October 22, 2013
Mayoral candidates City Council President Fred Butler and City Councilman Joe Forkner restated major themes in a largely agreeable forum Oct. 17.
In one-minute answers, both candidates stuck to their agendas, which remain fairly similar.
“When I retired form Seattle City Light as their chief engineer, I decided to devote myself to public service,” Butler said during his opening statements. “I believe in sustainability. All decisions need to take in the three legs of sustainability: people, planet and prosperity.”
Forkner took the insider’s approach, citing his years of work within city government and as a board volunteer.
October 11, 2013
NEW — 1:10 p.m., Oct. 11 2013
In quick order, the King County Boundary Review Board unanimously gave preliminary approval to Issaquah’s annexation request for the Klahanie area Oct. 10.
Two long meetings were held last month where government representatives from Issaquah and Sammamish were joined by a slew of public opinion on the proposed annexation. The Boundary Review Board took the information given and returned with a decision for Klahanie voters to vote on whether Issaquah should include them in its borders.
October 8, 2013
Fire District 10 wants the Klahanie area to know it will have continued service in an uncertain future.
In a quickly planned meeting announced just the day before, administrators of Eastside Fire & Rescue and board members from Fire District 10 met Oct. 3 to pass a resolution seeking the first right to purchase Fire Station 83 should Sammamish decide to leave EFR and close the site. In short work, the leadership discussed the rationale behind the resolution and adopted it unanimously.
“There was a lot of speculation of what was going to happen to the fire protection there should Issaquah annex Klahanie or Sammamish choose to close Fire Station 83,” Fire Chief Lee Soptich said. “We have these different scenarios floating out there. And paramount in my mind is that I think it’s important to let them know that District 10 has a responsibility to continue fire service in that area.”
September 24, 2013
In a meeting that stretched over two nights, the King County Boundary Review Board watched a local tug of war over Issaquah’s intent to annex the Klahanie area.
The Boundary Review Board is responsible for guiding and controlling the growth of municipalities. The quasi-judicial body is empowered to make decisions on incorporations, annexations, mergers and more. It will decide whether to allow an annexation vote to Klahanie-area residents by its next regular meeting Oct. 10. On Sept. 18 and 19, it heard government and public testimony about Issaquah’s intent to annex the potential annexation area and more.
September 10, 2013
Few raised questions in the first public hearing on proposed zoning for a Klahanie-area annexation.
After the Issaquah City Council adopted a resolution July 5 to initiate an annexation election, it must hold two public hearings on proposed zoning at least 30 days apart for citizens to offer testimony. The first took place during the Sept. 3 regular council meeting.
“It allows the public to ask questions of the council,” Long Range Planning Manager Trish Heinonen said in a short presentation before the hearing, where she informed the council of its role in the meeting. “You don’t take any formal action. You just let us know what you would like us to prepare for you in that pre-annexation ordinance that would come to you in October.”
September 10, 2013
King County’s Boundary Review Board will hold a public hearing for the proposed Klahanie-area annexation Sept. 18.
The 7 p.m. hearing will begin in the Holiday Inn Issaquah at 1801 12th Ave. N.W. The purpose of the meeting is to hear testimony and deliberate on Issaquah’s decision to ask city voters about annexation.
July 30, 2013
With a vote of 6-1, the Issaquah City Council decided July 15 to place the future of Klahanie’s residents in the hands of the area’s voters.
As opposed to the vocal public hearings and numerous hours examining the Nesbitt Planning Inc. financial study, City Finance Director Diane Marcotte delivered a short presentation and City Administrator Bob Harrison summarized the Land & Shore Committee’s recommendation that the council send the decision to voters in February.
“When we go through and look at the cost that they’re currently paying, versus what they would pay if they came into the city of Issaquah, they would be paying about $380 less a year,” Marcotte said of Klahanie residents’ property tax. She added that the study found annexation would be beneficial to Issaquah as well. “Each year, we should be having some additional revenue, and that is around $650,000 a year. There still is sufficient revenue, but it may take a little longer to accomplish some of the council’s goals.”
May 7, 2013
The area would add $600,000 annually to city coffers
Should the city annex the Klahanie area, preliminary reports say that it will come with a $6 million one-time cost and provide almost $600,000 in annual revenue.
The large sum was derived by Nesbitt Planning and Management Inc. Owner Tom Nesbitt presented a draft cost report to the Land & Shore Committee on April 9. The largest draw of funds from the initial annexation would be from Public Works operation and maintenance, including more than $5 million for things such as road improvements and storm water management.
Additionally, an estimated $500,000 would go to expanding the police force to provide adequate service to the area. However, while Nesbitt’s report called for an additional five officers, Chief Paul Ayers expressed a desire for a greater number.
February 5, 2013
Joe Forkner returned to the City Council on Jan. 29 after a divided council appointed the former councilman, onetime city employee and longtime community leader to a vacant seat.
Forkner, a councilman in separate stints during the early and mid-2000s, did not fade from public life after departing from the council in 2007. The engineering technician and draftsman served as a member of numerous municipal boards and commissions in recent years, and spearheaded the initial plan to redevelop the business district along Interstate 90.
The depth of experience led the council to appoint Forkner, 59, to occupy the seat left after former Councilman Mark Mullet resigned to serve in the state Senate.
January 22, 2013
Last annexation attempt failed in 2005
The question of how a large-scale annexation on the Sammamish Plateau could affect residents in Issaquah, Klahanie and other unincorporated King County neighborhoods is under the microscope again, almost a decade after a citizen panel tackled the issue.
Issaquah leaders commissioned a $100,000 study and created a citizen task force to examine the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area — 10,800 people in about 3,900 households in the namesake neighborhood and adjacent communities.
The potential annexation area under consideration is in unincorporated King County, and bordered by Issaquah to the south, Sammamish to the north and west, and more unincorporated areas to the east.