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Boards and Commissions

An important part of the City government's policy-making process is its various boards and commissions, which advise the City Council on vital public policy matters. Recruitments start generally in February or as needed. All of these hold regular public meetings. Positions on all boards and commissions are non-salaried. Further information regarding appointments to city boards and commissions may be obtained from Kathi Anderson, City Clerk at (425) 587-3197.

CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION:
The Civil Service Commission, required by law, oversees the hiring and disciplining of City police and fire personnel. It consists of three members, appointed by the City Manager to terms of six years. The regularly scheduled meeting is the second Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. at Kirkland City Hall. 

Staff Contact: Rod Lank (425) 587-3218

CULTURAL ARTS COMMISSION
The Cultural Council was established November 2002 and was renamed in 2012 to the Cultural Arts Commission.  The Commission advises the City Council on public art acquisitions, including the City's "1% for art" program. In addition, and in consultation with the City Manager, the Commission promotes strategic planning and development for arts, culture, and heritage in the community.  The Commission's regular meeting is the third Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the Rose Hill room at Kirkland City Hall.

DESIGN REVIEW BOARD
The role of the DRB is to review and make decisions upon proposed development projects for compliance with City of Kirkland design regulations and guidelines in designated design districts.   The DRB may also advise the City Council and Planning Commission on City design policies and regulations.  The DRB meets on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

Contact: Jeremy McMahan (425) 587-3229
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HOUGHTON COMMUNITY COUNCIL:
The Houghton Community Council is constituted differently and has a slightly different mission than City advisory boards and commissions. It consists of seven members, elected every four years from the area formerly designated as the Town of Houghton, which joined with Kirkland in August 1968. This body exercises both advisory and approval authority over most matters related to zoning regulations and land use within the Houghton area. No other board or commission in the city exercises jurisdictional authority. It meets the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber.

Staff Contact: Nancy Cox (425) 587-3228
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HUMAN SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE:
The Human Services Advisory Committee is an advisory group comprised of five citizens appointed by the City Council to four-year terms.  This Committee reviews funding requests from human services providers, and prepares recommendations to the City Council regarding funding of the City's Human Services Program. The Committee does not maintain a regular meeting schedule; for more information, please contact Leslie Miller, Human Services Coordinator at 425-587-3322. 

LIBRARY BOARD:
The Kirkland Library Board was established in 1951 to act as a liaison between the City of Kirkland and the King County Library System. The board actively promotes the use of the library, encourages intellectual freedom by supporting the provision of the widest possible range of materials and promotes special programming that meets and challenges the interests of an inquisitive community.  The board meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. alternating between the Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Avenue (January 8, March 12, May 14, July 10, 2014) and the Kingsgate Library, 12315 N. E. 143rd Street (December 11, 2013, February 12, April 9, June 12, 2014).  There are no meetings in August. Find out about monthly library meeting information.  For additional information visit the King County Library System Website  .

TOURISM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE:
The Tourism Development Committee is appointed by the Kirkland City Council for the purpose of advising the Council on allocating the lodging excise tax fund for tourism promotion and is comprised of seven voting members. Membership terms of the advisory committee are through June 30 of the year following appointment and are reviewed annually by the City Council. The Committee meets on the first Thursday of every month at 9:00 a.m.

Staff Contact: Ellen Miller-Wolfe (425) 587-3014

PARK BOARD :
The Park Board advises the City Council on development, acquisitions, and operation of Kirkland's parks and recreational facilities. Its eight members are appointed by the City Council for four-year terms. The board's regular meeting is the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber.

Staff Contact: Michael Cogle (425) 587-3310

PARKING ADVISORY BOARD :
Due to budget reductions in the 2013-2014 Budget, as of January 1, 2013, parking program staff support was eliminated and Kirkland Municipal Code (KMC) 3.40 was repealed, discontinuing the Parking Advisory Board. 

Staff  contact: David Godfrey (425) 587-3865

PLANNING COMMISSION:
The Planning Commission advises the City Council on all matters relating to the Kirkland Comprehensive Plan and land use regulations. The seven members are appointed by the Council to four-year terms. The Commission meets regularly on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. It uses the professional staff services of the Planning and Community Development Department.

Staff Contact: Paul Stewart (425) 587-3227
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SENIOR COUNCIL:
The Senior Council, established May 2002, works in an advisory capacity to the City Council. Their role is to study, review, evaluate and make recommendations to the City Council regarding issues impacting citizens age 50 and older. They participate in the advocacy, education, support and creation of programs that meet the needs and advance the well-being of seniors. The Council meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Peter Kirk Community Center.

Staff Contact: Leslie Miller (425) 587-3322

TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION :
The role of the Transportation Commission will be to advise the City Council regarding planning and development of those transportation issues referred to them by the City Council. The Commission will also submit to the City Council, through the City Manager, recommendations for such other transportation issues of interest to the Commission, or associated with Council-directed items, as the Commission feels is advisable and meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

Staff Contact: Dave Godfrey (425) 587-3865