Senior center funding in limbo as council leadership questions operations

November 9, 2015

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Nov. 9, 2015

Controversy continues to plague the Issaquah Valley Senior Center and city funding of the center for 2016 still has not been decided.

City Council President Paul Winterstein and Deputy President Stacy Goodman said in a letter they would not, at this time, support funding the current leadership of the center.

The letter was partially read into the record of the Nov. 2 council meeting.

The council does not have to vote on funding until it approves the budget in December. But at a budget hearing Nov. 4, Winterstein said the issue would be on the agenda of another budget hearing the evening of Nov. 10. Read more

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Black Nugget retaining wall to undergo maintenance

November 8, 2015

NEW — 1:37 p.m. Nov. 8, 2015

Crews will soon conduct maintenance on the retaining wall along Southeast Black Nugget Road behind East Lake Sammamish Center.

Starting the week of Nov. 9., workers will secure timber boards and repair soil anchor heads on the wall face. The work is expected to last for about two weeks, according to a city news release.

There is no indication of any structural weakness in the wall. The planned maintenance will help extend the life of the wall.

During the work, downhill traffic on Southeast Black Nugget Road will be diverted to the center lane. Read more

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Issaquah family hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning

November 7, 2015

UPDATED — 3:26 p.m. Nov. 10, 2015

By Coral Garnick

Seattle Times staff reporter

An Issaquah family of six was sent to the hospital the morning of Nov. 7 with carbon-monoxide poisoning after a minivan was left running in the garage all night.

Eastside Fire & Rescue responded to a call for medical assistance at 7:25 a.m., finding some family members feeling lethargic, and slow to respond to verbal commands.

The firefighters noticed a chemical smell in the air and took the family outside, putting them on oxygen, said Deputy Chief Mike Boyle. Read more

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Tent City 4 leaves Snoqualmie for Hans Jensen Park

November 6, 2015

NEW — 4:50 p.m. Nov. 6, 2015

Unable to find a long-term location, the roving homeless encampment known as Tent City 4 will move into Hans Jensen Park, a campground near Lake Sammamish State Park, this weekend.

A member of the camp, who asked not to be identified, said Tent City 4 was unable to find a faith-based location, which the group typically prefers.

He added when it became evident they would not find a long-term location, Tent City 4 leadership contacted the office of Gov. Jay Inslee about using Hans Jensen Park, where the encampment stayed about two years ago.

Inslee’s office gave the OK for Tent City 4 to move in for 20 days. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church in Woodinville paid the group’s camping fees. Read more

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Local legislators win AWC awards

November 6, 2015

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Nov. 6, 2015

The Association of Washington Cities honored Rep. Tana Senn (D-Mercer Island) and Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) with City Champion Awards.

Don Gerend, Sammamish council member and past AWC board president, presented the award to Senn and noted the legislator’s experience as a Mercer Island council member.

Mark Mullet

Sen. Mark Mullet

Rep. Tana Senn

Rep. Tana Senn

“Rep. Senn comes from the city family and always remembers her city roots while working in Olympia,” he said in a news release. “From her first days working as a legislator she has recognized that strong cities make a great state, and has supported this perspective with her fellow legislators.” Read more

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Eastside Fire seeking scout troop affiliates

November 6, 2015

NEW — 11:46 a.m. Nov. 6, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436 are looking for boy and girl scout troops to assist with the flag protocol process at local fire stations.

The partnership showcases troop members as they retire a flag and then raise the replacement. The VFW provides the flags and properly disposes of the retired ones at an Issaquah ceremony.

“The program is a unique way of bringing three service-oriented groups together which share like values and similar long standing traditions,” said Dave Waggoner, VFW Post 3436’s senior vice commander.

The partnership needs troops from the Sammamish, Issaquah, North Bend and May Valley areas. Contact Deputy Chief Mike Boyle at to get involved. Read more

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Issaquah City Council votes to raise utility rates

November 5, 2015

NEW — 3:18 p.m. Nov. 5, 2015

Issaquah users will see increases in water, sewer and stormwater rates in each of the next five years, beginning in 2016.

The Issaquah City Council voted 6-1 in favor of each increase at its regular meeting on Nov. 2. Councilman Joshua Schaer cast the lone “no” votes.

In 2016, the combined increases will amount to between $7.50 and $8 bimonthly for the average resident, said Diane Marcotte, city finance director. The city bills its utilities every other month.

The increases are due to rising capital improvement costs, mostly arriving in the form of renewals and replacements, said Shawn Koorn of consultant HDR Engineering Inc. He also talked about depreciation of the various systems and the need to sufficiently fund operating and maintenance expenses. Read more

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Volunteers needed to hang holiday lighting

November 5, 2015

NEW — 2:25 p.m. Nov. 5, 2015

The Downtown Issaquah Association needs volunteers for its holiday lighting work party from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 21.

The association will hang lights along Front Street poles, at the Shell Station and Pedestrian Park for the holiday season.

This is a good opportunity for students to earn community service hours. Read more

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Issaquah School Board earns distinction honor

November 5, 2015

NEW — 1:54 p.m. Nov. 5, 2015

The Issaquah School Board was one of nine entities labeled a “Board of Distinction” by the Washington State School Directors’ Association Nov. 4.

Issaquah joined school boards from Auburn, Ferndale, Kent, Puyallup, Riverview, South Kitsap, University Place and West Valley (Spokane).

“Each of these boards is a great example of the excellent work of Washington’s 295 school boards and 1,477 school board members,” said Chris Nieuwenhuis, president of the association. “We applaud their commitment to their students and communities.” Read more

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Marshalls, HomeGoods to support local food banks

November 5, 2015

NEW — 1:01 p.m. Nov. 5, 2015

State T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores will hold a three day in-store fundraising campaign to help stop hunger in local communities Nov. 6-8.

Food Lifeline and Second Harvest Inland Northwest will receive 100 percent of the funds raised during this initiative. Donate in-store.

The Issaquah Marshalls and HomeGoods stores are at 1460 10th Way N.E.

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