April 21, 2015
Backers of a larger footprint for a new Issaquah skate park moved one step closer to their goal April 14.
Following a presentation by Seattle park designer Grindline Skateparks Inc., the Issaquah City Council’s Services and Safety Committee unanimously sent to the rest of council a recommendation that the city try for a King County recreation grant to gain another $75,000 toward the $486,075 estimate for the larger park.
April 21, 2015
NEW — 12:13 p.m. April 21, 2015
While the last word still has yet to be decided, the Issaquah City Council on April 20 agreed unanimously to pursue funding for a 10,000-square-foot skateboard park with a price tag of approximately $486,075.
Council authorized city staff members to pursue a $75,000 King County grant to help pay for the park. At the suggestion of Councilman Tola Marts, the city also will seek other means to close the funding gap for the skate park.
With available dollars currently sitting at $350,000, if the city earns the county money and gains the necessary matching funds, Issaquah still would be about $52,000 short. Council President Paul Winterstein said the public might be asked to close the gap.
March 25, 2015
In the article “Officials sound off on space crunch” in the March 18 edition of The Issaquah Press, Issaquah City Administrator Bob Harrison was incorrectly identified.
In the article “Resource officer change creates friction at Issaquah High Schools,” in the March 11 edition, Issaquah City Councilman Tola Marts was incorrectly identified.
February 10, 2015
Amount for budget has always been $350,000
Issaquah City Council members do not debate opinions in the press, but I must correct a statement attributed to my fellow Councilman Joshua Schaer. It is factually incorrect, and may misinform skate park advocates.
December 22, 2014
NEW — 5:15 p.m. Dec. 22, 2014
In a unanimous vote, the Issaquah City Council voted to retain Councilman Paul Winterstein as council president.
Also in a unanimous vote, Councilwoman Stacy Goodman was re-elected deputy council president.
In nominating Winterstein as council president, Councilman Tola Marts talked about Winterstein’s work on the recently adopted budget and various other council undertakings.
Winterstein was the only council member nominated for the presidency.
August 12, 2014
Zoning questions held off an Issaquah City Council move toward annexing Lake Sammamish State Park.
Presented with an agenda bill to adopt a letter of intent Aug. 4, the council faced a step in taking over jurisdiction of the park from the state. The matter entered council consideration in April after the state parks department presented the idea to city officials in the form of a petition for annexation.
City Long Range Planner Trish Heinonen said the idea came from last year’s securing of $5 million for improvements to the 512-acre state park.
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 15, 2014
Wait until you get home in Issaquah before opening your legal marijuana.
The City Council unanimously approved new regulations for the use of recreational marijuana during its regular meeting July 7.
The regulations adopt two provisions approved in the Initiative 502 referendum into Issaquah’s code. The two restrictions prohibit marijuana use “in view of the general public” and define driving under the influence of marijuana as having 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of the driver’s blood.
June 3, 2014
A first, and necessary, step that will lead to Sammamish annexing the Klahanie area took place May 21.
The King County Growth Management Planning Council unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s area.
Issaquah City Councilman Tola Marts, who is on the planning council, made the motion to make the shift. Sammamish City Councilman Tom Odell, who also sits on the council, seconded it, said Karen Wolf, a county employee who works for the council.
The vote is a nonbinding recommendation that will now move to the County Council. If the council approves the plan — and there is little indication it would oppose it — it goes to all of the various cities in King County for a vote, Wolf said.
May 27, 2014
Issaquah’s new skate park will land in Tibbetts Valley Park.
After months of public meetings where the Parks Board and a citizens advisory group looked at eight possible locations for the future site, the City Council unanimously approved a triangular spot in Tibbetts Valley Park, adjacent to the west parking lot, during the May 19 regular meeting.
“The skate park started out as a real grassroots effort in 1995 and 1996,” Councilwoman Eileen Barber said. “They really petitioned the council and came to meeting after meeting, saying how important that a skateboard park would be to them. Unfortunately, over the years, even with increased police efforts, the secluded location of the park presented safety challenges and so the community desired a new skateboard park.”