Council members will consider Station 72 spending, agreement

June 23, 2009

Officials could release design money and approve a finance agreement related to the planned Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 when the City Council meets July 20. Read more

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Cry wolf, and it could cost you

June 23, 2009

Officials consider false alarm ordinance

Home and business owners who cry wolf could face fines under a false alarm ordinance being considered by city officials. The proposed legislation would require alarm users to pay to register the devices as part of the effort to cut the number of false alarms. Read more

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Human services campus, new hatchery dam among city’s goals

June 2, 2009

City officials want to improve traffic flow, city parks and salmon habitat in 2010. The wide-ranging list of 2010 goals directs city staffers to take steps to establish a human services campus, plan Cybil-Madeline Park and complete the first phase of the Interstate 90 Undercrossing. Read more

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Eileen Barber will seek re-election to City Council

May 21, 2009

NEW — Noon, May 21, 2009

Councilwoman Eileen Barber announced today she is seeking re-election to the City Council.

“I ran on a platform of preserving our quality of life while planning for our future,” Barber said in a news release. “In these difficult and uncertain economic times, it is more important than ever that we accomplish both for our citizens and our city.”

Barber became the first incumbent to announce her intentions as the campaign filing period for four council seats draws closer. Seats held by Barber, Council President Maureen McCarry, Councilman David Kappler and Councilman John Rittenhouse are open. Mayor Ava Frisinger is also seeking re-election.

Barber joins three declared council candidates: South Cove resident Joan Probala, Issaquah Highlands resident Mark Mullet and Squak Mountain resident Tola Marts. The filing period for municipal candidates is from June 1-5.


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City considers $20,000 human services campus agreement

May 19, 2009

City officials will consider spending up to $20,000 next month to partner with a Redmond social services center in order to establish a human services campus in Issaquah. Read more

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City parks to get more prominent names

March 23, 2009

Goodbye, Guano Acres.

City officials will soon consider a proposal to name the site of a former chicken ranch and two other municipal parks. If the City Council approves the measure, Guano Acres would be known as Ingi Johnson Park. The area known as Squak Valley Park-South* would become, simply, Squak Valley Park*, and Talus Park would be called Harvey Manning Park at Talus.

Because the city-owned sites are known only by nicknames, action by the City Council is required to give official names to the parks.

City Council members will consider the parks bill at their April 6 meeting. If the measure passes, not much would change at the parks. Budget constraints could delay the installation of signs bearing the new names.

Mayor Ava Frisinger formed a committee last fall to suggest official names for the parks. The committee included representatives from the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, Issaquah History Museums, city Park Board and residents. Members submitted nine name possibilities — three per park — to the mayor. Frisinger whittled those suggestions to three.

City Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said the committee weighed several factors when selecting new park names. Members considered each park’s cultural and historical significance, natural features and the surrounding neighborhood. The committee also decided whether to name parks for significant figures in local history.

Ingi Johnson Park would take its name from a late, longtime city employee. Harvey Manning Park at Talus would recognize the late conservationist who helped establish Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Manning, who helped to establish the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, coined the term “Issaquah Alps” to describe Cougar, Tiger and Squak mountains.

“Harvey Manning is an icon for the state of Washington,” city Parks Planner Margaret Macleod said.

Members of the City Council Services & Operations Committee endorsed the parks proposal March 19.

Councilman Joshua Schaer suggested adding the Talus descriptor to Harvey Manning Park as a way to remind residents about the location of the property.

“It’s a nod to the community in that neighborhood,” Schaer said.

Councilwoman Eileen Barber said it might be difficult for her to remember the new park names.

“It’s always going to be Guano Acres to me,” she joked.

Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment on this story at

* This report contains corrected information.

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City delays hiring of probation officer

March 23, 2009

Officials want more financial information before they consider a proposal to hire a probation officer for the Issaquah Municipal Court. Read more

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Closings, cancellations announced because of forecast

December 17, 2008

UPDATED — 2:45 a.m. Dec. 17, 2008

Forecasts are predicting snow for Issaquah today.

The city of Issaquah’s Public Works Operations team has pretreated many roads in the city — including those located in the higher elevations and along major routes — with anti-icing material.

Officials are warning drivers to prepare for winter driving conditions.

The city of Issaquah now has a new Web page dedicated to local winter weather information. Read more

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City Council committee moves to restore AtWork! grant

November 19, 2008

With one exception, grant funding recommendations by the Human Services Commission were endorsed Nov. 12 by the City Council’s Services and Operations Committee.

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