Communities receive grants for National Night Out, mapping projects

November 15, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Nov. 15, 2012

Issaquah-area residents received more than $3,700 in King County grants to host a National Night Out event and map rural areas between Issaquah and Renton, leaders announced Wednesday.

Officials awarded $60,000 in grants for disaster preparedness, neighborhood cleanup, tourism promotion and other activities in unincorporated communities countywide.

Overall, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced 24 Community Engagement Grants. Officials said the grants offer residents in unincorporated areas a chance to participate more in community activities.

The county awarded $1,254.50 to residents in the Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain area to produce a National Night Out program.

Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain residents also received a $2,500 grant to create maps and conduct spatial analysis for community planning.

“Each of these two dozen projects has the support of people working to enhance the life of their communities, for the benefit of all their neighbors,” Constantine said in a statement.

The grants amount to less than $5,000 apiece, and each community must match at least 25 percent of total project cost.

“We had a great mix of applications this year, and I hope we can broaden the field of applicants even more next year,” Alan Painter, Community Service Area Program manager, said in a statement.

Under the most recent plan for unincorporated communities, Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain is the rural area bordered by Issaquah and Interstate 90 on the north and Renton to the west.

In July, Constantine proposed a plan to divide the county’s unincorporated areas into seven community service areas.

The community service area proposal divides the county into districts meant to reflect similarities in demographics and geography, plus existing administrative, community and political boundaries.

The areas include communities without any unincorporated area council representation under the existing arrangement, such as Klahanie and the Snoqualmie Valley.

The proposal combined Tiger Mountain and the area encompassed by the existing Four Creeks Unincorporated Area.

Census 2010 data identified 16,500 residents in the Four Creeks Unincorporated Area. The existing area encompasses Maple Hills, May Valley, Mirrormont and other communities in a 38-square-mile stretch between Issaquah and Renton.

The 16-year-old Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council acts as a liaison between residents and government.

In the past, the Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council leaders hosted a National Night Out event in the Maple Hills community south of Issaquah.

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