Mayor highlights accomplishments in State of the City address
February 8, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 8, 2011
Mayor Ava Frisinger offered a bold prediction for the months ahead in the State of the City address Monday night.
“2011 will undoubtedly be a momentous year for Issaquah — one that will not only reinforce the importance of our day-to-day business, but will also celebrate our larger accomplishments, ” she said.
The can-do speech highlighted projects scheduled for completion in the months ahead, including the city-coordinated zHome townhouses and a landmark effort to outline redevelopment in the 915-acre business district.
Frisinger used the annual address to shine a spotlight on other long-term efforts.
The city is poised to complete the long-running effort to preserve forested Park Pointe on Tiger Mountain soon.
The push to plan and gather public input for downtown Issaquah Creek-side parks is also on track to continue throughout 2011. Ground could be broken for the initial phase next year.
Construction is also scheduled to conclude on the city-funded — and ultra-”green” — Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 near the Issaquah Transit Center.
“From zHome and the Central Issaquah Plan to large-scale open space conservation, together we can make historic steps toward achieving our shared vision,” Frisinger said to applause as the 18-minute presentation concluded.
Though fiscal issues received more attention in the 2010 address, the mayor reiterated a commitment to carefully consider spending amid the economic downturn.
“Most importantly, we will keep a close eye on the city’s finances to ensure that we continue to operate within a responsible and balanced budget,” she said.
The address — a speech and a video presentation at the City Council meeting — also highlighted accomplishments from 2010.
The city opened the long-planned Interstate 90 Undercrossing, enacted a first-on-the-Eastside food packaging ordinance, installed artificial-turf fields at Central Park, participated in the Sound Shake earthquake-response exercise and restored creekside habitat at Squak Valley Park North — “one of the largest restoration projects in the city’s history,” Frisinger noted.
The mayor used the video presentation to highlight the role city departments play in providing municipal services to the public.
“When all of our pieces fit together, it’s easy to see our departments shares a commitment to preserving, enhancing and serving our wonderful community,” she said.