AtWork! dumps subminimum wage jobs for clients with disabilities

August 6, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 6, 2015

As of Jan. 1 of this year, the Washington state minimum wage became $9.47 per hour.

However, there are 40 organizations statewide authorized by the U.S. Department of Labor to pay subminimum wages. One of those organizations is Issaquah’s AtWork!, which helps put people with disabilities from all around the Seattle area into wage-earning jobs. Rules allow some workers with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage based on their productivity.

As of the end of July, AtWork! officials were happy to announce, via press release, that it would no longer place any employee in a position that earns less than the state minimum wage.

“We believe that all workers have a basic right to integrated employment at a fair wage, including workers with disabilities,” Chris Brandt, AtWork! CEO, said in the news release. “How serendipitous that the 25th anniversary of the ADA coincides with AtWork!’s end to paying subminimum wages. We are proud and honored to celebrate these two momentous events.” Read more

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New traffic signal planned for Lakemont neighborhood

January 27, 2015

Work is scheduled to begin the week of Jan. 20 on improvements to the intersection of Lakemont Boulevard and Southeast 63rd Street/Cougar Mountain Way, and the intersection of Lakemont Boulevard and Southeast 62nd Street.

The work will improve traffic flow, intersection safety and access, by replacing stop signs with a new traffic signal. In addition, the contractor will add curb ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards, along with irrigation and landscaping improvements.

Construction hours are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists should expect traffic delays and exercise caution when driving through a construction zone. The traffic signal is expected to be operating by August. Learn more at

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Confluence Park community garden is ready for applications

March 11, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 11, 2014

Residents can grow their gardens in Issaquah’s newest park.

The city’s first attempt at managing a community garden has begun with 31 new vegetable beds in Confluence Park.

Offering 27 raised cedar beds and four Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible plots, the city welcomes citizens to apply to organically grow flowers and vegetables for this inaugural season, April 1 to Oct. 13. Cost is $75 per season.

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Attend Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch ribbon cutting Thursday

July 15, 2013

NEW — 1:30 p.m. July 15, 2013

Lake Sammamish State Park’s newly improved watercraft launch will officially open July 18 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new launch includes metal piers, replacing old wooden pieces. It also includes docks that extend farther into the lake than before, resolving flooding issues and addressing changes in water levels occurring over time.

The improvements also include a new lane configuration and new ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act criteria. In addition, local jurisdictions worked together on rain gardens to treat storm water from an adjacent parking lot.

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