Press Editorial

December 14, 2010

Park vision must be bold, grand

The plan for Issaquah’s newest parks along Issaquah Creek should be nothing short of grand. Money should be no object.

While that logic flies in the face of today’s economic reality, city planners and landscape architects must remember that this isn’t a park for today. It may take two or three decades to see the trio of park properties — mostly located between Issaquah Creek and Rainier Boulevard North — to see the plan constructed.

Even after the plan has been established, it will take grant money, private and corporate donations and an almost certain voter-approved park bond to make the land become the “crown jewel” of the Issaquah parks system, as city leaders hope it will be. Read more

Volunteers count on Merry Christmas fund to help families

December 14, 2010

Emergency relief for Issaquah area families is the one and only focus of Issaquah Community Services. But Issaquah Community Services could not exist without contributions from others. Two-thirds of its annual budget comes from donations to the annual fund drive known as Merry Christmas Issaquah.

But Issaquah Community Services also couldn’t be there for those in need without dedicated volunteers who meet with those seeking help, giving referrals and a small bit of financial help.

Issaquah Community Services volunteers work in pairs on a rotating schedule 9-10 a.m., five days a week. One busy day earlier this fall, there was the usual knock on the door, located at the fire station on Sunset Way. Read more

Public Meetings

December 14, 2010

Dec. 15

Rowley Properties development agreement open house

6-8:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn,

1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Read more

County OKs communications tower at Klahanie Park

December 14, 2010

Clearwire has been granted a building permit to install a 60-foot communications tower inside Klahanie Park.

The wireless broadband provider has proposed three antennae and a microwave dish for the tower. The project is to adjoin the south side of the existing building inside the park. Plans call for the completed equipment and pole to be placed inside a fenced enclosure. Read more

School district prepares for election boundary change

December 14, 2010

Every 10 years, school districts are required by law to evaluate their school board director district boundaries.

Using data from the 2010 census, the Issaquah School District will work with Sammamish Data Systems to determine if its current boundaries are accurate.

The district will pay Sammamish Data Systems $450 for its services, district Chief Financial Officer Jacob Kuper said. Read more

Department of Transportation rolls out mini-sanders

December 14, 2010

The state Department of Transportation has rolled out another tool to combat ice and snow: eight mini-sanders.

Crews installed hopper sanders on two pickups, so the trucks can each carry a half-ton of sand. The agency has plans to install a third hopper on another pickup.

Plans call for five other trucks to be equipped with tailgate-mounted sanders that can carry nine cubic yards of sand

Transportation planners hope the smaller trucks can travel to difficult-to-reach spots inaccessible to larger equipment. Read more

UWTV features EFR leadership techniques

December 14, 2010

Eastside Fire & Rescue has been featured in a six-part TV series about leadership research and strategic thinking.

The program, “Fostering Leadership,” is a joint effort between the University of Washington Foster School of Business and UWTV. Viewers can watch the program at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays on UWTV or at the Foster School of Business website.

In the episode titled “Extreme Leadership,” Fire Marshall Bud Backer shares candid reflections of 25 years of leadership development in the fire service. Read more

2011 municipal budget clears City Council hurdle

December 14, 2010

The trim 2011 city budget continues to inch closer from plan to reality.

City Council members offered another round of comments about the spending plan, and then — in a unanimous decision Dec. 6 — directed city staffers to prepare the formal budget ordinance for adoption. The council is scheduled to adopt the budget Dec. 20.

Discussion centered on the general fund — the $30.4 million budget piece used to fund police and fire services, community development and planning, parks and recreation, and municipal government.

“It’s a $30 million budget for the city of Issaquah, and I think people assume there’s a lot of money flying around,” Councilman Mark Mullet said. “When you’re actually in the meetings, it’s very impressive how everything does get analyzed down to that last decimal point.” Read more

Maple Hills, Sunset elementary schools plan to install new heaters

December 14, 2010

Two Issaquah School District schools are slated to receive new heaters this winter break: Maple Hills and Sunset elementary schools.

Maple Hills’ heaters are as old as the school, which was built in unincorporated King County near Renton in 1969. All of the heaters are gas operated, and earlier this year, staff and students reported smelling gas in the 300 wing and music room, according to an e-mail from Maple Hills Principal Monique Beane.

The district’s capital projects and facilities services worked together to locate a heater with a crack in it, district Chief of Finance and Operations Jake Kuper said.

The leak “wasn’t a lot of gas, but it doesn’t take a lot of gas to have a smell,” Kuper said. Read more

Issaquah School Board receives distinction award

December 14, 2010

For the second consecutive year, the Issaquah School Board has received a Board of Distinction award from the Washington State School Directors’ Association.

The board, including Superintendent Steve Rasmussen and members Jan Woldseth Colbrese, Brian Deagle, Suzanne Weaver, Chad Magendanz, Marnie Maraldo, learned about the honor at the annual WSSDA conference Nov. 17-20 in Spokane, where school board members from the state’s 295 school districts met to share ideas.

To apply, boards had to answer several questions, including those about their work to improve student learning and the board’s accountability to the community. Read more

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