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March 2017

Dear Friends,

I hope you're enjoying 2017. I'm glad spring is here now!

The beginning of each year brings reorganization to the Council. This year I am the Chair of the Regional Water Quality Committee. In this committee we are dealing with important water quality issues and needs as well as investigating the West Point Treatment Plant failure and the aftermath – with decisions to be made that will greatly impact our region. The Council has called for an independent investigation to determine how this happened and how to avoid in the future.

My other committees are: Law, Justice (Vice Chair), Budget & Fiscal Management (Vice Chair), Transportation, Economy and Environment, Seattle-King County Board of Health (Vice Chair), Health, Housing and Human Services (Vice Chair), Committee of the Whole (Vice Chair).

I've included a report from KING 5 about the Farm Pads in the Snoqualmie Valley and how valuable they are in an area that floods frequently. I've also included a video from King County TV about the drug prescription plan that is now available to all county residents AND their pets, information on how to apply for a Barn Again grant and an exciting story about the new radio station in the Snoqualmie Valley.

Council, constituent and committee meetings and trips to Olympia to work with our elected legislators on King County issues continue to consume my life during this first quarter of 2017.

It's always a pleasure to be busy representing District 3.

Kathy Lambert

In this Issue:

      1. West Point Treatment Plant Update
      2. Farm Pads
      3. NACo Drug Prescription Plan
      4. Radio KAPY 103.1
      5. Barn Again Grants
      6. Waste to Energy Symposiums

1. West Point Treatment Plan Update

Aerial view of West Point

In the Control Room at West Point

Last week the Council passed legislation authorizing a wide-ranging and fully independent investigation of what occurred in the lead up, during and aftermath of the catastrophic failure of systems at West Point wastewater treatment plant.

This adopted ordinance now places the Council in charge of an investigation into the breakdown at the plant on February 9, which has forced millions of gallons of untreated sewage and storm runoff into Puget Sound.

This is our duty and the responsible thing to investigate so we all know what happened. The people of King County deserve a full and independent investigation, so we can protect ourselves in the future.

West Point management falls under the Executive branch of King County government. Under the terms of the measure passed last week, the investigative process will be led solely by the Council, which constitutes an entirely separate branch of government from those in charge of West Point. This legislation relieves the concerns of several of us on the Council who felt it was inappropriate for those in charge of the plant to be directing the investigative effort. The Executive branch had announced plans to select its own 3rd party investigator, but has withdrawn from that process, leaving the Council-led effort as the definitive review of what occurred at West Point.

I will keep you informed as this progresses.

2. Farm Pads

I worked hard to get this program started and I'm so glad it's working and protecting livestock and farm livelihoods.

Here's an update from King 5 news: www.king5.com/news/local/-farm-pad-program-prevents-flooding/421303401

3. NACo Drug Prescription Plan

I was pleased to announce recently that King County has signed the agreement to participate in the Live Healthy Prescription Discount Program sponsored by NACo (National Association of Counties). I was joined by Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health - Seattle & King County and Eric Johnson, Executive Director of the Washington State Association of Counties. People can sign up for this free program by visiting www.nacorx.org. Read the linked press release for more details. A most interesting detail is that it also covers pet prescriptions!


Watch the video

4. Radio KAPY 103.1

I was so excited to participate this month in the Grand Opening of radio station KAPY 103.1 in the Snoqualmie Valley. This station will bring a local perspective to the citizens of Carnation, Duvall and Redmond Ridge and will also be a great source for emergency news. I wish them much success. Be sure to tune in!

5. Barn Again Grants

King County's Historic Preservation Program will award up to $250,000 in the second round of its "Barn Again" historic barn preservation grant program this spring. Applications for projects that stabilize and extend the useful life of these iconic structures are now being accepted.

To be eligible for 2017 "Barn Again" funding, barns, outbuildings, and agriculture-related community spaces, such as grange halls, must still convey their historic character, be more than 40 years old, located in King County and in need of substantial repair.

Grant awards are anticipated to be in the range of $5,000 to $50,000 for projects that extend the life of the building and retain historic features.

2017 Grant guidelines and application forms are posted on the King County Historic Preservation Program website at www.kingcounty.gov/proper…/historic-preservation.

Applications are due April 21.

For more information, contact Todd Scott, King County Preservation Architect, todd.scott@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-4545.

6. Waste to Energy Symposiums

So far this year, I've hosted 2 Symposiums on "Waste to Energy, Recycling, Upcycling and moving towards Zero Waste". The speakers were amazing. I was pleased to hear of so many exciting new and growing opportunities in sustainability. I'm encouraged that we will find solutions for King County as we continue to learn more.

Here's a link to my council page which has links to both PowerPoint presentations and the YouTube recordings.


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Email: kathy.lambert@kingcounty.gov
Phone: 206.477.1003
Web: www.kingcounty.gov/lambert