Issaquah senators offer key Republican support for same-sex marriage bill

February 2, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 2, 2012

Issaquah legislators offered key Republican support for the same-sex marriage bill passed in the state Senate on Wednesday.

Cheryl Pflug

Steve Litzow

Cheryl Pflug and Steve Litzow joined the 28-21 majority to endorse the legislation.

So far, a half-dozen states — Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont — plus Washington, D.C., allow same-sex marriage. Washington state has had a domestic partnership law — or “everything but marriage” law — in place since 2009.

(Pflug, a former state representative from Maple Valley, represents the 5th Legislative District; Litzow, a freshman senator from Mercer Island, represents the 41st legislative district.)

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Bellevue imposes utility tax on some Issaquah water customers

January 30, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 30, 2012

Bellevue officials decided Jan. 23 to impose a utility tax on water customers in Greenwood Point and South Cove — Issaquah neighborhoods served by the Bellevue municipal water system.

Bellevue City Council members approved extending a utility occupation tax to the water utility’s revenue, including for customers beyond Bellevue. Starting March 1, customers should start to see a 10.4 percent on water bills. The change does not affect customers in Bellevue.

Officials intend to use the additional dollars for fire hydrants, oversized pipes and reservoir storage.

The decision followed a 2008 state Supreme Court ruling related to how cities pay for municipal fire hydrants. The ruling in Lane v. Seattle identified hydrants as a general government service and not a utility.

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Garbage hauler debuts recycling series

December 13, 2011

Waste Management is offering a series of online public service announcements to encourage residents to recycle food scraps and other materials.

The series — available at www.youtube.com/wastemanagement — features Waste Management Joe, a Waste Management driver moonlighting as a psychiatrist and offering recycling advice to customers.

The videos feature a quirky cast of characters and a few surprises to help drive home the recycling message.

The series’ goal is to encourage people to recycle food scraps, glass and other materials otherwise taking up space in the county-run Cedar Hills Regional Landfill near Issaquah.

Waste Management serves Issaquah neighborhoods other than Greenwood Point and South Cove.

CleanScapes picks up Issaquah garbage contract

October 25, 2011

The next hauler for Issaquah garbage is CleanScapes.

In a unanimous decision Oct. 17, City Council members selected the Seattle-based garbage hauler to serve Issaquah neighborhoods other than Greenwood Point and South Cove. CleanScapes offered additional curbside recycling options, a local storefront, wildlife-resistant containers and other features to land the $3.8-million-per-year Issaquah contract.

Consumers could experience a rate decrease as the city transitions from the current hauler, Waste Management, to CleanScapes in early summer.

The rate could decrease from $13.43 to $12.74 for a residential customer putting a 32-gallon cart out for weekly curbside pickup — although a recent rate increase from the King County Council could dilute the proposed drop.

The contract runs from July 1 through June 2019.

“The public should realize that the staff of the city of Issaquah didn’t just put it out there and say, ‘Tell us what you can offer,’” Councilman Mark Mullet said. “They actually wrote the proposal saying, ‘This is what the city needs to have. These are the minimum, baseline service requirements that we’re going to ask for the citizens of Issaquah.’ Then, the different vendors were able to come back and say, ‘We’ll provide those at this price,’ and they could offer things on top of that.”

Council Utilities, Technology & Environment Committee members met representatives from CleanScapes and the other candidates, Allied Waste and Waste Management, Oct. 11 and sent the contract to the full council for approval.

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City Council selects CleanScapes to haul Issaquah garbage

October 19, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Oct. 19, 2011

The next hauler for Issaquah garbage is Seattle-based CleanScapes, City Council members decided Monday.

In a unanimous decision, council members selected the garbage hauler to serve Issaquah neighborhoods other than Greenwood Point and South Cove. CleanScapes offered additional curbside recycling options, a local storefront, wildlife-resistant containers and other features to land the $3.8-million-per-year Issaquah contract.

Consumers could experience a rate decrease as the city transitions from the current hauler, Waste Management, to CleanScapes.

For a residential customer putting a 32-gallon cart out for weekly curbside pickup, rates could decrease from $13.43 to $12.74 — though a recent rate increase from the King County Council could dilute the proposed drop in rates.

The contract runs from July 1 through June 2019.

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City could choose CleanScapes for garbage contract, dump Waste Management

October 18, 2011

Officials seek hauler to serve most Issaquah neighborhoods

CleanScapes nudged out larger competitors and emerged as the No. 1 contender to haul Issaquah garbage due, in part, to offering curbside pickup for difficult-to-recycle items, such as batteries and light bulbs.

The city is seeking a garbage hauler to serve most Issaquah neighborhoods. Waste Management is the predominant hauler in the city, but the current contract between Issaquah and the Houston-based company expires in June.

Seattle-based CleanScapes came out as the top candidate after city officials evaluated offers from both companies and another collector, Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services.

City officials said a $3.8-million-per-year CleanScapes contract could mean lower rates for Issaquah customers, plus increased customer service and recycling options. The contract requires City Council approval.

If the CleanScapes contract is approved, a residential customer putting a 32-gallon cart out for weekly curbside pickup could see rates decrease from $13.43 to $12.74 — a 5.1 percent drop.

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Issaquah could dump Waste Management for CleanScapes, despite questions

October 12, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 12, 2011

The discussion about the next contract to collect Issaquah garbage turned messy Tuesday, as a rival company interested in the deal criticized the process and urged elected officials to scrutinize the top contender.

The city is seeking a garbage hauler to serve most Issaquah neighborhoods. Waste Management is the predominant hauler in the city, but the current contract between Issaquah and the Houston-based company expires in June.

Seattle-based CleanScapes emerged as the No. 1 contender after city officials evaluated offers from both companies and another collector, Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services.

City officials said a $3.8-million-per-year CleanScapes contract could mean lower rates for Issaquah customers, plus increased customer service and recycling options. City Council members should decide on the contract before the end of the month.

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CleanScapes is leading candidate to haul Issaquah trash

September 15, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 15, 2011

The leading candidate to haul Issaquah garbage, recyclables and compostables from the curb next summer is Seattle-based CleanScapes.

The city formed a review panel to study proposals from CleanScapes and other haulers. The panel then selected CleanScapes to proceed to the next step, contract negotiations.

Council Utilities, Technology & Environment Committee members heard a briefing about the process Tuesday. The final contract is expected to go before to the complete City Council for consideration in October.

CleanScapes serves customers in Seattle, Shoreline, San Francisco and Portland, Ore. The company started operations in Seattle’s Pioneer Square 14 years ago.

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Waste Management rates rise in Issaquah soon

June 21, 2011

Waste Management customers in Issaquah start paying a few cents more for garbage service July 1.

The adjustment reflects changes to the Consumer Price Index, plus a hike in the state business-and-occupation tax. The increase applies only to Issaquah customers.

The garbage hauler sent notices to Issaquah residences and businesses about the change. For a residential customer using a 35-gallon container — the most popular size in the city — the monthly rate for weekly pickup is due to increase from $13.20 to $13.43. Expect similar hikes for other residential and commercial services. Find a complete listing of the updated rates at the hauler’s website, www.wmnorthwest.com/issaquah.

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Waste Management rates rise in Issaquah soon

June 16, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. June 16, 2011

Waste Management customers in Issaquah start paying a few cents more for garbage service July 1.

The adjustment reflects changes to the Consumer Price Index, plus a hike in the state business-and-occupation tax. The increase applies only to Issaquah customers.

The garbage hauler sent notices to Issaquah residences and businesses about the change. For a residential customer using a 35-gallon container — the most popular size in the city — the monthly rate for weekly pickup is due to increase from $13.20 to $13.43. Expect similar hikes for other residential and commercial services.

The city Resource Conservation Office is encouraging customers to consider composting and recycling as methods to reduce garbage bills. Interested people should email the office at rco@ci.issaquah.wa.us.

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