City’s 2015 budget proposes B&O tax increase, open house is Oct. 27

October 26, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 26, 2014

Issaquah’s proposed budget for 2015 includes an increase to the city’s business and occupation taxes.

City officials said in a press release that the rate increase is to ensure infrastructure and other essential government services remain at current levels, allowing the administration to make new investments to better serve the community.

In addition, staff is reviewing business processes, implementing a major reorganization and becoming self-insured for healthcare, as well as studying additional fee adjustments to ensure growth pays for itself, while reducing red tape for small businesses.

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Pierre Fauchard Academy installs dentist Barry Feder as vice president

October 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 25, 2014

Issaquah dentist Dr. Barry Feder has been installed as vice president of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Barry Feder

Dr. Barry Feder

Founded in 1936, the prestigious International Honor Dental Organization was established to promote professionalism, integrity and ethics. The academy was named after Dr. Pierre Fauchard, the father of modern dentistry, who was born in 1678 in Brittany, France.

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Veterans Memorial Field trees will be replaced

October 24, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 24, 2014

The last 18 Lombardi poplar trees at Veterans’ Memorial Field were delimbed Oct. 14 in preparation for their removal and replacement. What was once a windbreak of 30 poplars, between 40 and 50 years old and averaging 80 feet tall, had become old, unhealthy and potentially dangerous, according to City Arborist Alan Haywood. They are the same variety that was removed and replaced in recent years at Front Street North and Gilman Boulevard. Columnar tulip, or ‘liliodendron,’ trees will be planted in November. The city, because it is a Tree City USA, was eligible for a grant of $5,000 for the new trees from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

The last 18 Lombardi poplar trees at Veterans’ Memorial Field were delimbed Oct. 14 in preparation for their removal and replacement. What was once a windbreak of 30 poplars, between 40 and 50 years old and averaging 80 feet tall, had become old, unhealthy and potentially dangerous, according to City Arborist Alan Haywood. They are the same variety that was removed and replaced in recent years at Front Street North and Gilman Boulevard. Columnar tulip, or ‘liliodendron,’ trees will be planted in November. The city, because it is a Tree City USA, was eligible for a grant of $5,000 for the new trees from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Tickets on sale now for wine walk

October 23, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 23, 2014

Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Gilman Village Wine Walk.

The event, from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 20 at 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., features live music from the Dave Card Trio, snacks and local boutique wines poured in various tasting locations throughout Gilman Village shops.

Advance tickets are $25 and available here or $30 the day of the event. Admission includes 10 one-ounce drink tokens.

The wine walk is for ages 21 and older only.

Tiger Mountain closure pushed back a year

October 22, 2014

The Issaquah School Board will deviate slightly from the district superintendent’s plan to close Tiger Mountain Community High School after the 2014-15 school year.

In a 5-0 vote Oct. 22, the board chose to approve the closure a year later, at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Board members said delaying the closure for a year, and then opening a new alternative school at the start of the 2016-17 year, will remove any gaps in alternative education for Issaquah School District students.

Several parents and Tiger Mountain students spoke to the board, similar to a series of meetings and public hearings that began taking place in February. That’s when Superintendent Ron Thiele first announced a plan to close Tiger Mountain at the end of the 2014-15 year.

More information on the board meeting and the future of Tiger Mountain will be published Oct. 29.

Cold and flu season is here

October 22, 2014

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 22, 2014

Thorough hand washing is your best defense. Now is the time to review good hand washing practices with children, and if your diligence has slipped, it is time to recommit.

The common cold and the flu are different illnesses caused by different viruses, but they share similar symptoms. Both can cause cough, sore throat, sneezing, fever, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, chills, tiredness, diarrhea and vomiting. In fact, it can be difficult even for doctors to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.

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Council adopts Costco agreement

October 21, 2014

Move paves way for headquarters expansion

The nation’s second largest retailer is free to expand its headquarters, and it will continue to happen here in Issaquah.

The Issaquah City Council unanimously approved a 30-year development agreement with Costco Oct. 13, giving the company flexibility to add an additional 1.5 million square feet to its international headquarters housed in Pickering Place.

“It’s really a very, very big deal for Issaquah and for Costco,” Issaquah City Councilman Joshua Schaer said at the Oct. 13 meeting. “It ensures that, for years to come, when people around the country and around the world speak of Costco it will be in connection with the words ‘An Issaquah, Washington-based corporation.’”

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Business community raises concerns about new B&O tax

October 21, 2014

As the city of Issaquah considers raising its business and occupation tax for the first time since 2004, local business owners gathered to offer their concerns about the proposal at an Oct. 15 roundtable at Tibbetts Creek Manor.

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce-hosted event showed business leaders have plenty of questions about the tax increase, including where the extra revenue will be spent.

“I don’t want to pay for fluff,” said Norma Stephens, Curves of Issaquah owner.

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Give input on city’s proposed 2015 budget

October 21, 2014

Residents can offer their input about the city’s proposed 2015 budget at two upcoming public hearings.

The Issaquah City Council will hold a public hearing to consider revenue sources, including a possible increase to property tax revenues, at its Nov. 3 regular meeting beginning at 7 p.m.

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Eastside Baby Corner names new board members

October 21, 2014

Eastside Baby Corner recently appointed the following new members to its board of directors:

Rick Lessley, of Sammamish, vice president of the Supply Chain Group at Nintendo of America Inc. He has served as an executive at Nintendo since 2001

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