Issaquah forum to focus on King County outreach

August 4, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 4, 2011

Countywide Community Forums of King County is planning a forum at the Issaquah Library to discuss the county’s outreach plan for unincorporated area residents.

Residents in the rural, suburban and urban unincorporated areas can weigh in at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Participants should RSVP to the forum.

The model adopted by the King County Council last month establishes eight to 12 community service areas to cover all unincorporated areas, not just the communities included in the unincorporated area councils.

The framework affects the Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council, a liaison for unincorporated area residents near Issaquah to the county government based in Seattle.

The framework calls for a single point of contact to hold meetings, develop work programs, and provide regular opportunities for homeowner associations, community development groups and unincorporated area councils to meet county officials.

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Issaquah’s representative on the council, said the updated framework should provide opportunities for more groups in the unincorporated areas to participate in the decision-making process.

“The council and the executive will be working together to make sure the concerns of residents are considered in both the legislative and executive branches of government,” she said in a statement. “We want greater participation so that we can set goals that are monitored to improve engagement with rural residents.”

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