I-90 a focus of talks between Issaquah, Olympia lawmakers

January 13, 2015

Particularly hunting for dollars to ease congestion on Interstate 90, city officials made transportation the main topic during a meeting with area state legislators Jan. 5.

A second hot topic was trying to ensure local governments receive their fair share of state dollars, such as in the form of liquor or gas taxes, Issaquah City Councilwoman Stacy Goodman said.

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To the Editor

January 6, 2015

Traffic

Build a good plan; find reliable, equitable funding source

I am in agreement with The Issaquah Press that I would hope a helpful plan for traffic would result if we are going to spend a large amount of money for this project. In addition, councilman Joshua Schaer’s concern about the reliability of grant money is a legitimate concern.

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Salary commission to review Issaquah City Council pay

January 6, 2015

Salaries for Issaquah City Council members haven’t changed in 10 years, according to Council President Paul Winterstein.

In April 2014, the council considered legislation to create a salary commission and ended up turning the issue over to the Council Services and Safety Committee for study.

At one of its last meetings of 2014 in December, the council adopted an ordinance creating a five-member salary commission for the purpose of reviewing council pay.

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Car tab fees, sales taxes could help pay for roadwork

December 16, 2014

Funding was a big part of the discussion as the Issaquah City Council took up the roughly $304 million development impact plan proposed by the administration.

While developers would cover some of the cost by way of increased impact fees, the city could be on the hook for approximately $191 million. City consultant Randy Young said there are five means by which Issaquah could raise the needed dollars:

  • a local $50 car tab fee,
  • business license fees based on the number of employees,
  • a voter-approved road levy,
  • bond sales paid for through increased local property taxes,
  • a local sales tax of one-tenth of 1 percent.

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Council adopts Costco agreement

October 21, 2014

Move paves way for headquarters expansion

The nation’s second largest retailer is free to expand its headquarters, and it will continue to happen here in Issaquah.

The Issaquah City Council unanimously approved a 30-year development agreement with Costco Oct. 13, giving the company flexibility to add an additional 1.5 million square feet to its international headquarters housed in Pickering Place.

“It’s really a very, very big deal for Issaquah and for Costco,” Issaquah City Councilman Joshua Schaer said at the Oct. 13 meeting. “It ensures that, for years to come, when people around the country and around the world speak of Costco it will be in connection with the words ‘An Issaquah, Washington-based corporation.’”

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Issaquah, Sammamish councils hold first joint meeting in years

July 22, 2014

Issaquah and Sammamish had the meeting equivalent of a group hug July 14.

After a year in which the two cities’ leadership have found themselves on different sides of several issues, both city councils and other city administrative staff met at Issaquah City Hall to discuss points of mutual interest. It was their first joint meeting since 2011.

“We all have one thing in common,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler said. “We certainly love our cities and we love representing them. We not only care about our communities, we care about the region as well.”

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Zoo freezer is christened

July 8, 2014

By Misty Peterson Cougar Mountain Zoo’s new walk-in freezer for the carnivore diets was officially put in operation June 30 in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, performed by Peter Rittler, Zoological Society of Washington President, Hudson Bott and Mayor Fred Butler (from left) as zoo curator Robyn Barfoot (far left) and other city officials look on.

By Misty Peterson
Cougar Mountain Zoo’s new walk-in freezer for the carnivore diets was officially put in operation June 30 in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, performed by Peter Rittler, Zoological Society of Washington President, Hudson Bott and Mayor Fred Butler (from left) as zoo curator Robyn Barfoot (far left) and other city officials look on.

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City Council approves recreational marijuana retail regulations

June 10, 2014

Retail marijuana will come to Issaquah.

After months of discussion and a moratorium installed in September, Issaquah will allow recreational marijuana business practices. The City Council voted on the administration’s proposed regulations during the June 2 meeting and agreed 5-2 to the rules that build on the established state restrictions.

“The proposed regulations would allow marijuana retail in all of Issaquah’s commercial areas — everywhere but the downtown zone,” City Associate Planner Jason Rogers said. “For the producers and processors, the intent was to limit them to our intensive commercial zone only.”

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Raises may come for City Council

June 10, 2014

The Issaquah City Council wants to evaluate its members’ pay.

During the June 2 regular meeting, the council discussed forming a salary commission, which would look at the council’s monthly salary and determine whether members should receive more, less or the same. It voted 5-2 to direct the administration to draft an ordinance and to have the Services & Safety Committee review it.

Currently, the council president makes $800 a month, the deputy council president makes $750 a month and other council members make $700 per month. The salaries were established in 2002. A salary commission last reviewed the salaries in 2006 without recommending a change.

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City to install flashing yellow turn signals at troubled intersections

June 3, 2014

Flashing yellow turn signals will come to seven intersections by November.

In the interest of addressing some traffic problems in Issaquah, city leaders have looked into solving large-scale snarls and smaller hiccups. The city aims to affect particular hotspots where traffic is slowed unnecessarily.

The city will install the lights at the following intersections:

  • Front Street and Sunset Way (northbound and southbound left-turn signals)
  • East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Southeast 51st Street (northbound and southbound left-turn signals)

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