Issaquah City Council sharply cuts duties of cable TV commission

September 25, 2015

NEW — 5:21 p.m. Sept. 25, 2015

Following the advice of Issaquah Cable TV Commission members, the Issaquah City Council voted 6-1 on Sept. 21 to disband the commission.

Going forward, the group will convene only on an as-needed basis.

In a two-page report to the council and city administration, the cable commission said increased competition for local cable companies along with various technological advances made the group superfluous.

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Issaquah City Council committee rejects lower speed limits on four streets

September 22, 2015

NEW — 5:14 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015

Hoping to gain more information, the Issaquah City Council’s Infrastructure Committee put the brakes on lowering speed limits on four streets despite a recommendation by the city administration.

On Sept. 8, the full council voted to reduce the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest to 30 mph from 40 mph. At the same time, it agreed to an administration proposal to study speed limits on portions of three additional streets. At a recent committee meeting, the administration added one more, the loop consisting of Northwest Stoney Creek Drive and Northwest Harmony Way.

The speed limit proposals follow the death of 4-year-old Haochen Xu, who was struck by a car while attempting to cross the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive with his mother June 26. He died the next day.

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Administration recommends lowering Newport Way Northwest limit to 30 mph, wants lower limits on three other streets

September 4, 2015

NEW — 4:54 p.m. Sept. 4, 2015

City administration seems ready to recommend lowering the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest from 40 mph to 30 mph between state Route 900 to the Lakemont interchange.

City officials have been analyzing Newport Way west of SR 900, as new development will soon change that corridor’s conditions and likely necessitate a lower speed limit, according to a city press release.

Newport Way Northwest has gotten plenty of attention, much of it negative, following the death of 4-year-old Haochen Xu in a late June traffic accident near the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive. Residents and activists have been vocally pushing for a lower speed limit on the street, mostly hoping for 25 mph.

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HOAs back petition to delay development on Newport Way Northwest

September 3, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015

As of mid-last week, 73 people had signed an electronic petition asking Issaquah to postpone any further development on Newport Way Northwest until completion of a traffic corridor study on the street as well as the implementation of any recommendations resulting from that study.

“There are five projects in the works for Newport Way west of state Route 900,” said Joe Verner, secretary of the Summerhill Subdivision Homeowners Association board.

Summerhill is one of the homeowners associations sponsoring the petition.

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Small crowd hears more details on city’s plans following fatal accident

August 12, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 12, 2015

There is a “likelihood” some changes may take place along Newport Way Northwest prior to 2016, Emily Moon, deputy city administrator, told a dozen or so residents gathered again to discuss safety issues on the street.

Moon was talking to those who came together the evening of Aug. 5 for a meeting of the Issaquah City Council’s Infrastructure Committee.

Moon was responding to requests from the audience that some safety measures be taken on the street immediately.

In the wake of a fatal accident involving 4-year-old Haochen Xu in late June, Mayor Fred Butler has promised a study of crosswalks and intersections around the city, including the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive where a driver struck Haochen. He said he would recommend a lowering of the speed limit even prior to the completion of the complete crosswalk study, due at the end of September. Read more

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HOAs call public session on fatal accident

August 5, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

The meeting was intended to be sort of a community-building exercise, Mary Lynch, of the Summerhill Homeowners Association, said.

Still, the main topic of conversation was safety along Newport Way Northwest and the fatal accident that took place there last month.

In addition to Summerhill, several HOAs along Newport Way Northwest co-sponsored a public meeting held July 30 at the King County Library Service Center.

The crowd of about 25 people was decidedly smaller than the one that showed up for a city public meeting regarding pedestrian safety held a few days earlier. Read more

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City weighs needs as 200 bus comes to end of the line

June 24, 2014

As Issaquah’s 200 “freebee” bus faces Metro Transit’s chopping block, city officials are evaluating alternatives.

After the failure of April’s Proposition 1, which would have given King County Metro Transit the necessary funds to avoid service cuts, the regional authority plans to begin phasing out 17 percent of its routes in September. The 200 is among those routes.

“Though it still serves riders, Route 200 is identified as among the lowest performing routes in Metro’s current system,” Metro Transit spokesman Jeff Switzer said.

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Lack of revenue may lead to loss of bus routes

December 3, 2013

Issaquah’s free bus could be on the chopping block

Without funding, King County Metro Transit could leave Issaquah with only five bus routes next year.

As temporary funding expires in 2014, Metro Transit has reacted by exploring possible cuts to services. A state Legislature special session to pass a transportation package might still happen, but the regional agency is planning ahead for the worst.

“Unfortunately, as a result of the great recession, we’ve lost a considerable amount of the tax revenue that we use to operate our system every day,” Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond said in a video on Metro’s website. “We’ve raised your fare, we’ve spent cash, we’ve improved the efficiency of the system. But we’re running out of the cash reserves and one-time revenue to keep service on the road.”

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Joe Forkner finishes time on City Council

November 26, 2013

Mary Lou Pauly will be sworn in Dec. 2

Joe Forkner served his last regular City Council meeting Nov. 18.

After former Councilman Mark Mullet was elected to the state Senate, the City Council chose Forkner to fill the interim position last January. This month, Forkner ran for mayor against Council President Fred Butler and lost, while Mary Lou Pauly ran unopposed for the seat Forkner filled. King County expects to certify Pauly’s election Nov. 26, ending Forkner’s commitment to the council.

Joe Forkner

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