King County will receive $543,008 in grants from the state Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation to improve trails, boating facilities and firearm and archery ranges.

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King County will receive $543,008 in grants from the state Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation to improve trails, boating facilities and firearm and archery ranges.


Eastside grants include $40,000 to build 3,000 feet of trail and a bridge in the Taylor Mountain Forest, $36,100 for the King District Trails Maintenance Program to buy equipment for its recreational trail- maintenance crew and $100,000 to rebuild the three-mile West Tiger #3 Trail in the West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area.


The committee finances recreation and conservation projects throughout the state. Visit www.iac.wa.gov for more information.


Kirkland

Hodgson, Sternoff


to be sworn in


Two new members of Kirkland’s City Council will be officially sworn in this week now that King County has certified the November election results.


Most new City Council members will start their jobs in January. But Tom Hodgson and Bob Sternoff will take their seats at the Kirkland council’s Dec. 13 meeting because they’re replacing two temporary appointees.


Hodgson will fill the seat of Councilman Dave Russell, whom the council tapped to replace Larry Springer in February after Springer was elected to the state House of Representatives. Sternoff will replace Nona Ganz, who filled in after Tom Dillon resigned in March. Both Ganz and Dillon chose not to run.


Woodinville

$8 million on way


for traffic help


Woodinville traffic flows will benefit from about $8 million the city is receiving in state funding to help with two long-talked-about projects.


The money is from the state Transportation Improvement Board, which distributes funds from a 3-cent statewide gas tax.


The biggest portion, $5.9 million, will be used to make safety and capacity improvements at Highway 202 and Northeast 175th Street on the western edge of the city near the Sammamish Slough. That money was freed up partly because of changes in plans for a rail trestle near Highway 522, which may be converted to a King County rails-to-trails route.


In addition, $2.1 million will be provided toward a $3.9 million roundabout project at Highway 202 and Northeast 145th Street on the east side of the Sammamish River Valley. The developer of a project there, Woodinville Village, is expected to provide about $1 million more toward intersection improvements, said Mick Monken, city public-works director.


Mercer Island

Thursday hearing


set on park policy


The Mercer Island Open Space Conservancy Trust (OSCT) will hold a second hearing Thursday to get public input on a proposed encroachment policy for Pioneer Park.


The Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department has identified about 20 encroachments in the park, or the unauthorized use of park land by a neighboring private landowner.


Several already have been remedied. The OSCT is drafting an encroachment policy to better define requirements for addressing those remaining and future encroachments on Mercer Island parks. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers at Mercer Island City Hall.


More information and copies of the revised draft policy are available at www.miparks.net or by calling 206-236-3545.


The first public comment hearing was held Nov. 3.