Focus on Redmond - Winter 2019

Volume XXXIV No. 4 Winter 2019


Sound Transit Light Rail


2020 Census




It has been my honor and privilege to serve the Redmond community for the past 16 years, first on City Council,

The Downtown Park hosts festivals, cultural and arts performances, and provides open space to the neighborhood. The line for ice cream never ends. Throughout my time as Mayor, people would sometimes ask me, “What is your greatest accomplishment?” I would usually answer by citing a recent capital project the City completed, such as extending Bear Creek Parkway, extending 164th and 161st Streets into Redmond Town Center, building Fire Station 17, or creating Smith Park in North Redmond. A memorable response to my answer came one year at Derby Days. After I mentioned some recent capital projects, the questioner said, “No, your greatest accomplishment is Budgeting by Priorities because it provides a transparent and accountable process with resident participation.” So looking to the future, my service as a Sound Transit Board member since 2008 has benefited Redmond by bringing light rail service to Downtown in 2024. I worked diligently to move the completion dates up by working collaboratively with the community and Sound Transit to select a preferred route and complete environmental review early.

Transportation Topics


Mayor John Marchione

Council Notes


followed by 12 years as your Mayor. I enjoyed meeting a variety of people, working collaboratively to solve problems, and representing Redmond in the region as Chair of the Sound Transit Board, the President of the Puget Sound Regional Council, and Chair of the Cascade Water Alliance Board. When occasionally I needed to make controversial decisions, I always kept in mind the larger perspective of what served our entire community best. When I first won election as Mayor in 2007, several people asked me, “John, can you recruit more restaurants to Redmond? I am tired of going to other cities to dine.” Rather than recruiting restaurants, I worked to make Redmond an interesting place, so that restaurants would open here. My goals included making Downtown pedestrian- friendly, completing the street grid, and creating a Downtown park. The Downtown core went from about five restaurants to more than 30.

Parks & Recreation


I am proud of the ways we have developed to truly listen and include the community’s voice in so many aspects of City government. I will treasure the experiences and stories I take with me into my next chapter. I will miss the great people who work at the City and those active in the community. Thank you for providing me this opportunity to serve you. Please say hello when you see me in the coffee shop or the grocery store. Farewell.

All my best,

John Marchione Redmond Mayor

Meet Your City Council Redmond has seven councilmembers who are elected by voters to adopt the budget, establish law and policy, approve appropriations and contracts, levy taxes, and grant franchises.

Sound Transit: Light Rail Update Written by Ryan Bianchi, Sound Transit

Jeralee Anderson Position #6

Downtown Redmond Link Extension The Downtown Redmond Link Extension project has officially shifted from concept to reality. In October, Sound Transit and its partners from the City of Redmond, King County, and WSDOT met at the site of the future Downtown Station on the Redmond Central Connector trail at 166th Ave NE to break ceremonial ground. Sound Transit’s design-build contractor is now setting up offices, starting survey and geotechnical work, and getting station designs ready for construction. Significant construction activities for the Southeast and Downtown Redmond stations could get into full gear as soon as mid-2020. When complete, stations in Downtown and Southeast Redmond will join the Blue Line to and from Seattle by 2024.

East Link Extension The Blue Line will start operating in 2023 when the East Link Extension project is complete. Construction can be seen from the International District Station in Seattle, across I-90 through Mercer Island and Bellevue, and into Redmond. Overlake Transit Center users should keep an eye on signs and other rider information as the contractor shifts bus service to beneath the future Redmond Technology Station parking garage. Crews have begun forming the Overlake Village Station bicycle and pedestrian walkway, which will span SR 520. Their work includes painting, installing track and completing slope work along the light rail alignment.

Angela Birney Position #5 President

David Carson Position #7 Vice-President

Steve Fields Position #2

Hank Margeson Position #3

Find more information and schedule a project briefing: Downtown Redmond Link Extension: East Link Extension:

Hank Myers Position #1

Erratic Relocation Due to the location of the new Downtown Redmond light rail station, the Erratic art

Tanika Padhye Position #4

installation will relocate to the corner of Leary Way and NE 76th Street by the end of summer 2020.

Learn more about your Redmond City Council at


What is the 2020 Census?

The U.S. Constitution requires the federal government to count everyone living in the country every 10 years. The tally must include people of all ages, races, and all citizens and non-citizens, regardless of immigration status. Every household should complete a census form (through web, mail or phone) by April 1, 2020. The Census helps ensure that congressional representation is adjusted to reflect changes and growth in the country’s population. The 2020 Census questions are simple (e.g., how many people live in your home), and your personal information is kept confidential. Participating in the Census is your right and responsibility .

Census 2020

Teachers, resources and books in classrooms

Why the Census Matters Every year, federal funding comes to Redmond based on census data. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community because the results of the 2020 Census will affect funding for:

Be informed, get the facts and be counted! For more information, go to Census2020 .

Improved transportation options

Affordable housing

Fire departments, hospitals and community health centers

LivingWithWildlife Throughout the year, Redmond is home to many different types of wildlife. Occasional deer, raccoon, opossum, rodent, bear, and cougar sightings are not uncommon. Help prevent wildlife from becoming a nuisance in and around your residence, neighborhood, or business by: • Keep the ground clear of any fruit and don’t allow garden produce to sit or rot • Clean barbecues and areas around them so they are free of grease and food droppings • Remove bird feeders • Feed cats and dogs inside and don’t store their food outside and eliminate dog waste immediately • Seal exterior entry points

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For additional tips and resources, please visit .


Waste Management Service andWeather Events

Cold weather is here, and with that comes winter storms. See the frequently asked questions (FAQ) below to learn more about garbage, recycling and yard waste service during inclement weather. How will I know if my carts are going to be serviced? Waste Management’s service alerts for Redmond can be found at . What do I do if my garbage is not collected? You may put out double loads of garbage, recycling and yard waste at no additional charge on your next regularly scheduled pick up day. Why is my garbage and recycling not being collected? Winter storms can create unsafe, icy and sometimes impassable road conditions that significantly impact Waste Management’s ability to safely provide collection service. With safety as the highest priority, the Waste Management operations team inspects every route so that as soon as it is safe to do so, collection will resume. Why did my neighbor down the road receive service and I did not? During snow and ice events, major arterial and collector streets receive priority plowing and sanding service due to limited City resources. Waste Management trucks may be able to safely travel on a major arterial or collector street but are less likely to be able to safely travel on unplowed or un-sanded residential streets. Why am I seeing WM trucks on the road if you are not providing service? During weather events, Waste Management prioritizes servicing critical locations, such as hospitals and other medical facilities like nursing homes. If you see trucks on the road, Waste Management is attempting to provide service to these customers where public health is a concern.

2020 Annual Rate Adjustment for Garbage and Recycling Services Effective January 1, 2020, your bill for garbage and recycling services will increase between 1.14% and 2.80%. The specific increase amount depends on your level of service, per the terms of the current contract between the City of Redmond and Waste Management.

Holiday Service Adjustments Garbage, recycling and yard waste collection service are not provided on:

• Christmas Day • New Year’s Day

If your collection day falls on these holidays or one day after, collection will be delayed by one day that week.

Free Curbside Christmas Tree Collection January 2-17 • Whole, unflocked, undecorated trees (up to 6’ tall) • Leave curbside with your carts

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It is important to keep sidewalks and driveways clear when garbage, recycle and yard waste carts are set out to be serviced. Carts should be placed within five feet of the public street without blocking sidewalks, driveways or on-street parking. Cart Placement Instructions for Redmond Residents BeCart Smart! Please follow the guidelines below to allow safe access for all on collection day: • Place carts out by 7 a.m. and no earlier than 24 hours before collection day. • Place carts two feet apart with lids opening toward the street. • Place carts three feet from obstructions such as cars, trees, fences, or mailboxes. • Where available, place your carts in grass planter strips between the curb and sidewalk. • Where grass planter strips are not available, place carts out in such a way that does not restrict the reasonable and safe use of the street, sidewalk or bicycle lanes by pedestrians, bicyclists and automobiles. • Remove carts from public property no later than 24 hours after your collection day.


Carts on planter strip


Carts in the street


Carts are not blocking sidewalk access


Carts blocking sidewalk access

RecycleYour Used Cooking Oil

The City of Redmond is providing a tank to collect used cooking oil for recycling. Now you have an opportunity to recycle and convert it to biodiesel, a sustainable and low carbon fuel. It is a self-service tank located at the northern edge of the Senior Center parking lot (8703 160th Ave. NE) and accessible by the public 24/7 all year. To ensure the safe and secure transport and disposal, put fats and grease in addition to the cooled oil from fryers, pots or pans in a sealed container such as a plastic/glass jug/jar. At the

collection tank, slowly pour the cooking oil into the collection container to avoid splatters. Be sure to close the tank’s lid when finished. Take your own containers back home for reuse or disposal and leave nothing behind after you have deposited the used cooking oil. This collection site is for cooking oil only. NO motor oil or any other petroleum products are allowed. Thank you!

Find this used cooking oil tank in the Redmond Senior Center parking lot.


Be Prepared forWinterWeather

WIND EVENTS The City’s staff arborists work year- round to identify and remove trees that pose a risk of falling in the road or on sidewalks. However, even healthy trees can fall or drop limbs when faced with strong winds. When this happens, our crews will respond immediately to secure the area and clear the debris from the roads and sidewalks. Redmond crews will remove it from the right-of-way to keep roads and sidewalks safe and useable. Property owners are responsible for removing the debris from their trees. • Please avoid placing debris in the roadway as this can cause street flooding and slows the progress of street sweepers. HOW YOU CAN HELP • When a private tree falls,

HOW YOU CAN HELP • Avoid driving or plan ahead and allow extra travel time. • If traveling, bring warm clothes and emergency supplies. • Review Redmond’s priority plow route map at SnowIce . • Leave plenty of room for trucks to operate— Material spreaders can distribute sand and de-icers across three lanes at once. • Clear the sidewalk in front of your home or business and clear debris away from the road. While plowing from left to right is the most efficient way to clear roads, it can result in piles of snow along the edges of roadways. We ask homeowners and businesses to clear these piles from their driveways and private roads so our plows can continue to work efficiently.

SNOW & ICE Redmond uses a preemptive

approach whenever possible. When an overnight freeze is forecast that could result in slippery roads for the morning commute, crews apply liquid calcium de-icer to prevent frost from adhering to the road surface. If the snow starts falling, the City’s four large snowplows clear arterial roadways while applying mixtures of calcium chloride, road salt and sand, depending on surface conditions. To avoid road closures, we clear one lane in each direction of all priority plow routes before coming back and clearing the rest of the road. Plow routes prioritize access to emergency facilities, schools, and routes in and out of town. Neighborhood streets are typically not plowed. If conditions warrant, neighborhood plowing will occur once priority plow routes are completely cleared.


SAFETY TIPS • Never approach or touch a downed wire— Call 911! • Do not use BBQ grills indoors. • Put new batteries in your smoke detectors and CO alarms. • Have flashlights on hand with new batteries. • Stock up on food and water.


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Report issues with the “Your Redmond” mobile app for iOS or Android, or visit .

Tips for using electric scooters:

18+ 18 years and older only


Don’t block Americans with Disability Act (ADA) access

Go slow – Max of 15 MPH

Wear a helmet

Ring the bell when passing

Ride on City trails and bike lanes

Avoid riding on sidewalks

Park with courtesy – Keep sidewalks and crosswalks clear


Have questions? Find more information about eScooters at

Council Notes

As we reflect on 2019, we’re reminded of a great question asked of us at one of the Neighborhood Conversations this past summer: “What has been the most impactful experience for you while serving on Council?”


Impactive projects for me have included working on our City budget, as it requires balancing the need of running a City with community needs and interests, fiscal restraint and long-range planning. Secondly, the renaming of the baseball field at Hartman Park to Les Dow Field. It was an honor to recognize the person who had positively impacted so many families. My most impactful experience occurred on an early morning count of the homeless in Redmond. At one of our first stops, we carefully and quietly approached an overpass and found two people sleeping under the bridge. That discovery helped to fuel my desire to ensure Redmond and the region did all we could to provide housing to everyone. - Council President Angela Birney

Mine has been fully realizing that the decisions we make, especially with respect to zoning and the Comprehensive Plan, have real impacts on residents and small businesses in our community. We should always be making those decisions with full knowledge that there could be unintended consequences. Growing up in Texas, I never saw anyone that looked like me in public office. Then the first year I was a Council member, I received a letter from an Indian high school student asking to interview me. Meeting with her and many others from the Indian community, made me realize that I now represented a group that previously had no voice at the table and the pride they took in knowing that they were being seen and heard. - Council Vice-President David Carson

Surviving a day in the life of a firefighter at Fire Ops 101 with the amazing Redmond Fire Department. Full stop.

- Councilperson Jeralee Anderson

Contact Us Council email: Council website:

Mayor and Council email:

- Councilperson Hank Margeson

- Councilperson Tanika Padhye

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Welcoming the new Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence

Meet Raul Sánchez, Redmond’s2019-2021 Poet Laureate The Poet Laureate program strives to build a more literate and understanding community through poetry and the literary arts. This program also aims to broaden the awareness of poetry through a variety of programming and community involvement.

Meet Xaviera Vandermay, Redmond’s2019-2021 Artist-in-Residence The Artist-in-Residence aims to stimulate cultural vibrancy through original artworks while challenging Redmond residents to become active participants in civic life and cultural advocacy. The focus of this residency is to activate Downtown Park year- Raul Sánchez immigrated to the US from Mexico in 1979 and has lived in this region since the 1990’s. His poems have been published in many print and online publications and his first book was nominated for the 2013 Washington State Book Award for Poetry. Raul teaches poetry through a variety of channels including the Seattle Arts & Lectures Writers in the Schools program, PONGO Teen Writing, and Yakima Community College.

round by creating opportunities for other artists and performers of all disciplines. Xaviera Vandermay is the Director and Principal Choreographer of 3rd Shift Dance, a professional contemporary jazz dance company based in Seattle. She is currently in residence at YAW Theater with summer projects including a music video with Whitney Mongé and back-up dancing for reunited Flymoon Royalty.

Announcing the 2020 Art Season Grant Call The Art Season grant provides support and resources to artists and art organizations that create quality arts and cultural programs. The City provides support through any one or a combination of; monetary support, City of Redmond venues, and coordinated communications, marketing and outreach. Five projects were selected in 2019. The 2020 Art Season Grants call is open and seeking proposals until November 29, 2019.

The Art Season Grant is eligible to any group or individual offering cultural arts programming in Redmond, WA, between February 2020 and December 2020.


Westside Park Improvements – We Want to Hear from You!

Located in the Overlake neighborhood, and nearing fifty years old, Westside Park was updated in 1991 and is due for improvements in 2020. The park is a neighborhood destination and an important connection for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians. The City is working with Board & Vellum, a landscape architecture firm, to refine the 2009 Master Plan with community involvement prior to beginning final design. The goals of the project are to: • Replace and update the playground to make it more accessible and appeal to multiple age groups • Add a picnic shelter and walking loop, and improve access to the Bridle Crest Trail within the park • Improve the sports court • Improve drainage to make the park useable year-round The City will be hosting an open house to seek community input on priorities for the park. If you would like to be added to the project list, please email and check WestsidePark for upcoming outreach dates.

Redmond Pool Improvement Update The Redmond Pool is in the first phase of improvements, which include repair and replacement of essential and high priority systems such as air handling equipment, boilers, electrical systems, roofing, and pool circulation. Phase II improvements will begin in 2020 and include enhancements to the locker room, lobby, pool decking, and improved ADA access. Initial public outreach occurred in October to seek opinions on the proposed design and help prioritize project elements. Stakeholders and community members participated in person at a public outreach meeting, and through an online survey. The community is invited to learn more about this project and see the final enhancements proposed for the phase II improvements.


Winter Registration Opens Soon

12/3 at 8:00 a.m. for Redmond Residents 12/10 at 8:00 a.m. for Non-residents

Daddy, Daughter Dance – February 7, 2020 Save the date- Prepare to dress up in your finest party clothes and enjoy a memorable night of music, dancing, crafts, and desserts. 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Players (grades 4-12) enjoy four weeks of games followed by a tournament. This league encourages young athletes to learn the sport, develop their skills and interact with other players in a positive manner. Youth & Government: Join Redmond’s team as we make our voices heard Join the Old Fire House Teen Center’s delegation to the 74th annual Youth Legislature. Students learn about our democracy through their participation in a mock legislature and executive session, and gain experience drafting bills, practicing debate and Winter Activity Spotlight

Available All-Year Long

Recording Studio: BringYour Music Project to Life Our Recording Studio provides professional level music studio experiences to teens and adults. Artists are provided an experienced audio engineer and producer to support and guide them through recording a song, album, audition tape, vocals, demo, film dialogue, sound effects, and more! Schedule a session today! Visit . Flex Fit Mix up your fitness routine with a Flex Fit Pass. The Flex Fit Pass provides access to a drop- in studio with cardio, strength and stretch equipment, plus over 30 weekly fitness classes. Choose from yoga, Zumba, strength, cycling, and more. Flexible options are available. Visit .

learning about the civic process. There will be a trip to the Capitol in Olympia in May, where students participate in a four- day mock legislature with hundreds of students from around Washington State. Visit OFH .

Find a complete list of winter activities at .


Hear From Us

Parks and Recreation Guest Services

Guest Services staff are available by phone or email: Monday-Friday 6 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 425-556-2300

Sign up for our Parks and Recreation newsletter! We’ll keep you informed weekly about events, activities, and classes! Subscribe at .

Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village 6505 176th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98052

Old Fire House Teen Center 16510 NE 79th St Redmond, WA 98052

Redmond Senior Center Updates

Redmond Senior Center 8703 160th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98052

The Redmond Senior Center is currently closed. Most activities, services, and events have been relocated to alternative locations, including Redmond City Hall, Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village and the Old Fire House Teen Center. For a complete list of activities, services and events, please visit .


Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park 19545 NE Redmond Rd Redmond, WA 98053

Everyone Plays

Redmond Arts Studio at

Grass Lawn Park 7031 148th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98052

Inclusion Services We encourage and support the participation of individuals with disabilities in our activities. For more information about inclusive and adaptive activities, visit . Fee Assistance Our desire is to make recreational opportunities available to all City of Redmond residents regardless of income. If you’re interested in learning more, please call 425-556-2300 .

Redmond Pool 17535 NE 104 St Redmond, WA 98052 POOL IS CLOSED FOR IMPROVEMENTS


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Redmond Lights Weekend

December 7 & 8

Celebrate Diverse Winter Traditions, Cultures, and Faiths.

The City of Redmond assures that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or gender, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity. For more information about Title VI, please visit 无歧视声明可在本市的网址 上查阅 | El aviso contra la discriminación está disponible en

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