Two council members decide not to run in 2015

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.

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Council salary commission attracts little interest; volunteers still needed

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.

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Growth dominates mayor’s annual State of the City talk

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.”

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Salary commission to review Issaquah City Council pay

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.

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Cities jointly fund new director for Lake Sammamish State Park

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.

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City boundaries to encompass Lake Sammamish State 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.

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Issaquah City Council leaders retained for another year

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.

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Water and sewer district considers rate increase

December 3, 2014

Serving most of Sammamish and a sizable portion of northern Issaquah, the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District is considering increases of 5 percent and 4 percent in water and sewer rates, respectively.

The district plans a public hearing on the proposed increases Dec. 8. The district board of commissioners will consider adoption of their 2015 budget following the public hearing.

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Council lowers B&O tax increase, raises property taxes, as expected

November 25, 2014

Business leaders spoke up and the Issaquah City Council listened.

In a 5-2 vote, council members approved a 50 percent hike in the city’s business and occupation taxes. The increase was a major part of the overall $168.6 million 2015 budget adopted by the council at its regular meeting Nov. 17.

Initially, Mayor Fred Butler proposed a 150 percent increase in the B&O taxes over a two-year period. At a public hearing Nov. 3, representatives from the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and some of Issaquah’s biggest businesses, such as Darigold and Costco, said that was just too much.

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Issaquah lowers B & O tax increase, raises property taxes, as expected

November 18, 2014

NEW — 11:26 p.m. Nov. 18, 2014

Business leaders spoke up and the Issaquah City Council listened.

In a 5-2 vote, council members approved a 50 percent hike in the city’s business and occupation taxes. The increase was a major part of the overall $168.6 million 2015 budget adopted by the council at its regular meeting last night.

Initially, Mayor Fred Butler proposed a 150 percent increase in the B&O taxes over a two-year period. At a public hearing Nov. 3, representatives from the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and some of Issaquah’s biggest business, such as Darigold and Costco, said that was just too much.

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