May 20, 2015
NEW – 6 a.m. May 20, 2015
Local voters will help whittle down two crowded Issaquah City Council races in an August primary.
King County candidate filing week came to a close May 15 with a total of seven candidates vying for two spots on the Issaquah City Council.
Current Council President Paul Winterstein did file to retain his Position No. 6 spot, drawing three challengers along the way.
May 5, 2015
A third resident has thrown her name into play for one of three expiring Issaquah City Council seats.
Jennifer Sutton, a commissioner on the Human Services Commission, has stated her intention to run for council Position 2.
April 28, 2015
With a price tag of $5 million, the ongoing renovation of the city’s Julius Boehm Pool is on budget, but has fallen a few weeks behind.
Asbestos removal is the cause of that delay, said Ric Patterson, division manager for the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department.
On April 20, Patterson offered the Issaquah City Council an update on the project to rebuild the pool, which was closed Nov. 26.
April 14, 2015
The makeup of the Issaquah City Council is about to change.
In the past week, Councilman Joshua Schaer and Councilwoman Nina Milligan have announced they won’t run for re-election come fall.
March 16, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. March 16, 2015
In December, at one of its last meetings of 2014, the Issaquah City Council voted unanimously to create an independent, five-member salary commission to study council compensation.
Last month, the city clerk’s office began asking for volunteers to serve on the commission. For whatever reason, the February application deadline came and went with only one person applying, City Clerk Tina Eggers said. With that in mind, the city has extended the application deadline, basically indefinitely. Selected commissioners would begin serving April 1 with some recommendation on council pay due to the clerk’s office by June 30.
February 10, 2015
Issaquah has morphed from a small town into a small city and more changes are on the way, Mayor Fred Butler said in his annual State of the City speech before the City Council on Feb. 2.
“The state of our city is strong,” Butler said at the outset of the talk.
Butler promised his administration was building an Issaquah for everyone, “from the cashier at Costco to the surgeon” at Swedish Medical Center’s Issaquah Campus.
Issaquah will grow, Butler added, “up not out… compact, not sprawling.”
January 6, 2015
Salaries for Issaquah City Council members haven’t changed in 10 years, according to Council President Paul Winterstein.
In April 2014, the council considered legislation to create a salary commission and ended up turning the issue over to the Council Services and Safety Committee for study.
At one of its last meetings of 2014 in December, the council adopted an ordinance creating a five-member salary commission for the purpose of reviewing council pay.
December 30, 2014
Lake Sammamish State Park, considered by many to have been long neglected financially by the state, will be annexed to the city of Issaquah as of Feb. 1.
The park may or may not be in line for some state funding for a new boat dock. But in any case, the park soon will have an executive director to aid with future rebuilding of the facility, said Chris Kovac, president of the community group the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.
The Friends will hire a director to help guide the organization and the park.
December 23, 2014
With a unanimous vote at its Dec. 15 meeting, the Issaquah City Council formally annexed Lake Sammamish State Park, making it part of the city.
The annexation includes 300 acres of parkland, beaches, the park picnic area and the boat launch, said Trish Heinonen, city long range planning manager.
December 22, 2014
NEW — 5:15 p.m. Dec. 22, 2014
In a unanimous vote, the Issaquah City Council voted to retain Councilman Paul Winterstein as council president.
Also in a unanimous vote, Councilwoman Stacy Goodman was re-elected deputy council president.
In nominating Winterstein as council president, Councilman Tola Marts talked about Winterstein’s work on the recently adopted budget and various other council undertakings.
Winterstein was the only council member nominated for the presidency.