To the Editor

January 1, 2013

By Contributor

Redevelopment

People need to tell the City Council what they want

Folks, why did you move to the Issaquah area? It appears the council is going to remake the Issaquah you enjoy, into one that will replace the small town features into what they have in Bellevue. Do you really want that? If not, better elect different council members.

It is a shame that the money-hungry council is looking for ways to raise more tax money and bulldozing current businesses to make way for tall buildings is their way to accomplish their goal.

The Dec. 21 Press indicates that the new Issaquah plan will eliminate the need for cars and thus will reduce traffic. People seem to forget that this is the same council that rejected the Southeast Bypass because it would reduce the patronage of the small downtown businesses, because the cars would be bypassing Front Street.

The Press also indicated that people live elsewhere, and climb into their cars to reach the area’s amenities. Most people who moved to Issaquah like to have a yard, and living in a tall building does not allow for those things.

Again, folks, why did you move to the Issaquah area? When we moved here, there was not one stop light, but there was a small airport landing field where Lowe’s and Holiday Inn are now located. People chose Issaquah, because of its small-town features and weekly newspaper.

Now, the council wants more tax revenue from the same acreage via “The long-term Central Issaquah Plan is meant to guide redevelopment from shopping centers and low-rise office buildings to a taller neighborhood meant for businesses and residences. The business district along Interstate 90 encompasses about 1,000 acres — including retail destinations, such as Pickering Place, and the Meadows and Issaquah Commons shopping centers.”

Ken Sessler

Issaquah

 

Drinking water

City needs to protect the aquifer, drinking water

Another enormous facility to infiltrate stormwater into the aquifer is being proposed in the Lakeside Hillside Village development agreement. This is a way to take stormwater from urban development and shove it into the ground in tremendous amounts. Unfortunately, this infiltration is a straight shot into our aquifer on the valley floor.

The city of Issaquah has already tried this type of infiltration gallery in a facility called Lower Reid, and while the water did go down lickity-split, concerns by the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District about contaminants to the aquifer (most of the Sammamish Plateau drinks water from valley floor wells) shut this facility down for review.

The city of Issaquah is looking to get both of these infiltration facilities working side by side. You would think that this would require treating the water with extra care before they mixed it with our drinking water, but no, it just has to be good enough to go into Lake Sammamish.

If the infiltration rates were to be slow, cleaning the water by using the soil the standards proposed would likely be OK. Unfortunately, the allowed rate of infiltration is so fast, that the soils do not have time to do their water-cleaning job. So yum, tasty! Lake Sammamish-quality water is not what I want coming out of my tap.

It is time for the city of Issaquah to do the right thing. Prioritize the protection of the aquifer by requiring that the water to be infiltrated in injection wells be brought to potable water standard before infiltration.

Connie Marsh

Issaquah

 

Christmas Grinches

Stop breaking into houses

To the two young women who broke into our home four days before Christmas: If your parents don’t realize what you have done, let me tell you, shame on you. You know you are wrong, because you ran out of the house saying “sorry.”

It wasn’t so much what you took, but you destroyed my trust in teenagers; safety and happiness have also been stolen by you.
You were in our home and my 17-year-old daughter and I walked in on you. It was scary for all four of us, and thank you for not having a gun.

I worry that if you aren’t caught you will try again at someone else’s house. Please don’t. Please stop — you are young and I hope your guilt outweighs the value of my six-year-old laptop, Kindles, my son’s Christmas present of a new Cannon compact camera and some old jewelry.

You were the Grinches that stole Christmas.

Candace Havens

Issaquah

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One Response to “To the Editor”

  1. Sally on January 4th, 2013 12:06 am

    I didnt think I could ever agree with Ken Sessler but I do. His letter hasany good points on growth to the extreme. We seem to have a council who thinks not, knows not and in spite of denial do have Bellevue envy. There are blights on aloud hillsides, a shortcut from Kent to Redmond grips our major roads in near gridlock all day, Rowleyville will choke both sides of SR 900 and of course we think we ars going to steal water from other aqueducts when ours are empty or so polluted they are unsafe. And never mind that the brown pollution haze has already reached Issaquah’s Valley. This city and the planner have ambitious plans but forget infrastructure and wetlands. And why is it that when the Target Center was built as ugly as it was that a council person was heard saying, “I didn’t think it would look like that!”. Different time of course but look around and see the ugliness. And what we won’t have when this ill confirmed plan goes into effect.
    Growth is one thing and so are esthetics. Keep your eye on this project people. It will need watching.

  2. Smoley on January 8th, 2013 4:59 pm

    And I’m somewhat shocked that I find myself in agreement with you Sally, but this is something that local citizens should really follow closely.

    I don’t see how we’ll have the local infrastructure to support the amount of additional traffic caused by this drastic increase in density of multiple 100+ foot high-rise buildings.

    Sure, some of these new folks will walk. Some will take public transportation, but most will have cars. Most will have friends with cars. All of these cars will clog our already over-taxed streets and services. Not to mention these high-rise buildings will block views of one of the most attractive parts of Issaquah.

    Look, I”m all for allowing allowing someone to build what they want on their own land, but the developers that bought this property knew what the height and building restrictions were when they bought it, so why are we changing the height restrictions now? Oh yeah, I forgot. More people equals more tax revenue.

    When are we going to say enough is enough? Is a bigger Issaquah always a better Issaquah? Apparently our city council thinks so. I don’t.

    If I wanted to live in a bigger, growing city with ugly high-rises I would have bought a home in Bellevue.

    Bellevue, we aren’t. Bellevue, we don’t want to be!

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