Issaquah, Sammamish reach preliminary Klahanie deal

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.

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To the Editor

April 8, 2014

Klahanie

Just get on with it and resolve the situation

After years of studies, meetings, analysis and the spending hundreds of thousands of dollars by the city of Issaquah and a variety of opposition groups, those of us in the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area are still an unincorporated area with the resulting lack of services enjoyed by our Incorporated neighbors and paying in excess of $500 every year in extra taxes.

It appears to be of no real concern to the governments of Issaquah, Sammamish and King County that this ridiculous situation continues to be dragging on indefinitely. It is beyond me why these parties cannot collaborate and by means of an interlocal agreement, or some other rapid process, get this off dead center and resolved once and for all.

I have lived in Klahanie for more than 20 years and worked tirelessly for annexation to Issaquah. Now, I just really don’t care; all I ask is that we please be annexed to Sammamish or Issaquah ASAP and stop all the infighting, misinformation, stalling and lack of a backbone by the so-called leaders and self-appointed “experts.” Enough is enough!

Dave Christian

Klahanie

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Issaquah and Sammamish hash out Klahanie deal

April 4, 2014

NEW — 4:30 p.m. April 4, 2014

Leaders from Sammamish and Issaquah 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.

In a prepared statement, leaders from both cities hailed the agreement.

“On this issue, and many others, a continued commitment to a good working partnership between our two cities is exactly what the region needs,” Sammamish Mayor Tom Vance said.

“This proposed agreement benefits both cities — and potentially our Klahanie area neighbors,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler said.

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Council to explore releasing Klahanie

April 1, 2014

The Issaquah City Council wants to take a step back from a piecemeal Klahanie-area annexation.

The council directed the administration March 10 to craft a brief view of editing Issaquah’s potential annexation area to only include the southern areas of the Klahanie region, reflecting districts that voted the highest to join Issaquah in the Feb. 11 election. During the March 25 Committee of the Whole meeting, city Long Range Planning Manager Trish Heinonen presented the findings.

“This boundary would have a lesser impact on our responsibility,” she said. “It would be just like a new subdivision.”

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City Council considers offering annexation to parts of Klahanie PAA

March 18, 2014

Issaquah might still offer annexation to parts of the Klahanie area — and that might take another year.

In the March 10 City Council work session and the March 11 Land and Shore Committee meeting, exploring next steps for the Klahanie potential annexation area took center stage. King County Elections certified the Feb. 11 special election results Feb. 25, in which residents in that area voted whether to join the city of Issaquah. Needing 60 percent to pass and for those residents to assume the city’s bonded indebtedness, the vote earned 49.47 percent in favor of joining Issaquah.

Council President Paul Winterstein identified five options available to the council for consideration in light of the certified vote.

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King County hosts open house series for trail project update

March 11, 2014

Come to any of four King County Parks’ open houses and learn more about design and planning for the South Sammamish segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail project.

King County Parks is hosting the open house series to update residents about converting this portion of the trail from the interim soft surface trail to a master planned trail, including paving, soft-surface shoulders, fencing, landscaping, intersection crossing treatments and more.

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To the Editor

March 11, 2014

Klahanie

Open letter to the Issaquah City Council:

The vote is over and the residents of Klahanie and surrounding neighborhoods have said no to annexation to Issaquah. My neighbors and I voted no, not because we wanted to stay unincorporated, but because we would like to pursue Sammamish as an option. In order for that to happen, and to have the opportunity to belong to a city, I am asking for your help.

When Mayor Fred Butler and Councilman Joe Forkner were campaigning last fall, both said that they would support removing Klahanie from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area if the citizens rejected Issaquah annexation.

Please remember your words last fall, Mr. Butler, and please support our area in finding a home with your neighbor to the north. Time is of the essence! I would further request you not delay this process with considerations of dividing up the Klahanie PAA, which would only lead to difficulties for both cities when it comes to providing services and road improvements.

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Klahanie future remains unclear as county certifies election

March 4, 2014

Klahanie-area residents have spoken — and 32 of them may make all the difference.

The final results of the Feb. 11 election are in. With 49 percent of registered voters casting a ballot, only 49.47 percent, or 1,504, voted for an Issaquah annexation. While 50.53 percent, or 1,536, voted against the measure.

Even with the narrow number of votes separating the sides, it is outside the 0.25 percent margin that would trigger an automatic recount. Though one side or the other could pay for one, no one has suggested they are willing to do so.

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Editorial

March 4, 2014

It’s time to let Klahanie go

Issaquah made the best offer it could to Klahanie, but most residents in the area are no longer interested in being part of that city. It’s time to let them go.

It had always been assumed that Klahanie would eventually become part of Issaquah. Indeed, the southern half of what is now Sammamish was at one envisioned as part of Issaquah.

Sammamish, of course, went its own way and formed its own city. In 2005, when Issaquah last attempted to annex Klahanie, Sammamish was fairly new — it didn’t even have a proper city hall yet.

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Senate bill takes aim at potential annexation tax credit

February 4, 2014

Annexing Klahanie would be much less palatable for Issaquah if a bill introduced by state Sen. Andy Hill (R-45) is approved.

Hill, who represents the northern half of Sammamish, introduced a bill Jan. 29, which would mean a drastic reduction to Issaquah’s expected revenue from an annexation.

Councilman Don Gerend said the Sammamish City Council did have a hand in bringing the bill to the Senate, and to Hill, chairman of the Senate’s budget-writing committee.

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