Skate park goes back to Issaquah City Council after supporters make their case

March 3, 2015

March 16 may be a big day for supporters of a larger footprint for the proposed new Issaquah Skate Park.

Four supporters met Feb. 27 with Mayor Fred Butler, who promised he would bring the issue before the City Council at what will be its second meeting of March.

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City hires new engineers to work with transportation, wastewater

March 3, 2015

With the approval of the Issaquah City Council, the city’s Public Works Engineering Department intends to eventually add the equivalent of 2.25 new employees.

Two engineers will be brought on board and one part-time position will be made into a full-time slot, Deputy City Administrator Emily Moon said.

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Supporters still pushing for larger skate park

February 24, 2015

Supporters of a bigger footprint for the proposed new Issaquah skate park have taken their case to the Internet and hope to take it directly to Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler.

As of Feb. 23, backers had 1,272 names on an electronic petition supporting the larger skate park, resident and park enthusiast Theresa Stoppard said.

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To the Editor — week of Feb. 25, 2015

February 24, 2015

Traffic

How about reinstating the bypass?

It is amazing — the Issaquah City Council is concerned about the front street rush hour traffic!

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Arborist loses job to budget cuts after 30 years with city

February 17, 2015

After what will be 30 years on the job at the end of March, Issaquah City Arborist Alan Haywood will vacate his long-time position.

Haywood did not directly criticize Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler or the city administration in general. But he was clear he was not overly happy with the situation.

“My position was eliminated,” Haywood said. “It was a budgetary decision.”

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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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To the Editor

February 10, 2015

Skate park

Amount for budget has always been $350,000

Issaquah City Council members do not debate opinions in the press, but I must correct a statement attributed to my fellow Councilman Joshua Schaer. It is factually incorrect, and may misinform skate park advocates.

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Skate park supporters seek more features, space

February 3, 2015

Supporters and skateboard enthusiasts once again are urging the Issaquah City Council to move forward with a large-footprint skate park in Tibbetts Valley Park.

Supporters made their thoughts known at a council meeting in late January.

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Editorial — Skate park a good start for teen-safe locations

February 3, 2015

It looks like construction for a new skate park in Issaquah will start this year. But it also looks like it will be smaller than supporters had hoped for.

The City Council has approved $350,000 for the new park, which may be built in stages, so supporters could end up with what they want down the road.

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Recreation, pathways also figure into city’s concurrency plan

January 27, 2015

Along with millions for roads and transportation, the concurrency plan approved by City Council last week also contains new impact fees to help fund recreation projects and pedestrian and bike pathways throughout Issaquah.

For the first time, nonresidential developers will be paying recreational impact fees.  While that move is still somewhat unusual, Issaquah is not alone in charging new commercial interests recreation fees. Some 12 other Washington cities already do.

The amount of the park fees will vary depending on the proposed land use.

All in all, according to information released by the city, Issaquah will need to raise $47.2 million for additional parks and recreational facilities in order to accommodate what could be a coming population boom of just over 12,000. Read more

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