South Cove residents lose power for several hours

June 7, 2011

Residents in the neighborhoods near Timberlake Park, along Lake Sammamish’s southern shore, lost power for several hours June 3 after a cable failure.

Puget Sound Energy estimates 65 customers lost power at about 4 p.m. due to the underground cable failure near Southeast 43rd Place in a neighborhood east of the park. Crews restored power to 15 customers by 5 p.m., tracked down the source of the outage by 7:15 p.m. and restored power to the 50 remaining households by 10:30 p.m.

PSE does not yet have information about the cause of the cable failure.

Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District rates to increase

May 24, 2011

Rates for water and sewer service rise for some Issaquah residents June 1, as the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District confronts a cool economy and increased costs.

The increase amounts to about 13 percent overall — or a $6.74 monthly hike for the average ratepayer.

The district encompasses North Issaquah neighborhoods, including Providence Point, and Klahanie in unincorporated King County. The district is in the process of annexing Issaquah’s Overdale Park neighborhood.

The district’s commissioners approved the rate increase in a 4-1 decision May 23, increasing water rates by 12.7 percent and sewer rates by 13.5 percent — the largest increase the district has made in at least five years.

District General Manager Jay Krauss and Finance Manager Angel Barton cited the down economy, sluggish construction market and increases in the costs of doing business for the 51-employee agency. High gas and electricity prices, as well as employee wages and benefits, also contribute to the rate hike.

Overall, the district serves more than 16,000 customers in Issaquah, Sammamish and unincorporated King County. Beyond the district, Issaquah provides water and sewer service to most city residents, although Bellevue handles the Greenwood Point area along Lake Sammamish.

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State removes hurdle for cities in need of disaster assistance

May 24, 2011

Floodwaters inundated Snoqualmie in January 2009 and, even as nearby Issaquah dried out from a major flood, officials sent equipment to the other flood-plagued city.

Issaquah and other local governments previously needed to negotiate a patchwork of interlocal agreements among local governments, law enforcement agencies and emergency service providers in order to receive aid from other jurisdictions during a disaster.

Under legislation signed last month, asking for help from other agencies in Washington is simpler for Issaquah and other local governments.

Bret Heath, city Public Works Operations and emergency management director, said the measure allows local governments to request aid from other jurisdictions in Washington, even if the parties do not have interlocal agreements in place.

“Prior to this, it was easier to bring resources in from out of state than it was from other counties,” he said.

The measure could serve a crucial need during a regional disaster, such as a major earthquake.

“Typically, during those types of emergencies, all of the jurisdictions in King County are in the same boat, if you will,” Heath said. “We’re not in a position where we can share resources with each other, because we’re all maxed out. So, we need to bring resources in from outside.”

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Garbage haulers tout ‘green’ credentials

May 10, 2011

James Connors (left) and Rey Bravo, yard waste and recycle truck drivers, respectively, for Allied Waste, each drive the new compressed natural gas-fueled trucks on their South Cove routes. By Greg Farrar

City seeks eco-conscious company for trash contract

The city is on the hunt for a company to collect garbage and recyclables from Issaquah curbs, and the hauler displaying the “greenest” credentials could receive a boost in the selection process.

Come fall, leaders plan to select a company to handle the smelly task in the years ahead. In the meantime, Allied Waste and Waste Management — the haulers operating in Issaquah — continue to emphasize eco-conscious programs.

Allied Waste rolled out compressed-natural-gas-powered trucks on routes through the Greenwood Point and South Cove neighborhoods in recent months.

In February, the hunter green Waste Management fleet received a clean-air certification after a rigorous audit.

“Sustainability is always on the agenda,” city Resource Conservation Manager David Fujimoto said. “It’s important to the city and to the waste-management contracts.”

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Garbage pickup canceled for some Issaquah customers

February 24, 2011

NEW — 9 a.m. Feb. 24, 2011

Allied Waste canceled garbage pickup for Issaquah customers Thursday due to snowfall and dangerous road conditions.

The hauler provides trash service in the South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods. The company’s customer service center is also closed Thursday.

Waste Management, the hauler responsible for most Issaquah businesses and residents, continues to operate on a normal schedule Thursday.

Allied Waste trucks do not run if snow or ice prevents safe garbage collection on neighborhood streets. If haulers do not pick up garbage, recycling or yard debris, take the materials back inside.

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Allied Waste cancels Preston garbage pickup due to conditions

February 23, 2011

NEW — 9 a.m. Feb. 23, 2011

Allied Waste canceled garbage pickup in Preston and the surrounding area Wednesday due to snowfall and dangerous road conditions.

Allied Waste service is on a normal schedule for customers in Issaquah and neighboring communities in unincorporated King County should. Waste Management, the hauler responsible for most Issaquah businesses and residents, continues to operate on a normal schedule Wednesday.

Allied Waste trucks do not run if snow or ice prevents safe garbage collection on neighborhood streets. If haulers do not pick up garbage, recycling or yard debris, take the materials back inside.

Allied Waste collects a double load of garbage, recycling and yard debris at no additional charge on the next regularly scheduled collection day. Residents can put excess materials due to missed collection in a temporary container, such as a box or paper bag marked “garbage,” “recycling” or “yard debris.”

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Issaquah garbage service operates on holiday schedule Friday

November 26, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 26, 2010

Regular garbage pickup has resumed for Issaquah customers after several days of snow-related delays.

Allied Waste and Waste Management operate on a holiday schedule Friday, due to the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday. The haulers plan to serve Issaquah residents with a Thursday collection day, and then pick up trash for Friday customers on Saturday.

Allied Waste provides trash service in the South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods; Waste Management handles garbage pick-up in the rest of the city.

Allied Waste also serves Klahanie and Mirrormont outside of Issaquah city limits in unincorporated King County.

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Limited garbage pickup could return for Issaquah residents Wednesday

November 24, 2010

NEW — 8:10 a.m. Nov. 24, 2010

Garbage could be picked up for some Issaquah residents Wednesday, as hauler Waste Management returns to service.

But the company said pickup could be limited due to hazardous road conditions.

The other hauler serving Issaquah residents, Allied Waste, suspended residential operations Wednesday.

The company plans to continue commercial and roll-off operations as conditions allow.

The bitter cold has caused drivers to find containers frozen to the ground and waste frozen inside the containers. Allied Waste said haulers intend to empty the containers as best as they can.

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Issaquah garbage collection suspended as road crews toil

November 23, 2010

UPDATED — 9:10 a.m. Nov. 23, 2010

Garbage pickup has been suspended for Issaquah residents due to the harsh conditions.

Waste Management and Allied Waste suspended residential operations Tuesday.

When weather conditions prevent safe collection, haulers collect a double load on your next regular collection day — at no extra cost. The city has asked residents to remove garbage containers from the curb until your next scheduled service day.

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Republican tide ebbs in Issaquah-area races

November 9, 2010

Both parties highlight successes in local contests

The national GOP tsunami carried Republicans into statehouses across the nation on Election Day, but in Washington, the wave amounted to little more than a gentle crest.

Republicans did not dislodge Democrats from majorities in the state Senate or state House of Representatives, but candidates faced a testier electorate, and Democrats face shrunken majorities in both chambers.

Despite strong candidates and a favorable political environment, Republicans did not reclaim a majority in Issaquah-area statehouse seats.

Democrats and Republicans trumpeted successes in the days after Election Day, as elections offices tallied the remaining ballots for statehouse contests.

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