Kirkland Q4 City Update Newsletter available online

CityUpdateQ42009 The 4th Quarter edition of the Kirkland City Update Newsletter is now available online. In this issue you'll find the following stories:

  • Transit Center Construction Begins
  • Map Your Walk Around Kirkland
  • Neighborhood News: Planning, University Style
  • Annexation Update Budget Reductions
  • City Council Farewell & Welcome
  • Green Scene: 10 Tips for 2010
  • Winter Weather Preparedness
  • A City Council Welcome and Farewell

Below we have quoted from the section titled, "A City Council Welcome and Farewell":

The City Council meeting of December 15 was the last (of many) for Mayor Jim Lauinger and Councilmembers Mary-Alyce Burleigh and Tom Hodgson. The meet- ing of January 5 will be the first for Councilmembers-elect Penny Sweet, Amy Walen and Doreen Marchione. Joan McBride, who was re-elected, will re-join fellow Councilmem- bers Bob Sternoff, Jessica Greenway and Dave Asher at the dais.

Lauinger and Burleigh began their first term on the Council in 2002, both have served as Mayor. Lauinger served as Mayor for two terms, 2006-2007 and 2008-2009. Burleigh served from 2004-2006. Hodgson served on the Council from 2005-2009.

Before joining the Council, Lauinger was involved with the Kirkland Chamber of Com- merce (Board Chair), Kirkland Rotary and Parkplace Merchants Association. Prior to be- ing elected, Lauinger, Burleigh and Hodgson served on the City’s Planning Commission. Hodgson also served on the Park Board. Hodgson and Burleigh were founding members of the North Rose Hill Neighborhood Association; Burleigh served as its first president. She is the founder and co-chair of the Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods.

McBride’s first term began in 1998. She was selected by her fellow councilmembers to be Deputy Mayor and has served as such since 2002. She served on the Houghton Community Council prior to being elected to the Council.

Newly elected councilmembers Penny Sweet (Position 3), Amy Walen (Position 5) and Doreen Marchione (Position 7) will be ceremoniously sworn in at the January 5 meeting. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be selected as well.

Sweet, a retired health care business director, has served as the Chair to the Market Neighborhood Association since 2001, founded and has coordinated the Celebrate Kirkland 4th of July event for 10 years and is a current board member for the Kirkland Downtown Association. Sweet is co-owner of The Grape Choice, a wine shop in downtown.

Walen, a Houghton neighborhood resident since 2005, has been heavily involved in community organizations and fundraisers in Kirkland. She is the chief financal of- ficer for Ford of Kirkland.

Marchione, a 17-year Kirkland resident, is the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hopelink, a community services organiza- tion that serves homeless and low income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities. She was elected to the Red- mond City Council in 1975 and elected as Redmond Mayor, serving from 1984 to 1991.

For more information about the Kirkland City Council, including council member biographies, go to depart/council.