To the Editor — July 30, 2015

July 29, 2015

NEW — 11:08 a.m. July 29, 2015

Election

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.”

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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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Editorial — The Issaquah Press primary endorsements

July 23, 2015

Local voters already should have received mail-in ballots for the upcoming primary election for the Issaquah City Council. Voters have two primary races to decide, with the top two vote getters in each race continuing to the general election in November.

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City leaders will study Issaquah crosswalks

July 16, 2015

On July 8, Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler announced the city would undertake a detailed study of numerous crosswalks throughout Issaquah.

Butler later said in an email that consultants would help determine which crosswalks as well as how many crosswalks would be studied. He did say the Newport Way crosswalk, where Haochen Xu was struck, would be scrutinized.

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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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Angry, emotional residents ask Issaquah City Council to do something about area where boy was killed

July 6, 2015

NEW – 11:25 p.m. July 6, 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 nearly 50 residents who attended the meeting to talk about the accident site – the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive

Haochen died June 27 at Harborview Medical Center, the day after a car struck him as he and his mother Xiaoli Tao tried to cross Newport Way Northwest.

Angry and emotional neighbors and residents jammed the council meeting chambers, demanding something be done to make Newport Way a safer street.

By Greg Farrar Most in an audience of 50 people at the Issaquah City Council’s July 6 meeting attended in response to the July 27 death of Haochen Xu after he was hit in a Newport Way Northwest crosswalk the day before. More than a dozen spoke at the lectern during the audience comment portion.

By Greg Farrar
Most in an audience of 50 people at the Issaquah City Council’s July 6 meeting attended in response to the July 27 death of Haochen Xu after he was hit in a Newport Way Northwest crosswalk the day before. More than a dozen spoke at the lectern during the audience comment portion.

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Salary commission grants pay raises to Issaquah City Council members

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.

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City Council adopts goals, including a transportation funding study

June 25, 2015

The Issaquah City Council has formally approved eight new goals for the future, most noticeably re-allocating $75,000 to cover an administration study of possible funding sources for Issaquah’s proposed $308 million transportation plan.

According to various officials, while they are counting on impact fees paid by developers along with state and federal grants to pick up a large portion of the cost of the plan, Issaquah likely will need to contribute about $96 million of its own. The council has charged Mayor Fred Butler and the rest of the city administration to formulate, by August, some plan to pay for the Issaquah’s portion.

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City may ask voters to help fund $308 million in traffic solutions

June 17, 2015

Issaquah voters could be asked to approve funding for transportation projects throughout the city as early as February 2016.

During an eight-hour retreat held June 6, the Issaquah City Council came up with a final list of eight goals, including one dubbed, “Transportation Funding Strategy.”

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To the Editor — June 11, 2015

June 10, 2015

Candidates

Tim Flood for City Council

I’ve had the opportunity over the last few weeks to talk to Tim Flood about issues in the city and his candidacy for Issaquah City Council. I am interested in the way Tim desires to represent the citizens of Issaquah. He wants to bring balance to development and transportation improvements to protect citizens from further traffic congestion.

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