Covington makes agreement with King County

King County will handle landmarking for the city, which could save money.

The King County Council unanimously approved an agreement with Covington on April 23 to provide landmark designation and protection services.

According to a press release from King County, Covington wanted a formal process for recognizing historic buildings, properties and archaeological sites within the city limits. This agreement means the county will handle landmarking services on the city’s behalf.

According to Ann Mueller, the senior planner for Covington, the city is always looking at its code and auditing to see if there is anything that needs to happen. She said Covington had the original language upon the incorporation of the city about 21 years ago. It was out of date and needed to be updated, she said.

“We’ve never had a landmark request (before), but in the case that we ever did, we wanted to make sure that the language in there made sense for our city,” Mueller said. “So I did some research about (how to) update it (recognizing historic landmarks) and clean it up and I found out that 22 other cities in King County actually use the King County landmark commission and historical landmark preservation program as their commission and review group.”

According to the press release, this will save everyone money.

“As more cities contract with the county for landmark services, it reduces the total costs for everybody,” said King County Council Member Reagan Dunn in the press release.

This will save the city money because Covington will not have to start its own agency and process, but will instead use King County’s.

Mueller said there are not a lot of historic buildings in Covington, but the city would like to be prepared if someone would like their land to be declared historic.

In fact, a local business could go through the process soon.

“We actually did find out that the state granted historic preservation status to the BPA station in the city. So it’s potential to have them apply for a local landmark status. So the BPA station actually has the ability to get recognized for its value as a sub station,” said Mueller.

BPA is a substation that is located on Covington Way Southeast.

Mueller said BPA is coming to a council meeting on July 10 to present to council the research they have done and will move forward from there.

“It is a great pleasure to partner with King County on this ILA for historic services. We appreciate all the work that Council Member Dunn has done to preserve historic sites in King County, so that our children and families can enjoy what has happened in the past,” said Covington Mayor Jeff Wagner in the press release. “We look forward to continuing to partner with Council Member Dunn on future sites.”

The release said some properties designated as historic are eligible for tax benefits.

More in News

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman certifies the results of the 2018 General Election in Olympia on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Courtesy Office of the Secretary of State
Historic high-turnout midterm election|Secretary of State

According to statistics compiled by the Office of Secretary of State, the general election turnout approached two additional participation records.

Courtesy photo Elisa Lewis
                                Charlotte Sweeney and Music Buddy, Joseph Clift, are seen here trying out an accordion.
Maple Valley holiday concert is Dec. 14 and more community news

Maple Valley holiday concert is Dec. 14 The Maple Valley Youth Symphony… Continue reading

Enumclaw police officer Amanda Reeves will be assigned to Enumclaw High School as the first school resource officer. The position is a joint effort of the school district and police department. Photo by Kevin Hanson
Enumclaw High will have full-time cop on campus

Enumclaw High School will have an on duty officer on its campus starting in 2019.

Submitted photo from Maple Valley
Hometown Holidays is right around the corner|city of Maple Valley

Maple Valley is hosting its annual Hometown Holiday event on Dec. 6.

New tool will help elementary school educators

KCSARC created Trauma-Informed Classroom resources for middle and high school educators and most recently in Aug. 2018, it started Launch Pad.

Santa is coming to town and more community news

Santa is coming to town The Black Diamond Community Center will be… Continue reading

I-1639: Gun store owners concerned

Two local gun store owners discuss concerns about Initiative 1639

A new public health campaign launched this week by the FNHA is aimed at delaying cannabis use and reducing the harms for young people, as well as expectant and breastfeeding mothers. (Submitted)
First Nations Health Authority launches campaign on cannabis use

Ad messages focused on harm reduction for youth and women who are breastfeeding or pregnant

Keeping the Faith, grabbing the spotlight

Fiery and determined, Faith Young said she’s a lot like Annie, the… Continue reading

The new Dick’s Drive-In off Pacific Highway South in Kent stands shrouded in the Tuesday morning fog as construction nears full completion before its Dec. 12 grand opening. REPORTER PHOTO
New Dick’s Drive-In on Kent’s West Hill to officially open Dec. 12

Popular burger joint plans grand opening, ribbon cutting

Covington house fire

All four residents and their dog made it out safely.

Photos by Kayse Angel
Veterans Day — a groundbreaking kind of day

The city of Maple Valley had a groundbreaking ceremony for the Greater Maple Valley Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day, Nov. 11