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July 13, 2012 edition of the Kirkland Reporter


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    Council to hold public hearings on $5.3 million streets, parks measuresBY MATT PHELPS

    The Kirkland City Council will hold public hearings on two proposed ballot measures, one for parks and one for roads, that could

    raise property tax revenue a combined $5.3 million. e hearings will take place during the councils regular meeting on Tuesday at Kirkland City Hall.

    e city has battled tough budget issues during the past ve years with sales-tax

    revenue dropping from $16 million annually to $12 mil-lion. e levies are meant to bring in revenue to help areas of city maintenance that have been hurt by the economic downturn and seen as important by public surveys.

    If both measures are placed on the November ballot and passed by voters, they will cost the average property owner 36 cents per $1,000 of assessed value each year, or $127.04 for a home at the median Kirkland value of $349,000. Both measures are being considered but would be

    placed on the ballot sepa-rately.

    e street improvement and pedestrian safety levy would provide funding to repair potholes, repave and enhance arterials and neighborhood streets. It would also provide safe walking and biking routes to schools, and improve

    pedestrian and driver safety on neighborhood streets.

    Kirkland City Man-ager Kurt Triplett told the attendees at the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Com-merce luncheon Tuesday that a recent survey by the city showed 68 percent support for a tax to improve

    Separate levies would raise property taxes, ll maintenance gaps

    [ more LEVY page 3 ]

    Man charged with killing ex-wife found deadBY MATT PHELPS

    A Spanaway man, who was charged in the death of his ex-wife, was found dead Monday in Kirkland.

    Scott Kagawas body was discovered by land-scapers in an apparent suicide near his mother-in-laws apartment complex in Kirkland. The mans car was found on July 2 with a handwrit-ten sui-cide note, according to Pierce County Sherrif s officials. He was charged with his wifes murder on July 5.

    Kagawa appeared on the Crime Stoppers web-site after a felony warrant was issued for his arrest for first-degree murder. The posting even states that the man may be suicidal.

    Kagawa disappeared after Pierce County Sheriff s detectives interviewed him in the death of his ex-wife Rita Kagawa. During the inter-view, the man did not deny killing the woman, according to police records. The Thurston County Coroners Office

    Scott Kagawa

    [ more KAGAWA page 13 ]

    Listen to the music in the park

    Above, two young boys wiggle their ears and sit on an iconic Kirkland statue during a rendition of Hokey Pokey at Marina Park Tuesday. Left, a little girl dances in the audience during the concert. Organizer Karen Story estimated that about 1,000 people attended the show to see Johnny Bregar and his band, right, during the Kirkland Summer Concert Series kick-off. Different musical acts will entertain on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 30. MATT PHELPS, Kirkland Reporter

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    Nine-year-old Aja Wil-liams had a di erent agenda than simply watching TV or hanging out with her friends on the weekends like most kids her own age would do.

    Instead, she recently

    made about 200 bracelets that she sold for $1 apiece to raise money for cancer research.

    And she had perhaps the greatest motivation to do so - her father, Leslie. He was diagnosed with a rare blood disease, amyloidosis, last October.

    I was really freaked

    out and scared, said Aja of when she found out her father was sick. Aja, of Kirkland, is a h grader at Cedar Park Christian School in Bothell.

    Leslie went in for a rou-tine doctor check-up and a urinalysis found he had too much protein. A er a kidney biopsy and several

    bone marrow biopsies, doc-tors diagnosed Leslie with the rare blood disease.

    Its called amyloidosis and the blood cells basically clone themselves and then they attach to live organs and they shut down the live organs, he explained. ey treat it as cancer and its rare. Im one of the rare,

    few lucky ones.Leslie said at the time of

    his diagnosis his biggest concern was raising his daughter and 6-year-old son.

    at was absolutely my rst concern that I needed to beat this thing because I needed to be there for

    Girl makes bracelets to raise money for cancer research

    [ more CANCER page 8 ]

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    road conditions. Road condi-tions are rated on a scale of 0-100 Pavement Condition Index (PCI) with an 85 PCI being optimal. The overall PCI of Kirkland roads is at 66, with arterials at a 59 PCI. The levy is projected to improve the arterials to a 76 PCI. The city has an existing back log at $39 million of work.

    The challenge with roads and streets is that if you dont do it now you will pay more to fix the problem later, said Triplett.

    Triplett said that the levy would help to fix over 90-lane miles in Kirkland or over half the major arterials. The levy would also allow the city to perform preventative maintenance on 650-lane miles of local and neighbor-hood streets.

    This will touch every single area in Kirkland, said Triplett.

    The city has changed course when it comes to paying for road maintenance. City officials briefly took up the idea of a Transportation Benefit District, or car-tab tax. But the issue became a lightning rod, drawing opposition from Kirkland residents and even Mukil-teo resident Tim Eyman to a public hearing to speak against the idea.

    The property tax would also pay for more sidewalks

    and safe walk routes in the city. Kirkland was the first city in the state to implement a Complete Street Ordinance in an attempt to make all modes of transportation safe. Prior to annexation, 25 percent of Kirkland roads did not have sidewalks and the new neighborhoods of Kingsgate, Juanita and Finn Hill are much worse. The city has also targeted many areas where crosswalks are needed or that need improvements to current crosswalks. Levy funds would allow the city to re-stripe an estimat-ed 230 crosswalks and upgrade 50 cur-rent crosswalks.

    The proposed streets levy would add 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for a property owner. It would generate an estimated $3 million annu-ally. The estimated annual cost is $71.20 at the median home value for Kirkland.

    The parks levy would cost voters less but also goes towards a quality of life for Kirkland residents, said Trip-lett. Citizens came forward to the council last summer to request a parks ballot measure.

    Property owners would see a tax increase of 16 cents per $1,000 of assessed value and would annually generate an estimated $2.345 million. The estimated annual cost is $55.84 at the median home

    value for Kirkland.The parks levy would help

    in the maintenance of local parks, including the new Cross Kirkland Trail, allow the city to take over O.O. Denny Park on Finn Hill, restore lifeguards to local beach parks, such as Juanita Beach Park and Houghton Beach Park, and supply forest and habitat restoration.

    The levy would help the city to move forward with the Cross Kirkland Trail Master Plan. The trail is to

    be built on a 5 mile stretch of land that used to be

    owned by the BNSF rail line. Triplett said that the project is projected to receive

    as much as $3 million in state and federal funds

    for the renovation.The only park affected

    in the new neighborhoods will be O.O. Denny Park. All other parks in the those neighborhoods are run by King County. But city officials point out that most residents do not just use the parks in their neighbor-hoods.

    O.O. Denny Park is owned by the City of Seattle but maintained by the Finn Hill Park and Recreation District, which has taxing author-ity over some residents on Finn Hill. The levy would allow the city to take over the maintenance of the park.

    The current