Issaquah residents: Ready, set, speak!
April 15, 2014
By Peter Clark
I hope you have opinions, citizens of Issaquah, because they could really come in handy.
The next few months seem yet again chock full of important decisions that the City Council will make. I have heard and reported repeatedly that they want public input on all matters that will impact the future of Issaquah. So, this is another message to encourage you to take them up on that.
Let’s think about what’s to come over the next several months. And, keep in mind, this is your government and you should you tell it what you think.
While the City Council extended the marijuana moratorium, it expects the ban to lift in July. As the council continues to look at how a recreational marijuana business should operate in Issaquah, let it know how you feel.
Two public input meetings left the Park Board with a recommendation to build a new skate park in the Tibbetts Valley Park, across from the park & ride. How does that strike you?
The first large project of the Central Issaquah Plan, Cadence at Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard, just entered the Development Commission phase of its site development permit application. Boy howdy, you must have some thoughts on that.
The chamber of commerce, in coordination with the city’s Economic Development Department, has launched into full exploration of a tourism plan for the city. What is Issaquah? How do we get visitors? Do we want visitors? Do you have any answers to these questions?
None of these even mention the future of the Klahanie potential annexation area, development ideas for Lake Sammamish State Park, what to do about increasing drug use or the ongoing nightmarish hellscape of transportation problems.
Then, there are issues that remain buried in the slow workings of bureaucracy yet repeatedly on the tongues of residents, such as sidewalks connecting South Cove and Lake Sammamish State Park. Keep talking about the things no one is talking about.
And then there is a goal setting retreat May 17, where the council will set its goals for 2015 and continue to monitor past goals. The city has even set up a survey to gather ideas to direct possible goals: http://bit.ly/1htOXtM. This is a freebie here, y’all. Pull it up and type away about your dreams of an Issaquah space program or mandating hover cars for all residents.
In my year of reporting on Issaquah, I have remained impressed with how sensitive the City Council can be to citizen opinion. Take the $350,000 commitment to build a new skate park. The Park Board removed the item from the park bond that went before voters and a host of residents came out to rally the council to find money for the project. Within a month, it did just that.
I know I’ve whined and groaned in this space before about how few people take part in the boring minutiae of local government, but I hope this message comes as more of an invitation to rabble rouse. With all of the above-mentioned items and so much more, city leaders repeatedly ask to hear the opinions of local citizens.
Let ‘em have it.