Notes from Shoreline council meeting October 18, 2021

Friday, October 22, 2021

Pam Cross, reporter
Shoreline City Council Meeting
October 18, 2021

Notes by Pam Cross

Mayor Hall called the remote meeting to order at 7:00pm.
All Councilmembers were present.

Approval of the Agenda

Question regarding the agenda: is it ok to combine the two action items for presentation and discussion and then vote on them separately?
  • Reply by John Norris: That’s acceptable since they are both being presented by Nathan Daum but since they are separate sales agreements, they have to adopted separately.
Agenda adopted by unanimous consent.

Report of the City Manager’s Office, Presented by John Norris, Assistant City Manager


There is encouraging news: case rates continue to slowly decline in King County. But we are still at a level of very high transmission during this fifth wave of COVID-19 infections. So we must continue to take precautions.

This Public Health Order takes effect October 25, 2021 for all of King County and will apply to Spartan Recreation Center.


A large number of glass panels on both of the Interurban Trail Bridges were vandalized last week. For the safety of everyone, we have closed access to the bridges. They will stay closed until we can more fully assess the stability of the broken glass and panels. Because they serve a high volume of Interurban Trail users, reopening them as soon as possible is a high priority. But we must remain cognizant of the potential danger to bridge users as well as those traveling beneath them.

Police investigation continues.


Please remember that parking is limited at Richmond Beach Park.


The Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Oct 21 has been cancelled.
The Planning Commission will hold a special meeting with Shoreline City Council on Monday, Oct 25 at the Council’s regular meeting time starting at 7pm.

Council Reports

Councilmember Robertson attended the K4C meeting in place of Mayor Hall. There was a discussion of the GHG (greenhouse gas) Emissions Analysis Project. There is a public meeting October 28 from 5:00-6:30pm for those interested.

Legislative priorities for the upcoming Legislative Session were also discussed. One thing that was brought up was climate resiliency or providing equitable climate resiliency through comprehensive planning. We might like to think about a presentation for the planning commission at some point to discuss so that we don’t put affordable housing in places that put low income residents at greater threat of climate risk.

They also had a nice slide presentation with photos thanking Mayor Hall for his participation over the years and wishing him well.

Public Comment

Jackie Kurle, Shoreline
I encourage continued oversight and transparency regarding the operations of the Oaks Shelter as well as communication to the public about any activities surrounding the shelter or neighborhoods that may be impacted by the shelter. The employees are relatively new to operating an enhanced 24/7 shelter.

Approval of the Consent Calendar
Consent Calendar approved unanimously

Action Items

Procedural Note: In addition to the above Public Comment period, and as per Council Rules of Procedure 6.1.B, which applies to an Action Item that is before the City Council for the first time and is not part of the consent agenda, public comment for the three items will follow the staff report but precede Council review.

8(a) Authorizing the City Manager to Enter Into the North King County Coalition on Homelessness Memorandum of Agreement

Presented by Colleen Kelly, Director of Recreation, Cultural and Community Services (RCCS)

At the direction of the City Council, the North King County Task Force on Homelessness was created to address the need for an Enhanced Shelter in North King County. With the opening of the Oaks Enhanced Shelter earlier this year, that initial goal was achieved. Given the ongoing challenge of addressing homelessness in communities across North King County, the Task Force membership recommended a shift to operate as an ongoing Coalition that would be formalized through a joint Memorandum of Agreement.

The proposed members of the Coalition are the cities of Shoreline, Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park and Woodinville as well as a number of community organizations. CM Robertson is Shoreline’s representative.

The other thing that has occurred is the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA). The North King County Coalition (Coalition) is already serving as the de facto North King County information and discussion hub for staff of the KCRHA.

The Coalition activity to date includes monthly meetings. These meetings include updates related to the Oaks Shelter in Shoreline, updates and discussion with KCRHA which has been attending on a regular basis, regular updates from partners, and discussion around potential strategies and promising practices that we might want to be implementing across the North Subregion.

A complete copy of the initial draft is included in the staff report. This same form is being considered by all partner cities.



Move and second to authorize MOA

Our region appears to be ahead of most of the North KingCo cities. We have had great participation from the community and the Oaks Shelter is going well. But increased shelter beds is not the end goal, but a step along the way.

I think it’s great that the regional cities are combining, and I think it’s important that the Coalition still have a seat at the table with KCRHA because our needs are different from the other sub regions.

Since opening the Oaks Shelter, we still have homeless, but I think we’re doing better than areas around us. We still need to get services specific to Shoreline without going too far and making Shoreline the place where all the services are. This needs to be spread across the sub region not only for fairness to the unhoused people in each partner city, but also in fairness to everyone else.

Adopted unanimously 7-0

8(b) Action on the purchase of Real Property located a 18525 10th Ave NE and 18537 10th Ave NE,


8(c) Action on the purchase of Real Property located at 18531 10th Avenue NE, and authorize the City Manager to take the necessary steps to complete the property purchase

Nathan Daum, Economic Development Program Manager, made a single presentation on both Action Items.

This action comes directly from the PROS Plan adopted in 2017. Council action recommended is a motion to approve the purchase and sale contract of five parcels for the expansion of Rotary Park.

Rotary Park property consists of the existing right-of-way property that is designated Rotary Park and outfitted with picnic tables and artwork. Ultimately, the expanded Rotary Park would consist of property owned by Seattle City Light and parcels currently in private ownership.

We were directed to secure sustainable funding which was done, in part, with the establishment of Park Impact Fees. And this year, these parcels were included in the proposed Park Improvements and Property Acquisition Ballot measure.


John Ramsdell, Shoreline
I encourage the approval of open space around the areas of increased density. As a mental health clinician, we do know that increased density contributes to increased incidences of depression and psychosis, and one of the mitigating factors of those mental health illnesses is access to public open space.


Motion and 2nd to approve the purchase of Real Property located a 18525 10th Ave NE and 18537 10th Ave NE

It is exciting that with this purchase we would be accomplishing, in fact exceeding, the 5 acre goal by 2023. Then we can move towards the next goal for 2030.

Going forward, we may want to look at how we can make our parks more accessible to the public instead of just using acreage as a measure. Acreage is one good measure, but when we think about things in the future like a potential Community and Aquatics Center, that can provide access to a lot of users where acreage would not be the best measure.

Adopted unanimously 7-0

Motion and 2nd Action on the purchase of Real Property located at 18531 10th Avenue NE

I encourage the community to get involved with visioning and designing what this property can be. It’s a beautiful piece of property in a great location near light rail.

This was a quick discussion but these are pretty major deals here. There was a massive amount of work that went into this.

Adopted unanimously 7-0



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