April 21, 2015
Adopted in late 2012, the Central Issaquah Plan has been described as a long-term vision for the city that would bring about a dense urban core, a mix of residential and commercial development.
While a few projects are already underway, at the behest of the Issaquah City Council, the city Economic Vitality Commission has identified a number of locations and issues that eventually could receive some extra attention from the city leading to development of anchor projects within the plan area. Regarding the development sites, that extra attention will likely consist of some form of economic incentive.
April 14, 2015
The makeup of the Issaquah City Council is about to change.
In the past week, Councilman Joshua Schaer and Councilwoman Nina Milligan have announced they won’t run for re-election come fall.
January 20, 2015
The city of Issaquah needs volunteers for various boards and commissions.
The number needed is in parentheses, followed by a brief job description:
Arts Commission (three) — support and encourage visual and performing arts
Cable TV Commission (one) — regulate and oversee the operations of cable television in Issaquah.
Cemetery Board (two) — advise the mayor in connection with the management and control of the city-owned cemetery, including perpetual care, improvements and expansion. Read more
June 3, 2014
Leadership Eastside, the region’s pre-eminent leadership enrichment program, has announced the graduation of the Leadership Eastside class of 2014.
This year’s graduates join a powerful network of more than 1,500 of the region’s leaders in business, nonprofits and the public sector who work together to address the community’s greatest needs, according to a news release from Leadership Eastside.
Over the course of two years, members of the class of 2014 have deepened their understanding of the seven elements that make up a healthy community and have demonstrated their ability to effectively apply an adaptive leadership approach by successfully completing a series of sustainable community projects, including:
- Supporting the launch of a Bellevue Arts District.
- Developing a communitywide wellness effort for the city of Issaquah.
May 27, 2014
Last year’s mayoral candidate Joe Forkner will go back to work for the city, joining 43 others appointed to various Issaquah governing bodies.
The City Council unanimously approved Mayor Fred Butler’s recommendations to appoint or reappoint a host of residents to most of the city’s 17 boards and commissions during its regular meeting April 21.
The annual appointments fill the vacancies expiring April 30. Most regular members serve four-year terms, while alternate members serve two-year terms.
February 25, 2014
Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler vowed to maintain momentum in his first State of the City speech.
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.”
February 4, 2014
As Issaquah grows, a team of University of Washington students offered tips for how it can maintain its identity.
Aubri Denevan, Carrie Shepherd, Kim Lichttenegger and Yebin Zhou, members of a “Masters in Communications in Digital Media” program, were assigned the task of offering creative leadership to an area.
“At the beginning of the quarter, we were asked to give three problems we saw,” Lichttenegger said, adding that the students had to then identify recommendations to solve them. As a six-year resident of Issaquah, she saw a real opportunity to examine recommendations for the city. “Because I live in the lowlands, I work in Seattle and I commute up to the highlands, I’ve had a daily snapshot of all the building progress.”
December 31, 2013
2014 goals for a better Issaquah
The Issaquah Press presents its annual list of goals for the Issaquah area. A few are repeats from last year, still waiting to be accomplished but worthy of repeating.
February elections — The trio of school district levies, the Klahanie annexation decision and the repeal of the plastic bag ban are all up for a vote. The only good thing about the dismal turnout of voters in the November election is the easy assurance of getting enough voters to validate the school levy election. Let’s hope Issaquah voters get back on track and return their ballots in higher numbers in 2014.
Central Issaquah Plan — The redevelopment plan is in place and developers now know how to maximize the use of their property. One project has already been proposed. It will be interesting to see what other plans come forward and whether the CIP is achieving its goals.
July 9, 2013
The Economic Vitality Commission gave the council its roadmap to committee recommendations during the June 25 Committee on the Whole meeting.
Created by the city to facilitate Economic Development Department, the commission has been tasked with evaluating different paths the department could take to increase the economic viability of Issaquah. It is staffed by volunteers from the business community, and has set out to add a perspective in the discussion of which direction the city should take as it continues to grow.
“We looked at where we wanted to take the city in the future and obstacles that would keep us from getting there,” commission Chairman Karl Leigh said. “We need to understand what we are and we need to market what we want to be.”
January 29, 2013
City leaders need civic-minded citizens to offer advice on important issues as municipal board and commission members.
The city needs applicants for openings on 12 boards and commissions. The groups advise the City Council on issues related to the arts, cable TV, development, parks and, in more specialized realms, city cemetery operations and sister-city relationships.
Meanwhile, officials need regular and alternate members for the 12 existing commissions. The applicants for board and commission posts do not need to reside in Issaquah.