Issaquah City Council officially requests Klahanie annexation vote in February

December 10, 2013

By Peter Clark

NEW — 12:20 p.m. Dec. 10, 2013

Barring county disapproval, a Klahanie annexation vote will occur Feb. 11.

During a special Dec. 9 meeting, the Issaquah City Council officially requested King County to hold a special election for Klahanie Potential Annexation Area residents to decide whether they would like to join the city. The vote was 5-1 with Councilman Tola Marts absent.

The council held a brief public hearing before the vote, limiting speakers to three-minute comments. Five citizens stood to address the council on the vote.

“We’ve been on and off on this for the past 10 years,” Brookshire resident Dick L’Heureux said. “All we want is to be a part of your beautiful city. All we’re asking is a chance to vote.”

Only former City Councilman Dave Kappler voiced opposition during the public hearing.

He said the city’s expectation of state assistance would not lead to a profit from the annexation. Additionally, he said no one had addressed the funding of road improvements along Issaquah-Pine Lake Road and Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road.

“That’s a huge future obligation you’re assuming,” he said.

The special Monday meeting came on the heels of a Friday afternoon announcement. Finance Director Diane Marcotte apologized to the public for the short notice. She said the administration incorrectly believed the council would have until Dec. 27 to decide. In order to make a February election possible under the King County Council schedule, the Dec. 9 meeting was necessary.

All present council members responded positively to requesting a King County vote except Councilman Joshua Schaer who again took the opportunity to question the annexation.

“I don’t know why the County Council’s deadline dictates our own,” he said about the meeting’s short notice. “There have been no refutations of my points on this subject. The drive to move forward is clear.”

Council President and Mayor-elect Fred Butler got the final word before a vote.

“This procedure tonight is just the next step in a process that we are moving towards,” he said. “The residents in the potential annexation area have waited long enough. Let’s put it to a vote and settle this issue.”

The King County Council will move on whether to proceed with a special annexation election during its Dec. 16 meeting.

 

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