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St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue is considering whether to become the next host for the Tent City 4 homeless camp. The church’s board of trustees has approved the move, but church members must vote Dec. 4, said Senior Pastor Tom Kidd.

Church officials plan to discuss the issue at a public forum at 4 p.m. Nov. 27 at the church, 3030 Bellevue Way N.E.

Wednesday, Tent City 4 moved from a site near Woodinville to Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue, where it can stay for 60 days, city officials said. The temple wants to host the camp for 90 days and has sued the city over some restrictions, including length of stay.

If St. Luke’s extends an invitation, timing could be an issue. The church can host the camp no earlier than mid-February, which would coincide with the camp’s exit from B’nai Torah after 90 days, but not 60 days.

Another Bellevue church already has voted to extend an invitation after St. Luke’s, Kidd said, but he would not disclose the church’s name.

King County

Postage stamps to promote parks

King County park officials Friday unveiled their latest strategy to make more money — stamps.

The parks department is partnering with Zazzle, an online company, to sell stamps emblazoned with scenes or activities from some of the county’s parks, such as a rugby game or the velodrome at Marymoor Park.

The stamps can be bought online by clicking the “Support Your Parks” link at www.metrokc.gov/parks.

Twenty-seven percent of net sales will go to parks maintenance and operations.

Over the past few years, the county parks department has been pursuing several entrepreneurial ideas to offset budget cuts.


Road to close for repaving

Bellevue has installed a new drain on the Lake Hills Connector to solve a water-seepage problem that left the road damp and prone to ice-over the past few years. Tuesday, crews are scheduled to repave the section of road where repairs were made.

The eastbound lanes will close from Richards Road to 140th Avenue Southeast from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastbound traffic will detour to Kamber Road for access to 140th Avenue. Local access to 134th Avenue will be provided.


Lambo appointed municipal judge

Kirkland has a new municipal court judge. The city council earlier this week appointed local attorney Michael Lambo to a four-year term on the bench.

Lambo served as a pro-tem judge for the court this year, worked for the King County prosecutor’s office and also served as an officer with the Bellevue Police Department. He will earn an annual salary of $99,544.

Kirkland’s municipal court handles cases that include misdemeanors and traffic infractions. Albert Raines, the previous judge, decided to return to private practice after his term expired.


Teen center gets Microsoft grant

Microsoft has awarded Redmond’s Old Fire House Teen Center a $60,000 Unlimited Potential grant to create an on-site computer lab.

The teen center does not currently have computer access, and the center’s leaders say the $50,000 cash and $10,000 worth of software will enable it to add 10 to 12 computers with Internet access and software that can help teens boost their technological and job skills.


City Council OKs higher property tax

Kirkland’s City Council has approved an 8.5 percent property-tax increase to expand the city’s police and fire departments to combat growing response times.

The tax increase translates into around $58 additional per year on a $500,000 home, and will go into effect in 2006.

Combined with a 1 percent utility-tax increase last summer, the city expects an additional $1.15 million for public safety.

That money will fund a police-operations lieutenant, a proactive crime team of four police officers and a police-records worker who will respond to crime trends, plus eight new medics and a second aid car for the Totem Lake fire station to respond to emergency calls.