City announces sites for electric vehicle charging stations

October 14, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 14, 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 the 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; Issaquah is a coalition member.

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Learn about long-term growth plans

October 12, 2010

Issaquah residents can take a sneak peek at the plan to re-envision more than 900 acres of the city Oct. 14.

Head to the Pickering Room at City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to learn more about the Central Issaquah Plan and the proposed redevelopment of Rowley Properties land.

Joe Forkner, chairman of the Central Issaquah Plan task force, is scheduled to speak about the draft plan and offer a timeline for the project.

Representatives from Rowley Properties and the community advisory group for Rowley plan to address the meeting as well.

The event will include a brief workshop to prepare citizens to advocate for quality planning in order to preserve and enhance quality of life, natural beauty and community structure.

E-mail Cascade Land Conservancy representative Katie Collier at to R.S.V.P. or learn more.

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Mayor unveils proposed 2011 city budget

October 5, 2010

Issaquah leaders plan a slight increase in city spending for next year, as the effects of the recession diminish and large construction projects continue.

Mayor Ava Frisinger has proposed a $30.4 million general fund budget for next year — a minor uptick from the $29.8 million general fund budget approved by the council last December. The proposed budget does not include recommendations for a property tax hike or rate increases. The plan does not cut city positions.

Frisinger characterized the proposed budget as austere, a nod to the uncertain nature of the economic recovery.

“We try to focus on the things that are the core functions of the departments,” she said. “I count on the department directors to tell me which things, if they are not done, are going to have dire consequences.”

The city deferred some maintenance and delayed building upgrades in order to cut costs last year. Frisinger said residents might notice frayed edges at municipal buildings as a result.

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Issaquah to receive electric-vehicle charging stations

September 21, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 21, 2010

Issaquah is in line to receive electric vehicle charging stations at the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride and City Hall Northwest, as part of a plan unveiled Monday by King County Executive Dow Constantine.

The public plug-in stations and 123 others scattered across the county should support electric vehicles purchased by drivers and local government agencies.

Plans call for the stations in Issaquah, Sammamish, Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, Renton and Seattle to come online in 2011. The county also plans to a place vanpool-charging station near Costco headquarters and Pickering Place.

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Upgrades will allow drivers to check traffic images online

May 11, 2010

The next time snow blankets Issaquah — and snarls traffic — drivers might be able to check the municipal website for real-time updates from cameras perched throughout the city.

Officials plan to include the traffic images on the city website within the next several months. The cameras — part of the Intelligent Transportation System — allow engineers to monitor traffic at 26 intersections citywide.

The technology does not allow for streaming video to be posted online. Instead, the images will be a series of photos updated every minute or so.

The city also plans to post real-time traffic alerts to the municipal website and the electronic message boards constructed as part of the system.

Officials hope drivers check the camera feeds and alerts — either from home computers, smart phones or other devices — to gauge traffic before taking to city streets.

The planned upgrades reached the City Council last month. Members agreed to spend $84,000 to post the traffic snapshots online, add monitors for the feeds at the Issaquah Police Department and improve the traffic signal-timing plans through important corridors. The equipment and software to add the real-time images to the city website carries a $49,000 price tag.

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City plans open house for Squak Valley Park project

March 9, 2010

City officials seek input from residents at a March 10 open house about a habitat restoration project at Squak Valley Park North. Read more

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Bring ideas for habitat restoration project to open house

March 9, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 9, 2010

City officials seek input from residents at City Hall Northwest open house about a habitat restoration project at Squak Valley Park North.

Learn more about the proposal and provide input at the event. The open house will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Pickering Room at City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W.

Planners continue design development for the project. Officials hope the Squak Valley Park North restoration project — set to begin this summer — will improve Issaquah Creek for salmon and other native species as workers restore habitat and reconnect the waterway to the historic floodplain.

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Join discussion about polystyrene ban tonight

August 18, 2009

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Aug. 18, 2009

Issaquah officials will hear from Seattle Public Utilities staffers tonight about Seattle’s ban on polystyrene food containers. Issaquah City Council members are considering a similar measure.

Join officials and business leaders tonight as they discuss the proposal at a Council Sustainability Committee meeting. The panel meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Pickering Room of City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W.

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Officials could ban polystyrene food packaging

June 14, 2009

UPDATED — 10:30 a.m. June 14, 2009

City officials could ban polystyrene food packaging because they said the material has limited usefulness but can linger in landfills for centuries.

Legislation to ban polystyrene food packaging will go to the City Council for the first time Monday night. Council members are expected to refer the bill to the Council Sustainability Committee for further discussion. The committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Baxter Room of City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Avenue N.W. Learn more about the proposed legislation at the committee meeting.

Councilman Joshua Schaer, the main proponent of the proposed ban, serves on the Sustainability Committee. If the committee OKs the bill, the measure will return to the full council for approval, likely sometime this summer.

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