April 22, 2014
Marijuana was the sole agenda item at the April 14 Issaquah City Council work session as the administration gave an updated presentation to the council.
Through the state’s definition of business rules and an ultimate lack of response from this year’s legislative session, the council has maintained a reflective stance on the future of recreational marijuana.
The council established a six-month moratorium in September and extended it again in February, as it explored how the city should extend the state’s base regulations or consider banning marijuana business practices all together.
April 15, 2014
Another annexation will face consideration since the Issaquah City Council approved the docket for a comprehensive plan update April 7.
Developers want to expand the Talus urban village by adding another 49.2 acres to the city. The plan received scrutiny during the March 11 Land & Shore Committee meeting.
“The Talus Management Services request is for an expansion area,” city Long Range Planning Manager Trish Heinonen said. “It has developed all its area, but it still has entitlements left over.”
March 18, 2014
Issaquah might still offer annexation to parts of the Klahanie area — and that might take another year.
In the March 10 City Council work session and the March 11 Land and Shore Committee meeting, exploring next steps for the Klahanie potential annexation area took center stage. King County Elections certified the Feb. 11 special election results Feb. 25, in which residents in that area voted whether to join the city of Issaquah. Needing 60 percent to pass and for those residents to assume the city’s bonded indebtedness, the vote earned 49.47 percent in favor of joining Issaquah.
Council President Paul Winterstein identified five options available to the council for consideration in light of the certified vote.
March 11, 2014
Issaquah resident Essie Hicks plans to take on incumbent 5th District Rep. Jay Rodne in this year’s Nov. 4 election.
Hicks, a Democrat, announced her candidacy Feb. 18. Rodne, a Republican, has held the seat since 2004.
“I believe my experience as a business owner, my long history in service to my community, and as the mother of five boys, I am ready to represent all residents of the 5th District,” Hicks said. “In Olympia, I will work every day to provide all our kids with a quality and fully funded education, deliver real transportation solutions that work for our region, and protect and preserve the natural resources that make our state so unique.”
January 14, 2014
Annexing the Klahanie area would lead to many costs and benefits for Issaquah residents according to the city-commissioned Nesbitt Planning and Management study, but questions remain.
November 19, 2013
Highlighted pieces of the mayor’s proposed budget faced a City Council chopping block before they reached a final public hearing.
A plan to remodel the Tibbett’s Creek Manor kitchen, funding for a city business marketing plan and a feasibility study for a city campus were all voted down in the Nov. 7 council work session.
After extended conversations, in which the phrase “financial sustainability” was repeatedly used, the council asked the city’s Finance Department to lop $300,000 off the draft budget. Finance Director Diane Marcotte said the council created the figure with the end of 2014 in mind.
October 15, 2013
A $10 million bond to fund parks and recreation improvements is before city voters in the November election.
The proposed bond follows an intensive citizen process, which brought together a public commission to lead a public hearing and then offer recommendations to the Parks Board, which in turn led to City Council approval in July.
As it comes to voters when the ballots are mailed Oct. 16, the proposition clearly outlines how the money will be used.