December 30, 2014
Lake Sammamish State Park, considered by many to have been long neglected financially by the state, will be annexed to the city of Issaquah as of Feb. 1.
The park may or may not be in line for some state funding for a new boat dock. But in any case, the park soon will have an executive director to aid with future rebuilding of the facility, said Chris Kovac, president of the community group the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.
The Friends will hire a director to help guide the organization and the park.
October 14, 2014
If everything goes according to plan, the city of Sammamish could set a date for a special election on the Klahanie-area annexation by the end of the year.
Plans to add the roughly 2-square-mile area onto Sammamish’s southeast corner have progressed since February, when Klahanie-area residents voted not to join the city of Issaquah. In April, the two cities announced a deal to transfer the unincorporated area, which includes about 11,000 residents, to Sammamish’s potential annexation area.
October 11, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 11, 2014
In preparing for next year’s annexation vote, the city of Sammamish is hosting an open house for Klahanie-area residents to inform them about services they will receive from the city.
The open house is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th Ave. S.E.
The city has also begun sending residents the city’s newsletter to help inform them about city issues.
September 30, 2014
Stop the negative campaigning and distortions
I am writing to call on Congressman Dave Reichert’s liberal opponent Jason Ritchie to stop the smear tactics. Following his campaign thus far, Ritchie has towed the party line and done little to differentiate himself from the partisan politicians in D.C. who are exactly what the American people are tired of.
September 2, 2014
In preparing for next year’s annexation vote, the city of Sammamish is hosting two open houses for Klahanie-area residents to inform them about services they will receive from the city.
“Councilmembers, department heads and other city staff will be happy to answer your questions, respond to your concerns and present pertinent information,” the city said in a news release
The first open house is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Faith Church, 3924 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road.
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.”
June 3, 2014
The city of Sammamish presents Teen Fest 2014 from 2-9 p.m. June 7.
The event kicks off at 2 p.m. with a skate competition in the Sammamish Commons, 801 228th Ave. S.E.
Competitors must be in middle or high school and must fill out a registration form and register in advance, which opens at 1 p.m. Registration fee is $5/residents with school ID, $10/ nonresidents. Helmets are required to compete.
April 29, 2014
Issaquah’s City Council decided to release the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area on April 21.
Faced with a draft interlocal agreement, which the Sammamish City Council approved during its April 15 meeting, Issaquah’s council gave unanimous support for the comprehensive deal.
In short, Issaquah would agree to release the Klahanie area by the end of 2014 in exchange for Sammamish’s support of Issaquah growth designations, as well as that city funding improvements to Issaquah-Fall City Road to the tune of $30 million.
“Issaquah would agree to release the PAA to allow Sammamish to take immediate steps to incorporate it into its comprehensive plan and proceed with potential annexation,” Councilman Tola Marts said, introducing the agreement to the full council.
April 26, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. April 26, 2014
Issaquah has topped the Estately Blog’s list of 10 Washington state cities on the rise in 2014. Sammamish came in fifth.
Estately ranked every Washington state city with a population over 30,000 on six criteria:
- Increase in population
- Increase in home values
- Reduction in poverty levels
- Decrease in crime rate
- Increase in income
- Increase in residents with bachelor degrees
April 8, 2014
Leaders from Issaquah and Sammamish announced a deal April 4 that will provide for the transfer of the Klahanie potential annexation area to Sammamish. The agreement is preliminary and will still need to be approved by both city councils.
In broad terms, Sammamish gets Klahanie, and Issaquah gets support on a host of other issues.
The move comes after just a week and a half after the Issaquah City Council asked Mayor Fred Butler to enter talks with the city’s northern neighbor to see how releasing the entire potential annexation area would benefit the region.