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.
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.
September 22, 2015
NEW — 5:08 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015
Residents will have up to three chances to hear from the five people running for the Issaquah City Council in November.
There are two contested council seats up for grabs in the Nov. 3 election. The council will have at least two new faces in 2016 as incumbent council members Joshua Schaer, Council Position 4, and Nina Milligan, Council Position 2, have chosen not to run for re-election. The Position 6 seat currently held by Council President Paul Winterstein also expires this year.
September 9, 2015
NEW — 12:18 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015
Following the recommendation of the city administration, the Issaquah City Council voted Sept. 8 to reduce the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest to 30 mph from 40 mph between state Route 900 and the Lakemont interchange.
The new speed limit takes effect Sept. 22, council clerk Tina Eggers said.
Prior to the 6-1 council vote, residents mostly praised the council and the city administration for considering lowering the limit. But some of that praise was tempered.
Resident Joe Verner said it took the death of a child who was crossing the street with his mother to get the city’s attention.
“Let that sink in for a minute,” Verner added.
August 2, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 2, 2015
Like the rest of the Eastside of the Seattle area, Issaquah ranks low in the proportion of housing available to people with lower income levels.
That was one of the messages delivered to the Issaquah City Council at a work session held July 13.
The Eastside has a low proportion — about 7 percent — of overall housing affordable by low- and very low-income households, according to information presented by Arthur Sullivan, program manager for A Regional Coalition for Housing, an areawide affordable housing organization.
July 29, 2015
NEW — 11:08 a.m. July 29, 2015
Vote to re-elect Paul Winterstein to Issaquah City Council
My vote will be cast to retain Paul Winterstein for Issaquah City Council. Paul has served the city of Issaquah well as council president. He is devoted to retaining the small-town charm we Issaquah residents love and many of us moved here for. That’s why Sunset Magazine voted us “Best Burb.”
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.
July 16, 2015
For City Council Position 6, voters will have a choice of retaining incumbent Council President Paul Winterstein or choosing between two political newcomers. A third resident filed for the race, but later withdrew.
July 2, 2015
About a dozen people settled down the evening of June 9 into the Issaquah Trails Center to hear updates from the city and King County regarding local trails and bike paths.
First up with a PowerPoint presentation was Mary Joe de Beck, a city senior program manager, talking about the city’s highly touted Walk and Roll program. The city has hired a great consultant and spent some time trying to include the entire community in the overall plan, de Beck said.
June 25, 2015
After meeting since early May, a five member Independent Salary Commission recommended the first increases in salary for Issaquah City Council members in what salary commissioners said was 11 years.
As of July 1, council members will receive $1,250 per month, or $15,000 annually. Just as now, the council president and deputy president will earn somewhat more, with the president taking home $1,450 per month, or $17,400 per year. The deputy-president will make $1,350 monthly, $16,200 a year.