Citizen committee to study funding options for Issaquah transportation projects

August 4, 2015

NEW — 10:35 a.m. Aug. 4, 2015

By November, the city administration plans to name a resident advisory committee to study and propose a ballot issue to raise up to $96 million for Issaquah transportation projects.

The city could go to voters with anything from a bond sale to a local sales tax. Of the several options presented, a 0.20 percent sales tax would rake in the most, about $75 million, according to information presented by city Finance Director Diane Marcotte.

City officials hope to have something on the ballot by November 2016.

To be named by Mayor Fred Butler, the advisory committee will begin meeting either late this year or early in 2016. Butler expects a recommendation to present to council by mid-2016.  Officials have not determined how many people will serve on the committee, said Emily Moon, deputy city administrator. The City Council will have the last say on any ballot issue and will need to vote to present any question to voters. Read more

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Issaquah mayor says Newport Way Northwest speed limit may drop in September

July 28, 2015

NEW — 4:17 p.m. July 28, 2015

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler said when the City Council ends its summer recess in September, he will recommend the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest be lowered.

Although people at the meeting suggested the limit be 25, Butler didn’t mention a specific speed limit for the change. He said the move would come prior to completion of a crosswalk safety study being launched by the city.

The announcement drew applause from some of the 60 or so residents jammed into Tibbetts Creek Manor on July 27 for a public meeting on pedestrian safety.

The session was organized by the city following the death of 4-year-old Haochen Xu after the boy was struck by a car while crossing the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive on June 26. He died the next day.

By Tom Corrigan During a public meeting July 27, Mary Hammerly and husband Joe Verner (second and third from left), neighbors of the young boy killed in a recent traffic accident on Newport Way Northwest, talk about traffic issues on their street with consultant David Markley, of Transportation Solutions Inc.

By Tom Corrigan
During a public meeting July 27, Mary Hammerly and husband Joe Verner (second and third from left), neighbors of the young boy killed in a recent traffic accident on Newport Way Northwest, talk about traffic issues on their street with consultant David Markley, of Transportation Solutions Inc.

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Fatal accident brings out emotions at crowded City Council session

July 16, 2015

Tina Conforti said the evening prior to the accident, her next door neighbor, 4-year-old Haochen Xu was playing in the sprinkler in her backyard. After clearing it with his parents, she shared a peanut butter sandwich with him.

“A little angel lost his life,” Conforti told the Issaquah City Council at its regular meeting July 6.

She was just one of about 50 residents who attended the meeting to talk about the accident site — the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

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Corrections

March 25, 2015

In the article “Officials sound off on space crunch” in the March 18 edition of The Issaquah Press, Issaquah City Administrator Bob Harrison was incorrectly identified.

In the article “Resource officer change creates friction at Issaquah High Schools,” in the March 11 edition, Issaquah City Councilman Tola Marts was incorrectly identified.

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City officials sound off on space crunch

March 17, 2015

As they move forward with two separate planning processes, city officials have returned several times to two major topics: a perceived need for added space for both police and the city administration.

“We’re overcrowded in the police department,” Police Chief Scott Behrbaum said during a March 9 City Council work session.

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Issaquah hires new deputy city administrator

July 15, 2014

Issaquah will get a new deputy city administrator this summer.

Mayor Fred Butler announced July 3 that he hired Emily Moon as the city’s next deputy administrator. She will report to City Administrator Bob Harrison.

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Issaquah wants input for 2015 goal setting

April 1, 2014

Two minutes is all city leaders ask of residents to help identify potential goals for the Issaquah City Council to consider.

The City Council will determine Issaquah’s 2015 goals during its May 17 retreat. In the meantime, the city has set up a survey to gauge what residents believe are Issaquah’s largest hurdles for the future and to collect suggestions about how to tackle them.

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City Council considers offering annexation to parts of Klahanie PAA

March 18, 2014

Issaquah might still offer annexation to parts of the Klahanie area — and that might take another year.

In the March 10 City Council work session and the March 11 Land and Shore Committee meeting, exploring next steps for the Klahanie potential annexation area took center stage. King County Elections certified the Feb. 11 special election results Feb. 25, in which residents in that area voted whether to join the city of Issaquah. Needing 60 percent to pass and for those residents to assume the city’s bonded indebtedness, the vote earned 49.47 percent in favor of joining Issaquah.

Council President Paul Winterstein identified five options available to the council for consideration in light of the certified vote.

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Annexation at what cost to Issaquah residents?

January 14, 2014

By Greg Farrar Diane Marcotte, city of Issaquah finance director, says a planning and management study plus legal and research expenses has cost the city $111,103 to consider the potential Klahanie-area annexation.

By Greg Farrar
Diane Marcotte, city of Issaquah finance director, says a planning and management study plus legal and research expenses has cost the city $111,103 to consider the potential Klahanie-area annexation.

Annexing the Klahanie area would lead to many costs and benefits for Issaquah residents according to the city-commissioned Nesbitt Planning and Management study, but questions remain.

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City wants a college to replace Microsoft campus

December 10, 2013

An educational institution might replace the vision of an Issaquah Highlands Microsoft campus.

The city will begin the process of establishing a development agreement with the new landowner, Polygon Northwest, in the coming weeks. Microsoft sold the 63-acre parcel in October for an undisclosed amount. In the meantime, Issaquah Economic Development Director Keith Niven gave a view of what the city hopes to see in the final document.

“That land would allow for a lot of different things to happen, including residential,” Niven said, explaining what the aim is for the final deal. “We’re just trying to work towards where they can build what they want and the city can work to find an employment hub up in the highlands.”

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