool and Recreation facilities, 2) Transportation improvements, 3) Investments in Trails and Parks.
The bulk of the budget is for capital projects. Between 2015-2020 the following capital projects are scheduled: Read More >>
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The warrant was issued for narcotics trafficking and stolen property on the 14000 block of 108th Ave. NE in Kirkland. The residence is in close proximity to Kirkland’s Helen Keller Elementary School, daycare centers and a church. Police searched the location on Saturday to minimize community disruption.
The 54-year-old male in the residence was booked into King County Jail and charged with Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act for Heroin and Methamphetamine. His vehicle was impounded. The second male was booked and released on his own recognizance. Police recovered drug paraphernalia and multiple weapons, ranging from handguns to assault rifles, at the home.
Redmond’s Pro-Act Unit conducts investigations with crimes related to auto theft, car prowl, burglary and financial fraud. Pro-Act works collaborative investigations with nearby agencies and regional partners, in this case the Kirkland and Bellevue Police Departments. Redmond’s SWAT Team handles arrests of violent suspects, hostage situations, barricaded persons and hazardous search warrants.
The investigation remains ongoing.
Monday, October 6, 2014
We open our season with the winners of our Young Soloist competition, at the Redmond Performing Arts Center. Purchase your tickets on line at www.eastsidesymhony.org to avoid lines at the box office or at the Brown Paper Ticket link below. You can also purchase tickets at the door the day of the concert.
Elgar: Cello Concerto, 1st & 2nd mvts, Aaron Hauser, cello
Bloch: "Nigun" from Baal Shem, Takumi Taguchi, violin
Tchaikovksy: Swan Lake Suite
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suite Read More >>
Thursday, October 2, 2014
"Redmond Police Department is proud to recognize the 13 years of service from Officer Sam Hovenden and his partners Vader and Monte," said Redmond Police Chief Ron Gibson.
- Hang out with your firefighters.
- Meet Sparky the Fire Dog.
- Explore a fire engine and aid car.
- Put on kids fire gear, just like the firefighters, and keep the red hat!
- Tour your neighborhood fire station.
- Light refreshments provided.
Monday, October 6 - Station 16
6502 185 Ave NE, Redmond
Map to Station 16
Monday, October 6 - Station 18
22710 NE Alder Crest Dr, Redmond
Map to Station 18
Tuesday, October 7 - Station 17
16917 NE 116 St, Redmond
Map to Station 17
Wednesday, October 8 - Station 13
8701 208 Ave NE, Redmond
Map to Station 13
Thursday, October 9 - Station 12
4211 148 Ave NE, Bellevue
Map to Station 12
Friday, October 10 - Station 14
5021 264 Ave NE, Redmond
Map to Station 14
Saturday, October 11 - Station 11 (11:00 am - 2:00 pm)
8450 161 Ave NE, Redmond
Map to Station 11
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
“To make sure we have room for our rapidly growing student numbers, we need to have two things in place,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent. “First, we need to make sure we have enough classrooms overall to house the expected numbers. Then we can determine how to distribute the student population through a boundary adjustment process.”
To ensure enough classrooms overall, district staff analyzed five options to address short-term capacity needs, including:
- Changing the Capital Facility Plan standard of service temporarily
- Making interior building modifications
- Adding portable classrooms, either traditional or “green”*
- Constructing permanent additions
- Leasing commercial space
The solutions had to be affordable within the limited available funds for additional classrooms since two proposed bond measures did not pass in 2014. These available funds come from a mixture of past bonds that have been sold but unallocated; state construction assistance funds received and expected; and school impact fees. These sources total about $21.5 million to address district capacity needs through 2017-18. Read More >>