City changes passport application procedures

May 27, 2014

Beginning June 3, the city will relocate passport services and require appointments.

All passport services will move to City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W. Passport applications will be accepted by appointment only, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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License your pet at two Issaquah locations

May 13, 2014

Pet owners can now purchase pet licenses at Issaquah City Hall Northwest.

Dogs and cats living in Issaquah require pet licenses that must be renewed annually. The city contracts with Regional Animal Services of King County for animal control services and pet licenses.

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Thanksgiving fundraiser aims to stuff food bank’s coffers

November 6, 2012

Runners race in the 2011 Issaquah Turkey Trot 5K near Pickering Barn during the holiday event. Contributed

Heather Matthews set out to raise dollars for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank amid the busy holiday season and, in the process, created a Thanksgiving tradition.

In 2010, she launched the Issaquah Turkey Trot, a 5K fundraiser, after she ran in similar races in Seattle and decided to import the idea to Issaquah to raise dollars for the local food bank.

The 3.12-mile race returns Nov. 22 for another holiday outing. The event is geared for families and, like a treasured recipe passed from generation, is a Thanksgiving tradition for some participants.

“People are looking for a way to give back and for something to do that day that shows they’re thankful for what they have,” Matthews said.

The initial Issaquah Turkey Trot raised more than $4,600 for the nonprofit food bank and, last year, donations amounted to $8,000 and more than 200 pounds of food. Matthews set a goal to raise $15,000 for the food bank at the upcoming event.

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City combines planning, building functions to speed up permitting

April 3, 2012

Step is latest in big City Hall reshuffle

The reorganization of City Hall entered a more intense phase March 27, as officials announced a plan to bundle municipal departments into a Development Services Department — a super-agency meant to streamline planning and building functions.

The change is accompanied by a more muscular effort to attract and retain businesses. Leaders said the Development Services Department is meant to smooth the process to apply for a permit to construct a project or open a business in Issaquah.

The centerpiece is a plan to offer applicants the option to pay additional fees to expedite the evaluation a project receives. The setup is akin to Disney’s Fastpass. Only, rather than theme park guests standing in line for shorter stretches, permit applicants choose a speedier permitting process.

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City combines planning, building functions to speed up permitting

March 28, 2012

NEW — 5:30 p.m. March 28, 2012

The reorganization of City Hall entered a more intense phase Tuesday, as officials announced a plan to bundle municipal departments into a Development Services Department — a super-agency meant to streamline planning and building functions.

Bob Harrison

The change is accompanied by a more muscular effort to attract and retain businesses. Leaders said the Development Services Department is meant to smooth the process apply for a permit to construct a project or open a business in Issaquah.

The centerpiece is a plan to offer applicants the option to pay additional fees to expedite the evaluation a project receives. The setup is akin to Disney’s Fastpass. Only, rather than theme park guests standing in line for shorter stretches, permit applicants choose a speedier permitting process.

City Administrator Bob Harrison said frequent questions from permit applicants influenced the project.

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Leaders consider layoffs at Issaquah City Hall

November 22, 2011

Leaders could trim the workforce at City Hall and merge some services as municipal government retools in response to recommendations from a consultant.

The recommendations, in a report released Nov. 18, call for Mayor Ava Frisinger and other leaders to restructure how city government handles development and planning.

The report is meant to offer a roadmap to streamline city services and improve communication across municipal departments. Changes stemming from the study could occur early next year. Some require City Council approval; Frisinger can enact others.

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State links Issaquah traffic cameras into regional network

June 14, 2011

The state Department of Transportation has established a fiber-optic communication link between Issaquah and the regional traffic camera network.

The physical link between Issaquah City Hall Northwest and the Department of Transportation communication system — a fiber-optic connection at the state Route 900 and Interstate 90 westbound on-ramp — is part of the Traffic Buster project.

The effort connects 22 agencies in the Puget Sound region to share transportation data and video from traffic cameras. Once completed, planners said the Traffic Buster network should provide a communication link between participating agencies on the Department of Transportation backbone. In the long term, the project is meant to lay the foundation for regional traffic congestion solutions.

The project is funded through grants and managed by the state transportation agency.

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County sets $5 as maximum fee for recharging stations

May 31, 2011

The cost to plug in electric and hybrid vehicles at King County facilities is capped at $5, County Council members decided May 16.

The ordinance establishes a per-use fee, and directs the county Department of Transportation to set a fee of up to $5 per use. The proposed maximum fee is based on maintenance costs, vendor costs and electricity.

“The $5 cap fee approved today should give the economic viability of electric cars a real jolt,” council Vice Chairwoman Jane Hague said in a release. “‘Green’ vehicles are the future of transportation, and providing commuters with a variety of practical options is definitely a good thing.”

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City offers free home energy audits to Issaquah residents

October 26, 2010

The city Resource Conservation Office and partner Puget Sound Energy have 30 free home energy audits available for Issaquah residents. The deadline to sign up has been extended through Nov. 5.

Find the application for the HomePrint audit here. Then, fax the form to 837-3409 or scan and e-mail the application to rco@ci.issaquah.wa.us or drop off the form at City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W.

Independent HomePrint-certified specialists evaluate the major energy systems inside a home, including central heating and air conditioning, water heating, weatherization, lighting, and appliances and electronics.

From the audit participants, the city plans to pick a homeowner to receive a free weatherization — a $4,000 value. The renovated home will then be used as a show house, and free tours will be offered to help the public understand the benefits of a home energy retrofit.

The city has made the audits available through support from PSE and a U.S. Department of Energy grant awarded to Issaquah.

City announces sites for electric vehicle charging stations

October 19, 2010

The city plans to install a pair of charging stations at City Hall Northwest soon, as part of a regional push to create a network of charging stops to juice up electric vehicles.

The stations lay the groundwork for all-electric vehicles to be used in commuter vanpools traveling to and from Issaquah.

City staffers and other commuters plan to use the King County Metro Transit vanpools. The transit agency is due to provide the vehicles by early next year.

The effort is funded through a U.S. Department of Energy petroleum-reduction grant. The agency awarded the grant to the Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition, of which Issaquah is a member.

The city announced the program Oct. 13, less than a month after King County Executive Dow Constantine outlined a plan to add more than 120 charging stations across the region.

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