Councils praise plan for Klahanie-area transfer

April 15, 2014

Members of the Issaquah and Sammamish city councils took turns praising a deal to transfer the Klahanie Annexation Area from Issaquah to Sammamish.

Sammamish members not only seemed to like the deal, but said they also hoped it would usher in a new spirit of cooperation with Issaquah after some tense disputes over the past few months.

The Issaquah Land & Shore Committee took up the drafted interlocal agreement in its April 8 meeting and unanimously recommended its approval by the full council.

“The general consensus is that it was great,” Land & Shore Committee Chairman Tola Marts said. “We had been hoping that this issue could occur in the context of a regional issue, and this draft agreement really does that.”

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Local EFR responders reflect on the Oso slide

April 8, 2014

Two of our awesome Eastside Fire & Rescue workers each have just spent more than a week helping others responders from Snohomish County at the disastrous Oso mudslide.

Capt. Steve Westlake, Station 72, worked as the command staff chief of operations. Josie Williams, public information officer and education officer, managed the Joint Information Center. These are some of their reflections. — Greg Farrar

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
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“Spending nine full days working 16-hour shifts makes you appreciate the term teamwork, the only way you are able to accomplish goals, work through situations and problems, and support each other each day.

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 1, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue urges drivers to eliminate those things which limit their ability to maintain focus on the road.

Texting while driving and talking on cellphones increases crash risk. Recent reports dispute the myth that a hands-free option greatly reduces or even removes risk.

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National Poison Prevention Week is March 16-22

March 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 15, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue reminds everyone that National Poison Prevention Week is March 16-22.

More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year. The majority of nonfatal poisonings occur in children under age 6, with most poisonings happening in the home.

Poisonings are the leading cause of accidental death in Washington, surpassing car crashes and falls. Children, teens, adults, seniors and pets are all at risk.

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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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Mayor states goals in first State of the City speech

February 25, 2014

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler vowed to maintain momentum in his first State of the City speech.

By Greg Farrar Fred Butler is a member of the Issaquah City Council.

Fred Butler

 

Given during the Feb. 18 regular City Council meeting, the speech laid out what Butler hopes to achieve in the first year of his inaugural term.

“A community is made up of many elements,” he said. “We are blessed with an outstanding school district, an active and professional chamber of commerce, students who are involved, first-class medical facilities and a City Council dedication to regional involvement.”

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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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Kellman Mansion EFR Final Burn Exercise / Jan. 13, 2014

January 21, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue board members agree to budget, governance changes

December 31, 2013

The Eastside Fire & Rescue board of directors did everything except sing “Auld Lang Syne” at its Dec. 12 meeting.

The board unanimously voted to accept proposed funding model changes. That was followed with a unanimous vote to approve a revised EFR governing agreement. They even took a short break during the meeting to celebrate with glasses of sparkling cider and holiday cookies.

After months of disagreements over funding issues, members of the group joked and teased one another.

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Burst gas pipe sends at least four to emergency room

December 17, 2013

A burst gas pipe at the Cedar Hills Landfill south of Issaquah sent nearby residents to the emergency room Dec. 7.

That evening, neighbors began smelling a great deal of gas in their homes and responded by calling Eastside Fire & Rescue and the King County Solid Waste Division. According to an EFR report of the incident, all responding members identified gas in the area.

“Engine 71 proceeded to the address and was met by the homeowner,” Lt. Jason Ward’s EFR report reads. “The homeowner stated the smell of gas in the area was very strong. All three members of Engine 71 could smell landfill gas in the area.”

Supervisors at the scene found that the gas line used to pull landfill-produced methane gas into the Bio Energy Washington plant had ruptured. They immediately shut down the gas to the pipe.

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