City Council Recap May 3, 2022
Published on May 06, 2022
The Kirkland City Council met on May 3, 2022. Here’s a brief overview of some of the items from the meeting:
Study Session – Police Body Worn Camera Update: The Council received an update on the community conversation on a potential Officer Body Worn Camera program and related policies and practices. Staff will return to the May 17, 2022, Council meeting with an updated draft policy for Council’s consideration. More information about the community conversation can be found at www.kirklandwa.gov/bodyworncameras.
Public Hearing – Transportation Improvement Program: The Council held a public hearing for the proposed 2021-2026 Transportation Improvement Program and adopted the program after the hearing. The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a state-mandated planning document, updated annually, listing all planned major transportation projects anticipated to be built or to compete for grant funding within the next six years.
Cross Kirkland Corridor Hours of Use: The Council expanded the hours of use on the Cross Kirkland Corridor to be 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Autonomous Delivery Devices: Autonomous Personal Delivery Devices (APDDs) are automated or remotely controlled wheeled machines designed to deliver products to customers. These machines are intended to help businesses cut costs on deliveries, reduce delivery vehicle congestion, and cut greenhouse gas emissions from delivery vehicles. The Council received a briefing on APDDs and their dispensers and provided input to staff on two potential regulation options that staff will return with for an upcoming public hearing.
Snow and Ice Program Update: The Council discussed and provided direction to staff on the City's snow and ice response program. Staff will return to a future Council meeting with options for moving forward.
Draft Active Transportation Plan: The Council reviewed the Draft Active Transportation Plan and provided feedback to staff. The Active Transportation Plan focuses on bicycle and pedestrian connections in Kirkland’s rights-of-way that connect to activity centers, transit, parks, and to the Cross Kirkland Corridor. Staff will return to a future Council meeting with a final draft plan for Council consideration.
Draft Vision Zero Action Plan: The Council reviewed the Draft Vision Zero Action Plan and provided direction to staff. As part of the 2015 Transportation Master Plan, the Council adopted a goal of eliminating all transportation-related fatal and serious injury crashes in Kirkland by 2035. This goal includes a policy to develop a “Vision Zero” safety plan that is multi-disciplinary and focuses on innovative approaches to safety. Staff will return to a future Council meeting with a final draft plan for Council consideration.
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 regular City Council meeting is on May 17, 2022.