Monday, August 31, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
Watch Mayoral Candidate Steve Field's short video on why Steve's running for mayor and his vision for Redmond. Click this link for the video: https://youtu.be/5ooLhKDAp_I
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The City of Redmond along with Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Tukwila, Sammamish Plateau, and Skyway Water and Sewer Districts, is a member of the Cascade Water Alliance. As such we get the majority of our drinking water from the Seattle water. Historic low river levels, combined with record-setting hot and dry weather have significantly increased the demand for water. These reductions in water use will help the region further maximize its water supply for people and fish.
“We are asking Redmond residents and businesses to cut back their current water usage by a minimum of 10 percent”, said Mayor John Marchione. Here are a few suggestions:
• Let the grass go dormant
• Limit landscape watering to twice a week and water before 8 am or after 7 pm
• Take shorter showers
• Fix leaking faucets and toilets
• Postpone new plantings until fall
“This is the time for Redmond residents and businesses to heighten their conservation efforts, as we move into a dryer than normal end of summer and early fall”, urges Marchione.
For more information on the voluntary curtailment announcement and how the city is cutting back usage; visit www.redmond.gov/redmondsaveswater or contact the City of Redmond Utility Billing Office at 425-556-2152 and for more water efficiency tip and how to use water wisely visit www.cascadewater.org.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Saturday, September 12th
By Bob Yoder
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Redmond, Washington, August 10, 2015: The Redmond Historical Society has received a Heritage Project grant from 4Culture of King County—totaling nearly $7,000—to help research and document the history of the chicken farm industry in Redmond, which goes as far back as the 1920s. The effort will culminate in a presentation to the community about the once-prevalent poultry business.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Saturday, August 1, 2015
“Many businesses and residents have been asking for more parking options throughout Downtown. Opening up spaces in the RCC lot is one solution that will make it easier than ever for everyone to explore all that Downtown Redmond has to offer,” said Mayor John Marchione
The RCC lot, which opened on December 16, 2013, features work done by Artist John Fleming. The striking 10-foot rings in alternating blue and yellow were designed to draw attention to the grove of trees left standing when the parking structure was built.
The lot has 92 parking spaces, two of which are for disabled drivers. Operating hours are 9 am -7 pm, Monday through Friday; parking is free for the first 4 hours during this time, as well as on weekends and holidays. The lot’s address is 9541 Leary Way and is managed by Diamond Parking.
If you have any questions, contact Kimberly Keeling, Transportation Programs Administrator, at Khkeeling@redmond.gov or 425.556.2451. This press release is available on www.redmond.gov.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The city has contracted with Habitat Bank LLC to create a state certified wetland mitigation bank on the property. Habitat Bank will design, permit and install environmental enhancements on the area. Habitat Bank will be responsible for site maintenance, and will maintain the site for at least ten years after restoration work is complete to ensure the establishment of the native plants.
Late last week, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Washington Department of Ecology issued a Joint Public Notice for the Keller Farm wetland mitigation bank proposal. This is the first step towards agency review and approval of the proposed mitigation bank under the State of Washington Wetland Mitigation Banking Rule.
“This action signifies the start of the process towards a large environmental restoration project on the Keller Farm. We are very excited to see the project come to fruition,” said Redmond Mayor John Marchione.
The conceptual goals of the mitigation bank are to: restore wetland hydrology and create a variety of wetland hydroperiods (seasonal patterns of ponding depth and duration); reestablish native plant species richness and structural diversity in wetlands, project buffers, and riparian areas; reconnect segments of Bear and Perrigo Creeks with their floodplains and reestablish channel complexity; increase habitat structure, function and complexity; and improve water quality in wetlands and creeks. The project also proposes to establish off-channel rearing and refuge areas for salmonids and relocate a segment of Perrigo Creek from a straightened ditch. Preservation of this portion of the Keller Farm complements a 30-acre mitigation project completed by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) in 2013 (immediately east of Bear Creek).
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The purpose of the Poet Laureate according to the city is to:
3. Raise the level of discourse during discussions and debates in the City.
"Redmond tax dollars at work"
Opinion by Bob Yoder
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Redmond's Ben Wobker - owner of Lake Washington Physical Therapy - "Gives Back" to Eastside community
Reprinted: Monday, August 22, 2011
UPDATED: If you've been to any Redmond High School basketball, football, or cross-country sporting events you've probably heard of Ben Wobker. Ben, the son of Horace Mann teacher David Wobker, graduated from RHS with seven letters in Football, Cross-country and Leadership honors. Ben is an award-winning* physical therapist and runs a successful eastside therapy business. To me, three words describe him best: Ben Gives Back...to his community!
Every year Ben councils Coach Villineuve's highly ranked Cross Country teams with free "gait analysis" and discounts on shoes. Once the co-owner of Redmond Physical Therapy, he offered free fittings and discounts on knee and ankle braces for Mustang teams. You'll also see Ben at high school career fairs and mentoring students in his clinic. But, Ben's food drive efforts with HopeLink may be his biggest community contribution. Two years ago, Ben started "March Can Madness" -- a competition between Redmond businesses -- to collect the most food from their customers for HopeLink. To this day, Ben still waives the $30 fee for missed appointments with a food donation! Next year, Lake Washington Physical Therapy will sponsor HopeLink's "Turkey Trot" fundraiser.
After eight years service as co-owner at Redmond Physical Therapy, Ben decided to expand his brand to Kirkland. Last month he celebrated his first year as owner of Lake Washington Physical Therapy. Already he plans to hire a 4th therapist! Mandie Majerus, PT worked with Ben for years in Redmond. Both graduated from University of Montana. (Mandie's entering the Iron man in Canada; she worked as a therapist in Antarctica for a year!) Some trivia: In Washington, many insurance companies don't require a physician referral to see a physical therapist.
*Ben Wobker was voted "2010 Best Physical Therapist" by the readers of Eastside's "425 Magazine".
Photos By Yoder
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Thank you for printing my letter about the campaign kick-off for Mayoral Candidate, Steve Fields in your July 10th edition (pages 4 and 5).
I was somewhat taken aback by the Editor’s Note added into my submission as it directed readers to the Nokomis story on page 2 and 3. I did not consent to the insertion of the note; which was bad enough. In addition, the story regarding the Nokomis building was not accurate in reporting the commentary and decisions of the Redmond City Council during their July 7th meeting.
During that council meeting, Rosemarie Ives, former Mayor of Redmond and community activist spoke during the “Items from the Audience” segment about the Nokomis building, and read a few selections from the roughly 25 pieces of correspondence sent to the City; including stories of children from Redmond Elementary being escorted from the school to the building (at that time used as the town library). Women were granted the right to vote in 1920 and 14 years after that in 1934 the women of the Redmond Nokomis club petitioned the WPA for funds to build the library building. It was noted in her speech that not only is the building of historical significance, but the property as well.
Council members on the whole were supportive of the move, however it was very clearly stated that the city would only be donating the park property if the funds for moving the structure were privately raised. One council member suggested that the amount necessary to move, stabilize and make the building functional for public use was “a rather high cost” for a building that is “not a landmark, but a building of historic interest”.
Mayor Marchione clearly stated that there would be a time limit in which the funds (for moving the structure) would need to be raised in order for the City to continue the donation of the park land and that there would be no delay of the permitted project by NBE while the funds were being raised. NBE has offered to spend roughly $40,000 to incorporate ‘elements and materials from the Nokomis building’ into the new development. A placard and a few pieces of lumber in a meeting room is a poor memorial to the women of Redmond who provided the town with its first library.
The City may feel that $600,000 is a “high cost” to maintain a piece of our city’s history; but losing our past is a price that we should not be willing to pay.
Education Hill, Redmond
Friday, July 10, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015
“As Redmond moves forward, it’s important to preserve ties to our City’s past. The Nokomis House was spearheaded by a proactive group of Redmond women during the Great Depression, built by the Works Progress Administration and became a central gathering place. Moving it to one of our beautiful parks for all to enjoy will benefit the entire community”, stated Mayor John Marchione.
Built in 1933, the Nokomis House was home to Redmond’s third library.
If you have any questions, contact Lisa Rhodes, Communications Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425.556.2427. This press release is available on www.redmond.gov.