January 6, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.’”
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.”
July 8, 2014
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.”
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.
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)
April 29, 2014
Issaquah’s City Council decided to release the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area on April 21.
Faced with a draft interlocal agreement, which the Sammamish City Council approved during its April 15 meeting, Issaquah’s council gave unanimous support for the comprehensive deal.
In short, Issaquah would agree to release the Klahanie area by the end of 2014 in exchange for Sammamish’s support of Issaquah growth designations, as well as that city funding improvements to Issaquah-Fall City Road to the tune of $30 million.
“Issaquah would agree to release the PAA to allow Sammamish to take immediate steps to incorporate it into its comprehensive plan and proceed with potential annexation,” Councilman Tola Marts said, introducing the agreement to the full council.