Truck topples downtown traffic signal

December 28, 2010

City maintenance workers survey the damage after a tractor-trailer toppled a pole and traffic signal at the corner of Front Street and Sunset Way on Dec. 22. By Tim Pfarr

Motorists and bus riders faced a headache Dec. 22, after a tractor-trailer toppled the traffic signal and pole on the northeastern corner of the Front Street and Sunset Way intersection.

The accident led city officials to close northbound traffic on Front Street and detour drivers to alternate routes. The crash also prompted King County Metro Transit to reroute buses through the affected area for much of the day.

City crews also deployed signs throughout Issaquah to alert drivers to potential problems.

The accident occurred at about 6:30 a.m. Dec. 22. The driver fled the scene and the Issaquah Police Department later arrested the man for fleeing the scene. Read more

City Council re-elects John Traeger, Fred Butler for leadership posts

December 28, 2010

City Council members decided Dec. 20 not to change the top spots on the board for 2011.

The council re-elected John Traeger as council president and Fred Butler as deputy council president in unanimous decisions during the final meeting of the year. Read more

Football cedes spotlight as other sports reach milestones, memories

December 28, 2010

Skyline High School swimmers Nina Zook, Katie Kinnear, Jessie Dart and Maria Volodkevich (from left) celebrate their 200-yard medley relay team state 4A swim championship victory Nov. 13 in Federal Way. By Greg Farrar

Football often dominates the sports scene at Skyline High School, with good reason. The Spartans have won five state football championships in 10 years. Read more

City Council adopts lean budget for 2011

December 28, 2010

City Council members adopted the 2011 municipal budget in a unanimous decision Dec. 20.

The council endorsed the lean spending plan after months of deliberations. The budget did not include property tax or rate hikes. Read more

Christmas fund provides hope, smiles

December 28, 2010

$21,000 needed to reach 2010 goal

Issaquah Community Services opens its office one hour a week to meet with people in financial crisis. It’s not typically a happy place, but lately it’s had its moments of hope and joy.

Over the past couple of months, at least three former clients who had previously received help with rent or utilities or maybe a car repair have stopped in to thank the Issaquah Community Services volunteers and share their good news — they got a new job! Two reported high-tech jobs, while another is now a full-time nanny. The smiles said it all — their life was looking brighter and more secure. Read more

King County enacts sewer rate hike for 2011

December 28, 2010

The sewer rate for residential customers served by King County rises to $36.10 per month next year — a $4.20 monthly increase from the existing rate.

Customers should notice the increase on Jan. 31 or Feb. 28 utility bills.

The county charges the rate to 34 cities and sewer districts, including Issaquah, to carry and treat wastewater.

Issaquah collects wastewater from more than 4,800 residences and businesses. The city does not operate a treatment plant. Instead, the city pays the county to send wastewater to the South Treatment Plant in Renton.

The county then uses the rates Issaquah customers pay to maintain the regional sewer system.

In addition to the residential hike, commercial sewer rates increase 8.3 percent next year.

King County Council members increased the rate in June in order to pay the long-term bonds used to finance Brightwater, a $1.8 billion treatment plant under construction near Woodinville.

Officials said the rate increase should also offset increases in the cost of maintaining and operating a regional wastewater system serving customers in King County, and parts of Snohomish and Pierce counties.

Drivers to face stiffer penalties in emergency zones

December 28, 2010

Motorists face increased penalties soon for failing to make room for emergency vehicles and crews.

The enhanced emergency zone law builds upon existing “move over” regulations to create zones similar to constructions zones around emergency workers. The emergency zone stretches 200 feet in both directions from emergency vehicles. Read more

Sound Transit updates fares for some riders in 2011

December 28, 2010

Sound Transit rolls out reduced fares for seniors and disabled riders Jan. 1.

Eligible riders on Sound Transit buses and light rail trains pay the same 75-cent flat fare for in-county trips.

Under the existing system, Regional Reduced Fare Permit holders pay 75 cents for one-zone and $1.25 for two-zone ST Express bus rides, and 75 cents to $1.25 per trip on Link light rail trains. The flat rate replaces the tiered structure.

Sound Transit is changing regional reduced fares to match King County Metro Transit fare changes. Metro also puts the changes in effect Jan. 1.

Sound Transit fares for Sounder commuter rail and adult, youth, and inter-county reduced fare riders on Central Link and ST Express buses remain unchanged.

Spartans head into break with win over Falcons

December 28, 2010

The Skyline High School boys team went into the holiday break feeling rather joyous last week after winning a pair of games.

On Dec. 21, the Spartans held off visiting Woodinville in the final quarter to post a 40-38 4A KingCo Conference triumph.

Will Parker had 13 points to lead Skyline. Woodinville’s Peter Flint led all players with 21 points. Read more

City parks team tackles Rainier Trail litter

December 28, 2010

City Parks & Recreation Department employees pitched in to pick up debris and litter from the downtown Rainier Trail in mid-December.

Employees focused on the stretch from Southeast Bush Street to Second Avenue Southeast. The team picked up more than 28 bags of trash, plus some bicycle frames, a tire, orange construction cones and a broken skateboard.

The group tallied more than 40 hours of work in the course of the party.

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