State says damaged girder on I-90 overpass needs replacing

April 21, 2015

After examining the Interstate 90 overpass above Front Street, Washington State Department of Transportation bridge engineers have decided a damaged girder on the bridge will need to be replaced, according to information from the city and the state.

A Recology CleanScapes garbage truck struck with its lift in the air struck and damaged the bridge March 13. The lift punched a large hole in one of the bridge’s girders.

“By our estimate, it’ll cost $1.2 million to replace the damaged girder,” said Dave McCormick, WSDOT assistant regional administrator. “We’ll get started on construction later this year.”

By Kathleen R. Merrill Broken rebar shows in a closeup of the bridge girder that was struck by a Recology CleanScapes trash truck lift.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
Broken rebar shows in a closeup of the bridge girder that was struck by a Recology CleanScapes trash truck lift.

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Commission studies anchor development in central area

April 21, 2015

Adopted in late 2012, the Central Issaquah Plan has been described as a long-term vision for the city that would bring about a dense urban core, a mix of residential and commercial development.

While a few projects are already underway, at the behest of the Issaquah City Council, the city Economic Vitality Commission has identified a number of locations and issues that eventually could receive some extra attention from the city leading to development of anchor projects within the plan area. Regarding the development sites, that extra attention will likely consist of some form of economic incentive.

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Council asked to fund larger skate park

April 21, 2015

Backers of a larger footprint for a new Issaquah skate park moved one step closer to their goal April 14.

Following a presentation by Seattle park designer Grindline Skateparks Inc., the Issaquah City Council’s Services and Safety Committee unanimously sent to the rest of council a recommendation that the city try for a King County recreation grant to gain another $75,000 toward the $486,075 estimate for the larger park.

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Issaquah mother Relays for more time

April 21, 2015

When doctors diagnosed Issaquah mom Sheila Cecil with a rare sarcoma in 2000, her three children were just 5, 9 and 10 years old.

“For a long time, I remember thinking, ‘I’m not going to be here for them, to see them grow up,’” she said.

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Civil War custodians

April 21, 2015

By Greg Farrar Torin Howard, Troy Leighton and Garrett Pomeroy (from left) dig the soil out around the old and almost unreadable gravestone for Civil War veteran John McLeod, preparing to remove and replace it with a new one April 18 at Hillside Cemetery. They and other Boy Scouts, sponsored by VFW Albert Larson Post No. 3436, replaced three worn veterans’ markers 150 years to the month after the end of the Civil War as part of on ongoing project to restore or replace 19 known gravestones of soldiers who came west after the war and pioneered Issaquah. McLeod’s gravestone dated back to his death on May 8, 1899.

By Greg Farrar
Torin Howard, Troy Leighton and Garrett Pomeroy (from left) dig the soil out around the old and almost unreadable gravestone for Civil War veteran John McLeod, preparing to remove and replace it with a new one April 18 at Hillside Cemetery. They and other Boy Scouts, sponsored by VFW Albert Larson Post No. 3436, replaced three worn veterans’ markers 150 years to the month after the end of the Civil War as part of on ongoing project to restore or replace 19 known gravestones of soldiers who came west after the war and pioneered Issaquah. McLeod’s gravestone dated back to his death on May 8, 1899.

Voters to decide on county levy to replace emergency radio system

April 21, 2015

Ballots went into the mail April 8 for the upcoming April 28 special election.

In Issaquah, voters have only one issue before them: Proposition 1, a King County property tax increase to help fund a $273 million replacement of the county’s emergency communications system.

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City’s comprehensive plan review includes various rezoning efforts

April 21, 2015

As part of the regular update of the city’s comprehensive plan, city staffers reviewed three rezoning proposals at a meeting of the Planning Policy Commission on March 5.

2015 zoning mapThe potential rezonings drew what was potentially a record crowd of residents to the usually unattended policy meetings. Some residents might not have needed to show up.

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Projects will add new housing to Issaquah and Sammamish

April 21, 2015

Presidio Residential Capital and Summit Homes of Washington announced that they have begun home model construction on four projects in King County that will add 106 new homes to the area.

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Police blotter

April 21, 2015

Attempted purse snatching

A woman reported at 12:26 p.m. April 10 that someone tried to take her purse in the 6100 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. However, the suspect, wearing a red hat and blue shirt, dropped the purse and left the area on foot.

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City of Issaquah offers water conservation tips

April 21, 2015

City officials are encouraging residents to check their toilets for leaks.

The average American home may waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year due to running toilets, dripping faucets and other household leaks, which can significantly raise your water and wastewater bills.

Nationwide, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually.

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