Other items: Volunteers sought for economic plan; math exhibit open at KidsQuest Museum; and a fee in Redmond to be charged for false fire alarms.

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The Metropolitan King County Council has approved an agreement between the county and city of Snoqualmie to rehabilitate the historic Meadowbrook Bridge.

The county’s roads division had planned to replace the deteriorating 1921 bridge, located on Meadowbrook Way Southeast at Southeast Reinig Road, with a modern span across the Snoqualmie River. Load limits allow only one truck to cross the bridge at a time; the two lanes are narrow and vertical clearance is low.

Now the county plans to convert it to a one-lane bridge, with traffic controls at each end.

The bridge will be closed about seven months during construction, which could begin as early as spring. About 70 percent of the project’s $6.1 million cost would be covered by federal grants.

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Volunteers sought for economic plan

The city of Woodinville is looking for as many as 10 volunteers to help formulate an economic development plan.

Volunteers would join members of the Woodinville Planning Commission on a Citizens Advisory Panel to review a consultant’s study on the Woodinville economy and recommend policy changes to the City Council.

The panel will help decide “how best to strengthen Woodinville’s economy in ways that preserve existing values and character,” according to a city press release.

The committee will meet one weeknight a month from February until next fall.

Woodinville residents, business owners and property owners are eligible to apply.

Applications, due Jan. 7, are available at www.ci.woodinville.wa.us/permits/applications.asp or at Woodinville City Hall. For more information, contact City Planner Carl Smith, 425- 489-2757, ext. 2282, or e-mail carls@ci.woodinville.wa.us


Math exhibit open at KidsQuest Museum

Go Figure!, an interactive math exhibit, runs through Jan. 16 at KidsQuest Museum in Factoria Mall.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays until Jan. 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in 2005.

Entry free is $3 per person.

Although the show is open in the future home of KidsQuest Museum, the actual museum won’t be built until sometime in 2005.

For further information, go to www.kidsquestmuseum.org or call 425-637-8100. Factoria Mall is located a block southeast of the intersection of I-90 and I-405.


Fee to be charged for false fire alarms

Beginning in January, the Redmond Fire Department will charge property owners or occupants a fee for preventable false fire alarms.

The fee will be $304.90 for every hour the department spends responding to a false alarm, with a one-hour minimum charge.

The department can levy a fee if it determines that the owner or occupant didn’t take reasonable steps to prevent the alarm. Some examples: alarms caused by improperly installed systems, drills or tests that are reported to the Fire Department as real incidents, or alarms activated by welding, painting or cooking.

The Redmond City Council passed an ordinance in June allowing the fees.