Give input on Gibson, Meerwood park playground designs

July 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 25, 2014

Using voter-approved park bond funds, the city of Issaquah is renovating the Gibson and Meerwood park playgrounds this summer.

Your input can help select the best possible fit for the community.

To discuss Gibson Park, attend a meeting from 10 a.m. to noon July 26 at Gibson Park, 105 Newport Way S.W. To discuss Meerwood Park, attend a meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. July 29 or from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 2 at Meerwood Park, 4703 192nd Ave. S.E.

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Issaquah, Sammamish councils hold first joint meeting in years

July 22, 2014

Issaquah and Sammamish had the meeting equivalent of a group hug July 14.

After a year in which the two cities’ leadership have found themselves on different sides of several issues, both city councils and other city administrative staff met at Issaquah City Hall to discuss points of mutual interest. It was their first joint meeting since 2011.

“We all have one thing in common,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler said. “We certainly love our cities and we love representing them. We not only care about our communities, we care about the region as well.”

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King County honors local organizations’ sustainability efforts

July 15, 2014

King County has credited a number of local organizations for commitment to sustainability.

Rowley Properties Inc., Outsource Marketing, PCC Natural Markets, Cartridge World, the Issaquah School District and the city of Issaquah were named Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling.

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Apply now for the Issaquah Citizens’ Police Academy

July 15, 2014

Applications are being taken for the city’s Citizens’ Police Academy. The application deadline is Aug. 15.

Starting in September, the Issaquah Police Department will host a free, 10-week Citizens’ Police Academy for adults 21 and older who live or work in Issaquah.

Each course will be taught by Issaquah police officers.

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County seeks nominations for small business awards

July 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 13, 2014

It’s time to nominate your favorite local business to be considered for the King County Executive’s Small Business Awards.

In partnership with the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, the city of Issaquah is seeking businesses to nominate for the prestigious award.

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Public invited to vote on favorite park design online or at July 8, 19 meetings

July 7, 2014

NEW — 4:20 p.m. July 7, 2014

The city of Issaquah is renovating Gibson Park playground this summer.

Organizers need help selecting the best design. Three have been posted online. Vote for your favorite here or attend one of two public meetings: from 5:30-7 p.m. July 8 or from 10 a.m. to noon July 19. Both are at Gibson Park, 105 Newport Way S.W.

In November 2013, Issaquah voters approved a $10 million park bond measure to protect open space and wildlife habitat, improve neighborhood parks and playgrounds, and make repairs to Julius Boehm Pool.

Learn more here.

To the Editor

June 24, 2014

Issaquah Creek watershed

Thanks to the city for its diligence and commitment to salmon recovery

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery want to pass along our congratulations and appreciation to staff with the city of Issaquah for outstanding work representing the city in the most recent WRIA 8 2014 Watershed Management Grant Program.

Out of 15 proposals submitted, nine were selected for site-specific restoration and acquisition projects. Of those nine, four were city of Issaquah proposals. Of the $1,520,273 available for distribution, the funding designated for Issaquah’s projects was $490,000.

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City of Issaquah seeks new deputy city administrator

June 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 13, 2014

Issaquah is searching for a new deputy city administrator after Charlie Bush, who recently held the position, moved into the Development Services Department.

Bush will fill the role as its new director after the departure of its former director John Minato earlier this year.

The city posted a job listing May 2 for a new deputy city administrator on various sites like icma.org and careersingovernment.com.

Editorial: Bond ratings are good news

June 10, 2014

City and school district leaders should be applauded. While the story is the sort that many readers just gloss over, local taxpayers are set to save a bundle of money as a result of recent developments.

The city of Issaquah and the Issaquah School District both recently had their bond ratings upgraded. The city’s rating was bumped up to AAA — the highest possible — by Standard & Poor’s, while the district’s was raised to AA+ by the same agency.

Ratings are determined only after the rating agency goes over the fiscal policies of an agency with a fine-tooth comb. They look at financial management, assets, existing debt and budgeting assumptions.

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City plans closure of Rainier Boulevard North starting June 9

June 5, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 5, 2014

The city of Issaquah is improving Rainier Boulevard North between Northwest Juniper Street and the East Fork of Issaquah Creek.

As a result, the road will be closed to through traffic and on-street parking from June 9 to Oct. 1.

Local access will be provided only to residents and businesses.

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