The Bellevue City Council will hold another public hearing Tuesday regarding proposed changes to the rules governing temporary homeless encampments in the city.

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The Bellevue City Council will hold another public hearing Tuesday regarding proposed changes to the rules governing temporary homeless encampments in the city.

The hearing will be held during the council’s regular session, from 8 to 10 p.m. at City Hall, 11511 Main St.

The hearing will begin with a staff report updating the council and the public on the issue. After the hearing, the council could decide to vote on the proposed ordinance or wait until a future meeting.


Council to weigh purchase of land

The Kirkland City Council will consider buying two undeveloped pieces of property for a natural habitat and wetlands area, and also will consider names for two new city parks.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council will consider buying property at the southwest corner of 113th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 120th Street for $850,000. The property includes about 2.3 acres of wetlands that extend to the north side of Heronfield Wetlands. The property, surrounded by private development, by itself does not provide adequate public access or recreation uses, but could help protect the wetlands and offer an opportunity for future public access, according to a city Parks and Community Services Department memo.

The council also will consider buying property on 97th Avenue Northeast, near the west edge of Yarrow Bay Wetland Park, for $157,181. The wetland park is home to eagles, herons and other species. The purchase could help protect and maintain the wetlands, according to the parks department.

The city’s Park Board has recommended names for two undeveloped areas. One, now known as Waverly Park Site, at 111 Waverly Way, is proposed to be called either Heritage Park or Waverly View.

The second area, known as Central Houghton Park Site, is at Northeast 55th Street and 106th Avenue Northeast. A name of either Carillon Forest or Houghton Forest is proposed.

The council meets at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 123 Fifth Ave.


Technical college awarded $5 million

Lake Washington Technical College in Kirkland recently was awarded more than $5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education TRIO Programs. The school plans to use the money — $1.1 million over each of the next five years — to create a support program for students with physical and learning disabilities.

The college is one of 40 institutions nationally, and the only one in the state, receiving TRIO funding to serve students with disabilities.

The Federal TRIO Programs — named after the first three programs established in the 1960s — are educational outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Appointee will seek election to school post

Chris Marks is running for a spot on the Bellevue School Board, where she was appointed last year as director for District 3, which is composed mostly of the Enatai and Woodridge neighborhoods.

Marks replaced Steven Miller, a longtime board member. She has served nearly a year on the board.

Marks, 55, is a research assistant in the Transplantation Biology Lab at Swedish Medical Center. She lives in the Enatai neighborhood, where she has done fund-raising and established the reading bowl at Enatai and Spiritridge elementary schools. She also organizes and oversees monthly dinners at the Crossroads Community Center.