New mayor, City Council members sworn into office

January 28, 2014

By Peter Clark

Issaquah Municipal Court Judge Scott Stewart swore in Issaquah’s new mayor and four new City Council members Jan. 6.

During the first regular City Council meeting of 2014, Stewart offered congratulations to the line of those he led into office.

Mayor Fred Butler and councilmembers Eileen Barber, Stacy Goodman, Tola Marts and Mary Lou Pauly all took the oath of office.

“Let me say that I am honored in the trust the citizens of Issaquah has placed in me,” Butler said in prepared remarks after taking his oath. “I’m really excited to be mayor and I will do my best to lead with wisdom and compassion.”

After 14 years on the council, he took the time to honor outgoing mayor Ava Frisinger on her 16 years of service as mayor. She spent 10 years on the council before that.

“I would like to acknowledge Ava Frisinger who has set an outstanding example I hope to emulate,” Butler continued. “I’m somewhat sad to be leaving the council. I pledge to continue the good relations we have established between the council and the administration.”

The council voted Councilman Paul Winterstein as the new council president, replacing Butler, and Goodman into the deputy council president position. The council president leads meetings in the mayor’s absence.

City Council applicants present themselves for consideration

January 28, 2014

Fred Butler’s election to mayor left a vacancy on the Issaquah City Council and seven people want the job.

The candidates introduced themselves during 10-minute presentations at the Jan. 21 council meeting. The varied field offered far-ranging experience from the worlds of engineering, real estate, software development and communications.

The City Council expects to make a final decision to fill the vacancy at its Feb. 3 meeting. The chosen candidate will serve until the November 2015 election, when he or she can opt to run for election.

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Council approves 2014 annexation vote

July 15, 2013

NEW — 10:22 p.m., July 15, 2013

Compared with the intense study process, the City Council’s Klahanie annexation decision was a mostly subdued affair.
With a vote of 6-1, the council’s role in this round of potential annexation took a large step forward with the decision to place the future of the Klahanie’s residents in the hands of its voters.
As opposed to the vocal public hearings and the numerous hours examining the Nesbitt Planning, Inc. financial study, a small presentation was delivered to the council by Finance Director Diane Marcotte and Bob Harrison summarizing the Land & Shore Committee’s recommendation. Following that, most of the council gave detailed reasons for individual support on the resolution and approved it.

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City seeks Regional Growth Center title

May 14, 2013

To help the chances of receiving additional transportation funds from the Puget Sound Regional Council, the City Council has decided to apply for the title of Regional Growth Center.

The Puget Sound Regional Council provides transportation grants and support for four counties in the area. Regional Growth Centers have a heightened visibility when money is available for such projects.

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Parks bond talks move forward

April 9, 2013

After a hourlong presentation delivered from the Parks & Recreations Department on a proposed park bond, the City Council decided to move forward with the discussion instead of acting immediately.

It was introduced by Councilwoman Eileen Barber, chairwoman of the council Services & Safety Committee, who detailed the goals the city accomplished with previous park bonds. In the 2006 passage that gave the department $3.5 million of tax funds, the Parks & Recreation administration was able to leverage it into $6.25 million through grant funding.

“We do well with our park bonds,” Barber said.

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City’s Transportation and Utilities committees to most likely combine

March 27, 2013

New on March 27, 3:30 p.m.

The city’s four council committees appear poised to turn into three.
Discussed at the March 26 Whole of the Council committee meeting as members looked through recommendations from the Services and Safety Committee on how to more efficiently structure the government, the five present council members all voiced their initial support for folding the Transportation and Utilities committees together.

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