Implementing this plan would provide an extra $5 million for local roads improvements over the next 14 years.

Kenmore Council looking at fee

for renewing tabs

The Kenmore City Council voted July 28 to consider forming a transportation benefit district that would require residents to pay an additional $20 fee for renewing vehicle registrations.

Implementing this plan would provide an extra $5 million for local roads improvements over the next 14 years.

Washington state law has allowed all King, Pierce, and Snohomish county municipalities to use this measure since May as a way of generating revenue for transportation projects.

The city of Kenmore needs to pay for improvements along Juanita Drive, where several intersections have exceeded level-of-service requirements.

But consultants have indicated that the city wouldn’t be able to complete the recommended enhancements while maintaining a balanced budget.

Kenmore’s current transportation plan calls for around $155 million in improvements over the next 14 years.

The City Council is expected to consider implementing a transportation benefit district again this fall, although an exact date for the discussion has not been set.

Students complete Safe Sitters classes

The Northshore Fire Department graduated 27 students from its June and July Safe Sitter classes, which teach adolescents between the ages of 11 and 13 how to handle emergencies when caring for young children.

Students learn how to handle life-threatening emergencies, keep themselves safe, when and how to call for help, and how to understand and deal with children of different ages. They also learn techniques for treating a choking infant and child, as well as CPR.

Graduates of the program must pass a practical and written test to show that they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.

To inquire about future classes, call the Northshore Fire Department at (425) 486-2784 or e-mail

Haggis Brothers band coming to Aegis

on Aug. 14

The Haggis Brothers band will perform a mix of bluegrass, western swing and Celtic music from 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 14 at Aegis of Bothell (10605 N.E. 185th St.). Food and refreshments will be available. To reserve a spot at the event, call (425) 487-3245.

Postal Service

looking to relocate

Kenmore office

The King County Library System (KCLS) and United States Postal Service (USPS) held a joint public meeting July 30 to address concerns about the future of Kenmore’s post office.

KCLS has purchased the site of that operation for a new library, which means the USPS will eventually have to move.

Around 40 people attended the July 30 meeting, including Kenmore Deputy Mayor Milton Curtis, USPS representative Robert Montgomery and several members of the KCLS Kenmore Library Advisory Board.

Montgomery indicated that the USPS intends to remain in Kenmore with a leased post-office location.

KCLS has said that it wants to move as quickly as possible to find an alternate location, although sites are limited.

Attendees of the meeting discussed several options, including the restaurant building to the northwest of the Ostrom’s plaza area, the sheriff’s station, the current fire-station site, the new Kenmore Village and the current library site.

KCLS Associate Director for Facilities Development Kay Johnson is soliciting potential landlords and is talking to community property owners. Property owners can contact her at

Volunteers needed

for United Way’s

Day of Caring

Volunteer registration is now open for United Way’s Days of Caring Sept. 12 and 13. Participants can team up with co-workers, family, church members, neighbors and more than 1,000 other volunteers to complete hands-on projects such as painting, building, cleaning and reading to kids.

Volunteer teams and individuals can log on at United Way’s Web site at and click on “Volunteer” to register for a project, call Michelle Morris at (425) 374-5534, or e-mail for help in finding a project.

Last year, Day of Caring volunteers logged 6,900 hours worth $121,000 in volunteer labor completing more than 62 projects in Snohomish County.

Kemper Freeman

to talk congestion

at Bothell event

Kemper Freeman Jr., owner of Bellevue Square Mall and Kemper Development Company, will be the featured speaker at the Sept. 10 Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce luncheon, which takes place at the North Creek Events Center. The presentation will focus on the Puget Sound congestion crisis.

The event is open to the public. Reservations and advance payment are required. Contact (425) 485-4353 or go to for information.