City seeks civic-minded citizens for volunteer posts

January 11, 2011

City leaders seek civic-minded citizens to serve on municipal boards and shape environmental and land-use decisions, guide the future of municipal parks, and foster relationships between Issaquah and the international community.

The city has openings on 11 boards and commissions. Not all applicants must be Issaquah residents. Read more

City seeks civic-minded citizens for volunteer posts

January 6, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 6, 2011

City leaders seek civic-minded citizens to serve on municipal boards and shape environmental and land-use decisions, guide the future of municipal parks, and foster relationships between Issaquah and the international community.

The city has openings on 11 boards and commissions. Not all applicants must be Issaquah residents.

Candidates can pick up the application at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, during regular business hours.

Applicants must submit signed and completed applications and city forms by noon Jan. 31.

In the weeks ahead, city staffers contact applicants and schedule interviews for February.

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Issaquah Community Center, pool reopen for drop-in visits

November 24, 2010

NEW — 11:50 a.m. Nov. 24, 2010

Issaquah residents suffering from cabin fever amid the cold can drop in at the Issaquah Community Center and Julius Boehm Pool until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Both facilities close Thursday for Thanksgiving.

The city Parks & Recreation Department also canceled all recreation programs scheduled for Wednesday.

Officials canceled all Issaquah Municipal Court hearings scheduled for Wednesday.

The judge is not issuing bench warrants if defendants fail to appear. The court is to remain open for regular business hours.

The city Human Services Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday night has been canceled. Officials also canceled the Dec. 22 meeting. The commission meets next at 6 p.m. Dec. 15.

Issaquah School District administrators canceled school for Wednesday, the last scheduled school day before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Despite the closures elsewhere, the show is set to go on at Village Theatre in downtown Issaquah. The performance of “Anne of Green Gables” is still scheduled for 8 p.m.

Route 200 bus could expand to Squak

June 29, 2010

Metro bus service may finally be coming to Squak Mountain.

At a City Council committee meeting May 27, King County Metro Transit proposed a plan to the committee that would expand the Route 200 bus that services downtown Issaquah into two separate routes. One of the routes would service Squak Mountain residents. The routes would be added by late 2011.

Council Transportation Committee Chairman Joshua Schaer said the proposal looks promising.

“It solves multiple problems in one,” he said. “Not only is it a creative solution to solving the concerns of the residents of Squak Mountain, but also the concerns of providing adequate transportation to the newly opening Swedish Hospital and expanding Route 200 to better serve Talus and the Issaquah Highlands. It will essentially be two different routes for the price of one.”

Details about potential bus fare and neighborhood routing will be discussed at upcoming budget meetings.

Schaer said he believes most Squak mountain residents will be pleased with the solution.

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Council confirms board and commission appointments

May 11, 2010

Former City Council candidates Nathan Perea and Vincent Ippolito will serve the city in a different capacity in the years ahead: as volunteer members of a city commission.

City Council members confirmed 35 appointees to city boards and commissions May 3. The appointees — selected by board officers and Mayor Ava Frisinger — advise officials about everything including development, the environment and the arts.

The mayor reappointed 18 members and chose 20 people for other positions. Some appointees, like former Councilman Joe Forkner, serve on multiple boards.

“Congratulations, and welcome to the many volunteers who will be helping the city with a wide array of issues and important work,” Frisinger said after the council OK’d the appointments.

Rules do not require appointees to live in Issaquah, but officials said most of the members reside in the city. The council praised members for donating time and expertise to the myriad boards and commissions.

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City Council confirms board and commission appointments

May 7, 2010

NEW — 11:30 a.m. May 7, 2010

Former City Council candidates Nathan Perea and Vincent Ippolito will serve the city in a different capacity in the years ahead: as volunteer members of a city commission.

City Council members confirmed 35 appointees to city boards and commissions Monday. The appointees — selected by board officers and Mayor Ava Frisinger — advise officials about everything from development to the environment to the arts.

The mayor reappointed 18 members and chose 20 people for other positions. Some appointees, like former Councilman Joe Forkner, serve on multiple boards.

“Congratulations and welcome to the many volunteers who will be helping the city with a wide array of issues and important work,” Frisinger said after the council OK’d the appointments.

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Council keeps human services coordinator

April 13, 2010

City Human Services Coordinator Steve Gierke will remain on the job, the City Council decided last week.

The council authorized $23,250 to fund the position, as well as a recording secretary to attend city Human Services Commission meetings, through December. Gierke, as a consultant contracted by the city rather than a full-time employee, does not receive city benefits.

Gierke oversees a broad human services portfolio — the council funds 31 agencies and 37 programs — and serves as the liaison to the Human Services Commission.

Officials ordered a study last fall to determine if the city needed a human services coordinator, or if other city employees could pick up the tasks. The council agreed to spend $10,000 to fund the position through early 2010.

The study determined the tasks assigned to Gierke could not be reassigned to other staffers. Officials cut the municipal workforce by 10 percent last year though layoffs, a hiring freeze and a severance program.

Mayor Ava Frisinger and council members will decide whether to fund the human services position for 2011 when the budget process starts in October.

City Council to decide funding for human services coordinator

March 30, 2010

City Council members will decide next week whether Issaquah should continue to keep a human services guru on the city payroll. Read more

Apply to serve city as a board member or commissioner

January 12, 2010

Help shape the way Issaquah develops, advise officials about growth and even increase public art throughout the city. Read more

Apply to serve city as a board member or commissioner

January 9, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 9, 2010

Help shape the way Issaquah develops, advise officials about growth and even increase public art throughout the city.

City leaders seek members for 12 city boards and commissions. Not all applicants must be Issaquah residents. Officials need regular and alternate members. Alternate members serve in the absence of regular members.

Pick up application forms at the City Clerk’s Office on the second floor at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. Find the form here.

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