Councils praise plan for Klahanie-area transfer

April 15, 2014

Members of the Issaquah and Sammamish city councils took turns praising a deal to transfer the Klahanie Annexation Area from Issaquah to Sammamish.

Sammamish members not only seemed to like the deal, but said they also hoped it would usher in a new spirit of cooperation with Issaquah after some tense disputes over the past few months.

The Issaquah Land & Shore Committee took up the drafted interlocal agreement in its April 8 meeting and unanimously recommended its approval by the full council.

“The general consensus is that it was great,” Land & Shore Committee Chairman Tola Marts said. “We had been hoping that this issue could occur in the context of a regional issue, and this draft agreement really does that.”

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Bring recreational marijuana concerns to April 14 public meeting

April 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 14, 2014

Marijuana discussions will continue during the Issaquah City Council’s April 14 work session.

The public meeting, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 135 E, Sunset Way, will cover ongoing deliberations about city regulations for any recreational marijuana business to take place within Issaquah.

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Issaquah, Sammamish reach preliminary Klahanie deal

April 8, 2014

Leaders from Issaquah and Sammamish announced a deal April 4 that will provide for the transfer of the Klahanie potential annexation area to Sammamish. The agreement is preliminary and will still need to be approved by both city councils.

In broad terms, Sammamish gets Klahanie, and Issaquah gets support on a host of other issues.

The move comes after just a week and a half after the Issaquah City Council asked Mayor Fred Butler to enter talks with the city’s northern neighbor to see how releasing the entire potential annexation area would benefit the region.

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South Cove, Greenwood Point eye Issaquah water

April 8, 2014

Issaquah may soon provide water and sewer service to the South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods.

Annexed into the city in 2006, the areas continued to receive utility service from Bellevue. Issaquah performed a study in 2013 and found the city could offer a lower combined water and sewer utility bill for the average customer. The city looks to take over services to the area from Bellevue.

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Sammamish and Issaquah hash out Klahanie deal

April 4, 2014

New: April 4, 3:25 p.m.

Leaders from Sammamish and Issaquah announced a deal April 4 that will provide for the transfer of Klahanie to Sammamish. The agreement is preliminary and will still need to be approved by both city councils.

In broad terms, Sammamish gets Klahanie, and Issaquah gets support on a host of other issues. Read more

Council to explore releasing Klahanie

April 1, 2014

The Issaquah City Council wants to take a step back from a piecemeal Klahanie-area annexation.

The council directed the administration March 10 to craft a brief view of editing Issaquah’s potential annexation area to only include the southern areas of the Klahanie region, reflecting districts that voted the highest to join Issaquah in the Feb. 11 election. During the March 25 Committee of the Whole meeting, city Long Range Planning Manager Trish Heinonen presented the findings.

“This boundary would have a lesser impact on our responsibility,” she said. “It would be just like a new subdivision.”

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City leaders investigate future of Route 200 bus

April 1, 2014

As King County residents vote whether to fund Metro Transit on April 22, city leaders are considering what to do with Route 200.

Issaquah pays a yearly subsidy to the county in order to keep the bus free of charge. But the city-centric route has been offered for the chopping block for years as Metro has faced increased expenditures. In response, the city has begun to survey residents who would most likely use the bus to try and get a clearer sense of its community impact.

City Economic Development Manager Andrea Lehner said the information would prove valuable for the city as well as the county.

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Issaquah wants input for 2015 goal setting

April 1, 2014

Two minutes is all city leaders ask of residents to help identify potential goals for the Issaquah City Council to consider.

The City Council will determine Issaquah’s 2015 goals during its May 17 retreat. In the meantime, the city has set up a survey to gauge what residents believe are Issaquah’s largest hurdles for the future and to collect suggestions about how to tackle them.

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Development permitting fees will rise April 1

March 25, 2014

Issaquah will raise its development permitting fees April 1 for the first time since 2006.

Passed by the City Council at its Dec. 16 meeting, the increase comes after reviewing the current economic state of the city and comparing costs to develop in Issaquah with neighboring cities.

“The fees were changed to ensure Issaquah fully recovers its costs to review permits, offer our customers more flat rates, less itemized fees [and] be more consistent with fees charged in neighboring cities,” according to the city’s website.

One of the reasons for the gap since the last change in fees was the 2008 recession and the fear that higher fees might hamper new development.

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Editorial

March 25, 2014

It’s time to just let Klahanie go

Please, please, let us stop writing about Klahanie.

The Issaquah City Council pushed and pushed to convince the residents of the Klahanie area to join the city. The residents rejected the idea. Now, the council is considering another study of the issue and even talking about carving the area up on a precinct-by-precinct basis, cherry-picking the spots that voted to join.

The balkanization of Klahanie is not the answer. Does that council really want to start down this road of carving up territory after election results come in? Perhaps, in future elections, only people who live in precincts that support a bond measure will have to incur the debt. Maybe people whose precinct supports a losing candidate will get an alternate City Council, so the person they choose can serve them.

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