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File #: 2015-0348    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 8/31/2015 In control: Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee
On agenda: Final action: 9/21/2015
Enactment date: 9/30/2015 Enactment #: 18115
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to road names; providing for the honorary designation of county roads; and amending Ordinance 8766, Section 10, as amended, and K.C.C. 16.08.060.
Sponsors: Reagan Dunn
Indexes: Roads
Attachments: 1. Ordinance 18115.pdf, 2. 2015-0348_SR_Honorary_Roads.docx
Staff: Kaye, Lise
Title
AN ORDINANCE relating to road names; providing for the honorary designation of county roads; and amending Ordinance 8766, Section 10, as amended, and K.C.C. 16.08.060.
Body
STATEMENT OF FACTS:
1. The Department of Veterans Affairs maintains the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington, to serve the nation's veterans and their families.
2. Entrance to the Tahoma National Cemetery is via Southeast 240th Street.
3. In 2002, the North Pacific Chapter of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association, a group of naval veterans who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, contacted Tahoma National Cemetery director Mary Ann Gillispie and King County executive Ron Sims to request commemorative street signs near the Tahoma National Cemetery to honor veterans at their final resting place.
4. At the direction of Ron Sims, the King County road services division manufactured commemorative street signs designating Southeast 240th Street as King County's "Street of Heroes," which were mounted on signposts in front of the cemetery at nearby key intersections and unveiled November 8, 2002.
5. Since their installation, the commemorative street signs have been included as assets to be maintained by the road services division.
6. On August 19, 2013, the King County council passed Ordinance 17640 establishing a process by which a member of the public could request an honorary street designation and included council approval by ordinance.
7. Ordinance 17640 does not recognize honorary street designations in existence before August 19, 2013.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KING COUNTY:
SECTION 1. Findings: The council finds honorary street designations made by the county before August 19, 2013, are to be formally recognized.
SECTION 2. Ordinance 8766, Section 10, as amended, and K.C.C. 16.08.060 are each hereby amended to read as follows:
A.1. Notwithstanding K.C.C. 16.08.010 and 16.08.020, the council reserves the option of changing street names ...

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