City Council Recap January 17, 2023
Published on January 20, 2023
The Kirkland City Council met on January 17, 2023, in a hybrid meeting. Here’s a brief overview of some of the items from the meeting:
Proclamation: Day of Racial Healing - The Mayor, on behalf of the Council, proclaimed January 17 as Day of Racial Healing in Kirkland. This proclamation supports Kirkland’s Resolutions R-5240 and R-5434. Reflecting on and acknowledging past injustices can help people move forward together and can assist in making Kirkland a more safe, inclusive, and welcoming place where everyone belongs. Read the full proclamation here. Receiving the proclamation: Kalika Curry of Pono Pursuit, LLC, past Kirkland resident and community activist for Black and people of color as a leadership member of the Right to Breathe Committee.
Updates to City Flag Policy, Proclamation Procedures - Council updated its Policies and Procedures related to proclamations and adopted a 2023-2024 proclamation schedule.
Street Banner Program and Code – Council adopted changes to the Kirkland Municipal Code (KMC) 19.32 related to street banners and KMC 11.80.040 related to posting signs, posters and notices in parks.
Public Hearing: Draft Permanent Supportive Housing Agreement – Council held a public hearing on King County’s permanent supportive housing project in Kirkland. After the public hearing, Council reviewed and provided feedback on the proposed working drafts of the Permanent Supportive Housing Agreement between the City of Kirkland and King County and the Services Agreement between the County and the future operator of the designated permanent supporting housing facility in Kirkland.
Eastside Climate Partnership - Council passed with a 6-1 vote authorizing an Interlocal Agreement between the cities of Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island and Redmond to formally establish a partnership to advance shared goals on climate action, energy and the environment. The agreement would help promote key actions in Kirkland's Sustainability Master Plan.
Prior to the above business agenda, the Council held a Study Session, where they discussed:
Kirkland Teen Union Building (KTUB) - Council discussed two different operating models for KTUB. The first is a non-profit service provider to operate the facility as a teen center and the second is a City-operated alternative.
How to watch:
Kirkland City Council meetings are streamed live and can be watched after the fact on the City of Kirkland Facebook page and the City YouTube channel, in addition to the livestream on the City website. Meetings are also televised on Comcast Cable Channel 21 and Ziply Cable Channel 31.
To watch the Council discussions on the specific agenda items outlined above, visit the City’s website. The full agenda packet with information on each item is located on the City’s website.
The next City Council meeting is on February 7, 2023.