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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 3, 2014
Standard & Poor’s upgraded the Issaquah’s bond rating to AAA — the highest possible score — in recognition of the city’s enduring commitment to fiscal responsibility.
The bond rating is a reflection of creditworthiness and affects the cost to the city of issuing debt. The upgraded rating helps lower the interest rates for the city’s bond sales, which reduces borrowing costs for the city and taxpayers.
“Our citizens will benefit the most from our upgraded rating,” Mayor Fred Butler said. “It’s the result of our sound fiscal policies and responsible management of the public’s dollars. Our commitment to the best possible practices is a top priority for our city team and elected leaders every day.”
May 20, 2014
May 13, 2014
Join cyclists for fun, fitness and friendship as the city of Issaquah and Cascade Bicycle Club celebrate Bike to Work Day.
The annual event is from 6-9 a.m. May 16. Bike to Work Day includes a commuter station where riders can check in and receive information about bicycle commuting.
The commuter station will be on the grassy area on the northwest corner of the intersection of state Route 900 and Northwest Sammamish Road.
May 13, 2014
Job seekers are invited to meet with a slew of local employers at the city of Issaquah’s first job fair May 28.
Attendees can connect with hiring businesses such as Fred Meyer, Marshalls and Sports Authority. Experts will review job seekers’ résumés and offer advice.
Prospective employees can apply online with companies prior to the event, or complete online applications at the job fair.
May 13, 2014
Recology CleanScapes, in partnership with the city of Issaquah and Bike Works, will host a Kids Bike Rodeo from 9 a.m. to noon May 18 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.
The event, held during National Bike to Work Month, teaches children bike safety, riding skills and proper helmet fitting. The police department will host a bike safety course and is providing a limited number of youth bike helmets. Staff from Bike Works will fit the helmets for children. Bicycle Center of Issaquah will be teaching the ABCs of bike safety.