Mayor highlights 2010 accomplishments

January 25, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

Mayor Ava Frisinger plans to highlight city services and volunteer efforts to protect open space in the 2011 State of the City address Feb. 7.

The annual milestone also offers Frisinger and other leaders a chance to reflect on milestones from the past year.

People volunteered more than 5,600 hours for open space projects throughout 2010 — a figure Frisinger plans to highlight in the upcoming address.

The presentation, like others in years past, is scheduled to include video highlights of city programs from the year.

Frisinger touted sustainability and technology goals in the 2010 address, plus long-term plans for the business district and downtown parks along Issaquah Creek. The mayor tracked the key projects throughout the year.

Frisinger appointed a task force in late 2009 to craft the Central Issaquah Plan and outline redevelopment on 915 acres near Interstate 90 and state Route 900.

The city rolled out the Central Issaquah proposal in late October 2010, after the task force logged almost 1,000 hours in 13 months to prepare the plan.

The proposal has reached the Planning Policy Commission for discussion. Next, the plan heads to City Council committees for additional scrutiny. The measure requires the OK from the full council before ground can be broken on any redevelopment.

The effort to turn former farmsteads along Rainier Boulevard North into public parks also reached a milestone last year.

The city Parks & Recreation Department and a Seattle landscape architecture firm offered the initial proposal for the downtown parks in November. The early draft then heads to multiple city boards and the City Council for adjustments throughout 2011.

The mayor emphasized a commitment to fiscal responsibility in the 2010 address. The city completed a round of budget cuts and layoffs in order to close a budget gap in the months before the speech.

Officials did not need to resort to similar austere measures last year, as the local economy started to recover from the recession.

“It was pretty quiet because we took action in 2009,” Frisinger said. “I think some of the council members would call it resetting the budget and resetting expectations. Because we did that — which was really difficult, it was painful — we made it so that there were relatively smooth operations during 2010.”

The mayor also appointed a group to study how technology relates to quality of life and business competitiveness in the community.

Frisinger announced the creation of the Issaquah Technology Task Force in the 2010 address. Members started to meet not long after the January announcement.

“I hope to have from them some strategic planning for technological initiatives that we could take in the future,” she said.

That task force is drafting a report for Frisinger and council members. The report should be completed by the end of the second quarter.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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City Council regular meeting
  • Agenda: Mayor Ava Frisinger delivers the 2011 State of the City address
  • Feb. 7
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Council Chambers, City Hall South
  • 135 E. Sunset Way
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