September 9, 2015
NEW — 12:18 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015
Following the recommendation of the city administration, the Issaquah City Council voted Sept. 8 to reduce the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest to 30 mph from 40 mph between state Route 900 and the Lakemont interchange.
The new speed limit takes effect Sept. 22, council clerk Tina Eggers said.
Prior to the 6-1 council vote, residents mostly praised the council and the city administration for considering lowering the limit. But some of that praise was tempered.
Resident Joe Verner said it took the death of a child who was crossing the street with his mother to get the city’s attention.
“Let that sink in for a minute,” Verner added.
July 16, 2015
For whatever reason, the Issaquah City Council Position 4 seat to be vacated at year’s end by Joshua Schaer has attracted its fair share of attention.
In the Aug. 4 primary, voters will choose from among four candidates hoping to replace Schaer. Ballots for the primary were mailed July 15.
May 5, 2015
A third resident has thrown her name into play for one of three expiring Issaquah City Council seats.
Jennifer Sutton, a commissioner on the Human Services Commission, has stated her intention to run for council Position 2.
April 28, 2015
With a price tag of $5 million, the ongoing renovation of the city’s Julius Boehm Pool is on budget, but has fallen a few weeks behind.
Asbestos removal is the cause of that delay, said Ric Patterson, division manager for the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department.
On April 20, Patterson offered the Issaquah City Council an update on the project to rebuild the pool, which was closed Nov. 26.
March 31, 2015
There may not be a multitude of new projects headed into Issaquah at present, but officials still are encouraged with the progress being made on the highly touted Central Issaquah Plan.
“I’m actually pretty excited that we have a few projects because the recession was pretty deep,” Issaquah City Councilwoman Mary Lou Pauly said.
January 20, 2015
Ever since he was little, which, admittedly, wasn’t too long ago, Apollo Elementary School fourth-grader Arthur Gwozdz often found himself staring at a globe.
“I don’t know why,” he said, fully aware that it sounds a bit unusual. “I just like to do it.” Read more
May 20, 2014
The Issaquah City Council has chosen to concentrate on transportation and Olde Town issues in the future.
Senior city administration met with the council during the 122nd-annual goal setting retreat at the Mercer Slough Environmental Center in Bellevue and spent a solid eight hours debating Issaquah’s next steps.
The council members began the day with 17 goals, submitted by council after it asked for citizen input. The day ended with five: Transportation Master Plan, Affordable Housing, Enhance Olde Town Vitality, Central Issaquah Plan Anchor Project and to promote a Safe/Drug-Free Community.
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.”
February 18, 2014
Issaquah’s moratorium on recreational marijuana might last until July.
At its Feb. 11 meeting, the City Council’s Land and Shore Committee discussed the timeline to gauge the city’s needs in terms of tailoring recreational marijuana regulations. The committee members agreed to recommend the council extend the current moratorium, which expires next month, by four months.
The ongoing state legislative session has raised a lot of questions about the future of recreational marijuana businesses, and the council has expressed caution while definitive state regulations remain in flux.