April 7, 2015
Letting go of Alan Haywood was a mistake
Regarding the release of Alan Haywood: a very shortsighted action by the Issaquah City Council. We have just taken over Lake Sammamish State Park with its thousands of trees and remove the person who is best able to monitor the park trees!
April 4, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. April 4, 2015
The Issaquah City Council will hold a public hearing at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. April 6 to consider supporting King County’s Regular Property Tax Levy for Emergency Public Safety Radio Network Replacement Project.
The levy will appear before voters in the April 28 special election.
Members of the legislative body and members of the public will be afforded an opportunity to express support or opposition.
The City Council meets at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way. Learn more at http://1.usa.gov/1NNjYGe.
March 25, 2015
People don’t have time to keep an eye on legislators
In recent Press issues, citizens have complained about various City Council decisions. In Issaquah, the city cut the arborist position; in Sammamish, it is the trail construction. You fire off an editorial blaming the victims, the tax-paying citizens, for not attending council meetings where these issues are discussed and decided.
March 17, 2015
As they move forward with two separate planning processes, city officials have returned several times to two major topics: a perceived need for added space for both police and the city administration.
“We’re overcrowded in the police department,” Police Chief Scott Behrbaum said during a March 9 City Council work session.
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.
March 14, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. March 14, 2015
The Issaquah City Council has begun the process of setting its goals for 2016. Residents are invited to provide direction on services and priorities.
Using such documents as the city’s comprehensive plan, the Central Issaquah Plan and the Olde Town Subarea Plan, the council annually adopts goals for the future.
Residents are invited to offer their input on the city’s website, www.issaquahawa.gov.
March 10, 2015
A transportation package passed by the state Senate would allocate $15.1 billion for road projects statewide, including three major projects directly affecting Issaquah and Sammamish.
The area could see roadwork totaling $126 million on portions of Interstate 90. The package passed the Senate on Feb. 27, but still must clear the state House of Representatives.
March 10, 2015
Completed in December, a city-sponsored survey of local inhabitants showed 91 percent of Issaquah residents believe their town is a great spot to call home.
That positive rating included 41 percent who rated Issaquah as an “excellent” place to be, along with 50 percent who said it is a “good” place to live, Emily Moon, deputy city administrator, said in a report to the City Council on March 2.
March 10, 2015
City is keeping people from use with high prices
I have lived on the Sammamish Plateau since 1978 in unincorporated King County. I pay taxes to the Issaquah School District. I shop and dine daily in Issaquah and by doing so, pay sales taxes to Issaquah.
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.