King County mails ballots for Feb. 14 election

January 31, 2012

Voters in communities just outside Issaquah — Klahanie, Mirrormont, Preston and more — started to receive ballots in recent days for a Feb. 14 special election.

On Jan. 25, King County Elections mailed ballots and voters’ pamphlets to Fire District 10 voters. The district, plus a handful of school districts elsewhere in King County, is placing a measure before the electorate.

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Press Editorial

January 31, 2012

Fire District 10 station bond makes sense

King County Fire District 10 commissioners are asking voters to approve a construction bond for the first time in nearly two decades. It’s a reasonable request that voters should consider.

It’s a bit confusing, since both the city of Issaquah and Fire District 10 are served by Eastside Fire & Rescue, a cooperative of multiple jurisdictions. But only Issaquah residents outside the city limits pay taxes for fire protection to District 10. City property owners are paying for the new fire station near the Issaquah Transit Center.

If you got a ballot in the mail last week, you live in District 10.

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King County mails ballots for Feb. 14 special election

January 26, 2012

NEW — 8:30 a.m. Jan. 26, 2012

Voters in communities just outside Issaquah — Klahanie, Mirrormont, Preston and more — should receive ballots soon for a Feb. 14 special election.

On Wednesday, King County Elections mailed ballots and voters’ pamphlets Fire District 10 voters. The district, plus a handful of school districts elsewhere in King County, is placing a measure before the electorate.

Fire District 10 serves residents in Klahanie, May Valley, Preston and Tiger Mountain in the Issaquah area, plus Carnation in rural King County.

The ballot measure in Fire District 10 asks voters to consider a $5.5 million bond meant to build a fire station in May Valley, closer to more district residents.

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Voters to decide fire station replacement

January 24, 2012

Many Issaquah-area residents should receive ballots in the days ahead as Fire District 10 asks voters to approve a bond for a replacement fire station meant to improve response times.

By Dona Mokin

Officials said a fire station built in May Valley could improve response times for rural residents and alleviate the workload for Fire Station 71 along East Sunset Way in downtown Issaquah — a station responsible for serving many neighborhoods inside city limits.

In a measure put before voters in a Feb. 14 special election, the district is asking voters to approve a $5.5 million bond to fund a rebuilt Station 78 and improvements to other fire stations throughout the sprawling district. The price tag for the rebuilt station alone is expected to reach $4.5 million.

Ballots should start to reach residents in unincorporated King County near Issaquah after Jan. 25.

Fire District 10 is the Eastside Fire & Rescue partner serving residents in Klahanie, May Valley, Preston and Tiger Mountain in the Issaquah area, plus Carnation in rural King County. The district encompasses about 130 square miles and about 28,000 people.

Officials plan to use bond dollars to relocate crews from Fire Station 78 from 16135 S.E. 113th Place near Renton to a modern facility at a more central location at Southeast May Valley Road and 207th Avenue Southeast.

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Milestones from the year 2011 reflect changes

December 27, 2011

Renewal defined the year, as the community paused after a population boom and economic bust — and positioned Issaquah for the decades ahead.

Milestones from the last 12 months offer contrasts.

Leaders opened showcases for “green” design and concluded a milestone effort to preserve Tiger Mountain forestland. Tragedy left indelible impressions, too, as a gunman menaced downtown pedestrians on a September morning and turned a school campus into a crime scene.

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Voters asked to approve $5.5 million to build fire station

December 20, 2011

Officials said building a fire station in May Valley could improve response times for residents in the Issaquah area.

The issue is due to go before Fire District 10 voters early next year.

Officials plan to ask district voters to approve a $5.5 million bond in a Feb. 14 special election. Fire District 10 is the Eastside Fire & Rescue partner serving residents in Klahanie, May Valley, Preston and Tiger Mountain in the Issaquah area.

Officials plan to use bond dollars to relocate crews from Fire Station 78 from 16135 S.E. 113th Place just outside Renton city limits to a modern facility at a more central location at Southeast May Valley Road and 207th Avenue Southeast. Such a move is meant to shift a fire station about three miles east, deeper into the district.

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Few candidates face challengers in local races

June 14, 2011

Issaquah residents face a choice in a single City Council race, and a trio of council members appears likely to cruise to election unchallenged.

Challenger TJ Filley entered the race against incumbent Councilman Joshua Schaer on June 10, as the candidate-filing period closed.

Incumbent Councilman Fred Butler, appointed Councilwoman Stacy Goodman and candidate Paul Winterstein did not attract opponents for the other council seats up for election in November.

In the races for the Issaquah School Board, incumbents Brian Deagle and Suzanne Weaver face challengers in the nonpartisan races.

Deagle, a Sammamish resident, has served on the board since October 2006. Challenger Patrick Sansing, a Sammamish resident, is running against Deagle for the Director District No. 3 seat.

Weaver faces Maple Valley resident Joseph Arnaud and Issaquah resident Brian Neville to retain the Director District No. 5 seat. Weaver, a Sammamish resident, has served on the board since January 2007.

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Councilman, school board members face challengers

June 10, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. June 10, 2011

Issaquah residents face a choice in a single City Council race, and a trio of council members appears likely to cruise to election unchallenged.

Challenger TJ Filley entered the race against incumbent Councilman Joshua Schaer on Friday, as the candidate filing period closed.

Incumbent Councilman Fred Butler, appointed Councilwoman Stacy Goodman and candidate Paul Winterstein did not attract opponents for the other council seats up for election in November.

In the races for the Issaquah School Board, incumbents Brian Deagle and Suzanne Weaver face challengers in the nonpartisan races.

Deagle, a Sammamish resident, has served on the board since October 2006. Challenger Patrick Sansing, a Sammamish resident, is running against Deagle for the Director District No. 3 seat.

Weaver faces Maple Valley resident Joseph Arnaud and Issaquah resident Brian Neville to retain the Director District No. 5 seat. Weaver, a Sammamish resident, has served on the board since January 2007.

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Sammamish balks at $500,000 EFR headquarters remodel

March 22, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue is considering remodeling its Issaquah headquarters to add office and storage space.

But with Sammamish’s future involvement in the agency in question, that city’s representatives were skeptical about paying for a remodel that could cost the agency about $500,000.

The details of the proposed remodel are still being ironed out, but the project would add seven offices, a small conference room and a copy room to the building, which was built in 1981 as a response station for King County Fire District 10, Deputy Chief Jeff Griffin said in an interview.

The district only had about 10 full-time firefighters at the time, but the building has now been partially converted into an administrative office for an agency that employs hundreds and covers three cities and dozens of square miles.

Griffin said there is no women’s bathroom on the second floor of the building, no elevator for disabled access and many offices designed for one employee house two. The upstairs copy machine sits in the hallway.

“It’s not an ideal use of the space,” Griffin said. “In some offices, one person has to leave the room while the other uses the phone.”

The project would also include a separate storage building behind the main building. Griffin said many of the agency’s backup vehicles and other equipment sit outside, which makes them depreciate in value more quickly.

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Landowners should receive fire benefit charge notices soon

January 11, 2011

Fire Protection District 10 commissioners mailed 2011 fire benefit charge notices to landowners in the district in late December.

The notice includes a letter of explanation and the actual per-parcel benefit charge information. The notice is not a bill. Read more

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